Culinary Blog

Camerata's David Keck On Texas Wines and Becoming Master Sommelier

David Keck, sommelier and co-owner of Camerata wine bar in Montrose, earned the highest distinction for wine professionals this month. After passing a grueling series of exams that included a one-hour mock restaurant service and a blind tasting where he had to identify six wines in 25 minutes, Keck became a master sommelier. That makes Keck one of two master sommeliers currently living in Houston. His mentor, Guy Stout of Glazer’s Distribution, is the other one. We caught up with Keck to talk…

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A Giant Strawberry Shortcake and More at Pasadena’s Strawberry Festival

Come Friday, volunteers at the 43rd Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival will begin assembling one gigantic strawberry shortcake. To give you an idea of just how big, the 2014 cake was a little more than 2,000 square-feet and 21,500 pounds. And it was topped with more than a ton of strawberries, glaze and whipped cream. The cake is one of the main attractions at the three-day festival, which runs from May 20 to May 22 at the Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds. “It’s always a big hit,” said…

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Taste History At George Ranch

Photo Credit: George Ranch Historical Park Forty-five minutes southwest of downtown Houston sits George Ranch Historical Park. The historical site lets visitors peer into what life was like in Texas between the 1830s and 1930s. And life, of course, included food. Chef Nick Castelberg started the George Ranch food program 15 years ago, treating visitors to meals rooted in the different historical eras represented at the park. “We put you in a setting that’s dripping with historical relevance…

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