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  • May 11, 2018
    Paulie’s in Montrose has been a Houston neighborhood staple for years. With its homemade pastas, reasonable prices and friendly counter service, Paul Petronella’s namesake restaurant is beloved among Houstonians. This April, the restaurant celebrated its 20th anniversary with a party and the release, in January, of Petronella’s book, “ Paulie's: Classic Italian Cooking in the Heart of Houston's Montrose District . ” Petronella has been running the...
  • March 23, 2018
    Sitting down to talk with chef Kiran Verma over a cup of chai is like being embraced in a warm hug. Known as the godmother of Indian fine dining, she exudes warmth and passion for her craft, which she fell into without any formal training some 21 years ago when she bought an Indian restaurant from another family. In 2005, after owning another restaurant, she opened Kiran’s on Westheimer, and in January of last year, she moved it to Upper Kirby. There, she continues to work to offer diners
  • 13 Celcius Credit: VJ Arizpe, The Photo Shop
    February 24, 2017
    For 10 years, Midtown wine bar 13 Celsius has been a favorite among Houston locals for its unique yet accessible wine list, well thought out meat and cheese boards, knowledgeable staff and architecturally striking building. Those things Houstonians love about it earned the wine bar a spot in Food & Wine Magazine’s list of best wine bars in the country , which recognizes wine bars with “wine lists that provide a distinct point of view” as well as a good atmosphere and...
  • Ben McPherson Credit: Will T. Hardin
    February 1, 2017
    Chef Ben McPherson is gearing up to open his new endeavor: Krisp Bird & Batter . McPherson, who’s been involved with several Houston restaurants including Batanga, Prohibition Supperclub, Conservatory and El Burro & The Bull, is centering his new concept around chicken sandwiches. On the menu you’ll find six to eight chicken sandwiches, including a Korean fried chicken sandwich, on a variety of breads -- wheat, challah and on a waffle -- as well as custards, shakes, salads...
  • Ronnie Killen Credit: Kimberly Park
    January 12, 2017
    Chef Ronnie Killen has earned heaps of praise over the years, attracting faithful fans to Pearland for a taste of his food at one of his three restaurants -- Killen’s Steakhouse , Killen’s Burgers and Killen’s Barbecue . Now those who live in Houston can have a little taste of his food closer to town at STQ , his fourth restaurant and the first inside Houston city lines. STQ opened in early December in a space along Voss Road that formerly housed Bramble. For Killen, STQ is...
  • Sylvia Casares Credit: Sylvia Casares
    October 24, 2016
    For a little more than a year, Houston’s “Enchilada Queen,” Sylvia Casares, has been pouring her culinary secrets into a cookbook that she hopes will shine a positive spotlight on Tex-Mex cuisine. Tex-Mex food “is so misunderstood and maybe it doesn’t have a great reputation but I really believe it’s because people who have tasted it a) don’t really know what they’re getting, and b) maybe what they’re getting really wasn’t so...
  • Ryan Pera Credit: Julie Soefer
    September 29, 2016
    Photo Credit: Julie Soefer Three years ago, when chef Ryan Pera turned 41, he made a decision to get healthy. He lost 50 pounds and made going to the gym and exercising a part of his daily routine. Now Pera, who owns Revival Market , Coltivare and Eight Row Flint with Morgan Weber, is melding that passion for fitness with efforts to raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, a program dedicated to helping end childhood hunger. Pera and nine members of his team across the three
  • Kenny & Ziggy’s Credit: Kenny & Ziggy’s
    July 13, 2016
    Ziggy Gruber didn’t expect he would be the central character in Deli Man , a 2015 documentary about Jewish delis around the U.S. But Gruber, owner and chef of Kenny & Ziggy’s and third-generation deli man, stole the show. When he asked film director Erik Greenberg Anjou why, “he said, ‘because you’re the biggest character I know.’ And if you see the film, I guess I am a character,” said Gruber. A character he is and one sure to make you smile...
  • Nasa space food Credit: NASA's Flickr Stream
    June 27, 2016
    Photo Credits (above and below): NASA's Flickr Stream Thinking about eating in space may evoke thoughts of bland and boring food. But much of the food that astronauts consume today are foods they would eat on the ground; they’ve just been processed and prepackaged to withstand microgravity and time. “When you go to a restaurant a lot of it is presentation. When we process food, the presentation is gone and so you are very dependent on the quality of the product and the flavor...
  • June 13, 2016
    Houston chef Erin Smith, formerly of Main Kitchen at the JW Marriot, Clumsy Butcher Group and Plonk! Bistro , was crowned victor of the Food Network’s cooking competition, Chopped. Smith won the title in an episode that aired in late May and required her to cook with exotic ingredients such as rattlesnake. She’s the third Houston chef to win on the show. A native Houstonian, Smith went to culinary school in San Francisco before going to work in New York and returning to Houston....
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