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Sparrow closing and a Paris controversy top this week's headlines

Sparrow closing and a Paris controversy top this week's headlines

JDRF Gala, 5/2016 FIELDING COCKE, MEREDITH COCKE
Fielding and Meredith Cocke donated $1,000,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Daniela Soto-Innes Justin Yu James Beard Award
Former Underbelly cook Daniela Soto-Innes (now in New York) and Oxheart chef/owner Justin Yu pose with their James Beard Awards. oxhearthouston/Instagram
Les Halles canopy
La Canopee has Paris buzzing. Photo courtesy of Autre Image
Ruthie, where to eat right now, September 2012, Sparrow, Sign
Sparrow may or may not be closed for good. Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
Toulouse River Oaks District
Toulouse Cafe & Bar in River Oaks District tops this month's list of restaurants to try. Photo by Eric Sandler
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 FIELDING COCKE, MEREDITH COCKE
Daniela Soto-Innes Justin Yu James Beard Award
Les Halles canopy
Ruthie, where to eat right now, September 2012, Sparrow, Sign
Toulouse River Oaks District

Editor's note: It's time to recap the most popular stories on CultureMap from this past week:

1. Has this high-profile Houston restaurant closed? Signs point to yes. Chef Monica Pope hasn't said whether Sparrow will reopen to the public.

2. Controversial new yellow ‘canopy’ over Paris landmark raises eyebrows, but some really like it. The City of Light is buzzing about La Canopee — a giant, undulating, yellow steel umbrella holding thousands of glass panes — at the Forum des Halles mall in central Paris. 

3. Where to Eat Right Now: 10 New Restaurants for May. The popular monthly column includes Toulouse in River Oaks District, downtown food hall Conservatory, and more.

4. Another Houston chef takes home James Beard Award: And the winner is... Oxheart chef Justin Yu won the award, which is considered the Oscar of the culinary world.

5. Stunning $1 million personal gift sends this gala into fundraising stratosphere. Fielding and Meredith Cocke made the massive donation at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "Promise Ball."