On this week's episode of What's Eric Eating, CultureMap's weekly podcast devoted to dining in Houston, chef Rebecca Masson joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss all things Fluff Bake Bar.
Masson and Sandler begin their conversation by reviewing the chef's history working in New York and the events that ultimately led her to move to Houston. From there, they discuss her history working at a number of places around town prior to opening Fluff, including *17 with chef Ryan Pera (Coltivare), Catalan with Chris Shepherd (where she earned her nickname of the "Sugar Hooker"), and Central Market. Masson describes how special events like her Saturday Morning Bake Bales and Dinner With My Friends pop-up series have helped her grow her business and engage her staff.
"It all started because once I opened I didn't get to travel as much to see (my friends)," Masson says about the dinner series. "I love their food, and I want to support them all. I thought, well, people in Houston need to know about them."
After exploring a couple of other subjects, the duo opine on a topic that's usually verboten in the Houston food community — Dallas can actually be a really fun town for dining. So scandalous!
Prior to Masson joining the show, Sandler and local restaurant consultant Nathan Ketcham review the news of the week. Topics include the lingering effects of Hurricane Harvey: specifically, how the New Orleans Restaurant Association, led by Commander's Palace co-proprietor Ti Martin, wants to help members of the service industry get back on their feet; what Cherry Pie Hospitality is doing to help employees receive assistance; and what damage the storm caused to local farms and fisheries.
In the Restaurants of the Week segment, Sandler describes his visits to Goode Co Kitchen & Cantina and One Fifth Romance Languages.