On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Jodycakes owner Jody Stevens joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss her business that's become a go-to destination for people looking for vegan and gluten-free options.
Stevens shares how a divorce prompted her to make the leap to operating a bakery full-time and how she's grown her business primarily through word of mouth and customer referrals. The duo also reference "Jodycakes after dark," which makes adult novelty cakes for bachelorette parties and similar occasions.
On a more serious note, Stevens discusses her role in bringing the Depressed Cake Shop to Houston. The annual event, which takes place Sunday (October 29) at Underbelly from 2 to 5 pm, raises awareness about depression by recruiting many of the city's top pastry chefs and bakers to create grey-colored cakes that are sold at the event.
Prior to Stevens joining the show, L'Olivier owner Mary Clarkson stops by to discuss the news of the week. Topics include the closure of SaltAir Seafood Kitchen, 8th Wonder Brewery's plans to open a distillery, and the Southern Smoke festival. In the restaurants of the week segment, Clarkson and Sandler discuss their first visit to Theodore Rex, chef Justin Yu's replacement for Oxheart, and Sandler shares some impressions of chef Mike Tran's two new Chinatown eateries, Night Market Thai and poke shop Laki Fish.