Cookbook Celebration

Houston restaurant family celebrates 25th anniversary with colorful cookbook

Restaurant family celebrates 25th anniversary with colorful cookbook

8 Michael Cordua, from left, Julie Soefer, David Cordua and John DeMers at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
Michael Cordúa, from left, Julie Soefer, David Cordúa and John DeMers at the Cordúa cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
6 Juan Deshon at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
Juan Deshon at the Cordúa cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
7 Mari Deshon, left, and Kristina Rosenwasser at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
Mari Deshon, left, and Kristina Rosenwasser at the Cordúa cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
5 Jennifer Roosth, left, and Ashlea Graves at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
Jennifer Roosth, left, and Ashlea Graves at the Cordúa cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
10 Sylia Gallegos and David Cordua at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
Sylia Gallegos and David Cordúa at the Cordúa cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
4 Jack Highberger and Marika Horn at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
Jack Highberger and Marika Horn at the Cordua cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9 Parissa Mohajer, left, and Mahzad Mohajer at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
Parissa Mohajer, left, and Mahzad Mohajer at the Cordúa cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
3 The cookbooks at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
Cookbooks on sale at the Cordúa cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
2 crowd scene venue at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
The crowd at the Cordúa cookbook event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
8 Michael Cordua, from left, Julie Soefer, David Cordua and John DeMers at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
6 Juan Deshon at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
7 Mari Deshon, left, and Kristina Rosenwasser at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
5 Jennifer Roosth, left, and Ashlea Graves at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
10 Sylia Gallegos and David Cordua at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
4 Jack Highberger and Marika Horn at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
9 Parissa Mohajer, left, and Mahzad Mohajer at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
3 The cookbooks at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013
2 crowd scene venue at the Cordua cookbook event November 2013

What better way to celebrate a restaurant milestone than writing a cookbook? Just ask Michael Cordúa and son David Cordúa, who marked the restaurant empire's 25-year history with publication of their first-ever cookbook, Cordúa: Foods of the Americas. In celebration, they invited 200 friends, family and customers to Américas River Oaks to nosh on happy hour favorites while perusing the book in its first public offering.

The father/son duo co-authored Cordúa with food writer John DeMers and engaged the talents of photographer Julie Soefer to bring the recipes to life. Published by Bright Sky Press, the colorful book, complete with family remembrances by Michael Cordúa, contains more than 100 recipes. Bright Sky publisher Lucy Herring Chambers joined the celebration with the other principles in the book's production.

Those longing for the secrets of soft shell crawfish taquitos, plantain-crusted chicken or corn poblano soup, will find them in Cordúa. Recipes for specialty drinks (cucumber gin mojito, anyone?) and desserts are included along with recipes for rice and bean dishes, paella and pork. 

Celebrating the quarter century of the Cordúa restaurant empire that encompasses seven doors (Churrascos, Artista, Américas and Cordúa catering) were guests including Lucia Cordúa, Sylia Gallegos, Juan Deshon, Dr. Ronald Soefer, Sarah DeMers, A.J. Mistretta, Tricia Harrison, Lindsey Brown, Jack Highberger, Marika Horn and Josh Espinedo.  

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