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Viva Italia!

Angels, wings fluttering and halos polished, among the high notes at Mission of Yahweh lovefest

By Shelby Hodge

It was a lovefest in the River Oaks Country Club ballroom when the Mission of Yahweh gala, "Heaven in Irresistible Italy," celebrated four leading ladies, one of whom earned a special ser ...

Texans Play Male Models

Houston Texans hunks, a hot TV weather star and other powerful amateur models make the runway sizzle

By Shelby Hodge

The fashion catwalk running through the middle of Tootsies Wednesday night presented a challenge for the untested male models, all of whom are clearly more comfortable on the football field or in t ...

Insider Restaurant Tips

Insider Restaurant Tips: Houston's meat mecca chef shares his holiday favorites

By Marene Gustin

Some people love the Thanksgiving Day meal so much they need a second round during the holidays. “We usually repeat the meal for Christmas Day,” says restaurateur Johnny Carrabba, & ...

Food Legend

From porn to pasta: Houston restaurant king lauded for completely changing a neighborhood

By Shelby Hodge

The story goes that Johnny Carrabba thought he was buying a neighborhood newsstand back in the mid-'80s when he purchased the lot on Kirby at West Main. But it turned out that the future h ...

Food for Thought

Houston's best restaurant potatoes: Stop crucifying the spud and embrace the latest health "danger"

By Marene Gustin

What do potatoes taste like? Seriously, have you ever eaten a plain potato? No salt, no flavorings, no nothing. Just a starchy, white tuber. I suppose if I were Audrey Hepburn during the wa ...

A Big New Restaurant

Houston's big new restaurant: This Kirby spot is large in every sense — including the early crowds

By Eric Sandler

Grace's, the new comfort restaurant from Kirby empresario Johnny Carrabba, opened quietly to the public. The restaurant marks a move away from Italian food for Carrabba, which is named aft ...

King of Kirby

The King of Kirby builds his Houston restaurant empire: It's a neighborhood thing

By Marene Gustin

The King of Kirby Drive, otherwise known as Johnny Carrabba, is about to open his third new restaurant in the neighborhood in two years. Across from the new Carrabba’s, the huge brick fa&cced ...

Shelby's Social Diary

After popular Café Carlyle cabaret gig, Steve Tyrell is on the road to Houston

By Shelby Hodge

NEW YORK — Chatting over lunch at Fred's restaurant on the ninth floor of Barneys, Steve Tyrell was surrounded by friends and family, reflecting on the year about to pass a ...

Houston's Own Union Square

Houston's own Union Square Cafe? Carrabba's new restaurant goes beyond Italian, touts monster portions

By Marcy de Luna

To call Johnny Carrabba a successful restaurateur is like calling Case Keenum a hard-working underdog. It's technically true, but there's a lot more to it than that. Carrabba's repe ...

Shelby's Social Diary

A CD launch party blows the roof off of a Memorial mansion: A local TV news star jumps in to sing too

By Shelby Hodge

In keeping with the spirit of his new CD It's Magic, The Songs of Sammy Cahn, there could not have been a more magical evening this summer than Steve Tyrell's CD launch party hosted by ...

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