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Major Chef Resigns

High-profile chef suddenly resigns from a hot hotel restaurant — and seems confused about the whole thing

By Eric Sandler

Chef Jonathan Jones has submitted his letter of resignation from Hotel ZaZa's Monarch restaurant and will leave the job within two weeks, a spokesperson for the hotel tells ...


Hot Chef Defects

A hot new Houston restaurant loses its chef to a hip hotel with serious kitchen plans

By Eric Sandler

Jeff Axline has left his position as executive chef at Brooklyn Athletic Club to become the executive banquet chef at the Hotel ZaZa. Axline tells CultureMap that the plan was always for him t ...


My little pony

Za-za-za-voom! Hotel ZaZa's polo-themed spring fete has a Hamptons vibe

By Joel Luks

As the spring party circuit continues to forge ahead, what's another happy social that lauds the philanthropy and business scene that keeps Houston on the international map? The stylish, storie ...


Food for Thought

The best lunch deals in Houston: High-end restaurants offer cheap gourmet steals

By Marene Gustin

“In the new year people need to start eating lunch again,” says PR peep Mark Sullivan. “Seriously. People eating at their desk all the time and on the run it’s just not civi ...


First Taste

A hotel restaurant that's worth your time: Jonathan Jones defies the norms at revamped Monarch

By Sarah Rufca

The first thing I noticed about Monarch's new menu is the note in bold type across the bottom with the names of executive chef Jonathan Jones and sous chef Ross Coleman. Like a movie poster tha ...


Halloween Horrors IV

Lady Bunny rocks the Halloween naughty at Hotel ZaZa's sparkling Dancing in the Dark

By Shelby Hodge

Champagne sparklers! Now that's the way to get a party rocking and that's exactly what Hotel ZaZa GM Spencer Lane provided for the costumed characters that packed Monarch Restaurant Saturda ...


Food for Thought

Sole survivors: Houston's top chefs reveal their favorite footwear for racing around the kitchen

By Marene Gustin

You’re in a busy kitchen for 12 to 14 hours. You’re on your feet. Standing, hustling through cramped spaces with food and who knows what on the floor under your feet. You are tired, you ...


Foodie News

Food trucks as terrorist weapons? Debate over rule changes attracts Bun B, restaurant defenders & strange logic

By Sarah Rufca

Does the presence of food trucks hurt or help brick and mortar restaurants? Do they contribute to a thriving neighborhood or are they an eyesore and potential danger? Those questions were the m ...


Foodie News

Hotel ZaZa goes bold, hiring a new big-name chef with foodie clout

By Sarah Rufca

It's a tale as old as time — or at least as old as modern food culture. Chef without restaurant meets restaurant needing a new chef. Jonathan Jones, fresh off a less-than-amicable par ...


Foodie News

The Concepcion chef shakeup fallout: Restaurant (mostly) closed while owner looks for a new star

By Whitney Radley

Jonathan Jones' unanticipated, contentious departure from Concepción last week caused an uproar, and left a lingering question — what will happen with the restaurant now that ...


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