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Food for Thought

Winter Whites: These great wines are winners — at Christmas or any time of the year

By Marene Gustin

Luckily, no one ever said not to drink whites after Labor Day. Unlike wearing white, drinking white wines in the winter is perfectly respectable. Even the adage of drinking white with fish ...


Foodie News

Actor turned restaurateur to bring a buzzy new restaurant to Tanglewood: A better Barnaby's?

By Eric Sandler

"It's gonna be a cool little spot." That's how Shepard Ross, the former actor turned restaurateur describes The Del. Set to open in next spring, The Del is the latest pro ...


Unexpected Chef Change

Hot Houston restaurant suddenly fires "triple threat" chef as it plans expansion

By Eric Sandler

"Puzzle piece didn't fit..." That's how restaurateur Shepard Ross describes Plinio Sandalio: the well-regarded pastry chef who was fired (not "parted ways," as ...


Next Great Houston Restaurant

Culinary "dream team" reveals plans for Houston's next great neighborhood restaurant

By Eric Sandler

Ever since Thai Sticks closed in February, foodies across Houston have been speculating as to what would replace it. With a prime location on Montrose Boulevard, the spot seemed poised for somethin ...


Houston's Best Sommeliers

Houston's best restaurant sommeliers spill their wine secrets: What you should be drinking right now

By Eric Sandler

There's no shortage of wine gurus in Houston — the talent nominated for Best Sommelier/Beverage Director in the CultureMap Tastemakers Awards proves as much. But how about ...


Star Trek Restaurant Star

Former Star Trek actor builds a Houston restaurant empire: It turns out Brooklyn is just the start

By Marene Gustin

Shortly after chef Lance Fegan opened Glass Wall in 2006, I went over to interview him and was met by a dapper young man named Shepard Ross. Ross was the managing partner there and now he&rsquo ...


Nice pairings

Best Houston Restaurant Weeks options for wine drinkers and other imbibers

By Eric Sandler

The primary appeal of Houston Restaurant Weeks, other than the good karma of helping raise money for the Houston Food Bank (of course), is the chance to save a little money on a good meal at a ...


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 ...


Great Patio Restaurants

Patio fever grips Houston: Hot new restaurants and bars embrace outdoor dining

By Marcy de Luna

Before Houston's summer is in full force — with its sweltering heat, sticky humidity and pesky mosquitoes — there is a window of pleasant weather best enjoyed by dining and drinking ...


Great Date Spots

The best restaurants to take a first date: Don't skimp on the romance — or good food

By Darla Guillen

First dates are stressful. Deciding what to wear, remembering to avoid over-sharing and snorting while laughing, deciding whether to have a contingency plan with friends should the date go awry &md ...


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