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Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Foodies and young professionals have lots of reasons to celebrate at Tastemaker Awards party

By Shelby Hodge

Ah, the grazing fields and watering holes of Tastemakers. Twelve chef-driven food stations, a Whole Foods cheese extravaganza, six bars, sleek Jaguars on display and generous pours from Herrad ...


Food for Thought

'80s redux: Will the drop in the price of oil hurt — or help — Houston restaurants?

By Marene Gustin

Steve Zimmerman, owner of La Colombe d’Or, the fabulous historic boutique hotel and classic restaurant now known as Cinq, made national headlines during the 1980s oil bust by offering an exec ...


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 ...


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