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Be it for ethical, health, or simply alternative nutrition reasons, veganism is clearly on the rise. To that end, Houston enjoys top ranking as the best city in Texas for vegans, according to a June survey, with a host of restaurants dedicated to vegan or vegan-friendly offerings.
Now, a new local service joins the host of area restaurants like Verdine and Mo’ Better Brews for those opting for that plant-based life.
Nourish Cooking Co. has launched a new vegan catering service to help Houstonians plan events and retreats. Specifically, the company’s addition provides clients with full-service vegan catering for all occasions, including custom menus and drop-off vegan catering for corporate or private events in the Greater Houston area.
“I started my mission offering the cleanest, purest, freshest plant-based vegan meal delivery service for clients on a very regimented plant-based diet,” Janna Varughese, Nourish owner, notes in a press release. “In 2015, I was diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases after giving birth to my first daughter — and I knew I needed to research more information on foods that worked to heal the body and reduce inflammation.”
Nourish offers salads, bowls, soups, sides, shakes, desserts, and gluten-free options. Items such as bowls boast Indian, Thai, and Mexican influences, as do soups — there’s even a vegan Vichyssoise (potato leek bisque). Sweets include cupcakes, cheesecakes, and even doughnuts.
Dishes are prepared with minimal ingredients and are crafted with a healthy, clean-eating approach. Those interested can peruse the menus and various catering and delivery options.
Varughese’s new vegan menu comes at a time when more diners are going vegan or are at least vegan-curious. While only 5 percent of respondents claimed to be vegan in a recent Statista Global Consumer Survey on diets and nutrition in the U.S. in 2022, “veganism” actually surpassed “beef” as a search term in 2016, per Google Trends.
behold, savvy shoppers
Attention, savvy Houston shoppers. A longtime auction company is hosting a can’t-miss sale for connoisseurs, collectors, and lovers of a good bargain.
The venerable estate sale firm Lewis & Maese Auction Co., which is moving from its Sawyer Yards locale (1505 Sawyer St.), will hold what’s cleverly dubbed The Sale at Sawyer at 11 am Saturday, October 8. Attendees can look forward to discounts ranging from 30 to 70 percent off on more than 5,000 items including new, gently used, and antique furniture, rugs, lighting, paintings, sculpture, accessories, designer handbags, and jewelry.
Other finds include statuary, linens, fossils, furs, crystals, southwestern silver and turquoise pieces, and even pianos. Rare items feature chandeliers from the former downtown Union National Bank building (now Hotel ICON), several horse-drawn carriages, a seven-foot Darth Vader statue, an oversized painting in the style of Botero , and a bevy of 19th-century grandfather clocks, per press materials.
Find one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, accessories, and more.
As for the move: Lewis & Maese Auction Co. is leaving its longtime site at Sawyer Yards in the First Ward Arts District and moving to a new, 2.5-acre site near Hempstead Road in Spring Branch (7777 Blankenship Dr.).
Ensuring that nothing in the current space is moved to the new, Lewis & Maese brass embarked on the unprecedented sale. To sweeten the deal, auction organizers have created vignettes and experiences, including a speakeasy-style patio, DJs, and live music.
Those who can’t make the Saturday opening event can take heart that the sale is slated to run through early January. However, with brands and names such as Maitland-Smith, Henredon, Marge Carson, Baker, Steinway & Sons, Rolex, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Omega, Cartier, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, David Adickes, Marc Chagall, Herb Mears, and more, early perusers will no doubt win the day.
Score sofas, pianos, art, and other luxe items.
Boasting 36 years in the business, David Lewis and Ernest Maese have overseen the auction of more than 3,000 estates, of notable — or notorious — Houstonians and everyone in between.
“This is the first sale of its kind in Lewis & Maese’s history, and the cliché ‘everything must go’ is truly the case here,” Lewis noted in a statement. “We have accumulated a truly immense inventory over the years, and as we prepare to kickoff auctions at the new location — the first being on October 9, spotlighting collections both from the Josey and Cuthbertson families — it just made sense to clean out our own house and start afresh without moving.”
Bargain hunters looking to stock up can expect a treasure trove of finds, as can flippers. To wit: Lewis points to a Harry Bertoia bronze purchased for $9,000 that was later resold for $90,000, or a $12,000 sideboard that scored $72,000 at Sotheby’s. Perhaps the pièce de résistance: an antique Chinese scroll that sold for $36,000 — and eventually valued at more than $1 million.
With that in mind, discriminating buyers would do well to line up early and perhaps net that once-in-a-lifetime discovery.
The Sale at Sawyer opens at 11 am Saturday, October 8 at Lewis & Maese Auction Co. in Sawyer Yards,1505 Sawyer St. Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 10 am-6 pm; Thursdays through Saturdays 11 am-7 pm; and Sundays noon-5 pm. The sale will be closed Wednesdays for restocking. For more information, call 713-869-1335 or visit Lewis & Maese Auction Co. online.