On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Lori Harvey and Kris Sowell join CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss their beverage consulting business, Ladies of Libation. After meeting when they worked together at Triniti, Harvey and Sowell created a business that's inspired by the motto "it tastes better when it's pretty."
The Ladies of Libation have lent their signature touch to a number of cocktail programs, including the Last Concert Cafe and BuffBurger. They're also working on Memorial Trail Ice House, the massive new patio bar that's coming to a historic building near Memorial Park. No matter the project, the duo always have one goal in mind.
"The thing that's important for Kris and I whenever we do a program is that they can execute the cocktails in a timely manner. Nobody wants to wait 10 minutes for a cocktail. It's irritating," Harvey says. "We have ways to set up a bar program so that they can eliminate a few steps to make a cocktail fast and get it out there for people."
Prior to the interview, Swanky Maven blogger Felice Sloan joins Sandler to discuss the news of the week. Before they dive in, she voices her objection to Sandler's decision to exclude El Tiempo from CultureMap's list of Houston's top 100 restaurants. From there, they discuss El Topo food truck opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant; Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught's plans to open a new restaurant in Uptown Park; Kevin Floyd's new self-serve restaurant Shoot The Moon, and Tilman Fertitta's purchase of Del Frisco's.
In the restaurants of the week segment, they discuss One Fifth Gulf Coast, the newest iteration of Chris Shepherd's rotating restaurant, and Mark Holley's return to the kitchen at Davis St. at Hermann Park.