THE BRAVO NETWORK'S storied Top Chef cooking-competition show is reportedly returning soon — with a new roster of competitors that will look familiar to Houstonians. Not one but two of the contestant chefs, competing in the show's new set in Portland, Ore., are women based in H-Town.
THERE'S AN ELITE club of beautiful Houston restaurants that, after long seasons of thoughtful planning and painstaking development, were forced to make their debuts during the trying days — especially for the food and beverage industry — of the Covid era. Bludorn, Ostia and the spectacular Indian palace that is the Galleria's Musaafer are members. And so is a wonderful gem of a place that may have gotten a bit less attention because it only has 40 seats and, by design, is just a bit off the radar: Master restaurateur Ben Berg's clubby, dimly lit Turner's, literally under the stairs of Berg and famed chef Robert del Grande's sprawling The Annie Café & Bar.
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AS MONTROSE'S STORIED La Colombe d'Or hotel readies to reopen after two years of renovation, father-son owner-operators Steve and Dan Zimmerman are reflecting on the history of the place, and its future. The Zimmermans partnered with the Hines corp in a massive project that includes revamping of the hotel and building a 32-story luxury high-rise, The Residences at La Colombe d'Or, where the hotel's back ballroom once stood.