Master Chefs

One of the most star-studded events in the food world rightfully came to H-Town. The James Beard Foundation broadcast its 2019 nominees during a ceremony in Houston, and on the eve of the announcement, the city’s top chefs hosted a Friends of James Beard benefit dinner at Hugo Ortega’s Caracol. Each of the several courses — plus the cocktails! — was crafted by a Beard-nominated or -winning chef, including Ortega, Robert Del Grande, Chris Shepherd, Justin Yu, Bobby Heugel and many others.

Paula Murphy and Quy Tran
Justin Yu, Chris Shepherd, Robert Del Grande and Hugo Ortega

Justin Yu, Chris Shepherd, Robert Del Grande and Hugo Ortega

Carrie Wirsing and Jeanette Jenkins


Party People

Mara Haaksman, James Inglis, Kam Franklin, Ryan Ramirez

SILVER STREET STUDIOS has arguably never been so silver, as hundreds of guests (many clad in “space-chic” attire) turned out to celebrate the launch of The Infinite, an outer-space-themed multi-sensory installation that landed in H-Town in late December.

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People + Places

THIS WEEK'S FLURRY of restaurant-industry news continues today with the announcement that chef Austin Waiter — who has just ended a seven-year stint at Tony’s, per an announcement yesterday about changes afoot at the storied fine-dining stalwart — is stepping into a new role at The Marigold Club, a forthcoming venture just off Montrose’s restaurant row.

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