Cultured Heat takes hot sauce to the next level by not just making things spicier, but more flavorful. Founders Francesco Conti, the chef, and Mandy Trichell create fermented hot sauce, which give their spice something unique. For years Conti has worked in the food industry, which led him into working with wild fermentation, a traditional method that encourages the yeast and microorganisms in the air to produce and develop to eat the sugars and ferment the vegetables. “I was doing that, and I really got into it. I thought, ‘I wonder if anyone has ever done this with hot sauce,’ because I enjoy hot sauce but I’m not a big fan of the ton of vinegar that they tend to put into hot sauce because it works great as a preservative,” Conti said. So, he gave making hot sauce with the … [Read more...] about Heights duo brings the heat with cultured hot sauce
Like most foods that hold sway with our taste buds and memories, fried chicken is something that people definitely have opinions about. We asked readers for some of their go-tos for the crispy bird and you answered. Although the word has been out about the fried chicken at the 71-year old Barbecue Inn, 116 W. Crosstimbers Rd., for decades, that doesn’t mean that it has gotten any less tasty. “The biggest key is that we cook to order,” said David Skrehot, who runs the restaurant with his father Wayne. “It’s not sitting under a heat lamp.” Skrehot said that they are selective about their poultry and work with local distributors that they have been buying from for many years. Also important is the cooking method for the chicken. “We deep fry it,” he said. “We don’t do it in a … [Read more...] about Great fried chicken is the stuff of memories
Chef CJ Dilan is on a mission to show that Puerto Rican food is not just rice, beans, and plantains. Taking traditional Puerto Rican dishes, Dilan finds inventive ways to create them in grab and go options from inside the Dr Gleem Carwash at Sofrito. “I came here to the car wash to get my haircut for about three years and I saw [the kitchen space] empty the first couple months,” Dilan said, “and every other two weeks, it kind of kept chipping at me and chipping at me. Then finally I was like, let’s get some information.” With information on how to the rent the kitchen space inside of the car wash in hand, Dilan found no reason not to create a new concept for the space. He reached out to Brian Best of La Dee Da Catering to see what he thought of the idea. With a little more research, … [Read more...] about Grab and go Puerto Rican cuisine on Ella Blvd.
HOUSTON (August 7, 2018) — Field & Tides is expanding its footprint with the opening of The Lounge at Field & Tides. The 1940’s gas station laid dormant for more than a decade, but has now transformed into the Heights newest private dining, event space and lounge, patio bar. The addition to the upscale casual restaurant, located in Houston’s historic Heights, offers guests a place to socialize, linger over cocktails, and grab a bite from the Gulf Coast and Southern inspired menu. The lounge expansion was a natural next step for the restaurant that has quickly became a local favorite among diners as well as 2017 Best New Restaurant of the Year. Chef Travis Lenig and business partner Chico Ramirez carefully planned the new space to give guests a … [Read more...] about New lounge for Field & Tides Restaurant
Chef and GM leave La Vista 101 After opening two short months ago, La Vista 101 has already lost its Chef, J.D. Woodward and general manager and sommelier, Jeb Stuart. Owner Greg Gordon relocated his Briargrove restaurant in May after twenty years of operation in that location, as reported by Houston Food Finder. Wanting to keep the Italian roots in his new concept, Gordon hired Woodward to give a new approach to the cuisine. Currently the menu utilizes pickling, large meat dishes and local produce. Very little is known about the reasons for the departure of Woodward and Stuart. Papa Murphy’s at 43rd permanently closed On Wednesday, August 1 Judy Atkinson-Brown announced in the Oak Forest Facebook page that Papa Murphy’s was permanently closed. The … [Read more...] about This week in food & drink: new Beer Garden, La Vista 101 staff changes, and The Classics All Day opens