This time of year I’m generally writing from the road, or my column is missing from these fine pages. I do have plans for a day excursion or two soon but alas, my fall/winter season of shows starts in just one short week. Last year at this time we were all watching Hurricane Harvey of which the devastating aftermath is still felt by many. Hardy and Nance Street Studios, in the shadow of downtown Houston, took on water, and this Friday and Saturday the studios will host an art exhibit appropriately titled, We Survived, Changed: A Harvey Retrospective. The featured artists include: Brandi Untz, Dan Perez, Diana Simonetta, Elena Sandovici, Mortimer Ex, Stäcy Smith and Vince Blasco. It was Elena Sandovici’s watercolor painting of the City of Houston skyline that graced nearly half … [Read more...] about Art Valet: A Harvey Retrospective We Survived, Changed
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
Thursday evening would you like to join me for a cocktail? My market, First Saturday Arts Market was chosen to be part of a Fresh Arts initiative to raise funds in a creative way—happy hour! When you join the artists and me for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, August 16, a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5 - 8:00 p.m. happy hour will go to support an art organization that the artists have yet to name. Enjoy a drink or two, meet the artists, and take-in Boheme’s bohemian atmosphere. Fresh Arts’ Cultured Cocktails is a weekly community building fundraiser in celebration of the arts. Featured groups receive 10% of all drink sales during the 5 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday happy hour at Boheme (located at … [Read more...] about Art Valet: Cultured Cocktails, and Long Live the Arts
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.