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A Q&A With Justin Yu

Apr 26, 2015 By Layne Lynch

Below, Justin Yu of Oxheart in Houston discusses his recent James Beard Foundation Award nomination, his favorite Austin restaurants, the progression of Oxheart and a dreamy Taylor Swift-themed restaurant.

Rick Bayless: Tex-Mex Versus Mexican Cuisine

Apr 24, 2014 By Layne Lynch

This weekend, a group of acclaimed food and beverage personalities will flock to Austin for the third annual Austin Food & Wine Festival, including celebrity chef Rick Bayless of Top Chef Masters fame and the famed PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time. Below, Bayless delves into Tex-Mex versus Mexican…

Live Fire Lineup Announced and It Looks Like a Hot Ticket

Apr 11, 2014 By Layne Lynch

The much-anticipated Live Fire announced its chef lineup this week, and if fast-selling tickets are any indication, this will be yet another stellar year for the annual culinary benefit. This marks the fourth year since the event was first launched by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance to raise funds…

9 Texas Chefs Up for the People’s Best New Chef Award

Mar 24, 2014 By Layne Lynch

Food & Wine magazine released their annual The People’s Best New Chef ballots this morning, and an impressive number of Texas chefs are featured in the virtual competition. Justin Yu of Oxheart (Houston), Terrence Gallivan & Seth Siegel-Gardner of The Pass & Provisions (Houston), Matt Clouser of Swift’s Attic…

A Q&A With Rene Ortiz

Dec 9, 2013 By Layne Lynch

Former La Condesa and Sway chef Rene Ortiz discusses his latest project, including Laundrette (an upscale café-grocery) and the Angry Bear (classic Chinese takeout).

La Condesa and Sway Move Forward

Nov 1, 2013 By Layne Lynch

Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, the acclaimed chefs from La Condesa and Sway, exited the acclaimed restaurants to pursue other unnamed interests. We spoke to the new executive chef at La Condesa and heard his plans for the restaurant's future.  

Two of the Nation’s Best New Restaurants Are in Texas

Aug 13, 2013 By Layne Lynch

Two Texas restaurants were featured in Bon Appetit‘s list of the top ten best new restaurants in the nation. This follows the magazine’s announcement of the top fifty best new restaurants in the nation last week, which included six Texas eateries: The Pass & Provisions, Jeffrey’s and Josephine House,…

“The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait” to Air on KLRU

May 31, 2013 By Layne Lynch

On Thursday, June 6, KLRU will air a television special entitled The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait. The documentary details the experience of five BBQ pitmasters (Myron Mixon, Johnny Trigg, Jaime Geer, Nicole Davenport, and George Stone) and their trip to a military base in Kuwait to create a…

Momofuku’s Christina Tosi on Her Love For Kolaches

Apr 26, 2013 By Layne Lynch

This weekend, a host of well-known chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, and restaurateurs will descend upon Austin for the second annual Austin Food & Wine Festival. To prepare for this weekend’s food and wine festivities, Texas Monthly spoke with a few of the local and celebrity chefs from this year’s lineup. Here,…

The Pass and Provisions Chefs Talk Austin Food & Wine Festival

Apr 19, 2013 By Layne Lynch

Last year’s Austin Food & Wine Festival featured well-known chefs from all over the country, but this year’s talent primarily focuses on chefs from Texas. Two of the Houston chefs attending the weekend festivities include Seth Siegel-Gardner (pictured right) and Terrence Gallivan (left) of The Pass and Provisions. These…

And the Tastemaker Award Winners Are . . .

Apr 12, 2013 By Layne Lynch

The 2013 Austin CultureMap Tastemaker Awards were hosted last night at the historical Driskill Hotel, and the winners are as follows: Best Craft Bartender: Tacy Rowland of Drink.Well Best Craft Brewery: Jester King Craft Brewery  Best Pastry Chef: Laura Sawicki of La Condesa and Sway…