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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.  

Where to Eat Now 2010

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

You had to be brave to open a restaurant last year. Or you had to be a genius. Or, like Robert Del Grande, whose revamped Houston eatery tops our list of the ten best gastronomical debuts of 2009, you had to be both.

Thanksgiving Dishes from Renowned Texas Chefs

Nov 21, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Turkey Day is upon us, and an abundance of families will be cooking fall-centric dishes at home tomorrow. In case you’re looking to scrounge up some last-minute Thanksgiving recipes, here are a few offerings from a handful of talented Texas chefs. Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Absinthe Crème Fraîche from Jason Dodge of Péché …

Check Out These Pumpkin Dishes from All Around Texas

Sep 20, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Fall is upon us and you know what that means: pumpkins! Yes, these orange gourds are already making their way into local farmers markets and Texas restaurants. I’m pretty crazy about pumpkins and the eclectic culinary creations they inspire, so I decided to reach out to a number of Texas chefs and see…

Jesse Herman of La Condesa talks new Austin Thai restaurant

Apr 4, 2012 By Layne Lynch

For five years, Jesse Herman, owner of La Condesa, has been working on the concept behind his yet-to-be-opened Thai restaurant in Austin. His modern Mexican establishment, La Condesa, has garnered culinary praise from all over Lone Star State and the nation. So what’s a guy that…

The Good News Is that Texas Captured Four of Seventeen Finalist Slots in Food & Wine’s People’s Pastry Chef Online Contest. The Bad News Is that Only Austin and Houston Made the Cut. What’s Up With That?

Feb 8, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

Not bad at all: Texas captured four of seventeen finalist slots in Food & Wine’s new “People’s Best New Pastry Chef” competition.” That’s really impressive, considering that the Texans are up against chefs from Chicago and New Orleans, among other cities (we are in Central, one of three…