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March 28 Show: The El Cantina, Hiro Sake

Based in Houston, the restaurant group known as Feed TX is best known for its seafood-loving Liberty Kitchen concept, expanding any day now into Austin. But that hasn’t kept the group from rescuing a Tex-Mex hangout named The El Cantina Superior (or The El, for short) and turning it into something fun, funky and delicious. […]

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Reborn Brennan’s Mixes Old and New with Audacity

Like everybody else of any age born in New Orleans, I’ve been going to Brennan’s – or at least knowing about the iconic French Quarter restaurant – forever. It was, for me and my family, a special-occasion kind of place, not the sort of fried seafood hangout we went to at the lakefront every Friday night […]

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Fine French Wines, Going Once…

Have you ever wondered what $300,000 worth of French wine might look like? And no, it doesn’t resemble all the containers piled on the docks at Marseille, or even a single bottle of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. If you’re excited by this prospect, you’d better grab ye olde checkbook and head to Lewis & Maese […]

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Boudin-Stuffed Chicken

Recently I came into a stash of Cajun boudin from southwest Louisiana – specifically boudin blanc made from pork and rice, as opposed to boudin noir, the traditional blood sausage. This dish has quickly become a favorite to serve family and friends. 4 (6-ounce) chicken breast halves 1 cup cooked pork and rice boudin filling […]

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To Fredericksburg with Wine

In recent years, Texas has become the nation’s fifth largest wine-producing state – and even most wine lovers don’t know it. On this full-day tour, we visit five wineries, from Becker to the new offshoot of Messina Hof, tasting some of their newest vintages, plus we sample sauces, marinades, mustards and jellies from Fredericksburg’s most famous […]

Tastings

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Reborn Brennan’s Mixes Old and New with Audacity

Like everybody else of any age born in New Orleans, I’ve been going to Brennan’s – or at least knowing about the iconic French Quarter restaurant – forever. It was, for me and my family, a special-occasion kind of place, not the sort of fried seafood hangout we went to at the lakefront every Friday night […]

Texas Tours

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To Fredericksburg with Wine

In recent years, Texas has become the nation’s fifth largest wine-producing state – and even most wine lovers don’t know it. On this full-day tour, we visit five wineries, from Becker to the new offshoot of Messina Hof, tasting some of their newest vintages, plus we sample sauces, marinades, mustards and jellies from Fredericksburg’s most famous […]

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The Barbecue Triangle

Every nook and cranny of Texas has, and tirelessly boasts about, its own style of barbecue. Yet in one section just east of Austin, there is a “triangle” that turns out some of the very best. On this meat-crazed adventure, we learn the long history of regional (and yes, racial and ethnic) barbecue, the secrets […]

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DM at Your Place

Whether a cooking class, a food-centric wine or cocktail party, or a full sit-down dinner scaled for 10-24 people, John DeMers will prepare a Texas feast right in your own kitchen. He’ll also describe each dish, who invented it and why it matters to the world of cuisine. Available as lunch, dinner or brunch, with […]

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Texas Cooks

A fast-paced, entertaining, often humorous romp through history and calories with veteran food author John DeMers, perfect for any convention, meeting or spouse program. In addition to a profound understanding of what first made Texas happen here, John will lead you through his Top Ten dishes you must taste before anybody will stamp your passport. […]

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Custom Marfa/Big Bend

Over one, two or three days, beginning in Marfa, Alpine or Marathon, enjoy a customized look around one of the Lone Star State’s most remote and exotic locales. There’s the moonscape of Big Bend itself, both the national and the state park, plus hip, art-crazed Marfa with its Chinati Foundation paying homage to the salvation […]