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Yolanda Pope

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Culinary Father’s Day Gift Giving Guide

Dads are not always easy to shop for when considering that most men already have a large collection of ties, socks, cologne and toolkits. However, for the dad who enjoys fine beverages, food, and everything culinary, this gift guide offers recommendations that may help narrow down one’s options for selecting the perfect Father’s Day present.

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Houston Educators Conquer Catering with Southern Recipes

From the classroom to the kitchen, and on to any dining hall or special event “Got You Covered Catering” is serving their amped up version of classic southern cuisine. When Amberlyn Henderson and Raven Thomas met a few years ago they had more in common than their love for teaching and being with family. These ladies figured out quickly that their combined experience in the kitchen and working at very young ages fueled their passion to create a thriving catering business.

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Chef Maurizio Keeps It Real with Authentic Italian Cuisine

The Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Houston has a long-standing reputation of excellent service and quality in every aspect of its business. This tradition of supreme quality holds true in the fining dining restaurant Quattro, located inside the hotel.

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Summer Time Treats to Combat Houston’s Heat

The temperatures are warming up fast as we approach a long hot summer in H-Town. Most native Houstonians are accustomed to the blazing sun, humidity, and the struggle to remain cool and comfortable while we brave summer’s consistent above 90 degree weather. Everyone has their preference when it comes to cold beverages or snacks, and we are so blessed to have so many choices of all of the aforementioned.

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Executive Chef Ricky Cruz Plates with Passion

All of us have dreams, and many of us chase our dreams with passion by taking the necessary steps to turn our hopes into reality. We are fortunate to live in a country that has many opportunities which allows an individual to pursue any career of their choosing.

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Chef CJ Turns Catering into Fine Art

When you live in America’s fourth largest city with restaurants on every corner, it seems that one has endless choices when it comes to dining out, catering, or eating at home. On special occasions, one may even have the privilege of hiring someone to manage the appetites of a large group.

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The 2016 Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair Completes its 13th Year

On April 6 –April 10th the 13th Annual Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair held five days of festivities that showcased the talents of local wine makers, chefs, bartenders and beer craftsmen. The event kicked off with the VIP Dinner at Noah’s hosted by The Lange Twins Family Winery and Vineyard which was sold out almost immediately.

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The Barbeque Professor Ends Rodeo Experience On a High

This year’s Houston Live Show and Rodeo Cook off welcomed well-renowned Barbeque Champion Tuffy Stone. He and his team were recently crowned Grand Champions at The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in 2015, but remains humble and passionate about his love for good tasting barbeque.

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Australian Lamb Show Cased in Five Courses

Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar hosted a lamb and wine dinner fit for a Royal Court while Master Butcher Doug Piper displayed his knife skills and educated a room full of media foodies on the art of butchery. The custom menu for the dinner was created by Liberty Kitchen’s Chef Travis Lenig.

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Houston Rodeo Delivers a Diverse Food Selection

On March 1, 2016 The Houston Livestock and Rodeo kicks off the season as usual with a parade, the Downtown Rodeo Run, carnival, and musical entertainment. There is going to be three full weeks of crowds gathering to enjoy this Houston tradition while indulging in good food and fun.

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Houston Home Cook Joins Food Network’s All-Star Academy

Sunday, February 14th Season Two of All-Star Academy will feature Houston’s Anna Cooper, who is competing against eight other home cooks for a grand prize of $50,000.00. The contestants are mentored by Professional Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone, Robert Irvine, and Andrew Zimmern and the premiere episode starts at 9 pm central time.

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Glenfiddich Reigns Supreme at Federal Grill

Federal Grill held a private tasting of Glenfiddich’s 50-year-old limited edition single malt scotch. “The Glenfiddich 50-Year-Old is one of the rarest and most precious single-malt whiskies in the world; only 50 bottles are available worldwide and only six in the U.S. The limited edition bottle, retails for $32,000.”

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Pollo Campero Spreads its Wings and Latin Flavors in Houston

In October, Houston’s Greenspoint and Westwood areas were introduced to the Latin American Food chain Pollo Campero. The restaurant which gained notoriety in the United States when it became a common occurrence to witness many travelers returning from Guatemala with boxes of chicken on their departing flights to enjoy on the trip home.

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Chef Leticia Teams with the ADA to Promote Diabetes Awareness

According to The American Diabetes Association more than “30 million Americans have diabetes and most have type 2.” Diabetes can affect anyone, from all walks of life; however, many people who suffer from diabetes are in the Hispanic and African American communities. Currently, the ADA states that 13% of African American adults have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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Ruth Chris Keeps it Classy with Meat and Potatoes

Living in the fourth largest city in the country has so many advantages, especially when it comes to the many options that are available for dining away from home. If you have a special occasion and are looking for a place that has large private dining facilities, excellent wait staff and scrumptious food, then look no further than Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

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The Horse’s House Re-Opens in Bellaire

It was a sad day on January 28, 2015 when La Casa Del Caballo announced via their Facebook page that the restaurant was closed and would re-open in the spring. March and April passed quickly, so did most of our summer, yet the Mexican Steak House was still closed.

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Banking on the Best Fried Fish in the Galaxy

Most native Houstonians probably can name a dozen “fish places” that have come and gone in our city; they pack a punch with a large crowd following for a while and then all of sudden they’re out of business. Almost anyone who enjoys fried seafood has their preference on the types of fish, degree of spice, to the crunchiness of the batter.

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Mark’s Cuisine Launches Menu to Benefit Camp Say

Mark’s American Cuisine introduced Team Style Magazine and a host of media guests to an evening of fine dining and wine tasting. In fact, we were treated to Chef Mark’s 6-course tasting menu, supreme customer service, and an elegant atmosphere. Nick Barton who is the General Manager greeted each guest personally and described each course prior to its’ serving.

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Houston Rockets’ Executive Chef Teams with the National Pork Board

Its grilling season, the temperatures are well into the 90’s and yet this is the time of year when the stove is turned off and the backyard barbeque pits are turned on.

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Houston’s Fit Chef Joins the Cast on Food Network Star

On Sunday June 7, 2015, season 11 of The Food Network’s “Food Network Star” premieres with a brand new cast of finalists that are showcasing their culinary skills and personalities in hopes of becoming

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A Tale of Two Sisters, and Their Wine

On April 20, 2015, Coppa Osteria hosted the Houston Launch of Truvée Wines® with a luncheon fit for royalty. Houston Style Magazine was among the media guests who enjoyed the opulent table

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Rain or Shine, We Drank Wine

Welcome Spring and The Twelfth Annual Sugar Land Wine and Food Fair. The five day event began on April 8, 2015 and the festivities kicked off with La Dolce Vita, a seated five course dinner

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Houstonian Goes to Cooking Boot Camp on The Food Network

On Sunday, January 4, 2015, The Food Network aired the premiere episode of Worst Cooks in America, now in its sixth season. The show features real people from across the United States who have been nominated

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H-E-B’s Panel Wowed by Armadillo & Roadrunner Eggs

Another Houston area finalist impressed the judges in H-E-B’s Quest for Texas Best competition by delivering small bundles of flavor filled packages that shook up the competition.

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Savannah Rose Punch Causes a Ruckus

It’s a known fact that one of the most powerful elements on earth is water, because all living things depend on this element. However, who knew that when wedding caterer Brenda Powell

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Sweet Heat Jam Shakes Up the Competition

Today our culinary journey starts in Katy, Texas with a visit with another finalist from H-E-B’s “Quest for Texas Best” competition. Mother and son, Christine and Nolan Stillwell, are the operators of Sweet Heat Jam Company, which makes a variety of fruit jams that are enhanced with fresh peppers. Some of which are grown in the Stillwell’s backyard. The company was started in 2011 by Nolan, who is described as a culinary artist, an avid gardener, and an entrepreneur, who loves to help others.

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Tex-Mex Gumbo Stirs the Pot

H-E-B’s “Quest For Texas Best “ challenge makes another stop in Houston to recognize George and Rubie Huerta who are among six Houston

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Chuck Eats the Streets of Houston

It’s no secret to Houston's natives and those who have migrated here from near and far places that our city is bursting with a diverse population that represents many parts of our world.

Instant Gratification

Have you ever wanted to treat your friends to a glass of champagne or a dessert from one of your favorite restaurants? Now thanks to Gratafy, a Seattle Washington based company

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Do You Know the Cake Man?

Now that there is a cool snap in the air, fall decorations are beginning to appear along with comfort food and pumpkin flavored everything.

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It’s a Taco Celebration

Happy National Taco Day Houston! October 4th is the official day that tacos are celebrated in our country. According to www.nationaltacoday.com, in the year 2012 Americans ate 4.5 million tacos

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Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

In a city of full of grillers, master chefs, brewers, and wine makers, we have a vast choice of places to wine and dine. In a small neighborhood just outside of downtown, there is La Casa Del Caballo

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An Opulent Re-Opening

On July 8, 2013 The Palm Restaurant in Houston re-opened its doors with a newly remodeled restaurant that was lively, elegant, and full to capacity. When we stepped into the restaurant

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Latin Flavors to the Bone

Welcome summer and hello sizzling temperatures; if you are a Houston native, then you probably have an established routine to keep cool during this time of year. A lot of us simply go with the flow of nature

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An Affair to Remember

Last month Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Houston Style Magazine was among the thousands of individuals who flocked to the grounds of The Historic Imperial Sugar Factory

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No Stopping on the Dance Floor

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars’ 16th season is winding down fast, the show celebrated its 300th episode on Tuesday May 14, 2013, with an opening dance number from the seasoned veterans

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Something’s Brewing in the Fountains

Greetings Style family; today we are taking a trip to The Fountains, not to drink water, but to a place that clearly stands out among the group of restaurants that are side by side

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Travel the World with A Few Dishes

Greetings Style family! When it comes to food, how often have you stepped out of your comfort zone to try a dish from a different region of our world? Fortunately, because we live in Houston

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Sipping With Style

On Saturday April 13, 2013, Houston Style Magazine was treated to a private tasting party hosted by Johnnie Walker’s U.S. Ambassador, Stephen Wilson.

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Family, Fun and Food, is Good Business

Hello Houston, and welcome springtime, I think? This week, many people in our community are preparing to celebrate Easter, which for many of us includes having Sunday brunch out at a local restaurant

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Season’s Eatings

Houston Style Magazine had a reserved front-row seat as Chef Cat Cora wowed an audience comprised of customers, employees, and media with her wit, southern charm, and culinary skills. The event was located on the second floor of Macy’s

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