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BEYOND BLUE Talking One On One With Singer LeAnn Rimes

CHEF SARAH PENROD The Food Network Star Finalist’s Best Entertaining Secrets

‘TIS THE SEASON Celebrate Houston Style!

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32 MADE FROM SCRATCH

44 THE RIGHT STUFF

Food Network Star finalist Chef Sarah Penrod shares her best entertaining tips and a fabulous fudge recipe that’s sure to please. BY LEAH CAST

Iron Chef Kent Rathbun and his Contemporary Global cuisine turn the culinary spotlight on Texas. BY DAVE MUSCARI

28 GOLF WORTH THE TRIP

For glam gifts that have a high wow factor, look no further than our 2014 Holiday Luxe Gift Guide.

After an extensive search, the Houston Symphony has found its new maestro. We extend our warmest welcome to conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada — the man who now leads one of the world’s finest orchestras into its next century. BY ELLEN RITSCHER SACKETT

40 ONE ON ONE Houston Hotel Magazine talks with singer LeAnn Rimes about her life since she hit the big-time while living in Texas. BY DAVE MUSCARI

44 ON THE COVER: The Houston Symphony embarks on a new, exciting era with Columbian-born and Vienna-trained music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada at the podium.

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Our resident golf connoisseur plays a round at Rosewood CordeValle in Northern California and shares his awe-inspiring experience. BY STEVE GUCKENHEIMER

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Here’s some of what we think makes this part of the world special — from Houston Hotel Magazine.

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52 THE SCENE In Houston, we’ve got events to suit everyone’s style. Check our calendar for the best of the city’s culture and entertainment during your stay.

59 DINING

Pat Haverfield

Whether you want a quick bite or a savory sit-down meal, there’s plenty of places from which to choose in Houston. Take a glance at our guide before you go exploring on your next culinary excursion.

65 SHOPPING From trendy boutiques and high-end malls to hip vintage stores, HHM knows the smart spots to shop in H-town.

69 ATTRACTIONS What will make your visit memorable? HHM recommends what to do and where to go for fun and adventure in and around town.

72 OUR PARTING SHOT Here in Houston, we have our own ways of celebrating the holiday season, and we invite you join us. Turn to the back of the magazine to find out more.

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Excitement and cooler temperatures permeate the air as we at Houston Hotel Magazine immerse ourselves in holiday preparations. We’re thrilled to share our area’s finest offerings during the most festive season of year. Gracing our cover is Maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada, new music director of the Houston Symphony. This is an extraordinary time for one of Houston’s finest cultural institutions as the symphony begins an historic era in leadership and enters its 101st season. In this article, we hear firsthand from the maestro himself. Texas is unquestionably known for its love of country music. This issue, we check in with country music’s darling, LeAnn Rimes, who was first branded a star as a teenager while living in Texas. She reflects on life then and now, while filling us in on her latest, including new releases, her reality show and why Texas is so close to her heart.

Texas native Sarah Penrod is gifted with a knack for Southern cooking and a Texassized personality. The two traits combined landed her in the final four on Food Network Star, which airs on Food Network. Sarah shares not only her secrets to holiday hosting but also a special recipe sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Are you in town to shop? Then you’ve come to the right place. Our Holiday Gift Guide will point you in the right direction as you shop Houston for the perfect gift. For fun times, check out The Scene, which includes up-todate listings on everything from concerts and entertainment to sporting events and community activities. If you’re looking for a great restaurant, more shopping ideas or local attractions, you’ll find those here, too, all designed to help you plan your time in Houston. In this issue, we’ve also included a special guide to the city’s top holiday events. Be it a haunted

hike, our annual Thanksgiving Day Parade or Christmas lights at the Houston Zoo, we’ve highlighted some of our favorites for your convenience. No matter the season, welcome to the Texas home of fun. Whether you call us Space City, H-town, the Capital of the Sunbelt or one of our many other nicknames, we’re glad you’re here. Please enjoy this edition of Houston Hotel Magazine with our compliments. It’s the definitive guide for discerning visitors to Houston.

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Whether on their honeymoon or a romantic weekend getaway, couples discover what they are looking for at Viceroy Riviera Maya—complete privacy in an ultra-luxurious and intimate ambiance with special amenities to enhance that special escape. At this exclusive boutique resort in a stunning natural environment, with no kids because guests must be 14 years old, choose from 41 exceptionally spacious villas set in the lush jungle but only steps from the beautiful white-sand Caribbean beach. Highlighting each exquisitely appointed villa is a patio with a private plunge pool where Viceroy Riviera Maya creates the mood for an incredibly sensual evening: ‘Plunge Pool Romantic Turndown’ gives new meaning to how romantic a turndown can be with aromatherapy, candles, lanterns, music, food and drink, and special touches in an evocative ambiance under the stars.

The romance never stops at this award-winning, adults-only resort

Indulge in a massage or couples treatment in a Jungle Spa Suite for Two at the Maya-influenced spa where indigenous healing techniques and traditions infuse every aspect of the guest experience. A favorite of honeymooners is the Xaman Ek fertility massage using an exclusive “love oil.” At the Lagoon Pool or on the sand, get the royal treatment: Relax with your significant other nestled on a comfortable daybed with your every whim catered to by a Pool or Beach Butler. With the “dine anywhere” policy, couples can dine wherever their romantic impulses take them— the beach with a bonfire, La Marea with its gourmet Mexican cuisine served on a sea-view loft, an intimate dinner on their suite’s terrace, or on the resort’s private pier. The pier is also a popular spot for lovers to enjoy a massage for two over the aquamarine Caribbean.

The resort is just 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport and three miles from the restaurants, boutiques and nightlife of popular Playa del Carmen. The Mayordomo team puts the cherry on top of this most romantic of escapes, pampering couples with personalized service. Toll-free 800–578–0281 reservations@viceroyrivieramaya.com www.viceroyrivieramaya.com


Here’s some of what we think makes this part of the world special — from Houston Hotel Magazine.

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Go Texan Products that call Texas home Savor the flavors of Texas, wherever you live. Our suggestions might not fit in your suitcase but can be shipped to your front door. If you’re in Dallas during the State Fair of Texas, stop by the Go Texan store in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Food and Fiber Pavilion; otherwise, visit GoTexan.org for more products made in the Lone Star state.

Gourmet Meal In A Basket Stars Above Texas Gift Set Toffee With A Twist

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$79.99 Chef Gorji, owner of Canary by Gorji restaurant in Dallas, makes creating a gourmet meal easy with favorites from his clean and natural food product line, Gorji Gourmet Foods®. The gift basket includes one jar each of vibrant Pomodoro and tangy Puttanesca Pizza and Pasta Sauces, the versatile Dipping Oil and Marinade, and a bottle of Gorji’s famous Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Gnocchi, pasta, and chef recipes are also included. Add “Zing! By Gorji Cookbook” to the basket for $34.95. 972.503.7080. GorjiGourmetFoods.com

$28.95 Treat yourself or loved ones to a fresh and healthy selection of some of Texas’ sweetest citrus from the Rio Grand Valley. Included in this basket is four Texas Red Grapefruit, four Texas sweet oranges, four Red Delicious apples, one jar of jelly or jam, sprinkled with strawberry-filled candies. Other equally delectable combinations are available online. This basket will be available mid-November; pre-season orders can be taken by telephone. 800.580.1900. CrockettFarms.com

$39.45 Take home the fixin’s for an authentic “Truly Texas” meal packed in a box that’s the shape of the Lone Star state. Customize it to your liking with a choice of BBQ or enchilada sauce, one seasoning, one jelly, three 8 oz. jars of your pick of salsas, queso, mustards or mini peños and a box of the award-winning Truly Texas chili mix. The standard order includes one box of chili mix, spicy enchilada sauce, hoot ‘n holler jalapeño powder, jalapeño salsa, queso and green chile salsa. 936.582.6798. TrulyTexasFoods.com

$110 Cooking is made easier and more flavorful with this combo of three 500ml bottles of premium extra virgin olive oils (Terra Verde, Texas and Sola Stella) and traditional Terra Verde balsamic vinegar that’s simply the best we’ve tried. We also recommend trying the fruit and garlic-infused balsamic vinegars to brighten up salads and add tang to marinades (available for purchase separately). 512-607.6512. TexasHillCountryOliveCo.com

Prices start at $7 per ¼ lb. Bite into this traditional nutty English treat mixed with a Texas blend of ingredients, and we swear you’ll never be tempted by another. Chose from almond, Texas pecan, walnut, peanut, macadamia, or dusted with Ghost Pepper for a spicy kick, packaged in 4-, 8and 16-ounce cellophane bags or a Texas-shaped tin. Order online to knock off that corporate gift list in one fell swoop. As for yourself, make sure you pack this in your suitcase, or it’ll never make it home. 800.599.2133. TexasToffee.com

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Made To Measure Basiques travelwear line for women delivers the perfect fit

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Colette Mayers used to dread shopping as she struggled to find stylish, age-appropriate clothes that fit. Now, she says, she dresses with confidence, thanks to the creative designs of Sheri Falk. “Once I turned 40, the trendy clothes didn’t fit my body type any more, yet I didn’t want to look frumpy,” says Mayers, a Houston resident. “Sheri was phenomenal. She gave me a slew of options and showed me how to wear them. Now, I never have to worry about how I look.” Falk is the owner and creative force behind the Houston-based women’s travelwear line Basiques, a custom clothing service offered by appointment onsite to women in their homes or hotel rooms. She said her brand specializes in providing women a wardrobe with “the perfect fit” in mind. “Men, for generations, have been accustomed to getting these made-to-measure garments; it’s just standard menswear protocol,” Falk says. “Women are the ones with hips and curves

and shapes that have very unique proportions, but are often the ones left to shop off the rack.” “Basiques has always been about fantastic products coupled with the service of teaching women how to build a wardrobe for their unique, individual body shapes and sizes.” The brand features a specialized fitting system that creates a profile for each client and provides instruction on how to highlight and contour her unique silhouette. After selecting fabrics, clients then have a custom wardrobe built for them with the option to order additional items online. Falk said the collection, which does offer some ready-to-wear pieces, focuses on providing the basic staples of a women’s wardrobe, such as classic shirts, pants, skirts and jackets. “What I have discovered through the years is that simplicity is often the hardest to find,” she said. “Texas women have very big closets, but if we’re

not careful, we can end up with a huge wardrobe and nothing to wear.” Falk’s journey in fashion and appreciation for simplicity began while living in Paris after completing business school. She said it was the French style of wearing great-fitting, classic clothes, rather than chasing trends, that inspired her to launch her own clothing brand. “As a woman, I was so tired of buying something new for one occasion, then never wearing it again,” she said. “I created Basiques based on the idea that we don’t need a lot of things, we just need a few great things.” Upon returning to the U.S., Falk said she started her very first fashion company, La Chemise Blanche, in Dallas in partnership with designer Anne Fontaine. Then, after several years of heading North American operations for Fontaine in New York, Falk started Basiques in 2001. Now headquartered in Houston, Basiques has style


teams in New York, Boston and throughout Texas. Falk said she has positioned the collection as a travel wardrobe because there is a connection between traveling and the need for stylish yet functional attire. “Women who travel have multifaceted activities going on throughout the day, and there needed to be a style choice that could fit all of those personalities, from work meetings to evening affairs,” Falk said. “Basiques is an obvious match because we represent the classic pieces you are wearing time and again.” Basiques.com — LEAH CAST

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Model S

Model X

Clean And Mean Electric cars come to Texas

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Electric and elegant — the cars of the future are here, on display at the Tesla Gallery in the Houston Galleria. These sleek, high-performance vehicles would thrill the company’s namesake, Nikola Tesla, a visionary SerbianAmerican scientist who unveiled alternating current at Chicago’s World Columbian Exposition 121 years ago. By career’s end, he had developed fluorescent, neon and laser lights and wireless communication. He also invented the AC induction electric motor, transformed into today’s Tesla Model S, SUV/ minivan Model X and sporty Roadster. Model S features an aluminum body reinforced with boron steel, rear wheel drive, liquid-cooled powertrain and regenerative braking system. Separate vehicle and 8-year battery warranties ensure unmatched coverage. The glass panoramic roof raises for a convertible-like driving experience, and rear seats fold to create an amazing 58 cubic feet

of storage, easily loaded through the rear hatchback. Model X, a blended SUV and minivan, features dual motor, allwheel drive and a center of gravity lower than any SUV. The resulting torque and traction deliver a stunning show of agility and performance. Too-tight parking spots evaporate when Model X doors become “falcon wings,” rising up and out over the vehicle. This unique design allows drivers and second-row passengers full access while entering or exiting the vehicle and also provides easy access to third-row occupants. At the Tesla Gallery at the Houston Galleria, visitors may customize their Model S at design stations, slide into the driver’s seat in static displays, and speak with product specialists in private seating areas. Gallery visitors will receive information only, however, because Texas laws prevent direct sales by manufacturers. “[In Texas,] we educate people about the company, our

technology and the benefits of going electric,” says Alexis Georgeson, Tesla spokesperson. “Texas customers are able to purchase the Model S online on their computers or smartphones.” Teslas crave only clean electricity and produce zero emissions. Models S and X travel up to 265 miles on a single charge, and the Roadster boasts a 245-mile range. The cars can be charged at any 240-volt, standard 120-volt wall outlet or free Tesla charging station and can receive a 50 percent charge in about 20 minutes at free Tesla supercharging stations. Tesla owners — which include 2,000 Texans, to date — may charge at two Houston locations, including the Galleria. Travelers heading north from Houston on I-45 may power up in Corsicana and Huntsville, and, those heading west on I-10, in Columbus. Service centers in Texas are located in Houston, Dallas and Austin. TeslaMotors.com — PATI HAWORTH


Design-minded>>

Bernadette Schaeffler enjoyed a youth infused with a kaleidoscope of art, multi-cultural environments and diverse styles and design. She traversed the charms of Southern Italy and sampled the refined elegance and sophistication of France and was steeped in the precision and quality of the German lifestyle. Schaeffler was raised with a keen eye for quality honed through years of extensive travel with her father, owner of Germany’s first high-end shoe distributor. She worked throughout regions of Europe and visited leather manufacturers in Italy, including Ferragamo, Bruno Mali, Sergio Rossi and Bally. From these master craftsmen, she learned important nuances of quality and methods of construction. Later, she parlayed this knowledge into an element of her success as she chose leather sofa designs for her clients. Twenty years ago, Schaeffler moved with her family to the United States. She instantly fell in

love with the diversity, freedom and entrepreneurial spirit of America, as she saw that here, with hard work, dreams can become reality. Schooled with a degree in business from University of Mainz, Germany, she was prepared when she opened her first showroom, the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection, in Texas. In the collection, Schaeffler incorporates influences of Milan, Venice, and Paris —cities known for their sophistication of style, color and design. Schaeffler’s Texas connections allow her to provide a growing U.S. clientele with collections from master craftsman around the world. The German native insists on being “hands on,” a trait she likely inherited from early travels with her father. She personally selects unique furniture, glassware, pottery and one-of-a-kind accessories for her signature collection as she visits manufacturers around the globe. Schaeffler is on a quest to eradicate the cookie-cutter

options that often permeate design for her clients that, until now, have been unaware other choices existed. “Quality always endures the test of time,” she says. “Discerning clients have an expanded awareness and desire to collect the best, without compromising their high standards.” There’s both art and science in blending a client’s personal tastes to create a masterpiece within every room of a home or office, each of which reflects a balance and unique “personality,” Schaeffler believes. As one client noted, “Bernadette expands her client’s range of perception, fusing Old World classics with more modern simplicity.” In an era where outsourcing of manufacturing frequently sacrifices quality, Schaeffler insists on using only the best and has created a thriving business by following this mantra. BernadetteSchaeffler.com

Distinguished Décor Bernadette Schaeffler brings European quality and high style to Texas

— STEPHANIE OAKES

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Forget Chinese, French or Italian. You’ve come all the way to Texas — home of the steer — and you want some meat. From mouthwatering rib-eyes to succulent strips, the best steaks in the country can be found right here. Because there’s nothing better than that first bite of premium beef grilled to perfection, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best steakhouses in Houston. At each one you’ll find fine dining, excellent service, extensive wine lists and prime cuts of beef you will be raving about for days.

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Morton’s The Steakhouse

This contemporary evolution of the classic steakhouse is located in the Houston Pavilions, the heart of downtown shopping and nightlife. Meet friends in the energized bar and lounge sizzling with style, then peruse the savvy menu, which features USDA prime beef, oceanfresh seafood, and lighter, local favorites. The inviting foyer greets you with an array of fine wines — more than 1,500 bottles — in glass-enclosed wine rooms.

A member of the Landry family of restaurants, this award-winning fine-dining destination opened in 1996 and was among the first quality steakhouses in the Galleria area. Morton’s is a favorite of star athletes, business tycoons, celebrity attorneys and members of the Houston social scene. Recent updates include the addition of Bar 12.21.

1201 San Jacinto St. 713.658.9457

1001 McKinney St. (Downtown) 713.659.3700

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Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou

Mo’s … A Place for Steaks

For generations, Houston diners have chosen the lush, wooded setting of this restaurant when marking a special occasion or just indulging in a superb dining experience. Brenner’s also features an unparalleled Sunday brunch and Blue, a luxurious, high-energy patio bar. Favorite menu offerings include crunchy German potatoes and apple strudel. 1 Birdsall St. 713.868.4444 brennerssteakhouse.com/bayou

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Opulent and romantic, Del Frisco’s is located in the Galleria shopping complex close to Houston’s lively business and commercial action. The elegant, two-story space with sweeping windows offers guests a luxurious dining experience. The Galleria location offers guests a unique New Orleans-inspired “lagniappe” menu not available at any other Houston steakhouse.

5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.629.1946

This award-winning restaurant located in the Galleria area offers a sophisticated feel, great food, and unmatched service combined in a customized dining experience. Wet-aged steaks arrive at the table beautifully cut, cooked and plated, and the menu includes an extensive wine list; Mo’s is a luxury that feels luxurious. Guests may choose to dine at the bar, in the dining room or on the patio. 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720 mosaplaceforsteaks.com

Mr. Peeples

788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. North (Town & Country) 713.827.1120 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands 281.362.0103 flemingssteakhouse.com

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse This premier, family-led steakhouse serves dry-aged, prime beef accompanied by succulent side dishes and rich desserts. Our chefs, sommeliers and service staff, some of whom have been with us for years, have only one goal, to make your total dining experience the finest ever. 5839 Westheimer Road 713.780.7352

9827 Katy Freeway 832.358.9000 perryssteakhouse.com

This modern seafood and steak restaurant provides a unique dining experience enhanced by unmatched culinary design, superior service, energetic style, and intimate elegance. Chefs Pedro Silva, Angel Rios and Johnny Wesley have designed a distinctive menu featuring delectable dishes that include the finest seafood, steaks, desserts, wine and cocktails. 1911 Bagby St. 713.652.0711 mrpeeples.com

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6100 Westheimer Road 713.977.2544

This award-winning menu serves hand-selected, aged USDA prime beef in a comfortable, casual yet elegant setting, complete with a spectacular selection of world-class wines. For a memorable dining experience, select from among savory specialties such as Perry’s Famous Pork Chop or chateaubriand, then choose a favorite flaming dessert for the perfect finish.

Fleming’s Steakhouse

2405 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.520.5959

Guests are in for a treat as the Houston restaurant has been not just remodeled, but rebuilt. The restaurant proudly serves USDA primeaged beef, jumbo Nova Scotia lobster, heritage Italian entrees and premium seafood cooked to perfection, with service and atmosphere not found anywhere else. The Palm’s philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food and always exceed expectations.

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille

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Shula’s Steak House Owned by Pro Football Hall of Fame coach-turned-restaurateur Don Shula, this fine dining restaurant features the Shula Cut® of premium Black Angus beef. “We feature the biggest and best steaks, so it’s fitting to be here in Texas — where everything is bigger,” says Shula. Sink your teeth into a 48-ounce porterhouse seared to perfection.

pappasbros.com

5061 Westheimer Road 713.355.2600

The sensational menu offers the finest USDA prime beef, available both wet- and dry-aged, and your choice of either broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron-crusted. Steak companions include truffle-poached lobster, Diablo shrimp, and king crab topped with caviar. Each dish is crafted from scratch by the culinary team and served by skillful staff members.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner for two, an important business meeting or an intimate private party, this elegant restaurant can accommodate your needs in a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is centrally located in the heart of Houston, next to the Aloft Hotel by the Galleria. 5433 Westheimer Road 713.961.0333 ruthschris.com

1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777 donshula.com

Smith and Wollensky Located in Houston’s affluent Highland Village, this traditional green-and-white steakhouse is more than a neighborhood icon; it’s one of the most desirable destinations of the Houston social scene. Seating up to 350 guests indoors or on the outdoor patio, it’s the ultimate atmosphere for luxury dining. The restaurant proudly serves USDA prime steaks, premium seafood and award-winning wines. 4007 Westheimer Road 713.621.7555 smithandwollensky.com

Sullivan’s Steakhouse Located near the Galleria, this upscale steakhouse is nestled just inside Loop 610, a few blocks from Highland Village. Rich interiors include elegant finishes, an expansive wine cellar and inviting bar, which combine to create a one-of-a-kind Houston steakhouse experience. Sullivan’s is open weekdays for lunch and each evening for dinner. Offerings include a prix fixe menu. 4608 Westheimer Road 713.961.0333 sullivanssteakhouse.com

Vic and Anthony’s Located near Minute Maid Park in the heart of downtown Houston, this premier steakhouse features an elegant, yet intimate, atmosphere enhanced by undeniable attention to detail. The award-winning menu features only the finest prime beef, fresh seafood and more, as well as an extensive wine collection. 1510 Texas St. 713.228.111 vicandanthonys.com


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Penrod made it to the final four on Season 10 of Food Network Star.

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ooking for the holidays is something Houston-area Chef Sarah Penrod knows something about. After all, the Southern cooking skill and Texas-sized personality that landed her in the final four on Food Network Star earlier this year didn’t come from a culinary textbook. “I have this huge family, and we get together all the time for Sunday dinners and especially holidays,” says Penrod, 31, A native Texan and resident of League City southeast of Houston. “We’re like redneck Italians! I grew up around loud personalities, food and entertaining.” It was this family environment — and her daily childhood routine watching the TV cooking shows that followed Sesame Street — that nurtured Penrod’s desire to become a chef. After training at Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, landing a job as personal chef for San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker

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Food Network Star finalist Sarah Penrod cooking for the Star Challenge “Live Demo at Knotts Berry Farm” on Season 10.

and his then-wife Eva Longoria, and jumping into the national spotlight as a finalist on the most recent season of Food Network Star, Penrod’s whirlwind career has kept her right where she wants to be: in the kitchen. “Going on Food Network Star was certainly the experience of a lifetime,” says Penrod. “Ever since the show, doors have been opening. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but right now, I feel so blessed and have faith that this is just the beginning.” Penrod says she’s working with an agent to continue her pursuits in food television, with hopes of getting her show concept, The Lone Star Kitchen, on the air. Today, Penrod produces a local cooking TV show, Let’s Eat Houston, and writes a popular food blog, in addition to running her private chef business and raising two sons. Whatever exciting developments the future holds, Penrod says they won’t prevent her from taking part in holiday season festivities: hosting big family gatherings and cooking some of her favorite dishes. 26

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“Fall is definitely my favorite season,” Penrod says. “It’s a time for feasting and gathering — and remembering what’s important.” For her own holiday preparations, Penrod says she loves visiting the pick-your-own produce farms found throughout the state and coming up with flavorful treats, such as her famous white-chocolate pumpkin cheesecake or her Texas fudge with fresh fruit add-ins. But, when it comes to hosting holiday dinners, Penrod says she likes to “keep things simple” and advises others to do the same. “When you try to spread yourself too thin, that’s when things get crazy,” she says. “I always suggest focusing on a couple of main dishes that you can do really well, rather than trying to do too many elaborate dishes that turn out just OK.” For large dinner parties, Penrod suggests preparing some items, such as dressings and sauces, the day before. To save time for perfecting main dishes, Penrod says, it is worth purchasing certain foods, such as

hummus or dinner bread, from your favorite restaurant. And, when it comes to cooking, Penrod says you shouldn’t be afraid to try new things. “A lot of people say never make a new recipe when you are entertaining, but I don’t necessarily abide by that rule,” she says. “If it’s [from] a source you have tested in the past and you are comfortable, it’s perfectly fine and can be really fun.” For Penrod, hosting a great holiday dinner isn’t just about the food, either. She says going the extra mile when decorating your tablescape, setting lighting and selecting ambiance music can make a huge difference for guests as well. “People don’t forget walking into a home filled with warmth,” she says. “You want to set the mood for the holiday before anyone ever reaches the table.”


Food Network Star Chef Sarah Penrod shares on e of her favorite recipes for the fa ll and holidays.

Texas Fud ge I might be a professional chef, but I’m the kind of girl who would rather have an easy, reliable recipe that I can experiment with over a technical recipe, any day of the week. Candy-making is notoriously difficult and not for the faint of heart, no matter how sweet and innocent the finished project might look! Boiling liquid sugar? Thanks, but I’ll pass! My suggestion for your holiday sweet tooth? Try this great 4th generation fudge formula straight from my kin folks in Sweetwater, Texas. Let’s not even call it a recipe, because it is really just a good base for making all of those delightful varieties of “fudgalicious” goodness we pass out when the cold weather hits. You can try my variations or experiment with your own!

MAIN INGREDIENTS • 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk • 3 c. semi-sweet chocolate (or white chocolate, dark chocolate) chips • 1 t. vanilla • Pinch of salt In a saucepan, whisk 1 can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk with 3 cups of your choice of chocolate until melted. Throw in 1 t. vanilla and a dash of salt. Stir and quickly pour into a straight-edged casserole-style dish lined with wax paper or parchment paper; a little baking spray on the bottom of the pan will help the

paper stick to it. Cool in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Pop the fudge out by pulling up on the wax paper and cut into squares. To spice up this recipe, try stirring in these variations with the chocolate chips, per the instructions above: RASPBERRY WASABI • 1 t. wasabi powder • 1/3 c. seedless raspberry jam (Use with white chocolate chips) ROOTBEER • 1 t. root beer extract (Use with white chocolate chips)

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OREO DREAMS VERSION Make a double recipe, one with white chocolate chips, one with dark chocolate chips. Pour both into the pan and use the end of a sharp knife to make swirls. Top with crushed Oreos before placing in the refrigerator to chill. ADDITIONAL STIR-IN IDEAS AND TOPPERS: citrus zest, crushed peppermints, pistachios, jams and lemon curd, fresh vanilla bean, dried cherries, Butterfinger candies, M&Ms, mashed bananas, salted caramel or a pinch of cayenne pepper in dark chocolate fudge base.

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Golf Worth The Trip Our resident golf connoisseur plays a round at Rosewood CordeValle in Northern California and shares his experience. BY STEVE GUCKENHEIMER

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or complete rest and relaxation, here’s a suggestion: Escape for a few days to Rosewood CordeValle, a luxurious boutique hideaway and golf resort in Northern California. Privacy and pampering are key at the 45room Rosewood property at San Martin, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains on 1,700 acres of rolling terrain. This charming, sophisticated retreat earned the distinction as Northern California’s #1 resort in the Best in the World Readers’ Choice Award category in the 2012 edition of Conde Nast Traveler and its Gold List from 2012 through 2014. The exclusive property’s centerpiece is the Rosewood CordeValle golf course, which was designed by renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course, which opened in 1999, is currently ranked No. 61 by Golf Digest on its list of

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America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The course’s stature and popularity skyrocketed since hosting the PGA Tour Frys.com Open from 2010 to 2013 and the 2013 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. In 2016, the world’s finest female golfers will compete in the prestigious U.S. Women’s Open at Rosewood CordeValle. The club boasts a large, local private membership, which shares tee times with resort guests whenever possible. I enjoyed a leisurely lunch on the patio of the Lion’s Peak Grill, one of the hotel’s four excellent dining options, and then spent a few minutes warming up on the driving range before Nick Bailey, director of golf, invited me onto the course. While the Rosewood CordeValle course can play up to 7,360 yards from the Black (pro) tees, I elected the member Green tees measuring 6,482, playing to

a par 72 with a slope rating of 131. There are additional teeing choices at Blue (6,810 yards), White (6,010 yards) and Red (5,325 yards). My caddie, Erik, who had caddied for the course architect on several occasions, made the round especially entertaining as he shared insights on the club’s rich history. “This is Mr. Jones favorite hole,” he remarked, as we approached the 13th tee. The scenery is captivating, making it more than a little difficult, at times, to focus on the next shot. The sixth hole, in particular, presents a picturesque panorama, as the fairway is adjacent to the Clos Lachance Winery and its 150-acre vineyard. I was struck by the beautiful setting, which invokes the grapecovered hills of Tuscany, Italy. Resort guests are welcome to visit the winery for a closer look, tours, tastings, picnics — and even a game of bocce ball.


On the resort’s 2.3-mile hiking trail, fresh-air enthusiasts can experience the splendor of the surrounding natural areas and catch glimpses of wildlife. Other outdoor experiences include the tennis center, which features four Plexicushion tournament courts, and a pool centrally located behind the reception area. For those who prefer indoor activities, Rosewood CordeValle boasts a world-class Sense® Spa and top-notch fitness facility. An outstanding art collection is on display throughout the property, and a library off the main lobby provides a quiet, comfortable place to relax. Rosewood CordeValle’s intimate lodging options vary in size from 550 to 1,100 square feet and include 12 fairway rooms, 28 bungalows, and five villa suites. The 750-square-foot bungalows built high above the ninth fairway, for example, overlook sprawling meadowlands

and lush, tree-covered hills; these bungalows are just a few of Rosewood CordeValle’s private sanctuaries offering welcome respite from city life. Rosewood CordeValle also serves well as a home base from which to explore other acclaimed golf courses, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Pasatiempo Golf Course. All are located within an hour’s drive of Rosewood CordeValle, which is 25 miles south of the San Jose airport, west of Highway 101, and 45 minutes north of the Monterey Peninsula. For both the adventurous golfer and those seeking peaceful solitude, I highly recommend Rosewood CordeValle – it’s a perfect getaway and well worth the trip.

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or a guy who started his restaurant career as a dishwasher in a Missouri diner, Kent Rathbun has come a long way. Now he stands among the most prestigious culinary figures in Texas, paving the way for others to follow. Rathbun was nominated four times for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest. He has been featured on The Food Network television programs, including Chef du Jour, Cooking Live with Sara Moulton and Ready Set Cook, and he successfully competed on Iron Chef America. In addition, Rathbun has been a popular guest for years on network television shows. Rathbun’s restaurants create buzz. They have also helped define Dallas’ identity as one of America’s premiere culinary destinations, from awardwinning Abacus in Uptown to Jasper’s in Plano. The chef’s last offering, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen in the Park Cities, closed last May with promises to “re-concept the space” sometime in the fall. Rathbun discovered his passion for cooking when he was 10 years old. “My brother and I grew up in a family of people who loved to celebrate in the kitchen,” he says, 34

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reminiscing about his mother, father and grandmother. “They weren’t chefs, but they were great country cooks.” His first serious job was at La Bonne Auberge, an upscale French restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, where his mother worked as a maître d’. “I got an apprenticeship when I was 17 years old as a junior in high school,” Rathbun remembers. His experience there was an education and opened his eyes to the complexities of ingredients and the fine art of preparation. “I kicked my career off quicker than most people,” he says. As he moved on, Rathbun worked with some of the best chefs in the country at Mr. B’s in New Orleans, American Restaurant and Milano in Kansas City, Missouri, and The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Landmark Restaurant in the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas. Rathbun began traveling annually to Bangkok. The seminal experience provided the research and resources he needed to create his personal culinary vernacular, the basis of what would morph into his signature cuisine. Drawing on influences from the Pacific Rim, Southwest, Mediterranean,

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Creole and other parts of the world, Rathbun’s unique amalgamation of flavors formed the underpinnings of his first restaurant, Abacus. Abacus was a sensation from the day it opened in Dallas in 1999. Diverse and distinctive, fans flocked to it, and culinary critics fawned over it. The restaurant was honored as Bon Appetit’s 2001 Best of the Year; it was tabbed as one of the top meals around the world by USA Today and was featured in Southern Living, Elle and Texas Monthly. With critical acclaim mounting and a fiery following of foodie fans, Rathbun seized the moment to work on his second concept, Jasper’s, which debuted in 2003. It became another darling among national food critics and was named one of Esquire’s top 20 best new American restaurants. For this venture, he added a touch of home cooking creatively baked into a fresh outdoor theme. Steaks, chops, fish, rotisserie chicken, pasta, pizza and, of course, his mother’s famous “sink salad,” are the mainstays of Jasper’s menu. Word spread about his brand of “gourmet backyard cuisine,” and he successfully expanded the concept from Dallas to Austin and The Woodlands.


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Rathbun’s catering company also is a success. His client list includes businessman and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and The Kenny GossGeorge Michael Foundation. His line of culinary products, Ken Rathbun Elements, includes imaginative sauces, dressings, spices and marinades. Rathbun has left a big imprint on some of Texas’ hottest young chefs, including Tre Wilcox, who has appeared on Bravo cable channel and Top Chef. Wilcox logged nearly 10 years in Rathbun’s kitchen before going on his own. “I can’t tell you all the things that were drilled into my head, but most of it probably came from Kent,” he says. “Make it nice or make it twice,” Rathbun would say, according to Wilcox. “You couldn’t get a sloppy dish past him.” Rathbun’s impressive list of protégés also includes Aaron Staudenmaier, executive chef at Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas; Katie and George Brown, who recently opened Experimental Table, a farmto-table catering venture; and Casey Thompson, executive chef at Aveline in San Francisco’s Union Square and runner-up

on season three of Top Chef. Rathbun beams when he talks about the many chefs he has mentored. “Hopefully, I have given them as much as they have given me.” Rathbun and his Atlanta-based restaurateur brother Kevin Rathbun were contestants in 2008 on Iron Chef America, defeating Food Network resident grill master Bobby Flay. Kent Rathbun still speaks highly of the program, calling it “the mac daddy television show” and “one of the most awesome things that have ever happened” to him. “[Iron Chef America] is not a BS show, you know? It’s two teams of chefs in a rockin’ kitchen with awesome products. Nobody is there trying to slip you up with some kind of weird or rotten ingredient or cooking off the back of a pick-up truck. It’s all about skill, and being able to deliver five plates.” Rathbun lends his celebrity status to good causes and is a staunch supporter of organizations, including the American Cancer Society, North Texas Food Bank, March of Dimes and American Heart Association. Of course, he’s only too happy to spread the word about his adopted state’s culinary

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scene. “We’re more than just barbecue in Texas,” he says. Rathbun’s seen his share of culinary transformations. “The biggest change is the products that we’re able to get so close to home,” he says. He’s also watched a variety of trends gain steam, including the current emphasis on a farm-to-table philosophy. “We try to bring the best products we can to the kitchen. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to pay attention to what’s in our own backyard,” he says. “Let’s face it: we don’t have everything we need. We’re not growing halibut in the Gulf. If that means buying from a farm in Cleveland, we do. If that means buying from seafood purveyors in Boston or Honolulu, we do.” However, he says, now many more quality state producers offer cheeses, honeys, different kinds of artisan meats and vegetables. Restaurants, chefs and, ultimately, consumers are the beneficiaries. “It’s better than it has ever been in terms of the products available to us inside our own little state. Not that it’s a little state,” he adds with a laugh.

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s a pint-size performer with a powerful, soulful voice, LeAnn Rimes took country music by storm in 1996 with her unforgettable rendition of “Blue.” Although a few others had recorded the country tearjerker, written in 1956, it was relatively untouched when songwriter Bill Mack handed it to the Texas youngster, then age 11. “Blue” was a breakthrough and made Rimes America’s biggest little country star since fellow Texan Tanya Tucker struck gold – at the same age – with “Delta Dawn” in 1972. Rimes’ rendition of Mack’s song eventually reached No. 1 on the country charts and paved her way to stardom. We recently connected with the 32-year-old singer at her home in Southern California to talk about her life, her career and her Texas connection.

... He’d left to go run an errand, and when he came back I had basically made it my own, with the whole yodel thing that wasn’t there. Then he looked at it in a whole different light. I mean, thank God I dug it out of the trash. It just goes to show you, the song was there, absolutely. I guess I had an intuition to go and make it mine. I was always defiant. If someone said I couldn’t do something, I’d say, “Yes, I can.” That defiance is what made me take it out of the trash, for sure.

HHM: How did your latest CD release, Dance Like You Don’t Give a… Greatest Hits Remixes come about? LR: I have had fans ask for this for a really long time – to have all of my greatest hits that have been remixed over the years on one disc. I love dancing. I’ve had a lot of success on the dance charts, so it may seem like a complete HHM: Tell us about your first big hit, “Blue.” departure, but it’s not. It’s fun to be able to do something like LR: I came in one day and told that, too. my dad I wanted to listen to my demo of the song, and he said he HHM: You also have a new Christmas EP threw it in the trash. I dug it out in the works? 42

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LR: It’s a CD called One Christmas. I think every title has “Christmas” in it, except “Silent Night.” My favorite song on the record is “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas.” It sounds like you’re in the middle of New Orleans at times, with horns and whistles blowing … it is really fun! I think I used every different part of my voice on this record. HHM: How would you describe your voice? LR: That’s difficult (laughs). I would say there’s a depth to it that has developed over the years that I didn’t have when I was a kid. I have really good pitch – that’s the one thing that has always been consistent for me. As I’ve gotten older, there’s a soulfulness to my voice, an honesty that I am somehow able to convey emotion through. It’s just what’s come naturally to me my whole life. I feel like I am fully developed in my style now. I have this break in my voice that I just naturally learned to do from when I learned to yodel when I was 7; I have been influenced by


Rimes’ most recent work includes Spitfire, Dance Like You Don’t Give A…Greatest Hits Remixes and this fall’s One Christmas.

certain people but I definitely developed my own thing. HHM: You built quite a résumé at a very young age. What stands out about those days? LR: I think I was very much a normal girl. I went to public school. The major difference was that every weekend I was performing … people knew my name … people were playing my music. I worked really hard when I was a kid. When I was 11 and signed my record deal, a lot of people would say, “Oh, well you really didn’t have to work that hard for it. It just kind of came to you.” That wasn’t the case. HHM: How is your approach to music different now than it was when you were younger? LR: I approach music with less fear, and I feel like I’m making music that I want to make. There’s more humanity in my music and the well I have to draw from. I’m not afraid to do that. I realize that I’m a human being with feelings and a gift to be able to share those.

From that perspective, yeah, it’s totally different from the way I approached it when I was a kid. I’m one of those people that feel things way more than the normal person. There is a vulnerability that I think I have embraced more than ever, rather than shy away from it. Music moves me tremendously. Sometimes I have to not think about the story that I’m telling in the song because the story will affect me, and I will start crying. I’m less afraid to show those emotions on stage than I was when I was a kid. It’s a double-edged sword; I mean, it is a blessing and a curse, to feel all of those things. And the blessing, thank God, to be able to get it out through music like that – as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate that part of the gift more than ever. HHM: Tell us about LeAnn and Eddie, the reality series on VH1 featuring you and your husband, Eddie Cibrian. LR: The show itself is really a satirical look at our lives. We actually didn’t film in our house.

We have two boys around, and we didn’t want to disrupt their lives. The show is produced, but it’s also what you get from Eddie and me, and the honesty of Eddie and me … and what we’ve gone through. It’s the story of us that’s never been told by us. HHM: Your formative years were spent in Texas, but do you consider yourself Texan? LR: I love Texas. I still have extended family [members] that live there. I consider a huge part of my upbringing and its influence on me as Texan. I call myself 100 percent Texan. My family and friends know, if you’re around me enough, [you] will hear me say, “I miss Texas.” There’s just something different there that I grew up with. It’s a huge part of me. [It was] such an influence on what I am and what I like. Texans are proud, very proud people. And I’m proud to call myself one.

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After an extensive search, the Houston Symphony has found its new maestro. We extend our warmest welcome to music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada — the man leading one of the world’s finest orchestras into its next century.

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and the orchestra began to play “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He then turned to conduct the audience, motioning when to sing loudly or softly, and in exchange for his energy and broad smile, they offered an enthusiastic, joyful song.

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Orozco-Estrada then turned his full attention to his orchestra and conducted a program filled with classical music warhorses by Mozart, Haydn and Mussorsky, and he was rewarded by standing ovations after every piece. The concert ended triumphantly and the audience leapt from their seats in applause, cheering as Orozco-Estrada to returned repeatedly to the stage in acknowledgement. They left the hall wanting more, and thus began a new era for Houston Symphony and the start to its 101st season. “I feel so warmly received and so welcome — not only musically, but as a human experience of very high quality,” Orozco-Estrada says of his relationship with the Houston Symphony. “How happy I am feeling now coming into the Houston Symphony family,” he says and adds that he feels the

support from the stage manager, the staff, the board, the CEO, the donors and of course, the musicians. The opening-night concert and black-tie gala — including a posh pre-concert reception and postconcert seated dinner followed by dancing — was wedged between two free public performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre and Jones Hallfor “‘¡Bienvenido, Andrés!’ Weekend.” More than 12,000 people attended the three concerts, and tens of thousands more experienced them via live television and radio broadcasts. The programs included a mix of American and Columbian music and folk dancing in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, intended to reach out to the community, especially Houston’s growing contingent of Spanish-speaking residents, who may not have had enjoyed prior, ready access to symphonic music. Orozco-Estrada says he is proud to be the first Hispanic conductor of the Houston Symphony. “It


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gives us a strong opportunity to connect with this community,” which he says, is an organic part of American culture. “Traditional classical music is European,” he says. “This is our opportunity to take all this and make it very close to them. This is why I hope we will have more connection.” He invites those who have had little reason to hear symphonic music before “to sit in the concert hall and experience this unique universe of the classical music world.” Orozco-Estrada, 36, dispels the stereotypical, authoritative image of a music conductor — a sort of dictator who calls all the shots from the podium. Instead the youthful maestro views his relationship with the orchestra as collaborative. His initial programming for the 2014-2015 season was chosen carefully to appeal to and educate

audiences, while concurrently building a musical foundation with the orchestra. “When I start to make music with a new orchestra, I need to develop the way to express our music, how we speak the language together … our way to communicate this language together,” he explains. “The beginning of the symphony repertoire starts

to articulate, the balance, the colors, and how we put together the melody, the harmony and the accompaniment. This brings the music into perfect balance,” he says. “This is my first goal.” “Making music for me is a human experience, more than playing the notes and [producing] something mechanical,” he says. “The intellectual aspect of music you need as a basis, but communication only happens from picturing the music with a full combinations of colors.” Orozco-Estrada began his musical training as a violinist and was just 15 years old when took his first conducting lessons. He moved to Vienna in 1977 and joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic at the Vienna Music Academy. He completed his degree with distinction by conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was

“The intellectual aspect of music you need as a basis, but communication only happens from picturing the music with a full combinations of colors.” with Haydn and Mozart, using the orchestra in a classical way that’s revolutionary and avante garde — in a very interesting modern way. This was very important: to choose these composers to start to express music together — how we want

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Principal violist Wayne Brooks makes a notation in his music as requested by his new boss.

The newly appointed music director chats with orchestra musicians, including principal cellist, Brinton Averil Smith, who will perform the Schumann Cello Concerto conducted by Maestro Orozco-Estrada at the end of November.

ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY The Houston Symphony is one of Texas’ oldest performing arts institutions, and the full-time orchestra of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston. The ensemble presents more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children annually. For more information and tickets, visit HoustonSymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.

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dubbed “a brilliant stand-in” for Esa-Pekka Solonen following his Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra debut in 2010 and garnered rave reviews when he stepped in with one rehearsal’s notice to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic for Ricardo Muti. He has guest conducted many of the world’s most renowned orchestras, and, in addition to his five-year Houston Symphony appointment, he has been named chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra this season and will become principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra beginning in 2015. “I say this with a lot of respect,” Orozco-Estrada says. “I went to Vienna when I was 19. I know this tradition, this big German and Austrian quality that belongs to the old school. The orchestra [Houston Symphony] was not just looking

for a new boy with nice moves or good energy; they were looking for someone with the knowledge of the European tradition and the old school,” he says. “It’s a big honor. I am really continuing the history of the Houston Symphony,” he says. Most recently, the orchestra’s music directors have included Austrian conductor Hans Graf

Orozco-Estrada was, in fact, the 27th candidate interviewed for the symphony’s music director position over the span of three years. His Hispanic heritage and youth — specifically his vitality and ability to be approachable and in touch with people in the community — were factors in his favor. The search committee was “looking for something specific,” he says. “They didn’t want to make the decision too fast or choose the wrong person. … Everybody is supportive and happy with this final decision. This makes the beginning of our relationship absolutely a dream and ideal situation.” [2001¬–2013] and German-born “Our search committee had pianist and conductor Christoph been hearing wonderful reports Eschenbach [1988¬–1999]. Other about him from contacts in notable past conductors include Europe, and we were thrilled Leopold Stokowski [1955¬–1961], to be the first North American John Barbirolli [1961¬–1967], orchestra to work with him André Previn [1967–1969] and when he guest conducted the Sergiu Comissiona [1980–1988]. Houston Symphony in October

“I am very happy that I am living the dream.The only hope I have is that everyone enjoy us and feel a part of this big dream.”


UPCOMING CONCE RTS FE AT U R I N G M AEST R O Beethoven’s Fifth

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Frank Huang, violin Gabriela Lena Frank: Three Latin American Dances Lalo: Symphonie espagnole Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 This performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 kicks off 3 weeks of Beethoven with Andrés Orozco-Estrada and begins a threeyear cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies. Also, experience Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, which features brilliant Spanish violin melodies performed by Concertmaster Frank Huang. Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8 p.m. (Sugar Land series) Friday, November 14, 2014, 8 p.m. Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m. (Special Musically Speaking With Andrés, Spanish Dialogue Program) at Rice University

2012,” says Houston Symphony CEO and executive director Mark C. Hanson. There was (and continues to be) incredible chemistry between Andrés and our musicians from his very first concert. Less than one month following his debut with us, we invited him to become our next music director and announced his appointment in January 2013.” Brinton Averil Smith, the orchestra’s principal cellist, was a member of the search committee. “I’ve had the chance to work with just about all the top conductors in the world, and I’ve never seen anyone who has all the gifts that Andrés does. He has South American energy and charisma, but paired with seriousness, insight, grace and nuance earned from almost two decades studying and working in Vienna.” Smith, who is beginning his 20th year as a professional orchestra musician, says, “I’ve never been as excited about making music with anyone as I am about Andrés. The concerts

Orozco-Estrada

Mozart’s Requiem Plus Beethoven

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Houston Symphony Chorus Betsy Cook Weber, director Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan Beethoven: Overture to Egmont Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) Mozart: Requiem Opening with two Beethoven overtures and concluding with Mozart’s Requiem, Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada leads the Houston Symphony and Chorus in a program exuding drama and heroism. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

are electric but also ravishingly beautiful and this orchestra gives every ounce of energy and passion it has for him. This is the way it’s supposed to be, but so rarely is.” In an address to the Houston Symphony Society annual board and trustees meeting at the end of last season, Smith offered these observations: “I am amazed by how much activity is going on; how the orchestra is planning for the future and reaching into every part of our city. The criticisms that are often leveled at American orchestras — that they are exclusionary, isolated, out of date or out of touch — are all dispelled by the work we are doing here. We aren’t waiting for a crisis to build relationships throughout our city, or to open our doors and share our music with the broadest range of our population, or to send musicians to bring music into our schools and hospitals. We are doing it now, in good times, because we believe in it. … We are about to

Beethoven 1 & 4

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Brinton Averil Smith, cello Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 Schumann: Cello Concerto Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Beethoven’s First and Fourth Symphonies combine his compositional style coupled with nods to Mozart and Haydn’s spirited Classical tradition. Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith performs Schumann’s Cello Concerto, which was described by legendary cellist Pablo Casals as “sublime music from beginning to end.” Friday, November 28, 2014, 8 p.m. Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

embark on a new era with Andrés Orozco-Estrada. His intelligence, charm and blend of European and South American cultures sounds like a marketer’s fantasy, but only great musicianship wins the hearts of the musicians, as he has. … His time with us could become the symphony’s greatest era yet.” “I am very happy that I am living the dream,” Orozco-Estrada says. “The only hope I have is that everyone enjoy us and feel a part of this big dream. We are here to experience in this life to have the best time ever. This is the moment we are going to have with the Houston Symphony now.”

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CALENDAR

DEC. 15

Fleetwood Mac Toyota Center

In Houston, we’ve got events to suit everyone’s style. Check our calendar for the best of the city’s culture and entertainment during your stay.

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Once a gritty ‘60s British ensemble, they survived humble beginnings in small blues clubs before growing into a cult favorite with a strong following. Adding American musicians Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in the ‘70s, the group shifted gears, climbing into the rock ‘n’ roll stratosphere. Today these pop icons are in a class by themselves. The group’s most significant hitmaking line-up is back together for this historic new 34-city American tour belting out some of rock music’s most popular songs including “Sara,” “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way” and many more.


october OCT. 10–11

OCT. 31–NOV. 15

Toyota Center

Cosi fan tutte, Houston Grand Opera

Wortham Center

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Katy Perry

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The international superstar is touring in support of her latest album Prism, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The platinum album featured her biggest ever single, “Roar.” The singer’s other monster hits include “California Gurls,” “Peacock,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night.”

Cosi fan tutte is the third and last collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte. It’s the story of a wager gone awry, when two young men bet Don Alfonso that their fiancées will resist the advances of two so-called ‘Albanian’ soldiers. Hilarity ensues in this farce about temptation. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English translation.

OCT. 2–5

OCT. 10

OCT. 17–19

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Jones Hall

From customs to cuisine, enjoy the old country without leaving Houston. No passport necessary at this weekend celebration. Opa!

The Grammy Award-winning native Texan cleverly mixes pop, jazz, country, folk and blues in her deep collection of original material.

This is musical storytelling at its best, depicting captivating and seductive tales. Imaginations soar with the dazzling sounds that captured the Sultan’s curiosity and admiration.

OCT. 2

OCT. 11–NOV. 30

Bayou Music Center

Todd Mission

ARToberFEST

Expand yourself in this massive multimedia extravaganza featuring videos, mind-bending music and more from the world of guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Sample an abundance of costumed medieval musical and theatrical acts, plus art and crafts, as well as cuisine.

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Houston Greek Festival

Experience Hendrix

Terri Hendrix

Renaissance Festival

Scheherazade, Houston Symphony

OCT. 18–19

This fête is known as one of the area’s top art events featuring original works by 125 artists in all media.

OCT. 11–12 OCT. 2–5

Sarah Chang, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

The sensational violinist performs Barber’s rich and lyrical Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Copland Symphony No. 3.

Bayou City Art Festival

OCT. 19

Hermann Square and Tranquility Park

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull

Hundreds of artists working in special “creative zones” showcasing some of Texas top work, plus music, cuisine and more.

Toyota Center

The pair of sizzling Latin Pop stars team up on this new tour that’s crisscrossing the U.S. with hit songs, including “I’m a Freak.”

OCT. 11 OCT. 9

The Beach Boys Arena Theatre

The sun’s always shining when America’s Band sings timeless favorites including “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations” and “Little Duce Coupe.” OCT. 10

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*

The former Beatle is backed up by a supergroup including Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather (Toto), Greg Rolle (Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister) and more. * Outdoor Venue

Motley Crüe, Alice Cooper

OCT. 20–26

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Big Brew Houston

The California hard rockers are taking one more turn on their final U.S. tour. Rock Hall of Fame performer Cooper is the opening act.

George R. Brown Convention Center

This weeklong celebration of beer is designed to salute and tap into the area’s booming craft brewing industry.

OCT. 14–19

Anything Goes

OCT. 21

Hobby Center

Jerusalem Quartet

So delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely … the Tony Award winner for best musical revival features “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and others.

Stude Concert Hall, Rice University

A powerful sense of drama, energy and lyric style drives these string masterpieces by Beethoven, Bartók and Ravel.

OCT. 23–26

Ravel and Debussy, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Peer through a musical kaleidoscope of imagery and evocative melodies in this concert dedicated to the French composers’ colorful music. OCT. 24

Karla Bonoff Doesy Doe (The Woodlands)

Music’s biggest names have recorded her tunes, but she’s a top performer in her own right with “I Can’t Hold On,” “Home” and more. OCT. 24–NOV 7

Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello Wortham Center

A tragic character flaw can destroy even the mightiest among us. Shakespeare’s magnificent play inspired this famous opera. OCT. 26

Trout Fishing in America McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Lennon and McCartney of kids’ music play fun songs for all ages, including “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “Day Care Blues.” OCT. 31– NOV. 2

Ragtime, Blues & All That Jazz Jones Hall

Hear a showcase of ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, bluesmen B.B. King and Muddy Waters and others from an unforgettable era.

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november

NOV. 15

NOV. 18–23

Toyota Center

Dirty Dancing

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The Black Keys

Hobby Center

This blues rock duo that began as a stripped-down garage band from Akron, Ohio, has won seven Grammy Awards since 2010. The group is touring in support of its 8th album, Turn Blue, which was released earlier this year. On the Turn Blue World Tour with The Black Keys are Cage the Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent.

The record-breaking stage production of the classic story explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and extraordinary dancing. The show takes us back to the summer of 1963 and features songs from the movie soundtrack as well as hit tunes from the era, including, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and of course, “The Time Of My Life.”

NOV. 1–2

NOV. 11

NOV. 15–JAN 3

NOV. 24

Ellington Airport*

Stude Concert Hall, Rice University

Moody Gardens (Galveston)*

Smith & Lamar Streets*

This annual air show features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, a Vietnam Demo, and aircraft from the crews of the Commemorative Airforce.

Three longtime friends share their chemistry performing works for violin, piano and clarinet in this Chamber Music Houston program.

This family holiday tradition is one of the largest in the area and combines more than a million lights within 100 animated, sound-enhanced displays, an ice slide and ice skating.

This yearly event that is broadcast locally and syndicated internationally brings 250,000 people downtown along the 20-block route.

NOV. 1

NOV 12–16

Wings Over Houston

African Safari, Houston Symphony

Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio

Disney on Ice

Festival of Lights

NOV. 26 NOV. 15

Jones Hall

NRG Stadium

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Explore one of the most diverse and fascinating continents with the sounds of exotic wildlife and traditional African folk and dance music.

Based on the movie, Frozen, the touring production includes a 39-member cast, lavish sets, world-class skating and the popular hit, “Let it Go.”

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

NOV. 14

Arena Theatre

Bach and Sons: At the Café

NOV. 19

After winning America’s Got Talent, the native Texan’s career took off. He’s capable of doing over 100 impersonations and uses 20 puppets in his act.

Hobby Center

Bayou Music Center

The first of a season-long tribute to the Bach musical dynasty features soprano Lauren Snouffer, mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, and baritone Mark Diamond.

Network TV’s popular show’s alumni include Kathleen Madigan, Ralphie May and more, in one of America favorite laugh-fests.

His anthem “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” remains an outlaw classic from the country music, cow punk hero.

NOV. 2

Terry Fator

NOV. 14–23

Hänsel und Gretel

The Oklahoma native has become one of Nashville’s all-time, best-selling country artists with a string of gold and platinum records to prove it.

Lambert Hall

NOV. 9

NOV. 14–16

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The captivating musician has received rave reviews for transcending genres that combine violin mastery with fiddling, sweet vocals and percussive dance.

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Last Comic Standing

House of Blues

Texas’ musical treasure delivers classic country hits, including “Whiskey River,” “Crazy” and “On the Road Again.”

The Opera in the Heights production relives the classic tale of two adventurous children and a terrible witch.

The Nutcracker, Houston Ballet Wortham Center

Sir Ben Stevenson’s production of the traditional holiday classic has delighted children of all ages for more than 25 years. NOV. 28

NOV. 20–23

Doesy Doe (The Woodlands)

Eden McAdam-Somer

Willie Nelson

NOV. 28–DEC 28

NOV. 2

Vince Gill

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Mozart’s Requiem Plus Beethoven, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Opening with two Beethoven overtures and concluding with Mozart’s Requiem, the evening captures the essence of musical genius and intense emotion.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Houston Symphony

NOV. 22

Jones Hall

Bayou Music Center

This performance kicks off three weeks of Beethoven beginning a three-year cycle of all nine of the German master’s symphonies.

The stand-up comic, actress and writer is best known for her ultra cool, provocative work on Comedy Central.

Amy Schumer

Dwight Yoakam Arena Theatre

The Kentucky native put the twang back in contemporary country music in the ‘80s with his Buck Owens-inspired sound. NOV. 28–30

Beethoven First and Fourth Symphonies, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Two of the composer’s best-loved symphonies combine his unique Romantic style with nods to Mozart and Haydn’s spirited tradition. Celebrate Thanksgiving, and give thanks for Beethoven!


december DEC. 1

DEC. 10

Toyota Center

Toyota Center

Andrea Bocelli

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Justin Timberlake

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The 20/20 Experience Tour makes a stop in Houston before it ends in December after more than a year. The singer, actor and performer bundles his suave musical style with substance. Tom Ford designed more than 600 film-noir-styled costumes for JT and The Tennessee Kids on the tour. They deliver hits like “SexyBack,” “Mirrors,” “Rock Your Body,” and “Suit and Tie.”

The Italian tenor embodies the crossover spirit of classical, pop and opera with his performances around the globe. For more than 20 years, he has sold over 80 million albums worldwide and has delighted audiences with his rich, expressive and often melancholic voice. He will be performing with the Houston Symphony and Chorus, conducted by Eugene Kohn.

DEC. 2

DEC. 6

DEC. 16

DEC. 26-27

Stude Concert Hall, Rice University

Market Square Park*

Doesy Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Four Seasons Hotel

Violist James Dunham joins this ensemble of related musicians in a program of Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms.

AIGA Houston’s 5th annual outdoor market features local artists, crafters, creatives and demonstrations by local artisans and live music.

The accomplished Austin-based performer has developed quite a following with his songs that draw on influences including folk, pop and rock.

Master illusionist Ivan Amodei blends compelling story-telling, incredible coincidences, psychological illusions and brain games with live cello music.

DEC. 5

DEC. 12-13

DEC. 16

Doesy Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Michael Martin Murphey

DEC. 26 - 27

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

With his unique twang, unique songs and unusual double-necked guitar, there’s never been anyone quite like this Texas original.

The Beaumont native broke out in 1990 with “Too Cold at Home,” and has charted more than 30 singles since including eight number one songs from his 11 albums.

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Jupiter String Quartet

Junior Brown

DesignCraft

Mark Chesnutt

DEC. 5

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Creole Christmas Jones Hall

This ensemble will leave its famed French Quarter venue long enough to spread some holiday cheer on this side of the Sabine. DEC. 5

Jubilee of Dance, Houston Ballet Wortham Center

This joyous celebration is a rare opportunity to honor performing legends and discover the company’s future stars. DEC. 6

Jazz Vocalist Claudia Acuna Wortham’s Center’s Cullen Theater

Chilean singer and songwriter Claudia Acuña possesses one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz. Her most recent recording is En Este Momento, on the Marsalis Music label. * Outdoor Venue

Darden Smith

It’s Christmas with a western twist for this annual yuletide show by the cowboy poet and native Texan that will include many of his hits, such as “Carolina in the Pines.”

DEC. 12

German Christmas Market & Festival Old Town Tomball

You don’t have to be German to enjoy this family-friendly music and street festival with four stages of live music and an open-air market along with antique shops in the old town area.

DEC. 18-20

Martin Burniston’s Christmas Sing-a-long McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

DEC. 13

For the 24th year, Burniston hosts this holiday sing-a-long with dinner that benefits End Hunger Network an Emma Jacobs Breast Cancer Foundation.

NRG Park

DEC. 18

Gun buffs can check out hundreds of displays of new and old guns, ammo, parts, books, knives, coins, camouflage and more at discount prices.

Jones Hall

High Caliber Gun & Knife Show

DEC. 14

Bayou City Outdoors 3rd Annual Reindeer Romp

Handel’s Messiah, Houston Symphony Join this holiday tradition for a joyous program that features guest soloists and classics such as “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted” and “Hallelujah.”

Intimate Illusions Magic Show

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure NRG Park

This live show features favorite characters from Disney Junior’s series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. DEC. 27

Jerry Jeff Walker The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

What a great way to close out the year with the Austin Outlaw music legend behind hits including “Mr. Bojangles” and more. DEC. 28

The Manhattan Transfer The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Catch holiday favorites, swinging rhythms and jazzy arrangements performed in spectacular four-part harmonies by the Grammy Award-winning ensemble. DEC. 31

DEC. 20

Beck’s Prime Memorial Park/Golf Course parking lot*

Robert Earl Keen

Put your reindeer antlers on and romp through the non-snowy trails of Memorial Park on a short hike. Afterwards, dine at Beck’s Prime in the park at the Golf Center.

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

The Texas country singer brings his guitar, backup band, and a sleigh full of holiday music and fabulous family memories.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Hobby Center

Enjoy a festive evening of celebration and holiday-inspired performance of Spanish and Latin American Baroque classics.

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NRG Stadium

Houston Texans

vs. Indianapolis Colts vs. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Oct. 9 Nov. 2 Nov. 23 Nov. 30 Dec. 21 Dec. 28

HoustonTexans.com

2014–2015 SEASON

Houston Rockets All home games played at Toyota Center

Oct. 9** Oct. 13** Oct. 19** Oct. 24** Nov. 1 Nov. 6 Nov 8 Nov 14 Nov 19 Nov 22 Nov 24 Nov 26 Nov 28 Dec 3 Dec 6 Dec 13 Dec 18 Dec 20 Dec 22 Dec 29 Dec 31

vs. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia Sixers vs. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks vs. New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets

NBA.com/Rockets **Preseason

OCT. 11

Dirty Girl Mud Run (5K) Manvel, TX OCT.11

1K, 5K, Walking Spring, TX

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NRG Stadium

Houston OCT. 12

NOV. 2

Galveston, TX

Morton Ranch Junior High School (Katy)

OCT. 17

NOV. 15

5K, 1 mile

Houston

Zombie Zone Survival Challenge (5K) Texas10 Katy

Dusk Dash 5K & Family Fun Run

The Great Amazing Race (5K, 1 mile)

Houston NOV. 15 OCT. 18

Bike Around the Bay

Muddy Cheer Challenge (5K) Houston NOV. 22

OCT. 19

Aptalis CF Cycle for Life

Turkey Trot at Bridgeland (5K, 10K, Walk) Cypress, TX

Houston OCT. 25

NOV. 1–2

Tough Mudder Royal Purple Raceway (Baytown)

University of Houston Football All games at Houston Football Stadium

Oct. 2 Oct. 18 Nov. 8 Nov. 22

vs. UCF vs. Temple vs. Tulane vs. Tulsa

Rice University Football All games at Rice Stadium

Oct. 4 Oct.25 Nov. 8 Nov. 21 Dec. 6

vs. Hawaii vs. North Texas vs. UTSA vs. UTEP C-USA (Championship Game hosted by team with highest winning percentage)

Texas Southern University Football All games at BBVA Compass Stadium

Galveston, TX

Houston

Color the Creek 5K and 1K Family Run/Walk

Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State The Battle of the Piney Woods between the Lumberjacks and the Bearkats is one of Texas’ oldest gridiron rivalries.

Monster Mash (5K, 10K)

Moonlight Bicycle Ramble OCT. 4

NOV. 1

Oct. 4 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 15

vs. Mississippi Valley State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff ** vs. Grambling State vs. Jackson State

DEC. 7

** Homecoming

Lone Star College (Conroe)

Prairie View A&M University Football

Texas10 Conroe Houston Dynamo Soccer All games played at BBVA Compass Stadium

Oct. 12 Oct. 16

vs. D.C. United vs. New England Revolution

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All games at Blackshear Field

Oct. 11 Oct. 25

vs. Alabama State vs. Alcorn State **

** Homecoming


holidays O It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Y’all The fall holiday season in Houston is simply incomparable. We at Houston Hotel Magazine want to help make your visit to our beautiful city a memorable one, so we have compiled a list of sensational seasonal events just for you. From musical delights to special performances, markets, parades and more, come celebrate the holidays during your Houston stay.

in the heart of Houston includes a limbo competition. Sample Tex-Mex, Creole and other culinary treats while listening to a variety of great music. OCT. 31

Bayou City Outdoors Haunted Hike Memorial Park*

Tap into your inner wolf or come as a traditional ghoul on this creepy hike down the zombie trail through Memorial Park. A pizza party completes the event.

NOVEMBER NOV. 13–16

The Nutcracker Market NRG Park

OCTOBER OCT. 2–4

Festival Chicano Miller Outdoor Theatre*

This cultural celebration of Chicano music, now in its 35th year, includes Tejano, conjunto, mariachi and orchestra in one grand event. OCT. 4

2nd Annual Kemah Oktoberfest Kemah, TX*

Grab your lederhosen and polka shoes and head to the Lighthouse District for great German food, specialty craft beers from around the world and traditional German music and dancers. OCT. 10–2

35th Annual Cajun Catfish Festival Downtown Conroe*

Catch non-stop live music on three stages, plus Cajun favorites and the annual Catfish Pageant. Bands include Uncle Lucius, Wayne Toups, Marcia Ball, and Kevin Fowler. OCT. 24

Hocus Pocus Pops, Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*

Spirit your family and friends over to this special performance dedicated to bone-chilling music and spooky sounds. OCT. 25

Margarita Festival Discovery Green*

This ultimate fall margarita celebration staged * Outdoor Venue

Houston Ballet Guild’s annual shopping extravaganza ushers in the holiday season with decorations, food, fashion, gifts, jewelry and more. NOV. 15–JAN. 4

Moody Gardens Ice Land

NOV. 27

65th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade Downtown Houston*

Stake your spot along the downtown route for “Houston on Parade,” a free family celebration led by Tommy Tune, Houston’s own nine-time Tony Award recipient. This local tradition will be televised live on KHOU-11 (CBS). NOV. 28–DEC 28

The Nutcracker, Houston Ballet Wortham Center

Sir Ben Stevenson’s annual production of this ballet favorite, choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s score of the same name, has entertained audiences for more than 25 years.

DECEMBER DEC. 5–28

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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A Christmas Carol, Houston Grand Opera Wortham Theater Center

British composer Iain Bell wrote the captivating score to a libretto by Simon Callow, who starred in Room with a View and Four Weddings and a Funeral. In a tour de force role, local favorite Anthony Dean Griffey narrates the beloved fable. DEC. 4

Holly Jolly Jingle Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*

Enjoy holiday fun and frolic in a special winter wonderland, complete with snow and performances of holiday classics and popular carols. DEC. 12–14

Very Merry Pops, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Treat the entire family to a yuletide evening of traditional favorites, including “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Little Drummer Boy.”

Moody Gardens (Galveston)*

DEC. 13

Journey through a winter wonderland of towering, elaborately carved ice sculptures by 20 master carvers from Harbin, China. This year’s theme features holiday scenes with characters from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

NOV. 15–JAN 3

DEC. 13

This timeless story set to beautiful music is narrated by Mirron Willis of The Ensemble Theatre.

Festival of Lights

Santa Train

Moody Gardens (Galveston)*

Be bedazzled at this annual holiday event designed for the entire family with more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays.

Railroad Museum (Galveston) Hobby Center

The world-famous Rockettes return triumphantly with sizzling sets, colorful costumes, breathtaking special effects and an unforgettable new finale.

Welcome St. Nick and friends as they roll into town aboard the museum’s Harborside Express train. DEC. 13–14

Christmas Candlelight Tour

NOV. 21–JAN. 4 (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

DEC. 5–7

Houston Zoo*

Galveston, TX*

This holiday favorite is back and more spectacular than ever, with 50 colorful, animal-themed light displays, 15 miles of tree lighting and seasonal songs and stories. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through an enchanted forest.

This annual Victorian street festival features parades, entertainment on five stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians and more.

Each year, The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park showcases eight of Houston’s historic buildings, each trimmed in elegant, elaborate 19th century décor. This beautiful event includes performances by storytellers, re-enactors and local children’s choirs.

DEC. 5

DEC. 27

Zoo Lights

NOV. 25–DEC. 24

A Christmas Carol Alley Theatre (University of Houston)

The classic tale by Charles Dickens follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s amazing transformation after visits by three ghostly spirits on Christmas Eve.

Dickens on the Strand

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting City Hall*

Join a free holiday tradition of music, family activities and fireworks fun above a towering Christmas tree trimmed in shimmering ornaments.

Sam Houston Park*

Mannheim Steamroller Jones Hall

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Grammy Award-winner’s first Christmas release and its annual holiday tour of holiday favorites arranged for the group’s distinctive, popular sound.

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DINING

51fifteen Restaurant & Lounge

Located above Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria, this 5-star restaurant specializes in World Fusion cuisine by Chef Nick Banaszak and Chef Jamil Bean. The fashionably haute restaurant offers fine dining, a three-course power lunch, private events, brunch, live music and happy hour. 5115 Westheimer Road 713.963.8067 51fifteen.com

60 Degrees Mastercrafted Certified Master Chef Fritz Gitschner serves a unique array of fresh, flavorful and innovative menu selections in a casual, contemporary setting. Located in the Upper Kirby District of Houston, 60 Degrees also offers comfortable outdoor dining on the patio, a cozy, wellstocked bar, and a special “Sundays at 60” brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 2300 Westheimer Road 713.360.7757 60degreesmastercrafted.com

Antica Osteria Italian Restaurant This quaint Italian restaurant located in the neighborhood of West University invokes romantic Tuscan decor and Old World charm. Enchanting candlelight smoothes the hustle and bustle of city life, and the traditional Italian menu and expansive wine list make this eatery an easy favorite. 2311 Bissonnet St. 713.521.1155 anticarestaurant.com

Américas With adventure-themed interiors, the multi-level restaurant borrows design elements and colors from Incan artifacts and mythology. The adventure continues into the menu, which draws from foods and cooking techniques of North, Central and South America to create New World cuisine. 2040 W. Gray St. (River Oaks) 832.200.1492 21 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands 281.367.1492 cordua.com/Americas

Artista

Brasserie 19

Coppa Ristorante

With breathtaking views of Tranquility Park and the downtown skyline, this Cordúa property provides the artistically inclined a magnificent dining experience. Artista offers both contemporary American cuisine and the best of Cordua signature dishes in a multi-leveled dining room located at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

With its crisp white interior and gorgeous table-hopping crowd, Brasserie 19 is easily the most see and be seen restaurant in town. Here, friends gather to dine, drink and converse and simple hearty French fare is thoughtfully presented. Plateaux de Fruits de Mer, Frisee Salad topped poached egg and lardon, Steak Frites and the sautéed Dover Sole in a beurre noisette remain the perennial favorites.

This culinary treasure in The Heights captures the evolution of the Italian dining experience in America. The simple, flavorful menu includes diverse offerings served in a buoyant, bustling atmosphere that perfectly captures the spirit of the old country.

800 Bagby St. 713.278.4782 cordua.com/artista

Batanga A former 1880s saloon space, now a modern tapas restaurant, sparkles with a vibrant, fun atmosphere reminiscent of Latin America. Menu offerings include paella, chicharrones, and tapas dishes (small plates) that originate in colorful places such as Peru, Brazil, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Portugal. Batanga is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. 908 Congress St. 713.224.9500 batangahouston.com

Benjy’s This see-and-be-seen hot spot features perennial favorites on its diverse, thoughtfully prepared New American menu. The trendy restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and features warm ambience, a top-notch happy hour, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. 2424 Dunstan Road (Rice Village) 713.522.7602 5922 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.868.1131 benjys.com

The Blue Fish Exquisite sushi and sashimi, innovative chef-inspired rolls and exceptional grilled entrees have kept this restaurant award-winning for more than 16 years. The Japanese and Asian fusion concept centers on the finest flavors of the East, with emphasis on quality and freshness. Complement your meal with craft cocktails, an extensive wine list and sakes selected by an in-house, certified sake specialist. 550 Texas St. (Downtown) 713.225.3474 5820 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.862.3474 thebluefishsushi.com

1962 West Gray St. 713.524.1919 brasserie19.com

BRC Gastropub

Executive Chef Lance Fegen’s concept of the perfect neighborhood restaurant includes superb food and a continually curated selection of interesting beers and wines, all presented in a casual, friendly atmosphere. 519 Shepherd Drive 713.861.2233 brcgastropub.com

Brennan’s of Houston Houston’s premier destination for true Southern hospitality provides passionately prepared, meticulously plated dishes that explore the evolution of Creole cuisine in the Bayou City. Brennan’s of Houston has maintained its rich, 45-year history of incomparable culinary offerings, superb customer service and the making of enduring memories. 3300 Smith St. 713.522.9711 brennanshouston.com

The Capital Grille This popular spot promises to ignite the culinary imagination with its impressive menu of acclaimed dry-aged steaks, the freshest of seafood and an award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles. Be prepared to experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed the brand with its Achievement of Excellence Award. 5365 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.623.4600 840 West Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.463.5051

5555 Washington Ave. 713.426.4260 copparistorante.com

Coppa Osteria Located in Rice Village, this sister restaurant of Coppa Ristorante features rustic Italian cuisine, including small plates, pastas and pizzas, designed by Executive Chef Brandi Key, who reinvents Italian classics using local ingredients. The stylish, airy space is the perfect spot to sip fine wine while enjoying an artisanal salumi and formaggio board. 5210 Morningside Drive 713.522.3535 coppaosteriahouston.com

Corner Table At Houston’s first Paleo diet-inspired restaurant, Chef Bruce Molzan caters to diners’ busy lifestyles by providing quick, fresh fare by day and fine dining with table service by night. Chef Bruce says he envisions the Corner Table to be “a reliable source of high-quality ingredients and fresh products that deliver a flavorful dining experience.” 2736 Virginia St. 713.568.9196 cornertablehouston.com

Cuchara This authentic Mexico City bistro in the Montrose district provides an open aesthetic juxtaposed with jolts of color and texture. With a modern twist on classic Mexico City fare, the menu, which changes weekly, features ceviche, chicharonnes, guacamole tradicional, and mole verde. 214 Fairview St. 713.942.0000 cuchararestaurant.com

Del Frisco’s Grille Located in vibrant River Oaks in the heart of Houston’s dining and social scene, this stylish venue provides a relaxed atmosphere perfect for meeting friends. The varied menu includes offerings ranging from designer burgers to hearty salads and signature steaks to chicken

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DaMarco Cucina E Vino This 13-year old Houston restaurant has earned a reputation for delicious, authentically prepared food served in an atmosphere best described as “urban relaxed.” Italian-born owner-chef Marco Wiles is the genius behind the restaurant’s unique, upscale menu. 1520 Westheimer Road 713.807.8857 damarcohouston.com

Dolce Vita The second establishment in the Chef Marco Wiles family, Dolce Vita brings the taste of true, authentic Neapolitan pizza to Houston. Located in the heart of Montrose, the restaurant features an imported, custom wood-burning oven and a casual atmosphere conducive to great pizza enjoyed by good friends. 500 Westheimer Road 713.520.8222 dolcevitahouston.com

Down House Enjoy a Prohibition-style cocktail while lounging in this eclectic-toned neighborhood spot in the heart of The Heights. Known best for its award-winning cocktails, Down House serves New American cuisine with a Southern influence and features classics such as chicken and waffles, fish and chips, and shrimp and grits. Desserts are so good, they should be illegal. 1801 Yale St. 713.864.3696 treadsack.com/downhouse

El Big Bad This feisty, gastrocantina specializes in infused tequila, fresh-juice margaritas and fresh Mexican fare. The bar features 50 handcrafted tequila infusions that change to reflect the season. The menu created by Chef Randy Rucker and executed by Chef Ben Rabbani features scrumptious dishes such as roast duck empanadas, blue crab tostadas, and mushroom tacos. 419 Travis St. 713.229.8181 elbigbad.com

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Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar Conveniently located where Montrose meets Midtown, this unique restaurant features Southern-coastal cuisine. Guests choose among an extensive menu that includes smoked heirloom tomato soup, beef tartare, Texas quail, elk tenderloin, fresh seafood and 33 varieties of oysters, with an extensive wine list. 607 West Gray St. 713.529.5881

beef salad, Gulf shrimp and grits, rib-eye steak with roasted onions, and truffle parmesan fries are but a few of the savory choices at The Grove.

Grant Cooper and Chef Charles Clark’s bustling open kitchen.

1611 Lamar St. 713.337.7321

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Indika

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

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Federal Grill Dress up or down at this restaurant, which provides a contemporary American menu featuring local organic meat and produce, locally-sourced fish and seafood, and an extensive cured meat and charcuterie program, all served with genuine old-school service. At the Federal Grill, the answer is always “Yes!” 510 Shepherd Drive 713.863.7777 thefederalgrill.com

Frank’s American Revival This acclaimed River Oaks restaurant boasts awards by Zagat and the Houston Press. The ever-consistent menu features a balance of classic regional favorites and dishes influenced by modern American cuisine, with a bit of culinary soul. Open for lunch and dinner. 3736 Westheimer Road 713.572.8600 frankshouston.com

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino The casual, neighborhood Italian cafe and wine bar specializes in small plates of hot and cold antipasti for grazing, sharing, mixing and matching. Located in River Oaks, the restaurant features scrumptious fare prepared from scratch using the best local, imported and all-natural ingredients available. 3215 Westheimer Road 713.522.1934 giacomosciboevino.com

Grotto Ristorante Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, entertaining atmosphere reminiscent of a cozy trattoria in the old country. With a winning combination of impeccable service, superb cuisine and unsurpassed passion for detail, Grotto is the perfect place for friends and family to enjoy a fabulous meal. 4715 Westheimer Road 713.622.3663 grottorestaurants.com

The Grove Situated on the beautiful south end of Discovery Green, Houston’s newest urban park, this culinary hot spot has redefined dining in the downtown core. Ahi tuna sashimi, house corned

2450 Louisiana St. 713.524.0004

Located in the middle of Montrose’s bustling culinary scene, this local favorite is known for its innovative Indian dishes and handcrafted cocktails, all served in an airy, colorful, contemporary environment. Founder Anita Jaisinghani, the creative force behind Indika’s unique menu, brings personal influences to the flavorful menu. 516 Westheimer Road 713.524.2170 indikausa.com

Located in Houston’s second-oldest building (built in 1860, rebuilt in 1889 after a fire), this restaurant provides a unique, chic dining experience. Hearsay offers fine craft cocktails, small and large appetizers and New American dishes — and is a great place for a late-night cocktail and bites. 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079 hearsayhouston.com

Houston’s Restaurant This dependable menu features diverse American classics in which exceptional ingredients take center stage, as area growers and purveyors provide the premium produce, meat, fish, and chicken. A long-standing interest by the owner in art and architecture enhances the ambience and overall dining experience. 5888 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.975.1947 4848 Kirby Grott Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.529.2385 hillstone.com

Hugo’s Located in the heart of Houston’s Montrose area, Hugo’s brings the exciting, earthy flavors of central Mexico across the border. Executive Chef Hugo Ortega describes his food as “full of light, fresh tastes; deep, complex flavors; and earthy notes, all combined to create a cuisine like no other.” 1600 Westheimer Road 713.524.7744 hugosrestaurant.net

Ibiza Like its namesake off the coast of Spain, this restaurant pulses with a confluence of sophisticated style setters, exciting environs and fabulous fare. Awash in cool blues and grays, the restaurant evokes a modern Mediterranean mecca. Here, Houstonians dine around

Kata Robata Sushi and Grill From its inception in 2010, this Asian restaurant has served a modern and creative array of Japanese fare with French fusion undertones. The ever-changing menu centers on the freshest local and international ingredients and an Omakase offering sure to pique the palate. 3600 Kirby Drive 713.802.0533 katarobata.com

Kiran’s Kiran Verma, considered the godmother of Indian fine dining, has created world-class Indian cuisine at her eponymous restaurant. Here, diners enjoy Indian hospitality with French sophistication and American informality. Kiran’s house specialties include sea bass, lobster, lamb and an array of the chef’s own fresh-fruit chutneys and light, flavorful sauces. 4100 Westheimer Road 713.960.8472 kiranshouston.com

La Griglia In a lively, festive atmosphere reminiscent of a neighborhood trattoria, diners enjoy a delicious display of authentic Italian cuisine in the presence of colorful Italian murals. Relax and savor the aromas of Sicily, Roma and Tuscany while choosing from the broad array of specialties, including fresh fish, creative pastas, chicken, beef, fresh vegetables and more. 2002 W. Gray St. 713.526.4700 lagrigliarestaurant.com

Liberty Kitchen


This restaurant is home to one of the few Houston oyster bars that features varieties from the East, West and Gulf coasts. The Kitchen is committed to serving fresh, quality local products, including fish delivered daily from a local boat. Specialties also include steaks, spare ribs, chicken and burgers prepared on the charcoal and applewood grill. 1050 Studewood St. 713.622.1010 libertykitchenoysterbar.com

Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette

local ingredients and change seasonally. 214 Fairview St. (Montrose) 713.528.9200 4720 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.880.8737 maxswinedive.com

Mark’s American Cuisine Located in a 1920s renovated church, Houston’s most romantic restaurant provides guests with an intimate escape from the outside world. The menu changes daily at this true epicurean adventure. The restaurant serves lunch on weekdays and dinner seven evenings a week. Business casual attire is required. 1658 Westheimer Road 713.523.3800

This open-space showplace redefines what an oyster bar should be. With more than 90 menu items, Liberty Kitchen features a wide variety of local and regional seafood dishes and local beef from Kenney and Cameron, Texas. Its broad range of pricing ensures something for everyone. 4224 San Felipe St. 713.622.1010

1151 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.840.7900

Local Foods The menu showcases seasonal bounties from farms throughout Texas and is best described as fresh, local, and inventive. Local Foods celebrates Texas with artisan sandwiches crafted of locally handmade bread, farmer’s market sides, homemade soups and an all-Texas beer and wine list.

NOÉ Grill Enjoy globally inspired cuisine with Pan Asian undertones and a locavore approach at this upscale restaurant in the Omni Houston Hotel. Located in the prestigious Uptown Post Oak/ Galleria area, NOÉ Grill reflects modern dining trends with its sustainable menu. 4 Riverway 713.871.8177 noerestaurant.com

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Max’s Wine Dive

5061 Westheimer Road 832.487.8862

This self-described “dive” is fun, funky and eclectic. Guests can relax in the casual, industrial atmosphere while choosing among gourmet comfort-food offerings and a curated selection of wine. The menu includes both classics available at all Wine Dive locations and items that are unique to each location; these spotlight the in-house chef’s creativity with

2800 Kirby Drive 713.522.2022 pondichericafe.com

Poscol With a focus on Italian wine and small Italian bites, this intimate setting is reminiscent of a typical wine bar found on the streets of Venice. Internationally acclaimed Chef Marco Wiles, a native of Italy, has designed each dish to include the freshest ingredients and complement the ever-changing selection of wines. 1609 Westheimer Road 713.529.2797

Punk’s Simple Southern Food For classic Southern dishes derived from deep family roots but featuring a simplistic and chef-driven approach, head to Punk’s, located in the heart of Houston’s Rice Village. A local favorite is the Waldorf chicken salad sandwich. 5212 Morningside 713.524.7865 punkssimplesouthernfood.com

The menu features artisan macaroons, cake balls, mini cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, marshmallows, frozen custard and cones dipped in Belgian chocolate, all made inhouse. Petite Sweets serves coffee, espresso, cappuccinos and more, all brewed around the clock. 2700 West Alabama St. 713.520.7007

RDG + Bar Annie This next evolution of the legendary Café Annie has retained the best of the past in a dramatic, stunning new look for its spectacular building on Post Oak Boulevard. With vast windows and the addition of an outside terrace, RDG + Bar Annie offers private, semi-private and public dining spaces.

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1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111

PF Chang’s

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For 20 years, this upscale, casual restaurant chain has been serving bold, flavorful Asian-inspired dishes. Each offering is prepared to order using only the freshest ingredients. Creations from the chef’s season-inspired menu are not to be missed, including tasty heirloom tomato salad and Chino-Latino pineapple pork.

Ristorante Cavour

4094 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.627.7220

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11685 Westheimer Road. (Westchase) 281.920.3553

Oxheart

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Located in the historic Erie City Iron Works building in Houston’s historic Warehouse District, this restaurant was created by native Houstonians. Through his progressive perspec-

with nourishing, locally sourced ingredients. The eatery also features fresh-baked goods in the Bake Lab and spices, chutneys and snacks to take home. Pondicheri serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and an afternoon happy hour.

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2424 Dunstan Road (West University) 713.521.7800

Petite Sweets

791 Town & Country (Town & Country) 713.465.3685

This Houston favorite has been voted one of the best seafood restaurants in the country. Only top-of-the-catch fish from the world’s most reputable suppliers is served, and each dish is carefully crafted and perfectly plated. The menu is based on market availability, so selections change daily.

2555 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.255.4440

In the casually elegant atmosphere of The Pass, diners are able to connect with the chef’s inspiration behind each dish, as chefs serve, describe their culinary masterpieces, and respond to diners’ questions. An international wine list completes the experience. Provisions, which features a separate menu, is the unique take of chefs and co-owners Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan on a warm, casual neighborhood restaurant and bar.

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Line and Lariat

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The Pass & Provisions

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks

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220 Main St. 832.667.4470

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807 Taft St. 713.628.9020

The Pacific Northwest’s favorite restaurant comes to the Bayou City with a menu that features garden-fresh salads, fresh-caught seafood and shellfish, and aged steaks. The restaurant was voted No. 1 Happy Hour in America by USA Today.

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1302 Nance St. 832.830.8592

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1201 Fannin St. (Downtown) 713.658.8100

Savor mouthwatering dishes reflecting the bounty of Texas’ coast, waterways, farms and ranches at this restaurant located in the Hotel Icon in downtown Houston. Saddle up to the L & L Bar for a unique blend of mixology that includes both iconic and contemporary craft cocktails.

tive on regional product, Chef Justin Yu brings Texas’s best ingredients to the table.

Pondicheri Striving to bring together the best of classic, homestyle and street foods from India, this restaurant inventively pairs traditional flavors

Recognized as one of Houston’s Premier Italian Restaurants, Ristorante Cavour features authentic Northern Italian cuisine amid a beautiful setting. Savor traditional Italian favorites alongside seasonal house specialties with selections to indulge the most discriminating palate while

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“South America Has Never Tasted Better” 2800 Sage Rd. Houston TX, 77056 713.629.8746 www.tangomalbec.com

“Private Rooms & Catering Available”


our premier wine cellar features 600 vintages hand-selected from around the world.

Tango and Malbec

1080 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.418.1104 granducahouston.com/dining/ristorante_cavour

Roost The 50-seat space is cozy and unpretentious amid walls paneled with old shutters and decorated with Edison-style light fixtures fashioned from gutter drains. The rustic and diverse menu is inspired by local availability of farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and flavors of the world and changes every three weeks. 1972 Fairview St. 713.523.7667 iloveroost.com

Ruggles Green This restaurant features original, delicious menu items, including the 98-percent-lean Buffalo Burger, wood-fired quinoa mac-and-cheese and the tasty veggie-nut hemp burger. The woodfired organic pizzas are simply heavenly. Ruggles Green is committed to a healthy environment that offers tasty organic food and wines.

For an experience inspired by cuisine of Argentina and Uruguay, head to the Galleria – Houston. Open seven days a week, Tango and Malbec offers traditional South American Parrilla style, which uses pecan and mesquite wood in preparation of perfectly grilled, juicy cuts of meat, including waygu, tomahawk, dryaged steaks, and grass-fed cuts of meat from around the world. The restaurant also boasts the most extensive South American wine list in Houston. 2800 Sage Road 713.629.8646 tangomalbec.com

Tony’s Recognized as one of the architects of the Italian food and wine renaissance, Tony Vallone has hosted the who’s who of Houston and seven sitting presidents since opening his restaurant in 1965. Tony’s provides a world-class fine-dining experience centered on innovative haute cuisine, peerless tableside service, and one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of fine wines from Italy, France, Germany and California. 3755 Richmond Ave. 713.622.6778 tonyshouston.com

Tony Mandola’s Tony and Phyllis Mandola have been serving Houstonians since 1982. Rated one of the best seafood and Italian restaurants in Houston, Tony Mandola’s offers a savory mix of Italian and Cajun cuisine and is “dedicated to the preservation of the art of our mamas’ cooking.” 1212 Waugh Drive 713.528.3474

The Tasting Room

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Triniti Restaurant and Bar

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Enjoy fine wines, artisan pizzas and a cozy, social atmosphere in this restaurant, which features a variety of seating areas. Some 100 wines are priced from $15 per bottle to more than $1,000 per bottle, with dozens of wines available for purchase by the glass.

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2409 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.526.2242

2311 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.533.0777 801 Town & Country Blvd. (Town & Country) 713.464.5557

A Houston favorite, this fresh-grill and wine bar invites guests to discover the sensational flavors of a season-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list within a casual, yet sophisticated, ambiance. 4410 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5452 842 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. (CityCentre) 713.464.5252 seasons52.com

Sparrow Bar and Cookshop Chef Monica Pope says of this cozy local favorite, “At Sparrow, I am going to be cooking the things I would make at home for my family and friends — fresh, unpretentious and full of flavor. I want people to stop by without a reason or reservation.” 3701 Travis St. 713.524.6922 sparrowhouston.com

Spindletop Restaurant Created by a team of award-winning chefs, the menu focuses on fresh American seafood with a Southwest flair. Spindletop is designed to showcase the very best produce and ingredients from local and regional purveyors. 1200 Louisiana St. (atop Hyatt Regency Houston) 713.375.4775 hyatt.com

818 Town & Country Blvd., (CityCentre) 281.822.1500 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.993.9800

The core menu, which changes seasonally, features what Hildebrand and Lowry call Third Coast French cuisine — regional fare, French techniques and a focus on the highest quality ingredients available. A supplemental eight-course chef’s menu changes weekly and offers guests the opportunity to enjoy creative expression by the kitchen.

This Greenway Plaza cafe is a lovely, secret-garden oasis in the city. A favorite for lunch and light meals, the menu includes fresh salads, pizzettes and sandwiches, and the staff strives to make the dining experience memorable for each guest. Tiny Boxwoods’ motto is “When in doubt, use goat cheese!” 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224

Nestled in the quaint neighborhood of West University, this local favorite features a seasonal menu and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with wine, cheese and pizza in the late afternoon. The weekend brunch is not to be missed. Bring a blanket for movies on the lawn every Saturday at dusk. Curbside service available. Closed on Monday. 3636 Rice Blvd. 713.664.0141 tinyboxwoods.com

Houston’s premier, upscale sushi bar and restaurant specializes in unique Japanese fusion cuisine for business lunches and elegant dinners. Nigri zushi, sashimi and 16 signature maki-zushi combinations await pairing with the diner’s choice of 20 sake selections. Entrees include Kobe beef, pork loin, rib-eye, snapper and chicken. A late-night bar is also available. 1131 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.871.1200 uptown-sushi.com

Up Restaurant Set in Highland Village, this trendy, thirdfloor venue features magnificent views and classic American cuisine. Offerings include authentic French bouillabaisse, yellowtail tuna tartare, USDA Prime Steak, fresh crudo and Parisian-inspired 50-layer crepes. 3995 Westheimer Road 713.640.5416 uprestaurant.com

Vallone’s

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Uchi

947 Gessner Road 713.295.6100

2815 S. Shepherd Drive 713.527.9090

This contemporary Japanese and Sushi restaurant serves the freshest products available, as it flies seafood in every day from Fukuoka and Tsukiji markets in Japan and maintains close relationships with local Texas farmers. The innovative food combinations provide a truly unique dining experience. 904 Westheimer Road 713.522.4808 uchirestaurants.com

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Uptown Sushi

Conceived by restaurant legend Tony Vallone and hailed as a modern classic, the threedining-room space features a 30-ft. wine tower and a technique-driven approach to dry-aged steak and chops, fresh seafood and signature pastas. Meats are butchered and aged on premise, breads are baked in-house, pastas are rolled out by hand, and all of the classic American desserts are housemade.

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Underbelly Weekly menus showcase the city’s diversity and trifecta of farming, ranching and fishing within an eclectic décor of local reclaimed materials. Inspired by off-the-beaten-path Houston restaurants, Chef Chris Shepherd seamlessly pairs seasonal produce with by-catch seafood and richly historical meats, including goat and grass-fed beef. His monthly Off-the-Wall dinner series features local chefs and benefits the Underbelly Scholarship at the Art Institute of Houston.

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Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks Local business crowds enjoy reliable menu favorites, including the ultimate seafood platter, which features stuffed crab, crab fingers, stuffed shrimp, fish fillet, fried shrimp, fried oysters and enbrochette. The certified Angus steaks are served in Willie G’s signature style. 1605 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.7190 williegs.com All restaurants are located in Houston, unless otherwise noted.

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Plan a day of fun! Spend the afternoon shopping the Village Arcade’s 40 plus trendy boutiques and premier stores, then enjoy a bite to eat at any of the eight tasty restaurants and bars. This exciting shopping and dining destination is located near the Texas Medical Center, Rice University and Houston’s Museum district in the vibrant, upscale Rice Village neighborhood.

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space, monthly event programming and a variety of eateries, entertainment and shopping options.

BLVD Place

1201 Fannin St. 832.320.1201

BLVD Place encompasses 20 acres at the intersection of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe in the heart of Houston’s Uptown District. Post Oak Boulevard’s prestigious shopping address and San Felipe’s connection to Houston’s exclusive residential neighborhoods provide BLVD Place with the ultimate location, one that surpasses all others. 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.1700 blvdplace.com

CityCentre Houston Developed by Midway, CityCentre is a thoughtfully planned community of sophisticated retail, elegant dining, luxurious brownstones and lofts, upscale apartments and the 255room Hotel Sorella, a world-class hospitality and conference facility. It is surrounded by European-style open-air plazas and beautifully designed greenspaces. 800 Town & Country Blvd. 713.629.5200

and lush surroundings. Uptown Park is lined with more than 50 shops, boutiques and cafes, with places for shoppers to rejuvenate in a charming, intimate atmosphere.

bags and bracelets. The storefront is stocked with Jeffrey Campbell animal-print flats, Italian leather handbags, pashmina shawls, one-of-a-kind reading glasses and more.

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1101 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.850.1400

2501 River Oaks Blvd. 713.523.3997

Highland Village Shopping Center

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The Village Arcade

Chardé Jewelers

For the past 50 years, Highland Village has been home to some of Houston’s most distinctive and appealing retail venues, and it is a favorite destination for the most discriminating shoppers. This mix of upscale boutiques, national retailers and restaurants is located a few blocks west of River Oaks and a few blocks east of the Galleria

Chardé represents more than 100 jewelry designers from all around the world and features local artists, including Lemel Designs and Rebecca Lankford. Knowledgeable staff members are dedicated to helping you find the perfect piece.

4055 Westheimer Road 713.850.3100

5600 Kirby Drive 713.668.6350

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Houston Premium Outlets This home to more than 145 designer namebrand outlets includes top labels such as Tory Burch, True Religion, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Burberry, Coach, and Cole Haan, where customers can save up to 65 percent off full retail prices.

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29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress 281.304.5820

The Galleria

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Family-friendly by day and adult-friendly by night, this open-air shopping area is a muststop Houston hot spot. Located within Loop 610 at Kirby/University Boulevard, the Arcade includes more than 50 shops, restaurants and indulgences. 2400 University Blvd. 713.630.0585 villagearcade.com

West Ave at River Oaks

Market Street Market Street in The Woodlands is one of the nation’s finest shopping and entertainment destinations. It represents pure luxury, from upscale shopping and dining to boutique hotel accommodations. 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands 281.419.4774 marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

The Galleria is Texas’ largest shopping center, spanning 2.4 million square feet of space. Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination, it is filled with amenities, including a full-size ice rink and a state-of-the-art children’s play area. No trip to Houston is complete without a visit to this famous Texas retail space. 5085 Westheimer Road 713.622.0663

River Oaks Shopping Center The modern, art deco-inspired center offers a sophisticated shopping experience featuring more than 75 nationally recognized stores, eclectic shops and dining options, including J. Jill, Chico’s, Sur La Table, Barnes & Noble, Ann Taylor, Steinway Piano Gallery, Araya Artisan Chocolate and Steven Cash Jeweler.

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1964 W Gray St. 713.866.6982

GreenStreet

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The revitalization of a 570,000-square-foot mixed-use center in downtown Houston, now known as GreenStreet, is quickly becoming a destination hot spot. It features dynamic green

Uptown Park European elegance meets Texas style at this warm, inviting shopping area designed as an attractive, Italian-style piazza with fountains

Deutsch & Deutsch Fine Jewelry and Watches

A carefully planned, pedestrian-friendly urban village is at the center of this already thriving area at the intersection of River Oaks and Upper Kirby Districts. The art deco-inspired development captures the spirit of the surrounding neighborhood, while offering a contemporary collection of cafés, fine-dining establishments, boutiques, luxury apartment homes and more.

This fine jewelry and watch company began as a small tourist shop in Mexico nearly 100 years ago and has evolved into one of the most prominent jewelers in Texas and the nation. The store carries accessories, bridal products, diamonds, estate jewelry, fine jewelry, pearls and timepieces, with additional locations in El Paso, Laredo and McAllen, Texas. 3747 Westheimer Road 713.627.7787 deutschjewelers.com

The Hat Store

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This family-owned store specializes in customizing hats of all kinds for men and women and has steamed and shaped Western cowboy hats for more than 87 years. Among its famous customers are former President George H. W. Bush, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Lance Berman of the Houston Astros, and entertainers Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, Clint Black and Larry Gatlin.

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5587 Richmond Ave. 713.780.2480

2800 Kirby Drive 713.533.9966 westaveriveroaks.com

This chic River Oaks accessories boutique offers everything from earrings and shoes to

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SHOPPING IW Marks With muted tones and a traditional design, this space offers a tranquil atmosphere conducive to leisurely browsing among the many showcases of watches and jewelry. There is a dedicated area for watches, fine jewelry and bridal lines, with shop-in-shops for many brands, including Mikimoto, Charriol, Lagos, Stephen Dweck, Judith Leiber, Dominique Cohen and Kabana. 3841 Bellaire Blvd. 713.668.5000

makers, including Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston. The large, ever-expanding inventory of treasures changes daily. 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.629.7444 tenenbaumandco.com

Thomas Markle Jewelers Established in 1981, Thomas Markle Jewelers is not only is one of North Houston’s most trusted family jewelers, but also is recognized as one of Texas’ premier jewelry stores. Houston residents and area visitors are served in a friendly atmosphere by an experienced staff of jewelry professionals.

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4417 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood 281.360.4367

Kendra Scott

9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 950, The Woodlands 281.363.2400

Kendra Scott is an American accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel and sense of community of its CEO and designer Kendra Scott. Shop the kaleidoscope of beautiful jewelry at her three Houston-area boutiques. 816 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCenter) 713.965.4115 2411 Times Blvd. (Rice Village) 713.965.4056

Located in the Houston Galleria, Tourneau is ever-evolving to provide its customers with the finest luxury watch shopping experience and watch service. The company currently holds an unrivaled presence in the luxury watch retail market, with 38 stores throughout the country.

Maida’s Belts & Buckles

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Tejas Custom Boots

The Houston custom boot manufacturer is known for its quality custom cowboy boots and leather belts, designer alligator briefcases, leather buckles, shoes, handbags and more. Since 1984, the company has catered to thousands of clients, including celebrities such as former U.S. President George H. Bush. 415 Westheimer Road 713.524.9860 tejascustomboots.com

Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler Shop for quality antique, vintage and contemporary jewelry by the world’s most renowned

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Antiques & Interiors at the Pavilion Conveniently located between Kirby Drive and Shepherd Drive in the River Oaks/Upper Kirby District, this 27,000-square-foot showroom houses 80 of Houston’s finest dealers. As it has for the past 20 years, this collaborative showcases exceptional home furnishings, art, silver, accessories and jewelry. 2311 Westheimer Road 713.520.9755 antique-pavilion.com

Bernadette Schaeffler Collection

style in its products for the well-tailored home, including art, accessories, coffee tables, chairs, ottomans, sofas, custom upholstery and more. 2032 W Alabama St. 713.523.1558 lambespoke.com

Past Era Antique Jewelry Backed by generations of knowledge and experience, Past Era enjoys a fine reputation as one of the country’s finest antique jewelry dealers. Its team of employees combines knowledge and expertise with personal service to provide each client with a unique, pleasurable shopping experience. 3433 W. Alabama St. 713.621.3433 pastera.com

Roche Bobois

Tourneau Houston

5015 Westheimer Road 713.871.8282

5727 Westheimer Road 713.629.9091

3021 Kirby Drive 713.622.7531

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An array of exquisite, handmade and engraved buckles and buckle sets from the finest artists in the United States are found at this unique store. The heirloom quality buckles can be worn and enjoyed now and also passed down to future generations.

gallery located at the Centre at River Oaks in the heart of Houston.

Zadok Jewelers Featuring a vast array of merchandise, Zadok includes spectacular collections from the world’s leading jewelry designers and Swiss watch brands. Several graduate gemologists are on staff, including all of the Zadok sons. With expert guidance and a non-pressure selling ethic, a relaxing shopping experience awaits.

The Dallas’ Design District showroom offers Old World treasures with modern elements in creative expression. “Focusing on the mix, not the match,” says Schaeffler, who combines different époques and styles, to avoid decorating in one distinct look. Schaeffler wants clients to derive decades of enjoyment, creating a space that reflects a family’s unique personality with the right mix of unique furnishings. bernadetteschaeffler.com

Carl Moore Antiques

This leader in European high-end furniture is in a class all its own. With a network of 240 stores in 40 countries, the company recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Known for unmatched quality, European know-how and customization, each furniture piece is born of close collaboration by the brand, designers and manufacturers.

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This exquisitely decorated showroom offers classic style for a contemporary age through its distinctive selection of memorable antiques and reproductions, all individually chosen with an eye for style, line and value.

ANTIQUES & FURNITURE

1610 Bissonnet St. 713.524.2502

Alyson Jon Interiors

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Abejas Boutique

1749 Post Oak Blvd. 713.960.8950

This family-owned business opened its doors in the Houston area in 1967. Alyson Jon features quality furniture, accessories, bedding and lighting carefully selected from around the world. The expert staff is available to assist clients in choosing unique accessories, from a single room accent to furnishings for an entire home.

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This Texas-size retail mecca, a privately owned design and lifestyle store with 70,000 square feet of display space, spans five separate showroom buildings on one campus. Expect to find Texas hospitality and professional staff, in addition to a unique selection of home accessories, bath and bedding, fragrances, antiques, furniture, interior and exterior lighting, and much more.

The Antiquarium

2424 W Alabama St. 713.526.6000

2401 Bissonnet St. 713.524.3171

A large, varied collection of original antique prints, old maps and globes, historical Texas documents and other objects of historical, scientific and aesthetic interest is on display and available for purchase at this unique

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Lam Bespoke Serving the Greater Houston area for years, this home furnishings store combines comfort and

4810 San Felipe Road 713.629.0442 roche-bobois.com

This cozy hangout is filled with unexpected basics every girl needs in her closet. The boutique specializes in casual, bohemian-style designer clothes, handbags, accessories, shoes and fragrances. 5600 Kirby Drive 713.522.3025 abejasboutique.com

Ann Mashburn Since opening in 2010 as a feminine counterpart to Sid Mashburn, this stylish River Oaks shop strives to be a place where women can come and enjoy the experience of finding something they need (the perfect white shirt) or just something that they want (African beads


in beautiful colors). Ann Mashburn aims to make a woman’s life simpler by making getting dressed a joyful and effortless part of her day. 2515 River Oaks Blvd. 713.936.9503 annmashburn.com

Atrium Ready to Wear

Elizabeth Anthony - Esther Wolf Located in Houston’s upscale Uptown Park, Elizabeth Anthony seeks to dress ladies in chic styles for work, vacation, and special evenings out. The luxurious retail space welcomes women who desire both personal attention and advice from knowledgeable staff while shopping for high-end apparel. 1180 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.1331 estherwolf.com

Hemline This exclusive boutique with a French flair offers one-of-a-kind couture cocktail attire and evening wear from a curated collection of fashion’s finest designers, including Prabal Gurung, Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Angel Sanchez and Yigal Azrouel, among others. Shoppers experience personal attention from the Atrium’s expert staff. 2040 West Gray St. 713.520.0206 atriumrtw.com

Cakewalk Style Shop

Founders Gina Cartwright and Jennifer Grigsby fill their charming River Oaks shop with handcrafted jewelry and stylish fashion by Vince, Elizabeth & James, Tibi, Equipment, Mother Denim, Current Elliott and more. 3201 Westheimer Road 713.284.8283 cakewalkstyleshop.com

Established in 1994 in New Orleans, the brand today includes six locations throughout the South. A trusted, sought-after resource for coveted fashion, Hemline is the ultimate style destination for Show Me Your Mumu, French Connection, Free People, Hudson, Sam Edelman and more.

This upscale women’s clothing boutique in River Oaks offers top designers at affordable prices for all ages. Providing a versatile selection ranging from pajamas to everyday clothes to cocktail dresses, KB Kasuals is always searching to find the next new hot designers and trends. 2015 West Gray St. 713.679.8481

Formerly LOT 8, this boutique is one of the premier shops located in the Rice Village shopping district. Its philosophy centers on service with openness, warmth and charm and seeks to ensure each customer feels she is shopping with a trusted girlfriend.

La Mode Lingerie Located in River Oaks Shopping Center, this gallery-inspired boutique was honored with The Best of Intima 2004 design award. La Mode’s interior is awe-inspiring, but the heart of its success is its collection, carefully chosen from more than 45 French and Italian designers. 2013D West Gray St. 713.529.3980

Elaine Turner

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A Texas woman with a chic, cosmopolitan sense, Elaine Turner combines her love of exotic travels and colorful spaces to create a collection of luxury handbags and shoes for every woman.

Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear

2429 University Blvd. (Rice Village) 713.255.0052 800 Town and Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.255.9095

Live the Western lifestyle on or off the ranch with more than 4,000, in-stock pairs of handmade boots by Lucchese, Old Gringo, Stallion, Rocketbuster, Rios of Mercedes and Liberty Boot Co. Unique designer apparel for men and women, including hand-engraved buckles,

Norton Ditto

The brainchild of restauranteur Lee Ellis, this West Avenue shop is known for contemporary and casual lines. Designers such as Elizabeth and James, Tibi, and Ace & Jig fill this Upper Kirby, West Coast-inspired boutique.

Respected as the city’s premier retailer for more than a century, this Houston landmark is dedicated to providing its customers with the latest trends in men’s fashion. From custom-fitted suits to jeans, Norton Ditto offers the most complete collection of fine clothing, including big and tall at the River Oaks location.

2800 Kirby Drive 713.942.9520

2425 West Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.688.9800

SAM and lilli

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Tootsies

9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands 281.367.0995 nortonditto.com

Sid Mashburn Opened in 2010 as the counterpart to women’s clothing store Ann Mashburn, this men’s shop expresses its spirit by pairing iconic pieces with its own stylish products. The staff assists customers through wardrobe combinations, while offering the perfect suit, shirt, sweater and socks to provide buyer’s confidence.

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Dao Chloe Dao

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2047 West Gray St. 713.520.0060

KB Kasuals

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1717 Post Oak Blvd. 713.333.7900

2505 Amherst St. 713.520.1184

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6127 Kirby Drive 713.807.1565

hats and jewelry, embody the romanticism and traditions of the Old West.

Located the heart of River Oaks, Tootsies is a full-line specialty store offering ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories. Known for its stellar customer service, the store features enormous fitting rooms designed by top interior designers, a private room for exclusive trunk shows, and a dining room for special customer luncheons.

2​ 515 River Oaks Blvd. 713.936.9502 ​sidmashburn.com​

GIFTS & SPECIALY STORES Events

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More than just a gift boutique, Events is a complete sensory experience and offers an abundance of gift ideas for him or her, a bridal registry, stationery and home accessories.

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1966 West Gray 713.520.5700

2601 Westheimer Road 713.629.9990

Billy Reid Known for his classic Southern style, William Reid designs clothing from quality fabrics with added unusual accents, dubbed “low-fi Southern-bred luxury.” The quaint shop, located in a Craftsman-era home in River Oaks, specializes in high-end men’s clothing and also carries Reid’s women’s collection. 2702 Westheimer Road 713.552.0333 billyreid.com

M Penner Located in Uptown Park and known for upscale men and women’s clothing, this shop carries tailored clothing, made-to-measure suits and shirts, footwear, accessories, and an extensive designer’s collection for men and women. M Penner was awarded the Gold Standard in Esquire magazine’s “Best of Class” issue.

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Oolala Located in The Heights, this quaint store specializes in women’s apparel, fashion accessories, home decor, bath products, books, art and more, and focuses on unique, quality merchandise and one-on-one customer service. 833 Studewood St. 713.862.9800 oolalagifts.com

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop A shop for all of your soda pop and candy cravings, this amazing store features thousands of sodas and candies from across America. Browse among hundreds of retro and gag gifts, concert and movie posters, and tin signs. The inventory is always expanding, just like outer space. 2413 Rice Blvd. 713.523.3499

1180-06 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.527.8200

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All stores are located in Houston, unless otherwise noted.

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MUSEUMS Children’s Museum of Houston

notes, poems, artwork and other gifts from schoolchildren and adults alike attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility. 5401 Caroline St. 713.942.8000 hmh.org

The Houston Museum of Natural Science This outstanding children’s museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Serving more than 850,000 people annually, the institution focuses on bilingual (Spanish/ English) learning programs for kids, ages birth to 12 years; and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture and social studies. 1500 Binz St. 713.522.1138 cmhouston.org

Contemporary Arts Museum This non-collecting institution is dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art. Through dynamic exhibitions enhanced by scholarly publications and accessible educational programs, CAM reaches out to local, regional, national and international audiences of various ages.

Founded in 1909, this museum is one of the most heavily attended in the United States. The site houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and much more.

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National United States Armed Forces Museum Through historical research and education, this organization seeks to provide greater appreciation of Texas citizens who served their country in defense of liberty. Its members are recognized professionals who hold national standing for authentic restoration, and their efforts are displayed in historically accurate exhibits of military artifacts from all branches of service. 8611 Wallisville Road 713.673.1234 nusafm.org

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Space Center Houston

The Menil Collection This celebrated building opened in 1987 and was the first American commission for the Italian architect Renzo Piano, who later would win the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. The Menil Collection is part of a quiet inner-city neighborhood that includes residences, parks, non-profit organizations, museum buildings, related art spaces and the University of St. Thomas. 1533 Sul Ross St. 713.525.9400 menil.org

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Health Museum A member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, this museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center. Located in the heart of the city’s rich, varied Museum District, the museum seeks to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body.

1100 Bagby St. 713.655.1912 heritagesociety.org

PERFORMANCES Alley Theatre Founded more than 60 years ago, the organization provides audiences with quality theater through a broad variety of performances, including classics, new plays, rediscovered and rarely performed works, and musical theater, with emphasis on new American works. The Alley strives to be both inspirational and provocative as it motivates audiences to think, feel and dream as they are entertained.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Here, visitors experience the amazing story of space exploration, from its dramatic history and exciting present to the compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space. The Center’s unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities inspire and amaze as they tell the story of NASA’s manned space-flight program.

Art Car Museum

Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, this dynamic cultural complex is comprised of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two beautiful nearby house

Visitors can stroll among 10 historic structures built between 1823 and 1905 at this museum complex nestled in 10 acres of beautiful green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston. At its home at Sam Houston Park, the museum collects, preserves, exhibits and celebrates the diverse history of the Houston region.

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spacecenter.org

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Heritage Society Museum

615 Texas Avenue 713.220.5700

1601 NASA Pkwy. 281.244.2100

1515 Hermann Drive 713.521.1515

Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, this institution opened its doors in March 1996. Since that time, impassioned

1001 Bissonnet St. 713.639.7300

5555 Hermann Park Drive 713.639.4629

5216 Montrose Blvd. 713.284.8250

Holocaust Museum Houston

museums and two gift shops. Visitors enjoy an ever-changing schedule of world-class exhibitions and exciting programs.

This private institution is dedicated to contemporary art by local, national and international artists, especially those rarely acknowledged by other cultural institutions. The museum focuses on art cars and other fine arts and seeks to encourage public awareness of cultural, political, economic and personal dimensions of art. 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526

Located in the heart of downtown Houston, the center stands as the premier entertainment complex in the Houston Theater District. Two acoustically distinguished theaters, an impressive grand lobby and a contemporary American cuisine restaurant create a first-class setting. 800 Bagby St. 713.315.2400 thehobbycenter.org

Houston Grand Opera –Wortham Center Since its inception in 1955, the city’s leading opera house has grown from a small, regional performing company into an internationally renowned organization. HGO enjoys a reputation

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ATTRACTIONS for commissioning and producing new works, including 47 world premieres and six American premieres since 1973. 500 Texas Avenue 832.487.7000 houstongrandopera.org houstonfirsttheatres.com/WorthamCenter

Houston Symphony–Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

House of Blues Think up when visiting the only member of the chain designed in a vertical format. Opened in 2008, this massive venue is the anchor for the GreenStreet (formerly Houston Pavilions) outdoor shopping and entertainment complex. The Bronze Peacock Room pays tribute to Houston’s first blues club, where Big Momma Thornton and Lightnin’ Hopkins bared their souls through song. 1204 Caroline St. 888.402.5837 houseofblues.com

ZOOS & AQUARIUMS Downtown Aquarium This magnificent 6-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to more than 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. The Aquarium is the product of the redevelopment of two downtown Houston landmarks, Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building.

The Houston Symphony begins its 101st concert season this year with new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. As the organization anticipates and exciting future, it continues to inspire and enrich the lives of Houston’s diverse citizenry through outstanding symphonic music performed by a world-class orchestra.

5015 Westheimer Road 713.621.1500 iceatthegalleria.com

Minute Maid Park

This jewel in the crown of the majestic downtown skyline has become a welcome home for the Houston Astros and has ushered in a new era of Major League sports in the city. The downtown ballpark continues a proud tradition of visionary innovation in stadium construction that began with the ballclub’s former home, the Astrodome. Plan to spend a day with the 6,000 furry, feathered, and finned fauna (and more) at this Houston institution. Nearly 1,000 professional staff members and volunteers provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education for residents. More than 2 million guests per year experience the incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, attend special entertainment and enjoy both private and public events.

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GOLF Champions Golf Club Since its founding by Jack Burke, Jr. and the late Jimmy Demaret in 1957, this superior course consistently has reestablished its place in golf history, hosting such prestigious events as the Ryder Cup Matches in 1967, United States Open in 1969 and Champions International, a PGA tour event.

BBVA Compass Stadium Situated on a six-block urban site near Houston landmarks, including Minute Maid Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and Toyota Center, this eye-catching stadium is easily accessible to patrons from the entire Houston metropolitan area. The building is readily recognizable, thanks to its distinctive

Sports competition meets your favorite local hangout at this premier golf entertainment complex where friends and families compete in addictive, point-scoring golf games. The 215yard outfield is studded with ground-mounted, dartboard-like targets that determine points based on the distance microchipped balls travel. TopGolf is designed for all ages, from the hopeful pro golfer to the 7-year-old wannabe. 1030 Memorial Brook Blvd. 281.406.3176 topgolf.com/houston

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Wildcat Golf Club

NRG Stadium

The preferred golf club of Houston’s professional sports teams, Wildcat boasts two spectacular golf courses designed by Roy Case. Located just south of the city, both courses feature elevations up to 100 feet, providing spectacular views of the downtown skyline, the Galleria and the Reliant Stadium complex. 12000 Almeda Road 713.413.3400 wildcatgolfclub.com

NRG Stadium is the only rodeo and NFL indoor/ outdoor stadium that can be configured to utilize a 125,000-square-foot space for general sessions, catered functions, exhibits, concerts, and much more. In addition, NRG Stadium offers four immense concourse levels for special events. The design of the stadium roof provides a flexible rigging configuration for major audio and visual presentations. One NRG Park 832.667.1400 nrgpark.com/nrg-stadium

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501 Crawford St. 713.259.8000

6200 Hermann Park Drive 713.533.6500

At NRG Park, education, entertainment, competitions, trade and commerce come together in one vibrant, energizing environment. Couple this with a professional staff dedicated to achieving the highest levels of customer and guest satisfaction, and it’s easy to understand why NRG Park is a leader in the event industry.

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13722 Champions Drive 281.444.6262

Houston Zoo

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Set beneath the spectacular glass atrium in the Houston Galleria Mall and open 7 days per week, this impressive ice rink has been an icon in the Houston area for more than 30 years. Skaters can enjoy extended public skating sessions, group events, birthday parties, a quality Learn to Skate program, and a beginner hockey program.

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NRG Park

One NRG Park 832.667.1400

Ice at the Galleria

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Miller Outdoor Theatre

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This award-winning center, which opened in 2003 and features a playing surface set 32 feet below street level, is considered one of the premier sports and live-entertainment venues in the nation. Toyota Center is home to the Houston Rockets, an NBA team, and plays host to the nation’s top concerts and touring shows.

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6000 Hermann Park Drive 832.487.7102

2200 Texas Avenue 713.547.3000

Toyota Center

410 Bagby St. 713.223.3474

615 Louisiana St. 832.487.7050 houstonsymphony.org

This popular outdoor theater offers the most diverse season of free, professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue. Classical, jazz, ethnic music, modern dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theater, classic films and much more are included in this year’s outstanding line-up. Relax in the covered seating or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside.

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Peer over the balconies to watch the merriment below as skaters of all ages slip and slide — or venture out onto the ice and take a spin yourself. This urban holiday tradition shares the spirit of celebrations in colder climates, but without slushy snow and bone-chilling temperatures. It’s a favorite way to celebrate the holidays – Houston-style!.


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