Chet’s 10 Favorite Daytripper Destinations

Chet’s 10 Favorite Daytripper Destinations

With a daytrip to Sweetwater, the March 2019 issue marks Chet Garner’s 100th column in Texas Highways. Garner, who’s hosted his Lone Star Emmy Award-winning travel show The Daytripper on PBS since 2009, started writing for the magazine in 2010 after then-editor-in-chief Charles Lohrman offered him a gig.

Texas Gets 27 Nominations for the James Beard Awards

Texas Gets 27 Nominations for the James Beard Awards

Four Texans are finalists for the Best Chef: Southwest category. After the finalists for the annual James Beard Awards were announced in Houston on Wednesday, the number of Texans in the running for the honors dwindled from 27 to four—all chefs vying for the title Best Chef: Southwest. Representing Austin are Kevin Fink of Emmer & Rye, Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie, and Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine, and representing San Antonio is Steve McHugh of Cured.

Mardi Gras Cocktail Recipe from Galveston’s Tremont House

Mardi Gras Cocktail Recipe from Galveston’s Tremont House

The historic Galveston Tremont House bar mixes up the perfect cocktail to accompany Mardi Gras festivities. When Galveston held its first Mardi Gras celebration in 1867, no one recorded the libations served. But modern-day revelers can hoist a signature Mardi Gras Punch (see below for recipe) at the Tremont House hotel, which shares the island’s long history with the raucous holiday.

Q&A with The Iron Orchard Screenwriter Gerry de Leon

Q&A with The Iron Orchard Screenwriter Gerry de Leon

Set and filmed in West Texas, the oil boom period piece starts screening Feb. 22. West Texas wildcatters have long been mythologized on screen in classic films like Giant and There Will Be Blood. This month, The Iron Orchard follows in those footsteps with its dramatic tale of greed, lust, and hunger during the oil boom of the 1930s through ’50s.

The Iron Orchard is based off a novel of the same name written by Tom Pendleton (a nom de plume of Fort Worth writer and oil producer Edmund Van Zandt). The book caused a stir when it was published in 1966 and has since become a beloved classic for many in the Texas oil industry—in fact, a group of oilmen subsidized the independent film, directed by Midland native Ty Roberts.

150 Miles of Trails Coming to Houston in 2020

150 Miles of Trails Coming to Houston in 2020

The Bayou Greenways initiative connects existing trails and adds more green space in Houston. In an article published in Houstonia’s February 2019 issue, Associate Editor Gwendolyn Knapp writes about Bayou Greenways 2020, a $220 million project to connect 150 miles of hike-and-bike trails and parks along the city’s eight bayous.

Bullock Museum’s Café Reopens with New Menu and Look

Bullock Museum’s Café Reopens with New Menu and Look

The Texas history museum in Austin hopes to bring comfort and good eats to visitors with its updated cafe. The Story of Texas Café at the Bullock Museum of Texas History in Austin is sporting a new look, catering vendor, and menu. The café recently closed for three weeks to refresh the space with new upholstery and an updated kitchen, and also to work with Rosemary’s Catering, led by chef Baron Cazares, on developing a menu that includes salads, paninis, chili, chips and queso, and the popular build-your-own baked potatoes. Daily specials, like brisket nachos, coastal shrimp cocktail, and chorizo con papas, are posted on the café’s Twitter page.

Culinary Institute of America Opens New Restaurant at its San Antonio Campus

Culinary Institute of America Opens New Restaurant at its San Antonio Campus

For a sneak peek of up-and-coming culinary talent, make plans to visit Savor in San Antonio.

The restaurant opened Jan. 22 inside the Texas campus of the Culinary Institute of America at the Pearl entertainment district. Led by professional instructors, students working toward associate degrees prepare and serve local and seasonal, “modern American” food that draws from various cultures they’ve studied, from Asian to European cuisine.

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