Spotlight: Executive Chef Daniel Bell

Soho Kitchen and Lounge Executive Chef Daniel Bell started in food service when he was just 16 years old.  Two years later he was cooking. He was also a promising tennis player, until a devastating shoulder, then a hip injuries changed all that. Had he gone on toward Wimbledon, foodies would have missed out on Chef Bell’s culinary creations. Bell has been Chef for three of Madeleine Griffin’s restaurants to date — first at Madeleine’s Wine […]

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Back-to-School with Beer: Brewniversity Houston Starts Sept. 12

Go Back to School with Beer as Central Market hosts another semester of Brewniversity with all new classes for beer lovers and learners starting Thursday, September 12 in the Houston, Texas location. Classes kick off with a Sip & Stroll around the Westheimer location, where patrons can sample beers, ales and the foods paired with featured selections. Or, spend an evening with cheese expert Janet Fletcher as she teaches the art of pairing artisanal cheeses […]

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Central Market Hosts Pasaporte España, May 11-24

Today kicks off another wine and food extravaganza at Central Market. Coming off last year’s success with Passport to Argentina, the Texas-based foodie orgasmatron hosts a two-week celebration of everything Spain during its Pasaporte España, scheduled for May 11 – 24 at Central Market locations in Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Discover a country where brilliant chefs transform some of the world’s tastiest produce, meat, cheese and seafood into traditional modernist dishes. No need […]

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What can a chicken teach us?

Hey man where’d you get That lotion? I been hurting Since I bought the gimmick About something called love Yeah something called love That’s like hypnotizing chickens Well I am just a modern guy Of course I’ve had it in the ear before -Lust for Life, Iggy Pop Why is it that some of the simplest things in life are the ones we never take the time to learn to do right? Since we can […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 8 – Garlic)

Garlic may seem ubiquitous and ordinary, after all it seems to be a staple in the cuisine of almost every culture, but knowing more about it can really elevate your cooking to new heights. On the other hand, mistreatment of this wondrous knob of deliciousness can ruin an otherwise fantastic dish. If you are serious about cooking great food, then garlic needs to be one of your best friends.

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Leftover Wine Bottles on the Counter? Recycle; Reduce!

Our counters were cluttered. We had accumulated a number of bottles half-filled with wine that we either didn’t drink because we didn’t care for them, or we had wine left over from an event where there were too many wines to consume in one evening. So, what do you do with all that wine? Make a wine reduction! It’s pretty simple but takes a bit of time and attention, but here’s how you do it.

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Cooking with wine

The conventional wisdom is that you should always cook with a wine that you would drink. I think that is complete and utter nonsense. The aforementioned conventional wisdom probably sprang from the days when folks would buy bottles labeled cooking wine. I don’t even know if they sell such a thing anymore. I typically have a few open bottles of wine on my counter that I use when I cook, and no way would I […]

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