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My Table magazine and Reliant are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2014 Houston Culinary Awards. The awards, which are chosen through an online ballot, recognize restaurants that exhibit high standards and are likely to make an impact in years to come. The Houston Culinary Awards were founded by My Table magazine in 1997. This year a total of 10 Houston Culinary Awards will be presented. In addition, 15 Houston Foodie Star Awards – a category of casual “favorites” awards introduced in 2010 – will also be announced.

Every year during the Houston Culinary Awards dinner, set this year for Sunday, October 5, at The Houstonian, an industry leader is selected to receive a special award that celebrates his or her lifetime contribution to the local food scene. These people may be restaurant leaders, culinarians, innovators or philanthropists. Past honorees have included Brock Wagner (founder of Saint Arnold Brewery), Jim Goode (founder and namesake of the Goode Company restaurants), Jim Gossen (founder of Louisiana Foods and Gulf seafood expert), Alex Brennan-Martin (of Brennan’s of Houston and relief leader for New Orleans restaurant workers after Hurricane Katrina) and the late Sonny Look (prominent restaurateur, showman and one-time owner of Sonny Look’s Sir-Loin House).

For 2014, the recipient Legend of Houston Restaurants Award is the Houston Chronicle’s award-winning restaurant critic and columnist Alison Cook. Alison Cook, who has covered Houston restaurants for the Houston Business Journal, Houston City Magazine, Texas Monthly and the Houston Press before joining the Chronicle, is a two-time winner of the James Beard Foundation’s journalism award for newspaper restaurant reviewing. She has also won the JBF’s top journalism prize, the MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing.

A committee of local food writers, restaurant professionals, Houston Culinary Awards sponsors and dedicated foodies gather every year in June to discuss and vote on the slate of finalists for the 25 award categories. The ballot is posted online throughout August, and winners are selected in a citywide vote. Online voting for the 10 Houston Culinary Awards and 15 Houston Foodie Star Awards begins Friday, August 1, and continues through Sunday, August 31, at www.houstonculinaryawards.com. Beautiful handmade awards (by potter Steve Campbell) are presented to the winners at the dinner’s award ceremony, which is emceed by Houston Public Media’s St. John Flynn.

Tickets for the awards gala dinner are $160 each, and tables for 10 are $1,600. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 1, at www.houstonculinaryawards.com or may be reserved by calling 713-529-5500. This event sells out every year, so tickets must be purchased in advance. (No tickets are available at the door the night of the event.)

FINALISTS FOR THE 2014 HOUSTON CULINARY AWARDS:

RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR

Michael Cordúa (Americas, Artista, Churrascos)
Laurenzo Family (Laurenzo’s, El Tiempo)
Paul Petronella (Paulie’s, Camerata, OKRA)
Shepard Ross (Brooklyn Athletic Club, Glass Wall)
Claire Smith (Canopy, Shade)
Tony Vallone (Tony’s, Ciao Bella, Vallone’s)
Tracy Vaught (Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, Caracol)

CHEF OF THE YEAR 

Charles Clark (Ibiza)
Ryan Hildebrand (Triniti)
Manabu Horiuchi (Kata Robata)
Ronnie Killen (Killen’s Steakhouse, Killen’s Barbecue)
Bobby Matos (Ciao Bella)
Ryan Pera (Coltivare, Revival Market)
John Sheely (Mockingbird Bistro)

UP-AND-COMING CHEF OF THE YEAR (age 35 or younger)

Kaz Edwards, 33 (Uchi)
Patrick Feges, 29 (Killen’s Barbecue)
Travis Lenig, 33 (Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette)
Kate McLean, 29 (Tony’s)
Amalia Pferd, 30 (Good Dog Hot Dog)
Austin Simmons, 27 (Hubble & Hudson)
Justin Yu, 29 (Oxheart)

OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE 

60° Mastercrafted
Brasserie 19
Camerata
Coppa Ristorante
Glass Wall
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
The Pass & Provisions

PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR 

(includes bread makers)

Sara Brook (The Dessert Gallery)
Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar)
Susan Molzan (Petite Sweets)
Vanessa O’Donnell (Ooh La La, Katy)
Roy Shvartzapel (Common Bond)
Jody Stevens (Jodycakes)
Samantha Thompson (Tiny Boxwood’s)

OUTSTANDING BAR SERVICE 

Camerata
Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar
El Big Bad
Goro & Gun
Mongoose Versus Cobra
The Original OKRA Charity Saloon
Triniti 

SERVICE PERSON OF THE YEAR 

(includes dining room managers)

Brandon Busch (La Griglia)
Michael Fulmer (Triniti)
David Keck (Camerata)
Arthur Mooradian (Del Frisco’s)
Tim Neely (Rainbow Lodge)
David Orchard (Vic & Anthony’s)
Shepard Ross (Brooklyn Athletic Club)

HOUSTON CLASSIC 

(a restaurant in business for 10 or more years)

Barbecue Inn
Damian’s
Irma’s
Ouisie’s Table
Pico’s Mex-Mex
Rainbow Lodge
Vic & Anthony’s 

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN 

Artisans
Brasserie 19
Caracol
El Big Bad
Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
Nara
Triniti

BEST NEW RESTAURANT 

(must have opened since June 1, 2013)

60° Mastercrafted
Andes Cafe
Caracol
Coltivare
Common Bond
Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
Nara

FINALISTS FOR THE 2014 HOUSTON FOODIE STAR AWARDS: 

FAVORITE BAKERY 

Common Bond
Drew’s Pastry Place
El Bolillo
Kraftsmen Baking
Ruggles Cafe Bakery
Rustika Cafe & Bakery
Take the Cake

FAVORITE BARBECUE 

Beaver’s
Brooks’ Place BBQ
Corkscrew BBQ
Killen’s Barbecue
Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Que
Ray’s Real Pit BBQ Shack
The Brisket House

FAVORITE BARTENDER

Lindsay Burleson (Poison Girl, Little Dipper)
Alex Gregg (Goro & Gun)
Alba Huerta (The Clumsy Butcher Group)
Richard Middleton (Brennan’s)
Jeremy Olivier (Down House)
Brandon Ricks (Bad News Bar)
Leslie Ross & Laurie (Sheddan) Harvey (Triniti)

FAVORITE BREAKFAST 

Avalon Diner
Blacksmith
Common Bond
Eatsie Boys Cafe
Kenny & Ziggy’s
Ouisie’s Table
Revival Market

FAVORITE BURGER 

Brooklyn Athletic Club
Fielding’s Wood Grill
Jonathan’s The Rub
Mockingbird Bistro
Petrol Station
Underbelly
Vic & Anthony’s

FAVORITE COFFEEHOUSE 

Antidote Coffee
Boomtown Coffee
Catalina Coffee
Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails
Greenway Coffee & Tea
Revival Market
Southside Espresso

FAVORITE FARMERS’ MARKET VENDOR 

Animal Farm
Atkinson Farm
Blue Heron Farm
Plant It Forward Farms
Swede Family Dairy
The Grateful Bread
Wood Duck Farm

FAVORITE FOOD TRUCK/CART 

Flip-n-Patties
Mélange Creperie
Monster PB&J
Phamily Bites
Pi Pizza
Tacos Tierra Caliente
The Waffle Bus

FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SPOT 

(serves food after 11 pm)

Chacho’s
Dot’s Coffee Shop
Hollywood’s Vietnamese & Chinese
Little Big’s
Pho Binh by Night
Spanish Flowers
Tacos a Go-Go

FAVORITE MOM & POP ETHNIC 

Aladdin (Mideastern)
Cafe Pita+ (Bosnian)
Cafe TH (Vietnamese)
Himalayan Restaurant (Pakistani)
Irma’s (Mexican)
Pollo Bravo (Peruvian)
Pondicheri (Indian)

FAVORITE OUTDOOR DINING 

Artista
Brooklyn Athletic Club
Eleven XI
Punk’s Simple Southern Food
Rainbow Lodge
RDG + Bar Annie
The Grove

FAVORITE PUB OR BAR 

Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar
D&T Drive-Inn
Liberty Station
Mongoose Versus Cobra
Original OKRA Charity Saloon
The Pastry War
West Alabama Ice House

FAVORITE SUPERMARKET 

99 Ranch Market
Canino’s Produce Market
Heights General Store
Local Foods
Revival Market
Super H Mart
Trader Joe’s

FAVORITE SWEETS/ICE CREAM

Cloud 10 Creamery
Common Bond
Eatsie Boys Cafe
Fat Cat Creamery
Fluff Bake Bar
Mam’s House of Ice
Petite Sweets

FAVORITE WINE SELLER 

13 Celsius
Camerata
D&Q The Beer Station
French Country Wines
Plonk
Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant
Vine Wine Room

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