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May 2015 - Houston

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Table 57 at H-E-B, 5895 San Felipe, 713.978.5860; It's been years in the making. We've watched as H-E-B erected its latest Houston store, a whopping 91,000-square- foot industrial-warehouse-style structure at the corner of Fountainview and San Felipe. It's designed with one of the largest vertical gardens in the city (courtesy of McDugald- Steele), a 14-foot living wall with 22,000 indigenous plants. But behind this gracious green entrance, past 1,600 varieties of wine and beer, around the corner from the meat department (where you can tag your own dry-aged beef to custom-age as long as you like) and a stone's throw from the 300 bins of bulk food items, stands one of H-E-B's most adventurous endeavors yet: Table 57. Named for its 77057 zip code, Table 57 is a quick-casual eatery with seating for 50 inside, 80 on the patio and another 40 in an adjoining private room — and an entire supermarket chain's buying power to fill its mighty larder. The third restaurant concept in the Texas grocer's history, it's the first one in Houston and boasts the talent of consulting chef Randy Evans (whose resume highlights include Haven and Brennan's), who signed on to develop this sophisticated, approachable American menu with Southern charms. Evans and chef Allen Dubon — his former Haven sous chef, who worked as a stagiaire at Noma in Copenhagen — wow customers with prime-grade beef burgers (a perfect 80/20 ratio) that start at just $8.50; rich, complex gumbos and soups ($3 to $7); lobster rolls made with fresh meat from an entire lobster's tail cradled in a brioche bun (market price); and Korean fried chicken and waffles. Pair your selection with a glass of beer or wine, if you so choose. Lighter entrees (most run $10 to 15) include a delectable arugula and walnut salad, Tuscan-style tuna salad with seared tuna slices and an earthy quinoa and faro grain mix with pomegranate seeds. Order up cheese and charcuterie plates as happy hour descends, or quell your appetite with small bites before a big shop. Dine in or order ahead and fetch barbecue to go. With a pit master tending the burning embers of post oak chips 24 hours a day, indulge in St. Louis-style pork ribs and fork-tender brisket made with the point (the flavorsome fatty cut), paired with a side of Texas-style barbecue sauce. Table 57 also rolls out easy-to- wake-up-to brunch items on the weekend, including jarred eggs (coddled), cinnamon roll-bacon bananas Foster and so much more. Laurann Claridge MAY | PAGE 8 | 2015 We always love the Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Now in its 41st year, the event features nine Victorian- era cottages and stately homes — six new to the tour, many dating back to the 1860s through the 1880s. The tour spreads across two weekends: Saturdays and Sundays, May 2, 3, 9 and 10, 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets are $20 ($25 after May 2), through 409.765.7834 or galvestonhistory. org, where you'll also find a list of participating homes and information on special events. Anne Lee Phillips Grand Dames of GALVESTON TABLE Please! Hug the Whoever said that money can't buy happiness never shopped at Cartier. This month, the maison introduces its newest timepiece: Clé de Cartier. The name is derived from its key-like crown, but the fait accompli is the fit. Designed with a slight arch, the watch actually bends to the shape of its auspicious owner's wrist. The collection is comprised of yellow, white and rose-gold options with leather-band and diamond variations as well. What a great excuse to be on time. $19,700 to $985,000, at the Cartier boutique. Francine Ballard Curve A Scandinavian Miss + Two Texas Masters: Al Souza returns to town at long-time dealer Moody Gallery with another series of inventive, paper- inflected works. This time he takes inspiration from antique book bindings that are sublime to behold (May 2 – 30) … At neighboring D. M. Allison Gallery, Perry House triumphantly exhibits, mixing up his strange, haunting painting language. The show, "Enigmatic," incorporates signature series "Helter Skelter" and "Happyville" after the artist's recovery following a recent heart ailment (May 2 – 30) … At Barbara Davis Gallery, internationally notable painter Mie Olise arrives from Copenhagen, presenting recent paintings in her fourth Houston solo. Olise's expansive canvases depict imaginary architectural fragments, fantasy-like tree houses and other idyllic structures in enchanting stages of decay (May 1 – June 12). Accolades and Arrivals: Exciting news from Art League Houston: The anointing of the next Texas Artist, Patron and Lifetime Achievement honorees will take place Friday October 16, at the League's annual gala. The worthy recipients are the Glassell's photography department head Amy Blakemore as Artist of the Year. (She's in the esteemed stable of Inman Gallery.) Blakemore is joined by Lifetime inductee, the mystical sculptor/activist Forrest Prince, and Patron of Year, Mayor Annise Parker, who has been instrumental in enacting the city's percentage for the arts program as well as shaping an ambitious new cultural and arts plan … In other Art League news, Selven O'Keef Jarmon's epic bead-the-building project, which enlists skilled artisans from South Africa with Houston volunteers, is expected to be completed in July. Last year, we had "Soto Summer" at the MFAH; this time, it will be "Selven Summer" along Montrose … Project Row Houses also has big news: not one, but two new directors. Rick Lowe, who began PRH 20 years ago and who has been recently named a MacArthur Fellow (aka the Genius Grant), is leading the Third Ward-based, internationally recognized Row Houses into its third decade as founding director. He'll be joined by Eureka Gilkey, who arrives from Washington, D.C., where she served in the Obama Administration. Gilkey will take Row Houses' helm as executive director. High/Low: For our view of avant-garde Austin filmmaker Rachel Stuckey at Hello Projects taking on healthcare (through May 23), The Menil Collection's extraordinary Barnett Newman late-works exhibition (through August 2) and three artists opening May 2 at Art Car Museum, motor to our online arts blog, Catherine D. Anspon Art Notes Table 57 at H-E-B Mie Olise's Flying Enclave, 2015, at Barbara Davis Gallery Perry House with Helter Skelter, 2014, showing D.M. Allison Gallery Extraordinary residential real estate service and knowledge. Every time. 713.553.4255 m a r y h a l e m c l e a n . c o m River Oaks – Call For Information • House: 3,688 square foot • Lot: 36,680 square foot • Built in 1952 • Mid-century modern house designed by Karl Kamrath 1856/1889 John H. Hutchings Home, 2816 Avenue O Clé de Cartier in rose gold and diamonds, $36,300 Umami burger Avocado kale salad KIM COFFMAN

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