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Delicious Mischief Houston Feb 27th: Julia’s Bistro

An artsy look at Julia’s Bistro

IN HOUSTON: 11-Noon on NewsRadio 740 KTRH


From humble beginnings alongside her grandmother Julia in a small kitchen in Mexico, Carmen Vasquez began to hone her craft of bringing authentic, rustic cuisine to life while melding South American and Spanish fare. The product of this labor of love has flourished into what is now Julia’s Bistro in Houston’s hip Midtown, a place where tradition keeps colliding with surprise. This Carmen is no opera, although of course life in the restaurant business often is.


Kevin Simon is a college professor – and he doesn’t just like to drink wine, he likes to teach it. As part of the highly respected restaurant management program at the University of Houston, Kevin teaches the next generation of culinary entrepreneurs about the joys and challenges of serving (and selling) wine. He settles in at our KTRH microphones to explain how his programs work – and about a very special wine room at U of H that all the most public people are using for private events.


As we know, fine-dining restaurants knock themselves out finding the best wines for their guests, which sometimes includes “sharing the wealth” of exciting wines they discover at even more exciting prices. Once in a while, though, restaurants like Del Frisco’s arrange with quality wineries to siphon off some of their best for a private label. Arthur Mooradian joins us to describe –and, yes, Arthur, to pour – the brand-new Del Frisco’s wine.


The 12th Annual SpringFest (, one of the largest wine exhibition and tasting events in Houston, will take place in Historic Old Town Spring on March 6 & 7.  Wine and art enthusiasts are invited to attend this Texas-style event featuring more than 15 local wineries showcasing top Texas wines, micro-brewed beer tastings, original art work and exhibitions from local artists, music and more!  The event is open to all ages and is a family-friendly event; Rain or Shine.

The festival is FREE on Saturday and Sunday.  Wine tasting tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the gate and include one commemorative wine glass and five tastings per ticket.  Additional tastings are available for $1 each.  Tickets are available online at Proceeds benefit the Spring Preservation League, a non-profit foundation which is dedicated to the preservation and beautification of Old Town Spring, community projects and maintains contributions to a variety of service organizations.

Check out this week’s Delicious Mischief Recipe: Thai Basil Chicken


About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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