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Fogo de Chao on NewsRadio 740 KTRH

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HOUSTON: Saturday 11-Noon on NewsRadio 740 KTRH


For several years now, Houstonians have realized that the Brazilian steak concept called Fogo de Chao was intended to be based in Texas all along. All-you-can-eat meat seemed a dream beyond reach until the gauchos from Fogo came to town. This week, they come into our studio to tell us all about some great special events they have coming up. And yes, they will feed us steak and bring us cocktails made with the Brazilian white lightnin’ called cachaca. 


Which, we learn on today’s show, isn’t pronounced Crew-Zan but kinda like “illusion.” And if it is one, it’s an illusion we’d like to enjoy often. The name means nothing more or less than someone (or in this case, something) from the island of St. Croix in the lovely U.S. Virgin Islands. Brand ambassador Andrea Bearbower leads us through a tasting of new and old Cruzan rums, with and without that wonderful oak barrel aging. 


For a guy whose name means “pilgrim” in Italian, Chef Michael Pellegrino is lucky he made a pilgrimage to Denver just out of culinary school: it seems like once he moved home to Texas, we’d never let him leave again. After a stint at the famed Rattlesnake Club in Denver, he has done chef-things in Dallas, San Antonio and Boerne. Now in Houston, we chat with him about his next expression of Max’s Wine Dive. Hopefully, that expression has a lot to do with comfort food. 


As we hear from our good friend Gina Rotolo, the three-weekend Texas Crawfish & Music Festival in Spring is one of the largest crawfish festivals in the South and a favorite annual event for Houstonians and tourists alike.  The festival features live entertainment on three stages from some of the top country and Texas country bands, zydeco, indie and rock acts along with carnival rides, plus the best Southern Louisiana food, Cajun-style crawfish and the spiciest fixings in the land!


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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