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Cafe Express, German Riesling on Weekend Shows

Our 21st Year of Eating, Drinking and Talking about It! 

HOUSTON Saturdays and Sunday 4-5 p.m., NewsRadio 740 KTRH

A Presentation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods 

SATURDAY: Going back to 1984, Café Express has been one of the big restaurant success stories to come out of Texas in a long time, with locations in Houston, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth. It was a big enough deal to get bought by Wendy’s, but now ownership of the 18-location quick-casual group has evolved from the Schiller-Del Grande Group (yes, the folks that gave us Café Annie and now RDG) to Redstone (yes, the folks that give us the Houstonian Hotel and Spa). We chat with F&B manager Greg Martin about some brand-new breakfast items he’s created. In our Grape & Grape segment, we’re all about the riesling – talking to a couple of folks who make some of the best in Germany.

SUNDAY:  They like us, they really like us!  Sally Field came to mind recently when Star Chefs decided to spotlight Houston and its underrated dining scene for the very first time, picking some our best culinarians, restaurateurs and sommeliers for their singular honors. We chat with the Star Chef principals about how this all works up in New York, plus with some of the honored chefs to see what it feels like. In our Sunday arts segment, we go behind the scenes of the new Cirque du Soleil extravaganza called OVO that’s now in Houston, hearing about not only what the talented performances do but what Cirque cooks for them when mealtime tolls around. 

AUSTIN Saturdays 10-11 a.m., Talk 1370

A Presentation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods 

Going back to 1984, Café Express has been one of the big restaurant success stories to come out of Texas, with locations in Houston, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth. It was big enough to get bought by Wendy’s, but now ownership of the 18-location quick-casual group has evolved from the Schiller-Del Grande Group (yes, the folks that gave us Café Annie and now RDG) to Redstone (yes, the folks that give us the Houstonian). We chat with F&B manager Greg Martin about some brand-new breakfast items he’s created. In our Grape & Grape segment, we’re all about the riesling – talking to a couple of folks who make some of the best in Germany.

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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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