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Our 21st Year of Eating, Drinking and Telling You About It! 

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

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

SATURDAY: We have two sets of guests today associated with two great events this weekend in Houston. First, we sit down with a group of local chefs – including pastry diva Rebecca Masson – to talk about their efforts April 10 on behalf of Lucky Dog Rescue. It’s a seven-course sit-down dinner in the studios of food photographer Ralph Smith. After that, in our Grape & Grain segment, we talk absinthe with Damian Hevia – he being Houston’s man-about-town when it comes to the no-longer-illegal but still-legendary spirit. A special absinthe evening with presentations and live music is coming up April 9 at the AvantGarden Social Lounge.

SUNDAY:  We had so much fun doing today’s opening and closing segments that, when our scheduled broadcast was preempted a couple weeks back, we scheduled it all over again. The New York-based group Star Chefs recently got Houston seriously onto its radar, with awards and a totally foodie gala to boot. We chat both with the Star Chefs folks and some of the chefs honored. In our Sunday arts segment, we check in with the talented theater people behind an intriguing new partnership producing Shakespeare in Houston – and Prague! 

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

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

The favorite hangout of Austin-by-the-Lake has long been the Oasis, a huge and sprawling complex of decks and tables where thousands wait to toast the sunset. Now the complex is even huger, even, um, sprawlinger, thanks to the opening of the Mediterranean restaurant Soleil, with contributions by celeb chef Robert del Grande. In our Grape & Grain segment, we taste our way through Scotch with the main guy from Spencerfield, Alex Nicol.


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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