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In an ideal world, here’s what turkey, potatoes, macaroni and cheese or pies would make the perfect holiday meal.

Photo by Emma Balter

Menu items from Lucille’s, Cleburne, Truth BBQ, Backstreet Cafe, Squable, and Nobie’s make up our draft of Thanksgiving restaurant dishes in Houston.

David “Odiwams” Wright, Karen Warren, Paula Murphy and Emma Balter

A few years ago I took over Thanksgiving cooking for the family with my cousin Leslie. A few weeks before Turkey Day, we take a look at the New York Times and Bon Appétit recipes we’ve looked at and design a detailed spreadsheet with a shopping list and a series of shows.

It’s all part of the fun, but at some point when I have my hand deep in the cavity of a raw bird, I’m going to dream of summoning my Houston’s favorite food at my parents’ house in the Hudson Valley. I thought to myself, if logistics weren’t an issue, what dishes would make up my perfect Thanksgiving meal? Who has the best mac and cheese, the most buttery mashed potatoes, or the most decadent pie?

The following list is not a suggestion for where to get your thanksgiving meal (although if you’re impatient, maybe there’s still time for a last-minute errand?). Rather, it’s pure fantasy to salivate over while you savor your own homemade feast.

best turkey

The Cleburne Cafeteria offers Thanksgiving turkey dinner year-round.

The Cleburne Cafeteria offers Thanksgiving turkey dinner year-round.

Emma Baller

It really isn’t hard to improve on the turkey, arguably everyone’s least favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. While I often end up experimenting with a fancy rub, the proven test, if done right, is fine. Cleburne Cafeteria, an 80-year-old Houston institution, serves its Thanksgiving plate year-round. A generous helping of juicy turkey breast is smothered with dollops of dressing and gravy on top. And I don’t often say this about cranberry sauce, but Cleburne’s version is delicious.

Cleburne Cafeteria

Best mac and cheese

Lucille's mac and cheese

Lucille’s mac and cheese is made with a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.

David “Odiwams” Wright

The macaroni and cheese At Lucille’s in the Museum Quarter wins for its presentation and commitment to decadence. The pasta is tossed in a creamy blend of two cheeses, cheddar and Monterey Jack, which is sprinkled with grated cheese and herbed panko breadcrumbs, then baked in the miniature cast iron dish on which it is served. As if that weren’t enough, it’s topped with a little truffle oil and fresh herbs.

At Lucille’s

The best sweet potatoes

Squable's Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pork Belly, Honey, Black Garlic and Buttermilk Butter

Squable’s roasted sweet potatoes with pork belly, honey butter, black garlic and buttermilk.

Emma Baller

I admit that I like my sweet potatoes a little more brainy, so if I had to choose, squableThe version of on his small plate menu would definitely be in my fantastic Thanksgiving draft. Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes are accented with chunks of pork belly and a honey butter, black garlic and buttermilk sauce.


Best mashed potatoes

Backstreet Cafe Mashed Potatoes

Backstreet Cafe’s mashed potatoes are made with garlic and parmesan cheese.

Paula Murphy

back street cafeMashed potatoes are served alongside the historical restaurantpecan-crusted chicken, meatloaf, and tenderloin steak — and I’d love to have that on my Thanksgiving table. Idaho potatoes are mashed with garlic, butter, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese, and chopped green onions are folded over at the end.

back street cafe

The best green beans

BBQ Truth Green Beans

Green beans are one of Truth BBQ’s best accompaniments.

Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle

How excited can green beans be, really? If you had the legendary BBQ side Truth BBQ, it turns out, damn excited. The savory beans retain the perfect amount of crunch and are sprinkled with bacon bits, jammy onions and tomatoes.

Truth BBQ

Best pie

Nobie's Joy Almond Pie

Nobie’s is famous for its rotating pies, like the Almond Joy slice.

Emma Baller

If only we had a baker like Kelly Walker from Nobie’s taking care of our Thanksgiving desserts (luckily for us, she takes control). His pies are legendary in Houston and rotate weekly, with classics such as lime mingling with creative interpretations like baklava pie. On my last trip to Nobie’sI indulged in an Almond Joy pie. Everyone’s Least Favorite Halloween Candy doesn’t exactly elicit joy from many, but I personally enjoy one and loved eating it in pie form. A chocolate crust supported a layer of chocolate, a layer of coconut shavings and a generous piece of whipped cream flambée.


Houston’s Newest Restaurant on Esquire’s Best Restaurants in America List https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houstons-newest-restaurant-on-esquires-best-restaurants-in-america-list/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:21:50 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houstons-newest-restaurant-on-esquires-best-restaurants-in-america-list/ Co-owners Emmanuel Chavez and Megan Maul’s 13-seat spot is in a generic-looking mall in Spring Branch, but that’s their use of ancient corn throughout a $125 seven-course tasting menu that stands out in Houston.

Only three Texas restaurants — Birdie’s and Canje, two Austin establishments that gained national recognition this year — were among the 40 spots in Esquire, which is part of a winter issue hitting newsstands later. this month.

“It’s very, very new for us,” Chavez said. “One day people can love us and one day they can hate us. We try not to take listings like this personally, but are grateful for the recognition.

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Ancient corn kernels with cónico azul from Estado de Mexico, cónico rosa from Tlaxcala, bolita amarillo from Oaxaca and chalqueño blanco from michoacán in Tatemó.Annie Mulligan/Contributor

Esquire described Chavez, 33, as “obsessed with corn,” according to Joshua David Stein, a veteran food writer and former restaurant critic, who visited months ago.

“Everything about Tatemó is meant to keep the focus on Chavez’s beloved corn,” wrote Stein, who was one of four writers and editors who worked on the magazine’s annual list.

Although Chavez said he knew Stein dined at Tatemó, he was unaware that the restaurant was in the running as one of the top new restaurants in the country. He was sipping a cortado en bloc at Blended around 8 a.m. today when chef Ana Castro of Lengua Madre messaged him to congratulate him.

“We are very grateful to be in the Houston culinary scene,” Chavez said. “We take it with grace. We don’t think we’re better than anyone. Hope this helps the next generation to inspire them.

Born in Mexico City, Chavez cooked in Houston at “very structured places” like the River Oaks Country Club. He left Bayou City and spent several years cooking in Seattle at the Thompson Hotel, where he met his partner Maul before moving to Houston.

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Last year, Esquire included Mars and Degustwhich is also located in Spring Branch, on its prestigious list.

Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook called Chavez’s cooking “glorious.”

She was next Tatemo as the team sold tortillas at the farmers’ market and held pop-ups throughout the early days of the pandemic before the physical store opened in February this year.

In his Top 100 review, Cook wrote, “The dining room in front of studio masa is a candlelit study in spare chic, and I found every dish fascinating.”

Tatemó is open Thursday through Sunday and is by reservation only, with the exception of a walk-in Sunday brunch. The restaurant does not currently have a liquor license and is BYOB.


Examiner Area Events Calendar https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/examiner-area-events-calendar/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 19:09:38 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/examiner-area-events-calendar/
Editor’s note:
To have calendar events posted on the Reviewer Calendar, email Editor Roy Kent at rkent@hcnonline.com.

November 17

Guardianship information:
Brazos Bend Guardianship Services is hosting an information session on Guardianship and Guardianship Alternatives via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. The information session is designed for families who need information on obtaining legal guardianship of an incapacitated loved one. Alternatives to guardianship will also be discussed. A lawyer will be present to answer all legal questions related to guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. Register in advance for this meeting at
https://tinyurl.com/uxu4bxzb. Contact Kirk Monroe at kmonroe@brazosbendguardianship.org if you have any questions.

November 18

Live music:
Live Music in the Plaza will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, November 18 at the City Center, 800 Town & Country Blvd. Jon David Finney will play rock and country favorites. For more information, visit

November 19

Live music:
Live Music in the Plaza will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 at the City Center, 800 Town & Country Blvd. Justin Pena will perform rock and alternative favorites. For more information, visit

At the Main Street Theatre:
Regency romance is back for the holidays at the Main Street Theater (MST) with Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon”
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley,
a companion of the duo”
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.
Both take place in the world of Jane Austen”
Pride and Prejudice “,
and MST productions of the two plays have become holiday traditions for many in Houston. Opening night will be Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. (with a pre-show reception at 6:45 p.m.) and production will continue through December 18 at MST-Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost between $39 and $59, depending on date, section and availability. All tickets are on sale by phone at 713-524-6706 or online at

November 20

Sunday night live:
Sunday nights are live downtown. Live music will be presented from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 at the City Center, 800 Town & Country Blvd. Jenna Pierce is expected to play Christian and Inspirational favorites. For more information, visit

21 November

Bellaire City Council:
The Bellaire City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall, 7008 S. Rice Ave. Agendas can be viewed at

November 22

Spring Valley Council:
The Spring Valley Village City Council meets at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1025 Campbell Road. Agendas are posted on the City’s website at

Thai Tuesdays:
Every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Kin Dee Thai Cuisine will host fun and unique evenings called “Thai Tuesdays” where
Wat Buddhavas Houston
dancers perform traditional Thai cultural show. Performers walk around the restaurant, showcasing Thailand’s diverse talents and traditions, all dressed to perfection in classic Thai attire. For more information, visit
https://tinyurl.com/yc2632kr. Kin Dee Thai Cuisine is located at 1533 N. Shepherd Drive, Suite 160, Houston.

Blood collect:
Join the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at its blood drive truck on Tuesday, Nov. 22, outside Anthropologie at City Center, 800 Town & Country Blvd. Blood donations are so important to save as many lives as possible. Blood donations are constantly needed; patients in our communities will be eternally grateful for your continued contributions during this time. Register on

November 24

Action of grace :
Most municipal offices and services will be suspended for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24. The closures do not affect essential services such as police and fire personnel.

November 25

Live music:
Live Music in the Plaza will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, November 25 at the City Center, 800 Town & Country Blvd. Sam Jones will play rock and alternative favorites. For more information, visit

November 26

Holidays on the square:
Come visit Santa Claus and two of his reindeer at the City Center, 800 Town & Country Blvd., from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, during Holiday in the Plaza presented by Sewell Cadillac. Santa Claus will kick off the festivities when he arrives in his Sewell Cadillac at noon to spread the holiday cheer and pose for photos. Santa’s reindeer will also be present. Dance to holiday classics with the Houston Show Choir at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Help downtown fill Santa’s Cadillac with new, unboxed toys to give away in exchange for a free photo with Santa. Tip: make sure you arrive as early as possible. Queue times may vary throughout the event. For more information, visit

November 27

Sunday night live:
Sunday nights are live downtown. Live music will be presented from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 27 at the City Center, 800 Town & Country Blvd. Tony Casella is expected to play Christian and Inspirational favorites. For more information, visit

November 28

Piney Point Tip:
The Town Council for the Village of Piney Point meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall at 7676 Woodway. Notices for all town meetings are at
www.cityofpineypoint.comat City Hall and at the notice board outside Memorial Drive Elementary School, 11202 Smithdale.

West U City Council:
West University Place City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, unless otherwise specified, in the City Building at 3800 St. Joseph Blvd. University. Agendas are posted on
before meetings.

November 30

Unit: Writing and Science:
As John Muir wrote in 1911: “When we try to choose something for itself, we find it related to everything else in the Universe.” This expression of unity, which Muir observed from his time in the Sierras, has both a scientific and a spiritual basis. Muir was prescient, as known science in 1911 had only a rudimentary understanding, by our modern standards, of how all things connect. Join Lisa Brenskelle, who holds a doctorate in engineering and has spent decades working in earth care ministry in Christian and interfaith contexts, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, as she highlights the unity of all things as understood by modern science and as expressed in the Christian scriptures. Participants will gain a deeper appreciation of how everything connects to everything else, including how humanity is woven into the fabric of the universe. Interactive discussion time with the speaker will be scheduled. Register for this conference on
https://tinyurl.com/2knkmx8a. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com with any questions.

Local Kitchens offers the best local restaurants under one roof https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/local-kitchens-offers-the-best-local-restaurants-under-one-roof/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 19:17:16 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/local-kitchens-offers-the-best-local-restaurants-under-one-roof/

MILL VALLEY, Calif. — Can’t decide between ordering a sushi burrito or a fried chicken sandwich? Just get both. Local Kitchens makes it easy for customers to order from multiple local restaurants.

The Micro-Eating Room houses a collection of popular eateries, so visitors can easily mix and match their favorite foods for the ultimate on-the-go experience.

“You can open your phone and walk in and order at the store and you can get all these different types of dishes and cuisines with such ease,” said Matthew Rudofker, operations manager at Local Kitchens.

The pandemic project was born out of restaurant owners’ desire to expand their product across California.

“We learned that there is so much demand in the suburbs, and even today there is not the best and highest quality food in the suburbs, you see a lot of that in the cities,” said describes Andrew Munday, the co-founder of Local Cuisines. “That’s where we got the idea that we could help these restaurants grow and there would be tons of demand as well.”

Today, Local Kitchens offers options from iconic businesses including Proposition Chicken, Senor Sisig and Humphry Slocombe, to name a few. Food halls can be found in Bay Area suburbs, such as Lafayette, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and more.

“From our culinary teams to our cooks, they experience an endless amount of things that they can cook and prepare to order for our customers,” Rudofker said.

“It’s really exciting to be able to work with such great partners and different types of food.”

For more information, visit here.

Popular Heights Thai Eatery co-owner to open upscale restaurant in River Oaks https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/popular-heights-thai-eatery-co-owner-to-open-upscale-restaurant-in-river-oaks/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 21:35:23 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/popular-heights-thai-eatery-co-owner-to-open-upscale-restaurant-in-river-oaks/

Lukkaew Srasrisuwanco-owner of Kin Dee in the heights, announced the opening of a new upscale Thai restaurant called MaKiin (pronounced Ma-kin) in spring 2023. It will be on the ground floor of the luxury skyscraper Hanover River Oaks at 2651 Kipling, joining an array of restaurants in development along the Kirby Corridor, including Seven, First Watch and Duo.

Lukkaew Srasrisuwan, co-owner of Kin Dee.  Courtesy picture.
Lukkaew Srasrisuwan, co-owner of Kin Dee. Courtesy picture.

Raised in a family with a strong background in the hospitality industry, Srasrisuwan started young helping her family’s businesses at top-tier hotels and restaurants in her native Thailand. She then lived and worked in countries around the world and eventually moved to Houston in 2014, deciding that was where she ultimately wanted to make her home base. In May 2020, she opened Kin Dee with a longtime friend Miranda Loetkhamfu. The popular Heights Thai restaurant serves a mix of classic and modern Thai dishes.

MaKiin, which means “come and eat,” an invitation that in Thailand is considered the highest honor one can bestow, will focus on specific dishes. “I want to continue sharing my love for authentic Thai cuisine with Houstonians, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to bring a new concept to the dynamic Kirby Hallway,” Srasrisuwan said via a press release. “With Kin Dee, we showed Houstonians that Thai food can be fun and vibrant. MaKiin will provide a higher experience that celebrates the artistry of authentic flavors, ingredients and techniques from my homeland. Srasirsuwan also said that she wants every guest to feel like family and is ready to embrace her second concept next year.

From Asian dishes to pizza, Pasadena Taste of the Town inspires fierce competition https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/from-asian-dishes-to-pizza-pasadena-taste-of-the-town-inspires-fierce-competition/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 22:05:43 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/from-asian-dishes-to-pizza-pasadena-taste-of-the-town-inspires-fierce-competition/ High school restaurants and culinary teams prepared with delicious secret weapons as they competed for favors with hungry visitors and judges at the 33rd Annual Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Taste of the city November 4.

To grab the crowd’s attention at the Pasadena Convention Center, the Pasadena High School kitchen team served a dish of chili cheese, brisket, jalapenos and barbecue sauce.

Then there was Sam Rayburn High School cooking student’s “pumpkin muffin” which featured a maple cream cheese and candy bacon frosting. Rayburn cook William Gonzalez proudly described how another dish consisted of chicken white chili with crispy tortillas on top.

“We’re working hard on this, all together. It’s teamwork,” said Gonzalez, who was busy serving the long line of visitors outside the Rayburn tent.

Dozens of local eateries filled the ground of the center for four hours, offering dishes ranging from pizza to Asian dishes.

The event was packed within 45 minutes of its start with people viewing the food samples as prized possessions, even though the pieces only lasted a moment before being eaten. A woman grabbed a small plate with her teeth while finding something in her clothes – and the small plate contained food.

New to the competition is the Pasadena ISD Culinary Award, won by the Rayburn team.

Rayburn cook Christy Lagunes said her team had prepared a range of tempting offers.

“For dessert, we had banana pudding with caramel in the middle and homemade wafers,” Lagunes said.

The Pasadena High team brought 4,000 pieces of the dish including chili cheese and brisket.

“We started making the cheese on Tuesday, then the brisket on Tuesday as well,” cooking teacher David Vandivort said. “We roasted it for about six hours, let it cool and sliced ​​it the next day. If it’s popular, we’ll try to bring it back with a little variation.

“Someone else was in charge of the brisket and I was in charge of the chili cheese. We collaborated, and that’s our baby,”

Awards were given for a wide range of foods. The American award went to Gilley’s Food & Beverage, the Sandwich award to Chicken Salad Chick Pasadena, the BBQ award to HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, the Italian award to Bubba’s 33 and the Specialty award to Pipeline Grill.

The Beverage Award went to Olive’s Coffee Garden and the Dessert Award went to Nothing Bundt Cakes. HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast won the award for best decoration.

The highly regarded People’s Choice Award went to Nothing Bundt Cakes.

The Taste of Town wouldn’t be complete without these people willing to bid on dozens of auction items. As he has done in the past, Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner sat in the front row. He provided a prize in which six guests could sit in the mayor’s rodeo suite next year.

With the return of veteran auctioneer Bear Hebert, auction prizes included tickets to Astros, Rockets and Texans games, a day with the Pasadena Police Department and a getaway to the Smokey Mountains.


]]> Houston’s Best Fashion Nights of Fall 2022 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houstons-best-fashion-nights-of-fall-2022/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 11:22:29 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houstons-best-fashion-nights-of-fall-2022/ Everything is bigger in Texas, even the trunk shows. When fashion designers go to town, they usually prepare invitations to a dinner party or cocktails at a private club, in addition to dresses, holiday outfits and seasonal pieces.

This fall, intimate shopping parties were among the most coveted RSVPs. Here are the brands that have made a stopover in Houston, made their guests and the chic shindig details.

Mary Olivier

Sarah Doggett Evenson founded Marie Oliver with a collection of easy-to-wear party dresses and pieces in mind. Her creations are feminine, not difficult; Plus, the value for money, Evenson’s flattering silhouettes, quality materials and attention to detail will amaze you. In September, the North Carolina-based brand took over Adair Downtown for one night only. A who’s who of well-dressed young women wore their creations for the no-frills fiesta of queso, fajitas and margaritas. A mariachi band, piñata and tequila shots served up plenty of content on the ‘gram. Shop Marie Oliver styles at Tootsies.

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Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta likes to host old-fashioned trunk shows. Recently, exclusive, invitation-only affairs were hosted in the Oak Room, the private club of the Post Oak Hotel in Tilman Fertitta. Tootsies’ Fady Armanious and designer shoppers welcomed a small group of shoppers to pre-order Oscar de la Renta’s Spring/Summer 2023 dresses, cocktail dresses and vacation looks, fresh from the Fashion Week runway in New York.

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Molly Moorekamp

Four years ago, womenswear designer Molly Moorkamp launched her collection in Houston after stints at Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren. She returned to the town where it all began in October with an intimate dinner at Turner’s and a two-day show at Biscuit. The Polo Bar-inspired foodie destination provided the perfect setting for Texas-influenced comfort food – including pigs in a blanket – before heading to Montrose’s home goods store to stock up on summer dresses. feathered hostess and one of the designer’s best-sellers: chunky knit sweaters.

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Jason Wu

Guests at the seventh annual Go Red for Women fashion show got a high fashion fix, thanks to a personal appearance from Jason Wu. Former first lady Michelle Obama wore the designer on the cover of American Vogue. Attendees of the American Heart Association event saw Wu’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection floating on an outdoor runway outside Elizabeth Anthony.

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Markarian’s Alexandra O’Neill also dressed a first lady, Dr. Jill Biden, on Inauguration Day. “She wanted to be glamorous that day, which I loved,” O’Neill told the Chronicle. In late October, Anne Carl hosted a cocktail party for Saks Club customers to pre-order Markarian’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection ahead of an in-store trunk display at the Galleria department store.

‘Pepsi Dig In Day’ Elevates Black-Owned Restaurants https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/pepsi-dig-in-day-elevates-black-owned-restaurants/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:04:22 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/pepsi-dig-in-day-elevates-black-owned-restaurants/

PepsiCo tapped celebrity chef Carla Hall and others to boost business for black-owned restaurants on Pepsi Dig In Day (November 5).

PepsiCo plans to amp up Pepsi Dig In Day by partnering with Carla Hall / Credit: PepsiCo

PepsiCo is encouraging consumers nationwide to experience and “dig in” black cuisine on November 5 – the official date of “Pepsi Dig In Day.”

Pepsi Dig In Day, which falls on November 5, is a call to action encouraging consumers to eat at black-owned restaurants. This year’s Pepsi Dig In Day will rely on influencers including Top Chef star Carla Hall, award-winning chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson and Red Rooster Harlem chef Marcus Samuelsson to raise consumer awareness. “Carla will be our lead partner,” said Scott Finlow, Marketing Director of PepsiCo Foodservice. “She’s super credible, she’s a strong advocate for this industry. [and] she brings a ton of energy and passion.

On November 5, PepsiCo will host 20 different brunches at select restaurants in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston and more. Meanwhile, consumers will also have the chance to win $5,000 for themselves and a $5,000 donation for their favorite black-owned restaurant by posting a photo of the restaurant and tagging @PepsiDigIn, #DigInShowLove and #sweepstakes.

Conceived two years ago, Pepsi Dig In is a $50 million program designed to equip local black restaurants and their chefs with the resources and funding they need to overcome existing inequalities. The national program has already helped FieldTrip, an Atlanta-based Slutty Vegan and Harlem-based rice bowl store, and has pledged to expand EatOkra’s database, a mobile directory for discovering black-owned restaurants.

“Our intention is to be the best partner for these restaurants in the industry – period,” Finlow continued. “We want to help, we want to have an impact [and] we believe that by doing this, more of these local restaurants [want] work with PepsiCo.

Walton Isaacson handled the creation. Additional campaign content will be released on digital and social media.

Pepsi Dig In’s corporate partners – including the National Football League, National Hockey League and TripAdvisor – will show solidarity by offering a lunch sponsored by Black-owned restaurants to their employees between October 31 and November 4 .

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End of Teamsters strike at food distribution center https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/end-of-teamsters-strike-at-food-distribution-center/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 20:19:14 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/end-of-teamsters-strike-at-food-distribution-center/

A nearly three-week strike by truckers at New England’s largest wholesale food distributor has ended with a new labor agreement, the Teamsters union said.

The five-year deal includes an immediate $5-per-hour wage increase, an $11-per-hour raise over the term of the deal, better pension benefits and keeps drivers on the pension plan. union health insurance, Teamsters Local 653 said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

About 300 workers at Sysco’s Plympton plant south of Boston went on strike on October 1.

“I’ve never been so proud to be a Teamster. This fight proves that we truly are the biggest, fastest and strongest union in the world,” said Local 653 Steward Kevin Whitten. “This strike brought members together like never before and built a solidarity that will continue for years to come.”

An email seeking comment was left with a Houston-based Sysco spokesperson on Friday.

More than a dozen picketers at the establishment were arrested early Monday after blocking exits with tractor-trailers and prevent some employees from leaving.

Sysco, which has distribution facilities across the country, supplies food to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and other businesses. The Plympton facility remained operational during the strike with third party drivers.

Houston’s Tillman Fertitta approved for 43-story casino in Las Vegas https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houstons-tillman-fertitta-approved-for-43-story-casino-in-las-vegas/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 02:42:37 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houstons-tillman-fertitta-approved-for-43-story-casino-in-las-vegas/ On Wednesday, Nevada authorities allowed Tillman Fertitta to place a lot of tokens on the Las Vegas Strip. Forty-three floors worth.

Clark County Commissioners have approved plans for a large new development submitted by Fertitta Entertainment for the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue that would include more than 2,400 hotel rooms, a 2,500-seat theater, convention and exhibit space and – this is Vegas after all – a wedding chapel.

Rebecca Miltenberger, a Nevada attorney who represented the plans before the county board, called it a “high-end casino” that would be developed “over the next two years.”

In a statement, Fertita Entertainment said they were happy with the approval, but noted that the project has yet to launch.

“This is just one more step in our overall review and planning process,” said Jeff Cantwell, executive vice president of corporate development. “No firm decisions have yet been made regarding our future plans.”

The project isn’t Fertitta’s first foray into Las Vegas, as the company has owned the Golden Nugget along Freemont Street since 2005. It would, however, be Fertitta’s first play on the Strip, the hub of activity. glittering of today’s Las Vegas. The casinos along the Strip are among the best known in the world.

In Houston, Feritta is best known as the owner of the Houston Rockets, the Post Oak Houston Hotel, and restaurants operated under the Landry’s banner. He is also active in the University of Houston athletics.

Commissioners unanimously approved the project, noting the importance that construction not interfere with various public works projects along Las Vegas Boulevard. Miltenberger said the project would add additional taxi space and modify its parking plans to reflect certain needs, as well as contain construction cranes on site and work with nearby Harry Reid Airport to coordinate effects on operations. flight.