This restaurant is a Houston hidden gem — and you may by no means guess the place to search out it

This restaurant is a Houston hidden gem — and you may by no means guess the place to search out it

On this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Consuming,” Paul Petronella and Elyse Wilson be a part of CultureMap meals editor Eric Sandler to debate Camerata, the Montrose wine bar that lately celebrated its tenth anniversary, and Paulie’s, the Montrose staple that’s gained the CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Neighborhood Restaurant of the Yr.

The dialog begins with Petronella discussing his evolution as a restaurant proprietor and the way he appears for proficient folks like Wilson to assist him handle day-to-day operations. Wilson explains how her background as each knowledgeable prepare dinner and sommelier led her to taking on as Camerata’s basic supervisor three years in the past.

As Sandler notes, a technique Camerata has at all times stood out is that its workers has each deep data of wine and the power to share it in a pleasant manner. That ethos makes Camerata welcoming to each devoted oenophiles in addition to newcomers who could also be new to tasting a few of the bar’s extra obscure kinds.

“There’s data, and there’s hospitality. I believe we do a superb job at each,” Petronella says. “After 10 years, that comes with repute. It’s a part of the vetting course of. It’s straightforward to inform what their data is, however the actual check for me — and the largest level of hiring for me — is their hospitality. Having one thing for the wine nerd and in addition making the novice really feel snug on the similar.”

“One in all my largest issues once I’m interviewing folks is I don’t tolerate conceitedness,” Wilson provides. “This can be a wine bar that’s meant for folks to really feel snug irrespective of how a lot they know wine. In the event that they know nothing, allow us to discover one thing they like.”

Take heed to the complete interview to listen to Petronella talk about whether or not he’d ever open a second location of both idea. Wilson previews the bar’s retail wine sale that’s happening this Sunday, November 19, from midday till 4 pm.

On this week’s different episode, Sandler and co-host Monica Danna talk about the information of the week. Their subjects embody: Jonathan’s the Rub opening a 3rd location within the East Finish; Washington-based restaurant Medium Uncommon’s plans to open in Midtown; and Montrose lounge The Flat including each day espresso service.

Within the eating places of the week phase, Danna and Sandler starting by sharing some highs and lows from their current meal at Auden, the globally impressed new restaurant that simply opened within the Autry Park mixed-use growth. They conclude by raving a couple of decadent meal on the State of Grace chef’s counter.


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