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Bungalow Heights


It seems like there is a new eatery opening up in the heights area just about every week!
One of the new ones is Bungalow Heights, and it has some superb food and some huge portions.
Bungalow Heights has an open seating concept with a variety of tables and couches spread
throughout the spacious restaurant, which looks like a house on the outside. It also offers a covered dog-friendly porch, so furry friends are welcome!

Bungalow Heights has an extensive menu with items including shareable appetizers, salads, chicken wings, plated entrees, burgers and sandwiches. One of the appetizers that is a must try is the boudin balls, which are served with a jalapeno ranch that is the perfect for dipping the boudin balls. The wings are delicious and offered in a variety of sauces, so they are perfect for those who like to bring the heat and those who do not want their mouth to be on fire.

When it comes to the sandwiches, both the buffalo style fried chicken sandwich and the havana are quite tasty. There is a lot of buffalo sauce on the sandwich, so be sure to order some ranch or bleu cheese in order to cut the spice. The havana is Bungalow Heights’ version of a Cuban sandwich, and it is filled with pulled pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard.

Overall, Bungalow Heights seems like a great restaurant that is sure to become even more popular with all of the delicious food options and the extensive beer menu.

1919 Beall St, Houston, TX 77008

By Ali Greenhalgh

Ritual Houston

Ritual has become a popular restaurant in the heights, especially for brunch on the weekends, so if you are going to go, definitely make a reservation! Ritual offers a lot of Southern dishes that are filled with flavor. The CFC & Grits is a crispy fried chicken breast on a bed of cheesy grits, and it is a delicious dish. Another offering at brunch is the Stockyard Hash, which consists of potatoes, peppers, onion, smoked pork, brisket, a sunny side up egg and is topped with a green chile hollandaise sauce. The hash is quite a feast that somehow fits into one bowl! Of course, no Southern breakfast menu is complete without chicken and waffles, which is also another delicious dish at Ritual. Check out their extensive menu for brunch and also their other meals on their website. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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602 Studewood Houston, TX — 77007

By Ali Greenhalgh 

Sarah P. Bernhardt, Ph.D., Named President & CEO of The Bayou Preservation Association

The Bayou Preservation Association has named Sarah P. Bernhardt, Ph.D., as its new President & CEO, effective immediately. She will lead the organization in realizing its vision of a network of healthy bayous, streams and watersheds through conservation, preservation, restoration and responsible watershed management. As head of the nonprofit, she will work in strategic partnership with the board of directors, advocate for its mission, programs and projects and help develop science-based solutions to watershed issues.

Dr. Bernhardt comes to Bayou Preservation Association from the Texas Commission on Environmental Equality, (TCEQ) where she served as program manager since 2013, directing the administrative and technical activities of the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP) and overseeing implementation of the Galveston Bay Plan, a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan prepared under the National Estuary Program of the Clean Water Act. She managed a team of seven full-time employees with an annual budget of $1.5 million in state and federal funding. “The Bayou Preservation Association is thrilled to bring Dr. Sarah P. Bernhardt on board as our new President & CEO to lead us in carrying out our mission of restoring and celebrating Houston’s most important natural resource – bayous,” says Robert Rayburn, Bayou Preservation Association Board President. “We had many excellent candidates, but Dr. Bernhardt stood out with her depth of policy and planning experience and her wealth of knowledge in natural resource management and the environmental sciences. She is the perfect choice for a visionary leader who will advocate, collaborate and educate to further Bayou Preservation Association’s goals in the coming years.”

Rayburn noted that Bayou Preservation Association is unique, as it supports all of the greater Houston area bayous and waterways, while working with groups that concentrate on a specific bayou and its watershed. The organization focuses its work to celebrate, protect and restore our bayous in four key program areas: bayou appreciation, bayou citizen science, stream corridor restoration, and trash-free bayous. Related activities include educational seminars, behind-the-scenes advocacy and collaborative efforts to enhance public awareness and best practices for the region's bayous and streams.

Prior to TCEQ and GBEP, Bernhardt spent time in the academic world. She received her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, in 2010 from Texas A&M University. Her dissertation was “Evaluating Florida’s coastal protected areas: A model for coastal management plan evaluation.” Academic positions at Texas A&M include research assistant, guest lecturer and facilitator and research fellow in the Sustainable Coastal Margins Program, including flood planning research.

Additionally, Bernhardt worked as education and outreach media specialist for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, part of NOAA, (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) where she coordinated K-12 educator seminars funded by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. She also held positions in research. Bernhardt received her Master of Science in Zoology in the Department of Biology from Texas A&M and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in addition to publishing numerous professional articles. Locally, she has served on several advisory councils, boards and committees in the environmental and urban planning arenas.

Legacy Restaurants Announces Plans For “Mama Ninfa’s Tacos Y Tortas,” Coming in 2019

Legacy Restaurants, operator of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, announces the launch of its newest concept: Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas. The first location will open in 2019 at Skanska’s Capitol Tower (800 Capitol St.) inside Understory, a 35,000-square-foot community hub and culinary market at the base of the building. Legacy Restaurants recently signed a lease agreement for the 622-square foot tunnel-level downtown space and plans to open 3-4 additional Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas restaurants in Houston within the next 12-24 months.

“It’s exciting and gratifying to bring this new concept to the Houston dining scene – and we’re very pleased to launch Mama Ninfa’s in such an excellent location, which combines steady foot traffic in the tunnels with unique street-level exposure,” said Legacy Restaurants CEO Jonathan Horowitz. “With the history surrounding The Original Ninfa’s brand and the public’s appreciation for the tradition and quality associated with The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, we think Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas will find an enthusiastic audience in Houston and in the surrounding areas.”

The menu at Mama Ninfa’s will consist primarily of Mexican street-style tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches), along with more traditional Tex-Mex dishes. In keeping with the spirit of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, diners will be able to enjoy Mama Ninfa’s famous tacos al carbon, red and green salsas, chile con queso and signature handmade tortillas. Alex Padilla, Executive Chef at The Original Ninfa’s, will create the menu for the new concept and will adapt some of the recipes from the original restaurant to be served in the new restaurants.

Future Mama Ninfa’s locations will be fast-casual counter-service restaurants, with a prototype design of approximately 2,000-2,500 square feet and seating for 80-100 people. Austin-based architect Michael Hsu is creating the interior design for the concept; the décor will be modern but comfortable, with a bit of Ninfa’s history mixed in with a more urban, industrial design.

Future Mama Ninfa’s locations also will include a full bar, pairing traditional “Ninfaritas” and cold beers with the delicious food, particularly during late-night hours. The concept will serve four dayparts: breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night, with hours varying depending on location. The design for both Understory and for future locations will include a convenient area for take-out or third-party delivery services, and future locations will feature patio seating whenever available.

With a planned opening in early 2019, Understory at Capitol Tower will include a culinary market with seven chef-driven concepts – including Mama Ninfa’s -- and a cocktail bar. A central feature of Understory is the open-air blending of the street and tunnel levels, facilitated by the “Great Steps,” a 30-foot-wide monumental staircase and gathering place that will create the first true street-level gateway to the tunnel network.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mama Ninfa’s to Understory, Capitol Tower’s expansive community hub in Downtown Houston,” said Matt Damborsky, executive vice president for Skanska USA Commercial Development in Houston. “For decades, The Original Ninfa’s has been a staple of Houston’s eclectic food community and we are excited to give downtown a taste of that tradition by bringing this new Mama Ninfa’s concept to Understory. We look forward to sharing this and other high quality culinary concepts with the community when Understory opens in 2019.”


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September 6th

Top 20 Impact Makers Announcement Cocktail Reception

Impact Makers Awards will be bestowed upon power couples and inspiring mother/father and daughter/son duos, women, men, and youth. Those honored with an Impact Maker Award are humanitarians who generously support others, are dedicated to improving lives and living conditions, and devoted to finding better ways of helping. They have made an achievement that has had a positive impact on some area of the arts, science, education, humanitarianism, or medicine within our community.
When: Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Where: The Ballroom at Bayou Place
More Info: event@ckwluxe.com

September 15th

Under the Sea with Otty and Shelly at River Oaks Bookstore

What: The third book in the beautifully illustrated Otter Chronicles takes young readers under the sea with Otty and a special new friend, Shelly!
When: Saturday, September 15, 3-5 p.m.
Where: River Oaks Bookstore

September 22nd

Clarke & Associates presents Urban Chic one-day show curated
by noted Houston artist Chris Silkwood
Works by local artists and artisans will feature art scarves, handmade purses, jewelry, craft furniture and clothing/wearables

Clarke & Associates presents Urban Chic, a one-day show featuring diverse works by Houston-area artists, artisans and craftsmen and curated by noted Houston artist Chris Silkwood. The focus is on hand-crafted works, including wearable art, clothing, printed fabrics, handbags, jewelry for men and women, furniture and more. All items in the exhibition are for sale by the individual artist.
The men and women participating in the show are all established and recognized artists/artisans
who have a following in Houston, in Texas and/or beyond. Some are multi-media artists,
while others work in one medium. Art has become central to design, whether it be jewelry, clothing or furniture, which is reflected in Urban Chic.
Who: Artists Amita Bhatt, Sharon Kopriva, Randall Mosman, Sherry Owens and Chris Silkwood will exhibit beautiful limited edition art scarves, all individually designed. The scarves were made in England. The other featured artists in Urban Chic include Onyii Brown (clothing), Piyali Sen Dasgupta (printed fabrics), Nichole Dittman (jewelry), Tarina Frank (jewelry), Eddie Hall (furniture), Rene Henry (jewelry), Chad Kimball (handmade shoes and furniture), Debra Linse (handbags) and Kim Whittington (jewelry). Hall has a gallery in Round Top. Each artist was carefully selected by Silkwood to represent a unique range of magnificent artistry, including fashion, jewelry design, furniture and fabric. The artists represent diverse ethnic backgrounds. The Urban Chic poster designer is graphic artist Juan Castillo. Silkwood is a working studio artist and has always enjoyed promoting fellow artists. Curation has served an active role within her career, including numerous public art exhibitions, collaborative events and children’s art activities. She believes that art allows us to exist in a better world with color, creativity and self-expression.
When: Sept. 22: Noon – 4 p.m.
Where: Clarke & Associates, 301 E. 11th St., Houston 77008
More: For more information about the exhibit, go to www.clarkeassoc.com/upcoming-events or call 713-254-2998 or 713-854-4246.

About Clarke & Associates An international full-service art and advisory agency, Clarke & Associates specializes in art acquisition, commission projects, collection management, artist representation, appraisals, exhibition planning, and marketing. Our gallery space presents curated exhibitions of international acclaimed artists as well as talented emerging artists. Clarke & Associates is a partnership between Linda Clarke and Gus Kopriva.

For interviews with Chris Silkwood or Linda Clarke, please contact
Carol Brejot, carol@carolbrejotpr.com or 713-503-3885.

September 29

Houston Chamber Choir presents
This Is Why I Sing to open 23rd season on Sept. 29

Houston Chamber Choir’s 23rd Season opens with a concert that illustrates the joy of musicians, highlighting our singers’ favorite pieces. These are the compositions that remind us why we love to sing. This will be an evening of “the best of the best” by composers like Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott, along with John Tavener and Arvo Pärt. The Kinder HSPVA Chorale, under the direction of Shannon Carter, and the Parker Elementary School Advanced Chorus, under the direction of Marianna Parnas-Simpson, will be our featured guests as they present pieces that have kindled their youthful love for singing. The evening will end with a glorious performance featuring all three choirs singing together. Subscribers are invited to attend a private pre-concert reception to celebrate the beginning of the 23rd season and will have the opportunity to meet and speak with members of the Houston Chamber Choir and Artistic Director, Robert Simpson. Immediately following the concert, all ticketed patrons are encouraged to attend the Season Opener After-Party hosted by The Luminary Society’s Young Professionals. Details will be provided to ticketholders closer to the concert.
Who: The professional men and women singers of the Houston Chamber Choir will be led by conductor Robert Simpson. He is founder and artistic director of the Houston Chamber Choir and Canon for Music at historic Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal in Houston). He also serves on the faculty of the Rice University Shepherd School of Music as Lecturer of Church Music.
When: Saturday, Sept. 29 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main St., Houston, 77002
More: There is ample free parking in the church’s parking lot. The concert will be in the sanctuary. Will call opens at 6:45, with seating beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $36 for seniors and $40 regular price. More information can be found at houstonchamberchoir.org or by clicking here for tickets. Phone number is 713-224-5566.

October 26th

CHILDREN AT RISK Annual Accolades Luncheon -
“Academy Awards of Child Advocacy"

When: October 26, 2018, 11:00a Registration | 11:30a Luncheon Where: Hotel ZaZa
Benefiting: Accolades is an annual event that benefits CHILDREN AT RISK’s work to improve the quality of life for all Texas children, including health, safety, education, and economic conditions. Honoring: Ken and Tracy Janda for their work through Community Health Choice.
Cost: Tables: $3,500 - $25,000 | Individual Tickets: $350 Contact: Claire Barber | 713.869.7740 | CBarber@childrenatrisk.org

This issue is by Ali Greenhalgh


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Works by local artists and artisans will feature art scarves, handmade purses, jewelry, craft furniture and clothing/wearables