Hugo Ortega is executive chef of four of Houston’s top restaurants – Hugo’s, Caracol, Backstreet Cafe and Xochi, which he owns with wife Tracy Vaught under the umbrella of H Town Restaurant Group. They also recently opened a new concept, Hugo’s Cocina, a fast-casual version of Hugo’s, in Terminal D of Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Ortega is a five-time finalist for Best Chef: Southwest at the prestigious James Beard Awards (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and author of two cookbooks, Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico (2012) and Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neighborhood Café (2013).
Hailing from a small farm in Wisconsin, James Beard Award finalist chef Steve McHugh has accomplished so much within his career. Steve began to make a name for himself in the culinary epicenter of New Orleans, LA as Chef De Cuisine for Chef John Besh at August restaurant. Yet his most sterling achievement has been successfully battling cancer — a triumph that propelled him to open Cured, in San Antonio’s historic Pearl Brewery. The name speaks to his feat, as well as the artisanal cured meats hanging in view. The purity of ingredients and unadulterated culinary approach follows the same methodology that contributed to his healing. Leaving nothing to chance or the vagaries of mass-production, he controls the creation of every element in his dishes and cocktails, right down to the bitters, vinegars and pickles.
Escape to Riviera Maya (at Caracol, Hugo's & Cured)
Come meet, mingle and learn about the Lone Star Food Art & Music Festival's Escape to Riviera Maya Getaway. Your hosts Chef Hugo Ortega and Chef Steven McHugh will entice you with tastes of their Coast to Coast Culinary Experience. RSVP below and don't miss these delectable nights.
Nightbird has played across Texas and regionally for the last 8 years. They have opened for such classic acts as The Doobie Brothers, Blue Oyster Cult, and Starship. Some of the venues Nightbird have played include Isle of Capri Casino, House of Blues, Tolbert's Restaurant, Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio, Woodlands Waterway, and many other venues and towns. They were nominated in 2010 and 2012 for best tribute in Houston Press Awards and won Best 80's Tribute in Texas from MXD Rock and Metal Awards. Brooke Alyson works with Jill Focke, Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac's wardrobe manager, recreating some of Stevie's iconic flowing stagewear. Close your eyes and experience a tribute that strives to recapture the fire, energy, and spirit that Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks brings to the stage.
Meet & Greet BBQ Beach Party w/ Music @ The White Gazebo - 6:30 PM
Foccacia Grill Pool Party w/ Music @ The Spot - 12:30 PM
Family Style Dinner @ Santa Fe - 7:00 PM
Mayan Market @ Jungle Rock - 12:00 PM
Concert @ The Salon- 8:30 PM
Gala Dinner @ Fuentes Culinary Theater - 7:30 PM
Join 2 Getaway Travel and Chef's Hugo Ortega and Steven McHugh for a culinary adventure to touch your senses of smell and taste, a look at some of the artist of the Riviera Maya to touch your sense of sight and the musical art of JB Barnett and Nightbird from Houston, Texas to touch your hearing. All this takes place October 15-21 at the Gourmet Inclusive El Dorado, Casitas Royale Resort & Spa and Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma.
A singer/songwriter from Houston, TX and a true troubadour at heart, JB Barnett's music is a fusion of soulful melodies with catchy witty, and inspiring lyrics. After much success with his debut, "The Getaway EP", he proved his ability to create music that inspires, motivates, and taps deep into the heart of his audience. "One of the most promising singer-songwriters you'll find in Houston or anywhere else...He's an old soul storyteller, a genuine artist with an impressive gift for expression...Do yourself a favor and get to know JB Barnett" - Music News Magazine
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