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Summer Refreshments
2 months ago

Summer Refreshments

Aguas Frescas

Literally “fresh waters,” these fruit-forward, colorful drinks are commonly available in Mexican restaurants and some grocery stores. Popular flavors include cantaloupe, mango and watermelon. And when the …
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Whiskey Business
2 months ago

Whiskey Business

It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes an MBA class to fund a distillery. That’s what Ryan Baird ’12 and Randy Whitaker ’12 learned when they …
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Caffeinating Campus
2 months ago

Caffeinating Campus

85,000 cups of coffee were sold last year. Thirty-six thousand of those were poured in mugs customers brought in themselves. So, in an average day, baristas pour 400–600 cups of drip …
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Welcome to Our Table
1 year ago

Welcome to Our Table

In this issue, we feature a menu of Rice alumni who are contributing, in myriad ways, to Houston’s reputation as one of America’s most innovative and creative …
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College Food
1 year ago

College Food

In August 2001, my parents rented a van, packed it with clothes, extra-long twin bedding and dorm decorations, and then drove me from Memphis to Houston — where I …
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Greg Gatlin’s Full Plate
1 year ago

Greg Gatlin’s Full Plate

In May, owner and pitmaster Greg Gatlin ’03 got some smokin’ good news — Gatlin’s BBQ scored a spot in Texas Monthly’s “Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas” list. The …
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Meat Cute
1 year ago

Meat Cute

When Willet Feng ’06 graduated Rice, he fully intended to put his managerial studies classes to work. But when he moved to Seattle with then-girlfriend Diane Wu ’07, a …
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Heat and Hospitality
1 year ago

Heat and Hospitality

A Nicaraguan who came to the U.S. in 1976 to attend Texas A&M University, Michael Cordúa saw a number of doors close before, at age 27, he opened Churrascos. …
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Tested and Tasted
1 year ago

Tested and Tasted

Nearly two years ago, Jennifer Thai ’05 launched a second career as a baker of healthy treats and muffins — a bold move inspired by her young daughter’s food …
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Finding Her Place in Houston’s Culinary World
1 year ago

Finding Her Place in Houston’s Culinary World

On the way to earning degrees in art and art history, Smith continued to learn about the business while waitressing and working for a catering company. She practiced classical …
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