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A Good Time Sushi Palace Moves Into Jerry Land

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The Star in Frisco is getting its first and only sushi restaurant early next month, but its rolls aren’t the only thing that will set it apart in Jerry Jones’ new entertainment, sports district and Dallas Cowboys’ world headquarters. Sushi Marquee is inspired by Japanese cuisine, one specific Los Angeles dive bar and over-the-top pop culture of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

It’s the newest spot from restaurant group Crafted Bar Concepts, which is behind restaurants and bars like Shell Shack, Back 9 and Shakertins. The idea came from restaurateur Brad Hawkins, a Dallas native who previously lived in Los Angeles. Hawkins loved the way that entertainment and dining were paired together in L.A. —  and was inspired by one place in particular.

“One of the little dive sushi bars that I loved going to in North Hollywood, it was a shotgun room, maybe 1,500-square-feet, but when you went in there everybody’s having a good time,” he tells PaperCity. “The sushi chefs are getting into it, the music was playing louder than it normally would at any restaurant, and they’re dancing along, singing and they’re interacting with the crowd.”

Unfortunately, the restaurant failed to deliver on another front.

“It was so much fun, but the unfortunate part is that it was some of the worst sushi I’ve ever had,” Hawkins laughs.

Nearly 20 years after the idea first popped into his head, Hawkins is finally getting his dream sushi spot: somewhere that offers good food and a memorable experience.

 

The 3,000-square-foot space boasts cheeky decor, like a mural of Yoda with chopsticks by local artist Aaron Grace, geisha eyes peeking out from the bar and a 6-foot-tall disco ball Buddha.

(On a side note, it will be interesting to see whether Sushi Marquee will receive the same type of criticism for cultural appropriation as Uptown’s recently-closed Hot Joy.)

Above the sushi bar, a mosaic of TV screens will throw it back with classic bits of ‘80s and ‘90s film and pop culture.

Sushi Marquee
Sushi Marquee will be the only sushi spot at The Star in Frisco.

The menu was crafted by notable local chef, Patrick Stark and executive sushi chef Gabriel Reyes, who previously got experience at Ra Sushi, Jinbeh and Bluefish. Options include classic and specialty sushi rolls, sashimi, build-your-own poke bowls, shareable platters and cooked entrees.

Unsurprisingly, the beverage program will take a playful approach to cocktails. Drinks like the Watermelon Ginger Margarita, Liquid Nitrogen Frozen Sake and Wasabi Mariachi will feature house-made bitters and tonics, flavored ice cubes and over-the-top presentations.

Sushi Marquee is getting settled into a 3,000-square-foot space at The Star in Frisco,complete with a 3,000-square-foot patio.

The restaurant is opening with bar service for a Christmas tree lighting on Friday, and should be open for dinner within two to three weeks. Lunch service should come a few weeks later, and there are plans to add brunch in the near future.

CREATIVE RISOTTOS FOR CHILDREN IN CRISIS SHINE AT THE INTERNATIONAL RISOTTO FESTIVAL

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Fans of fine food, wine, and design converged at The 12th International Risotto Festival which was held on Sunday, November 12 at The Houston Design Center. Chaired by Julie and Stephen Chen, Raine and Alan Falik, Leslie and Charles Simmons the event benefitted Casa de Esperanza de los Niños – the House of Hope for Children – is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Janie and Todd Mason served as honorary chairs.

More than 800 guests strolled around The Houston Design Center enjoying delicious Italian foods prepared by some of Houston’s top chefs along with Italian wines, exotic cars and music.

Judges of the blind tasting competition included Carlo Bocchi & Federica AttallaItalian Trade CommissionKim KorthEdible HoustonJustin KouriRecipe for SuccessGreg LaFoletteAlquimista CellarsMellanie PerezModern Luxury Houston MagazineEric SandlerCultureMap, and Cleverley StoneCooking with Cleverley: FOX 26 & Cleverley Show: CBS 650 AM.

Carmelo Mauro competing for Carmelo’s won the blind tasting competition for his Risotto Con Melanzane. Chef Alberto Gutierrez with Tasting Room City Centre was awarded 2nd place and Chef Michael Hoffman with Oxbow 7 was awarded 3rd place. Chefs Dillon & Denver Kao with Express Italia took home honorable mention for their unique risotto creation. Taking home the People’s Choice Award was Scotty Campbell with Bertazzoni.

Other top chefs competing in the Festival included Tiago Almeida of Quattro at The Four Seasons, Jon Buchanan of Third Coast, Maurizio Ferrarese Private Chef, Fadi of Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, Greg Millo of The Art Institute of Houston, Johnny Mandola of Damian’s Cucina Italiano, Manuel Pucha of Maison Pucha Bistro, and Matt Tahaneyof Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant.

Guests included Shelley Star, Julie and Stephen Chen, Raine and Alan Falik, Leslie and Charles Simmons, Janie and Todd Mason, Misty and Jeff Lindenberger, Terry and Fred Baca, Missy Stewart, Jeremy & Shelly Edelstein, Jerry and Nan Brewer, Dillon and Marian McCarty, Catherine & Brandon Borders, Carey and Noelle Feldman, Sean and Dina Naslund, Tim Termeer, Mike and Julie Taetz, Dena and Barry Wrenn, Ashely and Derick Grubb, Kenny Baldwin and Carol Hunton.

Event Sponsors include Audi Central Houston, CultureMap Houston, Design House, Houston Pediatric Dental Specialists, Houston Radiology Associated, Janie & Todd Mason, Kitchen & Bath Concepts, LGI Oriental Rugs, MAI Memorial Antiques & Interiors, MLB Capital Partners, Modern Luxury Houston Magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, PoolSure, Prime Living, Prosperity Bank, Frank Rynd, San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna, Jan and Tom Simmons, Scene One Interiors, Teri Pugh Studio, The Art Institute of Houston, and Thorntree Slate & Marble,

The International Risotto Festival was founded in 2000 and has a rich history as a true culinary competition for a good cause. More than 75 of Houston’s finest chefs have competed to help raise more than a $750,000 dollars for local charities in the 11 productions of the festival since that date.

For more information visit www.risottofestival.com or call 713-864-2660.

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR HOUSTON’S INTERNATIONAL RISOTTO FESTIVAL

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017

Popular culinary event to raise monies for Children in Crisis

HOUSTON, TX (June 1, 2017) – Fans of fine food and wine are cordially invited to attend one of Houston’s finest culinary festivals. The 12th International Risotto Festival will be held on Sunday, November 12 from 2 to 6 pm at The Houston Design Center. One of Houston’s finest gourmet food festivals, this event includes an afternoon of delicious Italian foods prepared by some of Houston’s greatest chefs along with fantastic wines PLUS music and entertainment, exotic cars, a charity auction, activities for kids and designer showroom tours.

Advance Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.RisottoFestival.com for $75 per person or $175 for VIP tickets. Children under 12 are free. VIP tickets purchased in advance include valet parking and access to the VIP tent where guests can mingle with participating sponsors, chefs and judges, sip fine wines and enjoy a fine selection of desserts.

This year’s culinary Risotto Festival will benefit Casa de Esperanza de los Niños. Casa de Esperanza – the House of Hope for Children – is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the

effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child.

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Honorary Chairs of The 12th International Risotto Festival are Janie and Todd Mason. Serving as Event Chairs are Julie and Stephen Chen, Raine and Alan Falik, Leslie and Charles Simmons.

The International Risotto Festival was founded in 2000 and has a rich history as a true culinary competition for a good cause. More than 75 of Houston’s finest chefs have competed to help raise in excess of $650,000 for local charities in the 12 productions of the festival since that date.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets please visit www.risottofestival.com or call 713-864-2660.

TOP CHEFS TO COMPETE IN HOUSTON’S INTERNATIONAL RISOTTO FESTIVAL

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Popular culinary event to raise monies for Children in Crisis

HOUSTON, TX (September 12, 2017) – Fans of fine food and wine are cordially invited to attend one of Houston’s finest culinary festivals. The 12th International Risotto Festival will be held on Sunday, November 12 from 2 to 6 pm at The Houston Design Center. One of Houston’s finest gourmet food festivals, this event includes an afternoon of delicious Italian foods along with fantastic wines PLUS music, entertainment, exotic cars, a charity auction, activities for kids and designer showroom tours.

Some of Houston’s top chefs will be competing in this year’s competition including Jon Buchanan of Third Coast, Patti Burdette of Holley’s, Bryan Caswell of Reef, Scotty Campbell of DR Delicacy, David Denis of Le Mistral, Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro at The Four Seasons, Jose Hernandez of Radio Milano, Dylon Kao of Express Italia, Carmelo Mauro of Carmelo’s, Greg Millo of The Art Institute, Napolean Palacios of Damian’s Cucina Italiano, Manuel Pucha of Maison Pucha Bistro, Erin Robart of The Tasting Room City Centre, Alexandre Scarafile of Sud Italia, Luizim Shimaj of Arcodoro, along with others to be announced.

Advance Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.RisottoFestival.com for $75 per person (savings of $10 in advance) or $175 for VIP tickets. Children under 12 are free. VIP tickets purchased in advance include valet parking and access to the VIP Lounge where guests can mingle with participating sponsors, chefs and judges, sip fine wines and enjoy a fine selection of desserts.

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This year’s culinary Risotto Festival will benefit Casa de Esperanza de los Niños. Casa de Esperanza – the House of Hope for Children – is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child. When an unexpected tragedy, like Hurricane Harvey, devastates so many families, Casa de Esperanza continues to be a source of support for so many in their community who are in crisis. Support from The 12th International Risotto Festival will continue to help families in our community that need Casa’s help now more than ever.

Honorary Chairs of The 12th International Risotto Festival are Janie and Todd Mason. Serving as Event Chairs are Julie and Stephen Chen, Raine and Alan Falik, Leslie and Charles Simmons.

The International Risotto Festival was founded in 2000 and has a rich history as a true culinary competition for a good cause. More than 75 of Houston’s finest chefs have competed to help raise in excess of $750,000 for local charities in the 12 productions of the festival since that date.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets please visit www.risottofestival.com or call 713-864-2660.