Thursday, January 29, 2009

Student seeks Brisket Room memories
Stephen Roberts has a culinary request for his senior project at Art Institute of Houston’s culinary program.
“Part of the degree is completion of a Capstone, which in essence is a business plan of a restaurant designed from the ground up. The idea for my restaurant is one in Port Arthur that went out of business years ago. My Capstone would be to “resurrect” that restaurant in the Houston area,” he writes. “I have many fond memories of the Brisket Room which was located at the corner of Lewis and Jefferson Drive.”
He hopes readers can furnish him with menus, articles, photos, etc. The 1994 Thomas Jefferson graduate can be reached at: 4818 Mountain Timber Drive, Friendswood, Texas, 77546

Cricchio’s world a spicy one
I had the honor to interview photographer Frank Cricchio about his Saturday workshop at Texas Artists Museum. He’s famous, skilled and friendly, and let me snip a bit from his rosemary bush to root.
He said cooking is his hobby and he loves his grandmother’s old Italian recipes for stuffed artichoke, meatballs and breaded Italian green beans.
Cricchio said he designed the garage apartment he calls home when he was a teen and can’t bear to leave the homestead. I love that his studio is his living room, with his mother’s Louis XIV furniture. His love of preparing food spills over in there, because the bookshelf is filled with cookwear in addition to photography books.
The Texas Artists Museum Masters Workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 3501 Cultural Center Drive. The class is $125. For more information, call 983-4881 or visit

Larry’s to host Hall of Fame warm-up show
Promoter Don Ball says swamp pop and Janis Joplin fans can get two nights of music. He said Larry’s French Market will host many of the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Show performers a night early.
“The show Friday night at Larry’s will be a mini concert and a taste of what to expect Saturday night at the civic center,” Ball said.
The Beat Daddys, Amby Martin and Eazy with Dave Shaw will warm up from, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at Larry’s, 3701 FM 366 in Groves.
Jerry LaCroix and The Fabulous Boogie Kings will be part of the Saturday, Feb. 7, show at the Port Arthur Civic Center. Tickets are $25 in advance from A&S Music Mid-County, Swicegood Music, Penny Record, Civic Center box office. Tickets will be $30 at the door. Children 12 and younger may get in for free.

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