Welcoming back IABC Houston to Brennan’s of Houston

The Schipul team is honored to sponsor this month’s IABC Houston luncheon featuring the H-E-B corporate communication team.

If you are not familiar with IABC (the International Association of Business Communicators), they are a great networking and teaching organization with chapters all across the United States.   In fact, you may have even seen some of the Schipulites speak there before!

While the luncheon topic and speakers are going to be amazing this month, what has really got us excited is that this month will be IABC’s grand return to Brennan’s of Houston (disclosure: a client) after the tragic fire in 2008.

Talk about the ultimate phoenix story, Brennan’s was closed after standing for generations as one of Houston’s most recognizable culinary landmarks.   After months of re-building, it has returned as lovely, classy and delicious as ever.   We are honored to be a part of a very special day for both IABC Houston and Brennan’s.   Nothing goes together quite like Creole and Communicators, please say hello to one of the Schipul gang if you attend!

Creating Houston Chowhound Memories at Brennan’s

Celebrating Houston Chowhounds’ 2nd Anniversary

Amateur chefs, food writers, bloggers, enthusiasts and a selection of individuals with discerning palates, collectively known as the Houston Chowhounds (@HoustonCH), gathered at Brennan’s of   Houston for their second anniversary celebration.

The Houston Chowhounds seek the best places to eat in and around town, and in addition to Brennan’s decadent selection of menu items, it was a great opportunity for members of the group to visit the Houston staple since its reopening in February.

Always excited to connect with great Houston folks and a great client, Courtney (@cpembyrun) and I   got a chance to enjoy the Houston Chowhound’s anniversary brunch full of   yummy cuisine and great Houston foodies at Brennan’s Houston.

Brennan’s is Easy on the Eyes

Walking into the restaurant made me feel all genteel, and I think I ditched my rapid-fire Cindy Brady lispy chatter for a Blanche Deveraux drawl…with a rolling ‘R’ and everything…which I personally hate because that’s more Georgia than Texas/Louisiana.

The brunch was held in one of the beautiful upstairs dining rooms, (this one to be exact).

Brennan's of Houston restaurant dining room

Every aspect of the restaurant is charming to the eye. Once I entered the dining room, I was happily greeted by Houston Chowhound members Jody Stevens (@Jodycakes), Joanne Witt (@foodprincess) and mimosas. After a few minutes the room was brimming with victims other Houston Chowhounds, whom Courtney and I immediately attacked with the camera had a chance to ask a few questions about being a Chowhound and memorable Brennan’s experiences.

And Then There Was Food

The Brennan’s brunch menu for the event offered four choices of each the appetizer, entree and dessert. I started with the famous Turtle Soup Au Sherry while Courtney opted for the Barbecued Crawfish Shortcake. I promptly referred to her dish as “a biscuit thing with crawfish.” And while our table was   nearly an even split of the biscuit and the soup, we divided and conquered the second course menu selections.

I had the Lamb Debris & Sweet Potato Pancakes, which is braised lamb with blue cheese butter, chicory greens, a crispy poached egg and mint julep hollandaise served over soft, cinnamon-tasting pancakes. The pancakes were so moist and delicious no one at our table used the individual sides of maple syrup.

Conversation was at a minimal, though the meal was peppered with compliments about the sauce, praise of the aroma, and nods of approval on how appetizing the meals looked. No matter what item we selected, it was hard not to sneak a peek at surrounding plates. It was also hard to keep in mind a third course would soon arrive. Halfway through the pancakes I forced   myself to stop eating.

That’s also right around the time the band began playing breezy Dixieland tunes. This only helped transcend me to a faraway land some people like to call,   “New Orleans.”

Houston Chowhounds Grub and Give

Recipe 4 Success Houston non profit logoAfter the band, we took a few minutes discuss Chowhound matters like ideas for community involvement, fundraising and possible throwdowns. The Chowhounds are known for their throwdowns, which run the gamut from ceviche to bourbon to fried chicken. The group also works closely with Recipe for Success, a local non-profit dedicated to combating childhood obesity. Not to mention the group regularly participates in restaurant crawls, which support local eateries.

Talking was pretty much a lost cause once the scent of Bananas Foster, Texas Strawberry Shortcake, Brennan’s Pecan Pie and Creole Bread Pudding began wafting through the dining room. We had to snap photos of the food as quickly as possible.   It was a matter of seconds before forks hit the plates and desserts began disappearing. We weren’t exactly starving, but boy were we excited!

That’s the gist of the Houston Chowhounds though: excited! They are a lively bunch with interesting stories of world travel,   food adventures, friendships and memories. I couldn’t imagine a more charming place to hold a brunch for a such a charming group of people.

Iron Bartender victory for (client) Brennan’s of Houston!

Masters of Mixology ContesWe would like to congratulate Alexander Gregg from our client Brennan’s restaurant for winning the first annual Iron Bartender Masters of Mixology contest!

The event was held Sunday night inside the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference center, where 70 contestants battled it out in front of a wild crowd. Gregg snatched the title of Master Mixer by creating a frozen rum drink with avocado. This concoction captured the attention of the judges and ultimately led to his award of an all-expense-paid trip to Las Vegas, as well as cash prizes. You can find more about this contest here!

You can follow Brennan’s restaurant online at:
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/brennanshouston
• Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brennansofhouston/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrennansofHouston