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Zest (zêst) : vigorous and enthusiastic

2017 Best of Zest Culinary Awards

West Houston's Finest Restaurants Compete for the coveted title of Best of Zest.

Past Winners

2016 Award Winners:
Latin Bites
Cacao & Cardamom
Mark Cox Catering
2015 Award Winners:
Le Mistral
Latin Bites
2014 Award Winners:
Le Mistral

Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge
Sweet Voodoo Artisan Confections
2013 Award Winners:
Latin Bites Cafe
Peli Peli
Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge
2012 Award Winners:
Kroger w/Nolan Ryan Meats
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano
Gigi's Cupcakes

2017 Fashion Forward Award

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Come dress to the nines to Zest in the West as you can be selected to win the Fashion Forward Award, presented by Claudia G!

Judges will wander the floor to find the best dressed individuals present and will come on stage towards the end to compete for the Fashion Forward Award. Come dressed to impress.

2017 Best of Zest Culinary Awards Judges

Tanji Patton
Executive Producer/Host
Goodtaste with Tanji

Tanji is an Emmy award winning journalist pursuing her passion for wine and food. Tanji explores the inviting worlds of chefs, wine makers and culinary newsmakers. Her snappy, fun videos entice even the most novice of chefs to get into the kitchen and create…with a glass of wine nearby, of course.

Phaedra Cook
Principal Writer & Communications Consultant
Revolution Collaborative

Phaedra Cook has been writing about food and beverage scene in Houston and its suburbs for the past four years. She started out with her own blog, Houston Food Adventures, and soon after started writing for the Houston Press “Eating Our Words” blog. She was the lead freelance restaurant critic for the Houston Press and a regular contributor to My Table magazine. She is currently the Principal Writer & Communications Consultant for Revolution Collaborative.


Renia S. Butler
Houston Food Blogger Collective

Renia Butler lives in Houston, Texas by way of Little Rock, Arkansas and works as an Events Professional and Freelance food & events writer. She is also the current President of the Houston Food Blogger Collective. Her passion lies in connecting people with delicious food, products and events within the city and around the country.

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