Under the direction of Executive Chef Peter Laufer and Director of Food & Beverage Peter Schreurs, the food and beverage program at the recently-renovated Royal Sonesta Houston has established itself as a champion of regionally sourced fare that showcase the best of boutique purveyors from around Texas. This is not only evident at TableOne (www.44steaks.com/44-steaks-at-table-one/),the hotel’s acclaimed chef’s table experience, but also at ARA Restaurant, Axis Lounge and Launch grab-and-go café, as well as during the myriad of high profile weddings and special events that utilize the property’s 50,000 square feet of premier function space.
The 485-room Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston is an AAA Four-Diamond-rated, full-service hotel located in the heart of the Galleria area, an upscale business, shopping, dining and entertainment district in Uptown. The modern, 23-story property, which was recently re-imagined through a painstaking, nearly $30-million renovation, offers 50,000 square feet of function space, several dining options, a swimming pool and 24-hour fitness facility. Steps away from The Galleria Mall and Post Oak Boulevard, it is also situated in close proximity to downtown, Highland Village, Memorial Park, Greenway Plaza, the museum and theater districts and Texas Medical Center.
The efforts of the “Two Peters” reflects the city’s increasingly sophisticated palate as it continues to heat up its culinary and cocktail scene, earning kudos from around the world for the quality and diversity of its offerings. As the Royal Sonesta Houston moves towards fall, a stronger emphasis is being placed on sharing the bounty of the state with its guests in a more interactive manner. A focal point of this direction is the new TEXAS FLAVOR program, which encompasses the unveiling of a dedicated overnight package and the formal rollout of a weekday, early evening sampling that completed a successful test run this summer.
For a limited time and based on availability, guests can enjoy a delectable adventure for two with the first edition of the hotel’s value-added TEXAS FLAVOR package with rates starting at $189 per room, per night. In addition to luxurious overnight accommodations with late checkout in the heart of the city and minutes from an array of top drinking and dining destinations, participants will receive a welcome amenity featuring a TEXAS CHEDDAR SAMPLER and AZTEC HONEY paired with bottles of Houston-based LEPRECHAUN PREMIUM HARD CIDER (www.leprechauncider.com/), plus tour and sampling tokens for nearby KARBACH BREWING CO. (www.karbachbrewing.com/) and YELLOW ROSE DISTILLING (www.yellowrosedistilling.com/), home of the first legal distillery in the city limits. Valid for Thursday through Saturday night stays, TEXAS FLAVOR also treats with a breakfast buffet at ARA Restaurant and complimentary self-parking for one vehicle. (Rate code: TEXAS.)
Monday through Thursday from 5 until 6 pm hotel patrons are invited to gather in the lobby and Axis Lounge for an opportunity to meet a variety of tastemakers, ranging from cookbook authors to producers, and partake in complimentary, chef-prepared bites, utilizing regionally-sourced ingredients, and homegrown sips, spanning the spectrum of Texas’s top brewers, distillers and winemakers. For more information on upcoming menus and visits, including cookbook author Erin Hicks (www.erinhickscooks.com/).
Reservations are available by calling 617.315.9100; toll free at 800.SONESTA or online at Sonesta.com.