Press Release: June, 2018, The Woodlands, Texas

The New Robard’s® Steakhouse Takes Home Top Honors at Wine & Food Week’s Wine Rendevous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase Competition

by: Abigail Loop

Fresh off a dramatic revamp, luxury boutique steakhouse scores unprecedented acclaim at one of the country’s top culinary and wine festivals, earning The Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs and Just Desserts Trophies

June 14, 2018 (The Woodlands, Texas) – The Howard Hughes Corporation® is proud to announce that Area Executive Chef David Morris and Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Witcher of Robard’s® Steakhouse swept both top chef awards at this year’s Wine & Food Week’s Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase competition, which was held in The Woodlands®, Texas last Saturday, June 9th. An unprecedented achievement, Chef Morris was awarded The Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Trophy and a $5,000 Cash Prize, while Chef Witcher was honored with The Waterford Crystal Just Desserts Trophy and a $1,000 Cash Prize. This accomplishment comes just weeks after the destination steakhouse unveiled a completely reimagined dining experience, which was inspired by its namesake Howard Robard Hughes Jr.’s sense of adventure, discovery, timelessness and pioneering spirit.

The 14th Annual Wine & Food Week, which took place June 4 – 10, 2018, was presented by H-E-B and is the largest, most comprehensive epicurean and wine adventure from Aspen to New Orleans. This year’s theme, “Taste the Love” brought together 225+ wineries and 75+ chefs from across the globe, delivering thousands of flavors and immersive experiences throughout wine tastings, wine dinners, seminars, the Celebrity Cruises Platinum Wine Vault Collector’s Tasting, Taco Takedown Competition, casual wine walk for 4,000 people and the elaborate, Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, featuring the Cadillac VIP Premium Lounge and the Gloria Ferrer Bubbles Cove.

Awards from Wine and Food Week

“We are honored to have worked with world-class talent throughout the week, bringing over 900 wines from 225+ wineries, international cuisine, endless flavors and immersive experiences to The Woodlands year after year,” said Constance McDerby, founder of Food & Vine Time Productions, which produces the annual culinary event. “In the festival’s 14-year history, no other restaurant has ever won both top chef awards in the same year. We look forward to welcoming Area Executive Chef David Morris and Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Witcher to defend their titles.”

Following three hours and two rounds of voting by a panel of esteemed judges in a field of more than 40 restaurants, Chef Morris earned the top prize with his Ménage à Trios Wagyus in the Woods dish. A classic creation with an inventive twist, the winning-dish featured a spectacular Miyazaki A5 Japanese Wagyu, Mishima Ranch Wagyu Short Rib, and Snake River Farms Wagyu Tenderloin with petit garden surprises, sunchoke purée, uni and foie butter with hollandaise and bordelaise syrup. Chef Witcher equally wowed judges with his clever Texas Two-Step Donut Sundae, comprised of homemade brioche donuts served with basil-infused Texas peaches and Rebecca Creek Whiskey Sauce topped with buttered Texas pecans.

“Since the Robard’s re-launch just a few short weeks ago, I am delighted to see our team rise to the occasion,” said Area Executive Chef Morris. “From humble beginnings, the results are a true testament to the hard work, passion and drive our culinary team has dedicated to ensuring Robard’s lives up to its namesake. We’re in the business of creating raving fans, and it will be exciting to see as more people discover the new Robard’s.”

“I am beyond humbled and proud of our culinary team’s accomplishment. We are honored that the judging panel regonized our team’s talent and dedication, recognizing our dishes to be among the best,” said Executive Pastry Chef Witcher. “It was inspiring to be surrounded with such amazing, young talent and I look forward to participating in next year’s event.”

Under the supervision of Area Executive Chef Morris, who recently joined the Robard’s team following  five years overseeing the culinary program at Arizona’s Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where he served as Executive Chef, the luxury boutique steakhouse has reestablished itself as the preeminent destination restaurant in The Woodlands. Complementing Chef Morris’ expertise, Chef Witcher’s extensive background in restaurant and hotel openings, as well as his experience overseeing the pastry programs around the world, provides him with a uniquely global take on classic favorites. Chef Witcher has held the Executive Pastry Chef role in several celebrated establishments, including New York’s Taven On The Green, Sinagpore’s Marina Bay Sands, Ritz-Carlton’s Washington, D.C. hotels, and Four Seasons Seattle.

Since its relaunch in May 2018, Robard’s has delighted locals and travelers with bold, inventive dishes in an immersive dining experience. The new Robard’s redefines the classic American steakhouse with a menu that showcases sophisticated cuts of dry-aged beef, artisanal breads, fresh-catch seafood, creative desserts, and handcrafted garden-to-glass cocktails.

To learn more about Robard’s or to make a reservation, please visit www.robardssteakhouse.com.

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About Robard’s® Steakhouse
Challenging expectations with creativity and enthusiasm, the award-winning Robard’s® showcases the pioneering spirit of its namesake Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. With cuisine that is as exceptional as it is varied and a vibrant, an evening at Robard’s engages lovers of great food from the moment they walk in the door and inspires guests to awaken their senses to new and unique flavors. Under the leadership of Area Executive Chef David Morris, an unrelenting passion shines through in the menu with sophisticated cuts of dry-aged beef, artisanal breads, fresh-catch seafood, inventive desserts, and handcrafted garden-to-glass cocktails. Chef Morris and the destination wining venue recently earned two top honors at the Wine & Food Week Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase, taking home the The Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Trophy, while Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Witcher was honored with The Waterford Crystal Just Desserts Trophy at the June 2018 event.  To learn more or to make a reservation, please visit http://www.robardssteakhouse.com/.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
The Howard Hughes Corporation® owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: The Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit www.howardhughes.com.

About Wine & Wood Week and Food & Vine Time Productions
Wine & Food Week, produced by Food & Vine Time Productions, is the first weeklong, multi-faceted, comprehensive destination culinary and wine event in Houston Metro and the first nationally to promote locally sourced and sustainable products.  Owners Clifton and Constance McDerby are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and health of Houstonians by educating the novice to the aficionado on wines and fine dining featuring sustainable ingredients.  Food & Vine Time Productions created another first with the state’s first multi-day craft beer destination and educational event featuring over 300 craft beer selections.  Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival has been named #3 beer event in America by USA Today and #1 in Houston by Houstonia Magazine.

Food & Vine Time Productions also produces Wine Fair Cy-Fair, Zest in the West, Katy Sip & Stroll, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, Houston Chronicle Culinary Stars, Tomball’s Freight Train Food Truck Fest and a myriad of private events for various clients. Since its inception in 2002, Food & Vine Time Productions has assisted in raising well over a million dollars for local charities through live and silent auctions and cash donations.

Contacts:
Robard’s Steakhouse
Martha Carrera, (212) 255-6541
Vice President, Hawkins International PR
[email protected]

The Howard Hughes Corporation
Cristina Carlson, (347) 454-4259
Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Relations
[email protected]

For HHC Investor Relations
David O’Reilly, (214) 741-7744
Chief Financial Officer
david.o’[email protected]

For Wine & Wood Week and Food & Vine Time Productions
Rachel Lewis
Wine & Food Week Media Relations Representative
(713) 305-0419
[email protected]

Press Release: June, 2018, The Woodlands, Texas

The New Robard’s® Steakhouse Takes Home Top Honors at Wine & Food Week’s Wine Rendevous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase Competition

by: Abigail Loop

Fresh off a dramatic revamp, luxury boutique steakhouse scores unprecedented acclaim at one of the country’s top culinary and wine festivals, earning The Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs and Just Desserts Trophies.

Press Release: June, 2018, The Woodlands, Texas

Restaurant undergoes renovations, features high-quality dishes

by: Abigail Loop

Since becoming the area executive chef for Howard Hughes Hospitality in 2017, David Morris has taken Robard’s Steakhouse in a new direction with new menu items and a full renovation of the restaurant.

Morris said Robard’s, which can be found at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, has been rebranding its menu and went through a renovation process from March to May. The eatery now features a new bar area and redesigned private dining areas.

Press Release: May, 2018, modernluxury.com

Vintage Meets Modern

Chef David Morris of Robard’s Steakhouse Changes Up the Menu

By Nickole Kerner Bobley
Photography by Rouse Photography

After conquering an 18,000-plate banquet at The Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and putting the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort on the culinary map, celeb chef David Morris moved to Texas and has made bold new changes at Robard’s Steakhouse at The Woodlands serving as executive chef for Howard Hughes Hospitality, whose concepts also include The Westin at The Woodlands and the Embassy Suites at Hughes Landing.

Press Release: May 3, 2018, The Woodland's, Texas

Discover The New Robard’s Steakhouse, Featuring Bold, Inventive Dishes In A Vibrant Atmosphere

Inspired By The Original Maverick Howard Robard Hughes Jr. And Developed By Culinary Visionary David Morris, Reimagined Luxury Boutique Steakhouse In The Woodlands Caters To Texas Tastemakers With A Truly Immersive Dining Experience.

May 3, 2018 (The Woodlands, Texas) – Inspired by Howard Robard Hughes Jr.’s sense of adventure, discovery, timelessness and pioneering spirit, the luxury boutique steakhouse Robard’s has been reimagined for a new generation of foodies. Beginning May 2018, The Woodland’s preeminent destination restaurant will delight locals and travelers with a new way to dine. The new Robard’s redefines the classic American steakhouse with a menu that showcases sophisticated cuts of dry-aged beef, artisanal breads, fresh-catch seafood, inventive desserts, and handcrafted garden-to-glass cocktails under the direction of Area Executive Chef David Morris.

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