Houston-based celebrity chef Monica Pope made a decision in August to close her restaurant T’afia and reopen it with a brand new concept. It took just fourteen days to transform T’afia into Sparrow Bar + Cookshop.
“At Sparrow, I am going to be cooking the things I would make at home for my family and friends – fresh, unpretentious and full of flavor,” said Pope. “I want people to stop by without a reason or reservation.”
Pope is a former James Beard Foundation nominee for Best Chef Southwest, a contestant on “Top Chef Masters” and the first Texas woman to be named a Top 10 Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine. Her mantra is “Eat where your food lives.” Her fans can look forward to the upcoming launch of her second book, “Eating Hope.” She shows food radio talk show host Cleverley Stone how to make a couple of dishes in the kitchen.
For more information about food, wine and dining in Houston,
listen to Cleverley’s radio show Saturdays at Noon on Talk 650 AM.
(By the way, she gives out restaurant gift cards on every radio show!)