Incoming: Kaitlin Steinberg, A New Food Critic For the Houston Press

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Our distinguished new food critic

Starting on July 8, Kaitlin Steinberg will become the new fulltime food critic at the Houston Press.

Steinberg, who lives in Corpus Christi and graduated from Trinity University before going on to master's work at the University of Missouri in Colombia Columbia, has most recently been a food writer for our sister paper the Riverfront Times in St. Louis, Mo.

"Kaitlin stood out from other applicants because of her extensive online food reporting as well as her graduate-level training in long-form narrative," said Editor-in-Chief Margaret Downing.

"In addition, she has two important aspects to her background: she's grown up on the Gulf Coast of Texas and she has an aunt who's a professional chef from whom she's picked up more than a few skills and some understanding of what it takes to put a good meal together in a restaurant setting."

"We believe she will be a wonderful addition to the fine legacy (Robb Walsh and Katharine Shilcutt) in recent years of food writers at the Houston Press," Downing said.

For a preview of Steinberg's reviewing skills, check out the freelance review she did for us on the Brooklyn Athletic Club in the June 20 edition of our publication.


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Mayor3
Mayor3

So, the first letter of the first word in a preview of her writing skills is misspelled. I guess she's going to fit right in.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Any relation to Neil Steinberg, the journalist from Chicago?  His book "Drunkard" is one of my all-time favorites.

blythe
blythe

Head to Niko Niko's because, according to their website, no real critics have reviewed them. 

metatronarchetype
metatronarchetype

You can only improve over Shillcutt's hackery.  Welcome to H-town.  Please don't spend all of your time in mid-town and the west side, there is great food all over the place in this city.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I see that Ms. Steinberg opened her first review with a rave review of the pork shank at Brooklyn Athletic Club. This put my mind at ease.  I'm just saying it would be tough to be a reviewer in Houston and not eat pork, shellfish, or meat and cheese in the same dish.

Nate
Nate

Did we ever hear a good reason why Shiilcutt left?  Seemed rather abrupt...

Melissa Sánchez
Melissa Sánchez

^THIS a thousand times over. Helllloooo from the northwest wasteland

Susan Farb Morris
Susan Farb Morris

Welcome to Houston, Kaitlin Steinberg! Please double check the location of the University of Missouri. Columbia (not Colombia.) :-)

mikhastur
mikhastur

best wishes to ms. steinberg.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Just don't forget that life does exist outside of 610. :)

Amanda Howe
Amanda Howe

. . . and where did she get that hat?!

Sean Casey Caldwell
Sean Casey Caldwell

...and all of the K.S. monogrammed items around her office won't even have to be changed. Genius!

jurena175
jurena175

anyone else ever had the "fare" in St. Louis?

Megan
Megan

Wow, I didn't know Mizzou had a satellite campus in Colombia!  It's spelled "Columbia," FWIW.

Congrats, Kaitlin!  Enjoy eating your way around Houston.  :)

fmontes
fmontes

Best profile pictures I've seen in recent memory. 

Paul McRae
Paul McRae

She's got some big shoes to fill, but I wish her well.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob topcommenter

Congratulations and welcome to H-town.

nicolina
nicolina

I've heard that Alison Cook wrote her best stuff at the Press as well as Shilcutt and Walsh. Excited to discover Ms Steinberg's sensibilities.

SirRon
SirRon topcommenter

One hundred angry keyboards already know she is just another presumptuous writer with a reptilian agenda getting paid off for good reviews from the group that meets in the secret room under the okra bar.

carriebwc
carriebwc

I also like that, for now, no one will know who she is.  We have a paucity of unknown food critics here in Houston.  Welcome!

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

"Steinberg, who lives in Corpus Christi..." ??

Will she be dining by correspondence as well?

FileneSw8
FileneSw8

@blythe  

That's comic!! They think Marvin Zindler (RIP) is a critic, and ditto with UrbanSpoon and the goofs at 002 who have never written a review, let alone a negative review. And they omit the two real critcs in HTOWN: Chron and the Press.

SirRon
SirRon topcommenter

She found us terribly disappointing

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@Nate I took a job at Houstonia Magazine as the features editor. Gave my three weeks' notice at the Press and am thrilled to see that they've made such a great hire. I think Kaitlin is going to fit in just fine here. Y'all play nice, now, you hear?

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

You forgot shilling for HP ads! You're gonna lose your Conspiracy Card.

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia moderator

@MadMac It's a commute that will include her picking me up in Victoria every day on her way to work. Best. Carpool. Ever.

Seriously though, she'll be hanging out with all of us up here in Space City and we can't wait for her to get settled in.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@FileneSw8 @Bruce_Are No to both. My grandmother insists we're related (very distantly) to the British royal family though. She has yet to back up that claim with any actual evidence.

seasincarnadine
seasincarnadine

I, for one, will miss you Ms. Shilcutt.  You are one of my favorite food critics. You don't come off as a food snob, and the series you did on taco trucks was transcendant of food.  I wish you the best

Nate
Nate

@kshilcutt C'mon. From food critic of the HP to a position I can't even find on your web page (interns are there, though) for a two month old glossy magazine. There has to be more to the story. And who gives THREE weeks notice!

SirRon
SirRon topcommenter

@MadMac ...which totally doesn't not exist.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@lesliesp121 @carriebwc It's cool guys, it's an old photo, and I'm not actually that pretty. Plus, I studied theatre in college. I am a master of disguise :)

nicolina
nicolina

@lesliesp121 @carriebwc

Seems like Chubbs over at Eater relishes every chance to publish pics of critics, didn't he do Alison Cook too? Living dangerously as Houston 's celebrity aggregator.


MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I hope you're springing for coffee and donuts!

SirRon
SirRon topcommenter

@Wende@Pssshaw@Nate You guys are getting off topic. This post is to ignorantly mock Kaitlin, not Katherine.

Wende
Wende

@Pssshaw @Nate @kshilcutt 

To think that a move over to a new monthly magazine, one without a readership or circulation, and one with a jiggy website that doesn't even work on my phone, is a VERY LARGE step up, well that might be a bit delusional. 

Pssshaw
Pssshaw

@Nate @kshilcutt Perceived "prestige" of the title food critic aside, an editor position at a monthly magazine is a VERY LARGE step up from a critic post at what has become a sinking ship (Village Voice). Also, if you were paying attention, in this role she has leapfrogged her direct predecessor from The Press.

I absolutely guarantee the pay raise alone was worth the move.

You are arguing that Jason Kidd would be better off in the long run staying a player.


MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Riiiiiiiight. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge, say no more.

Anon7
Anon7

"I'm not actually that pretty."

So it that your "Demo" picture for Match.com?

blythe
blythe

@e_sandler @nicolina @lesliesp121 @carriebwc 

Yeah well, most of the drivel is not really his anyway;  it belongs to the many publicists who keep him busy posting it. He pulls these stunts occasionally to prove he's actually alive and breaking a story.

Treuscher
Treuscher

@nicolina @lesliesp121 @carriebwc 

Young man should be throttled, always trying to insert himself into the story, instead of just going about his recycling job with grace and aplomb.

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