City Cast contributor and food snob Marcus Carter loves the restaurant Bludorn so much that he made it a hashtag: #BludornMePlease. Here’s a small sample of today’s podcast – a conversation with Marcus, chef Aaron Bludorn and me:
Lisa Gray: Aaron, in New York you were the executive chef at Daniel Boulud’s Café Daniel – a place that’s a big deal, a place that has a Michelin star. Why would you leave that?
Marcus Carter: And why come to Houston?
Aaron Bludorn: I met my wife while I was working for Daniel. Her name is Victoria.
Lisa: Come on, say her last name – or what her last name was then.
Aaron: [Laughs.] Pappas.
Lisa: As in the Pappas restaurant family?
Aaron: As in the Pappas restaurants, yes. Pappasito’s. Pappadeaux. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Yes.
Lisa: Were the two of you set up by some restaurant-dynasty matchmaker?
Aaron: You would think! Actually, we were set up by our HR director. She was in operations in the main office, and I was the chef at Café Boulud. We were in love, we wanted to start a family and open a restaurant, and we were looking at where we’d do it. And she has this large Greek family here.
Originally we were looking at Texas in general. There was Austin, and there was Dallas, but after coming to Houston and understanding the culinary landscape, I was excited. I would come down, and chefs Chris Shepherd and Justin Yu would be like, “When are you going to move here?”
In the back of my mind, I was always like, “Soon enough.”