About My Table Magazine
My Table, Houston’s dining magazine published by Lazywood Press, is a different kind of print publication – personal, quirky and specialized – and for more than 23 years, we’ve been Houston’s only paid-subscription magazine focusing on all things culinary. Our readers depend on us for accurate, objective information about the local food-and-drink world. Each issue offers readers news on the restaurants, chefs, shops, foods, trends and personalities that make up Houston’s lively culinary scene. We also include travel in our editorial mix as a way to explore how cuisine from all over the world has shaped Houston’s dining scene.
Lazywood Press, owned by Teresa Byrne-Dodge, is also the publisher of The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston, an Amazon best-seller guidebook devoted to mapping out the Houston food scene.
Today, My Table magazine is published twice a year, with two single-topic editions of The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston published between issues: four quarterly publications altogether.
Lazywood Press was founded by Teresa Byrne-Dodge in 1994 in Houston, Texas. We are a small regional publisher dedicated to producing books and periodicals mostly – but not exclusively – about food and dining out. To date, we are best known for publishing the award-winning My Table: Houston’s Dining Magazine and three editions of The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston, an Amazon best-selling guidebook.
Taylor Byrne Dodge - Creative Director/Associate Publisher
Becca Wright - Associate Editor/Design
About My Table Projects, Awards & Sponsorships
At My Table magazine, we aspire to honor individual excellence via The Houston Culinary Awards, our annual awards for culinary distinction. Founded in 1997, these awards — they include Restaurateur of the Year, Chef of the Year, Best New Restaurant and 20 more — are presented annually on the first Sunday in October. The online voting is city wide, and the gala dinner is always sold out. To learn more, visit houstonculinaryawards.com.
In 2010, My Table founded the My Table Magazine Endowment at the Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management to provide scholarship money to undergraduates. Funds to launch the endowment were raised via a golf tournament (“Links, Greens & Fried Eggs”) that we co-hosted with the Hilton College at the University of Houston.
In 2016, the magazine partnered with the Houston Center of Photography to launch Feast Your Eyes ~ Food Photography from Across Texas. The winning photos had a six-week exhibition at Phoenicia Specialty Foods’ MKT BAR downtown and were published in a special edition of My Table magazine.
In 2001, we joined with the Houston Food & Beverage Managers Association to co-sponsor the annual Caesar Salad Competition, which continues to be one of the most entertaining (and hotly contested) food fights in Houston. The proceeds benefit culinary scholarships throughout the city. In 2014 we became the media sponsor for the Iron Somm competition, which supports The Periwinkle Foundation.
Just for fun, we introduced the Haiku-Sine (a wordplay on “haute cuisine”) contest in which readers were invited to submit food-themed 17-syllable haiku. The best of the first three years of Haiku-Sine was collected in our scrumptious little book, Haiku-Sine: 217 Tiny Poems by Texans Who Love to Eat & Feed Their Heads (Lazywood Press, 2000).
In 1998, My Table introduced Off The Eaten Path — A Series of Culinary Excursions. These culinary trips have included New Orleans, Rome and the Amalfi Coast, and Puebla, Mexico, with chef Hugo Ortega as guide. Our trips always include cooking classes, tastings and private tours. A new culinary excursion is currently being planned for My Table readers for 2016.
Finally, My Table has organized countless themed dinners and special events. Our open-to-the-public tastings and seminars have included tastings of tequila, Kentucky bourbon, Burgundy wines, Armagnac and other spirits. We have sponsored a hog-butchering class and a tamale-making class. One year we co-sponsored a recipe contest with Mathilde Liqueur – and the winner got a trip to Cognac, France.
Looking for a partner for a food-themed event? My Table knows food and understands Houston.