Today, voting opened for the 2012 Houston Culinary Awards. Last year, this blog was lucky enough to be nominated in the "Foodie Star" category. And today, I received a postcard informing me that, once more, this blog has been named a finalist in the "Favorite Houston Food Blog" category.
There's quite a bit of overlap between this year's finalists and last year. Repeat finalists this year are:
Eating Our Words (Houston Press, blogs.houstonpress.com/eating) 2011, 2012
Guns & Tacos (Jay Rascoe, gunsandtacos.com) 2011, 2012
Houston Foodie (J.C. Reid, jcreidtx.com) 2011, 2012
Texas Eats (Robb Walsh, robbwalsh.com) 2011, 2012
In fact, I have reason to think that both Jay and JC's blogs are repeat nominations across many years. Last year's winner, the Houston Chronicle's 29-95.com, cannot be be nominated as per award rules. New additions to this year's list of finalists are:
Eater Houston (http://houston.eater.com)
Again, I find myself in illustrious company, and I thank you the readers for the honor. Realistically, I doubt if this blog can compete for the popular vote against some powerful and historical blogs in the city, but I am truly humbled and grateful.
Incidentally, a point of clarification - though the HCAs are awarded in a gala dinner event in October, finalists do not get to attend it for free. They have to purchase tickets, just like everyone else, at $150 a head. The number of industry talent contributing to the meal, however, is massive, and this event should sell out as others have in the past.