I've been getting a lot of messages like this lately:
wilmanc (Guest): I read on CultureMap that Robb Walsh is leaving Houstonia, bummer, say it ain't so!
It ain't so, wilmanc.
By day, I am trying to put the finishing touches on the Houstonia dining section review for April. By night, I am eating my way through the menu of the restaurant that will star in our May dining section. Meanwhile, I am meeting with the editorial team about the food cover story for this summer. And I have to get all this done by Thursday, when I'm leaving town for a spring break vacation in the Caribbean.
So excuse me if I haven't paid much attention to the gossip that has given so many people the false impression that I am leaving the magazine. It isn't true. At my request, my position has changed from staff food editor to contributing editor and food critic. I still write Houstonia's restaurant reviews. I still contribute to the cover stories on food, and I will still be writing food features, travel stories, and recipes for Houstonia. The change will give me more time to write a couple of cool new books I have in the works. I'm leaving the dining section editorship in the very capable hands of Katharine Shilcutt, but readers of the magazine will see as much of me as ever.
The truth is, I am very proud of the Houstonia food section and the kind of passionate, in-depth food coverage we provide. Go back and take a look at some of the food stories we did in our first year.
Of Pork and Preachers in our first issue touched on cultural connections between religion and barbecue that have never been written about before.
The Burger issue last May paid homage to the late Art Stanton and the new age of burgers he helped launch.
Ramenarama was a much-needed guide to a new local food trend.
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Crab reported a shortage of Gulf crab in Houston that hasn't been covered in any detail elsewhere.
The Restaurant Issue made waves across the country.
And our current issue, the Food Lover's Guide to Houston, is a multicultural masterpiece.
I intend to keep writing stories like these in Houstonia for a long time to come.
But thanks to everyone for your concern!