Interview: The City Sisters

An interview I did for the old Third Coast Cuisine site:

Recently, through he magic of the Internet, I was introduced to an exciting blog out of the Lone Star state.  The City Sisters is devoted to “cooking and entertaining in the city.”  That city is Dallas, one of the jewels of the Third Coast.  Emily and Natalie are two of five children from a proud Texas family that have used their pioneer spirit to teach the folks of Dallas that they can have the beautiful decorations and great food that the economy has robbed us of.  Through imagination, attention to detail and most importantly gratuitous amounts of chocolate the City Sisters are helping to restore decadence to the Third Coast.Recently I was able to ask Emily and Natalie a few questions about their vision, chocolate and growing up Texas.  Check out there answers then head on over to their blog and subscribe.

Third Coast Cuisine: For those who do not know, who or what exactly is The City Sisters?

The City Sisters: The City Sisters is a blog formed by Emily Herrera and Natalie Quinn, two sisters living in the city of Dallas.  The blog showcases our cooking endeavors and hosting tips.  We feel that anyone is capable of creating a wonderful meal and throwing a great party, and we are here to show you how to do it well and without breaking your budget.

TCC: So who does the cooking and who does the flower arranging?

Sisters: We both cook and handle the flower arranging, but our Mom should take credit for any skills we’ve obtained.  We pale in comparison to her talents, but are learning new techniques all the time.  All of the arrangements and centerpieces on our site were created by us (unless otherwise noted) and we try hard to find budget friendly options to pull our table designs together.

TCC: Are you fans of chocolate?

Sisters: We’re paint our faces and stand in the rain at the game kind of fans!

TCC: What made you decide on this particular endeavor?

We have been throwing parties for years and cooking in the kitchen with our family since we were kids.  As adults, we started hosting parties together and found that it was a lot more fun to work together on a project than separately.  We knew we were in trouble when we started planning our annual Halloween party in the month of June.  We just couldn’t get enough!  We started cooking together once a month to try new recipes and began hosting more and more parties.  We decided to start a blog to keep track of it all and to share our inspirations with others.

TCC: What’s the best thing about living in the Republic of Texas?

Sisters: Well, our roots run very deep in Texas (like fighting at the Alamo deep). We love everything about this great state.  Whether it’s floating the Guadalupe, having a beer at Gruene Hall, seeing a band in Austin, visiting family in Houston or eating, shopping, and seeing performance art in Dallas, we love it all!  Oh, and the easy access to Mexican food is pretty much the bomb!

TCC: If someone wanted help with their wedding how would they get in touch with you?

Sisters: While we’ve planned our own weddings and hosted numerous parties/showers for family and friends, we haven’t ventured into the world of event planning for hire.  Right now we are here to share our ideas and techniques for throwing a great event and serving the best food possible.  If you’d like to hire us for any part of your event or just want a little hosting advice, we are more than happy to help.  Just email us through the contact form on our website and we’ll get back to you asap!  TheCitySisters.com

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
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