Peter Garcia, El Meson
For twenty years, Peter Garcia's family has operated El Meson, serving Tex Mex, Cuban and Spanish specialties that reflect the family's adventurous migration from Spain, through Cuba and New York, and finally to Houston, where the Garcias arrived in 1981.
In 1992, after his father passed away, Peter Garcia Jr. assumed the up-front duties of the restaurant, taking full advantage of his degrees in philosophy and theater from U of H. He continues to appear regularly in local theater and is a respected activist in Houston's Latino community. Despite his community involvement, the restaurant and his family remain Chef Garcia's top priorities. His mother, Esperanza said it best: "We come together daily to work as a family. I think I am indeed fortunate." Peter was on our founding Chef's Advisory Board, has taught monthly for four years and executed numerous wildly popular fundraising events for RFS. In June, 2010, he joined us at The White House for the kick-off of Chefs Move to Schools.