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Helen Officially Open; The True Cost of Culinary School

Helen is now officially open, Ristorante Cavour is in good company, plus more news you might have missed.

RICE VILLAGE — Helen Greek Food and Wine, officially opened July 22, Eater's own Holly Beretto was the first to dine at the establishment. The modern take on a classic Greek restaurant, is the dream come to life for Houston sommelier and proprietor Evan Turner. By all means sprint to this new Mediterranean gem in the former Kahn's Deli space. [EaterWire]

NATIONAL Ever wondered about the true cost of culinary school? The value of the degree is hotly disputed, with some chefs, like Momofuku founder David Chang, noting they think the culinary education system is broken. "I don't think it's very fair for people to be paying as much money as they are in a blue-collar industry where they're going to be paid blue-collar wages," Chang told Eater in 2013. [Eater]

POST OAK — Wine Spectator has added Hotel Granduca's Ristorante Cavour to their Best of Award of Excellence list. Ristorante Cavour joins nine other venerable Houston-based restaurants including; Backstreet Café, Brennan's of Houston, Brix Wine Cellars, Caracol, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Mark's American Cuisine, Smith & Wollensky, Tony's and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse. Only 973 wine lists world-wide receive the Best of Award of Excellence. [Wine Spectator]