Waterway Square

Popups Portfolio: Food & Wine, Arts & Food Fest, Taste of the Town

The Woodlands’ trendiest food scene was a natural spot for me to explore. Much of Howard Hughes’ popup efforts and Food & Wine events/competitions highlighted the Waterway area.

— Taylor Viriña and The Woodlands’ Waterway Square
Taylor Viriña and Chef Ryan Witcher

Viriña shares “Chef Ryan Witcher (formerly with Marina Sands and Tavern on the Green) gave me my first break into the industry. I’ll forever be grateful for his mentorship, as well as the support of the other executive chefs at Howard Hughes at the time.”

“It was a dynamic moment in my career — the chaos of Hurricane Harvey, the award-winning drive of my bosses, and a team composed of folks from everywhere willing to take risks,” Viriña adds. “What I do now I strive to meet that baseline I learned early on with these chefs who took a risk bringing me on-board.”

Popup @ The Woodlands Waterway Marriott