This month's HFBC Q&A is with our new President, Renia Butler, author of the blog Gristle and Gossip. read below to learn more about this inspiring, kind, and witty Houston blogger!


What is the name of your blog, and how would you describe it?

Gristle & GossipA food blog dedicated to devouring Houston’s Food scene down to the bone.

How long have you had your blog?

2 years

 What is your non-blog job?

I am the Constituent Relations Events Specialist for the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston – Central Campus. I’ve obtained 12 years of high level events experience during my tenure at the University. 

What made you decide to become a member of the Houston Food Blogger Collective?

At my first HFBC Happy Hour {1919 Wine & Mixology in 2015 I met Claire ( HFBC Co-Founder). The passion she exuded for what she and Kylie (Co-Founder) had created motivated me to want to be a part of something that was in line with my goals as a blossoming blogger, writer, and young professional.

What inspired you to become the president of the Houston Food Blogger Collective?

The Houston Food Blogger Collective’s mission is “to connect us {Houston Food Bloggers} with each other and the vibrant food scene that surrounds them.”  I am a true witness to the power in that connection, it’s what makes this collective unique. There’s a real connection among the members of the collective. We work together, highlighting our own strengths and talents from within, while increasing the knowledge base of those around us. Being a part of something like that was an honor in itself, but being asked to be the President of 100+ amazing bloggers, writers, photographers, and people that have carved out their own niche, their own space in the world... This is a role that is an inspiration, to me. I’m grateful.

As the new HFBC president, what are some ideas and goals you have for the future of our group?

1)       Strengthen our network with the continuation of “promoting within.” Highlighting the works of our collective members via social media, hosted members only events, and local blogger conferences.

2)     Interactive and engaging members only events that offer unique experiences and tools needed for success in this field. 

 What are some of your favorite [food and non-food] blogs and websites to read?

When I can catch a free moment to enjoy the works of my peers I tend to lend towards fashion blogs, as mine is AWFUL and chef blogs, because my kitchen game is WEAK!  

Here are my current top 3:

1) – Authored by Mattie James

2) - Authored by Folake Kuye Huntoon

3) - Authored by Senegalese Chef and Writer, Pierre Thiam

 What is the importance of food blogging?

Food is an unspoken language, a culture. It’s music, history, art... There are so many things you can learn about a person or place through food. As a Houston food blogger I am honored to highlight those restaurants, chefs, cooks, and caterers who’ve devoted their lives to THEIR passions. If my tiny contributions as a food blogger connects a hungry belly with a delicious meal, at a new place, then I’ve totally won. 

What’s your biggest piece of advice you have for newer food bloggers?

1)      Get a proofreader (I use my mom…she works for free)

2)        Before posting a food pic, look at it, and ask yourself “Would I want to eat that?”

3)       “Don’t stop till you get enough” – Michael Jackson, Off the Wall (1979)


What is your favorite restaurant/meal in Houston?

I don’t have a favorite restaurant per se, but I could legit eat the Chicken Tikka Masala, Aloo Gobi and Vegetable Pakora from Raja Sweets: Indian Street Food and Sweets, every day.

If you were stranded on a dessert island, and you could only eat one meal over and over again for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I am optimistic that my meal will be coursed out...

… but if not, my mom’s spaghetti topped with Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet & Spicy BBQ sauce will suffice.