“If there was a dream team assembled for a restaurant in Houston, I think team Triniti would have to be it. There’s a harmony among the players that shows through in the way they work. Communicating often with a gesture or a look, the chefs work side by side in total unison, the harmony translating into artful execution at every step.” -Mai Pham, The Examiner
With a nod to the culinary triad of sweet, savory and spirits, Chef and Partner Ryan Hildebrand has assembled a stellar line up of culinary talent to create Triniti, a progressive American restaurant focused on seasonality and local sourcing. Designed by MC2 Architects of Houston, Texas, Triniti was nominated for a James Beard Award for Restaurant design in 2013. Joining Hildebrand in the kitchen are Chef de Cuisine, Greg Lowry (last with Voice at Hotel Icon), Sous Chef Brandon Soverall and Pastry Chef Samantha Mendoza. Wine Director, Stephanie Perkins helms the front of the house with Assistant Manger Sawyer Bunyard. Ladies of Libation, Laurie Sheddan and Leslie Ross behind the bar concocting some of the country's most inventive craft cocktails.
The restaurant, unlike any other in Houston in both cuisine and design, represents an artistic outlet for all involved. Much attention has been paid to every detail - inside and out - from the food, cocktails, open kitchen, commissioned artwork and custom chandeliers, to the tree-lined patio and chef’s garden. The feel … a setting that is as intimate and elegant as it is comforting and welcoming with natural elements and an open feel that provides for a full sensory experience.
Triniti’s core menu changes seasonally, featuring what Hildebrand, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and Lowry call “Third Coast French” cuisine – regional fare, French techniques, light-handed, focusing on the highest quality ingredients available. A supplemental eight course chef’s menu provides a more explorative experience and offers the kitchen’s creative expressions changing weekly.
Hildebrand’s impressive resume includes tours of duty with high profile Houston chefs including Mark Cox, Jim Mills, Philippe Schmit and Scott Tycer, among others.
The 5,400 square foot building has been beautifully transformed inside and out by Houston’s own MC2 Architects. Lauded for their residential work, Triniti is their first foray into restaurant design. The space is open and airy, combining a balanced aesthetic of mixed materials including wood, metal and concrete. Not too casual, not too contemporary. Elegant, but inviting. The customized space features a fully exposed exhibition kitchen with a chef’s table and counter seating offering an interactive experience to its diners. There are few interior walls enhancing the connective nature of the space.
Chairs, light fixtures and a custom chandelier by British designer Tom Dixon finish out the space with a subtle, elegant touch. Tables are mixed walnut butcher block. Besides the chef’s table that seats 12, friends and family can gather around a community table for 10. Private dining is available for parties up to 32 seated and 40 mingling. A gorgeous over-sized painting created by renowned artist Todd Murphy hangs in the dining room. Floors are polished cement along the perimeter, wood on the inset. Hildebrand’s goal at the end of the day: to merge white tablecloth food and service with a casual, interactive dining experience in a space that is team Trinit’s home where the diners are truly guests.
The exterior sets the stage for what you can expect inside and on the menu. Attention to detail continues outdoors with a “skin” of corrugated metal, surrounded by green organic space designed by The Office of James Burnett, the same firm that designed Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University. Known for creating landscapes that evoke emotional responses and for creating unique and unforgettable sensory experiences, their landscape design is the perfect complement for the architectural character of Triniti. Upon arrival, patrons will note an extensive chef’s garden. Trees and three water features line the 40-seat patio to create an intimate setting.