Chef Larry Delgado
Chef Larry Delgado’s love of cooking came at a very young age. By the age of 6, one could always find him in the kitchen learning to prepare family meals under the watchful eye of his mother Noelia. His career began to take shape with his first kitchen job at 16 years of age. Larry worked briefly as a migrant farmworker shortly thereafter where his love of food cultivated into a passion which prompted him to pursue a future as a restaurateur.
In October of 2008 Larry and his wife Jessica Delgado opened house. wine. & bistro., a refined and sophisticated yet approachable and unpretentious wine lounge and New American bistro in McAllen, TX. The Delgado’s unwavering attention to detail and genuine commitment to community has translated to 6 years of successfully propelling the culinary diversity of McAllen and the RGV. Following the success of house. wine. & bistro., Delgado opened SALT - New American Table in December 2013 creating a platform where cultural cuisine meets regional sourcing. Chef Larry’s accomplishments and reputation led to his being selected to represent our Great State of Texas in the 2014 Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans, Louisiana. Delgado brought home the Silver after squaring off with 18 of the country’s best chefs, each representing their home state, in an intense culinary battle.
Countless hours, 2 successful restaurants, and 2 brand new babies later, its full steam ahead for the Delgado’s. Larry remains steadfast in his desire to put McAllen and the RGV on the culinary map of Texas. He now serves as a board member on the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Chef’s Association RGV Chapter and the Texas Restaurant Association RGV Chapter. And whether it’s a back yard pig roast, a benefit dinner for hundreds of guests, a quiet meal at home, or a hectic night on the line, one can still always find Larry in the kitchen.
house. wine. & bistro.
The history of house. wine. and bistro. begins with a love story. Proprietors Larry and Jessica Delgado met in Austin in 1998, while working for Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The pair fell in love with food, wine, the industry, and more importantly, each other. Larry and Jessica hopped their way around Texas with Carrabba’s, working their way up to Managing Partners. As time went on though, the couple’s desire to open their own place became too strong to ignore. Larry, who was born and raised in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, had his sights set on the up and coming town of McAllen, Texas. Bags were packed and cars were loaded, and on October 2, 2008, Larry and Jessica opened house. wine. & bistro.
What originally began as a chic wine lounge and furniture store, house. wine. & bistro evolved over the next few years into a full service restaurant offering lunch, dinner, and catering services. The wine list features over 150 hand selected bottles from boutique and family owned wineries, and the menu boasts regional and organic ingredients drenched in Italian and Mediterranean flavors.
With purpose and with passion, Larry and Jessica continue their love story everyday by introducing their customers to the stories of the farmers, families, wineries, artists, food and culture behind house.wine. & bistro.