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February 1st, 2020

Happy Birthday, Tracy!

February's birthday girl is Tracy Miller, Director of Catering & Private Events at Peli Peli.

Happy birthday, Tracy! You manage marketing and events for Peli Peli. What's your favorite thing on the menu?
The grilled cauliflower steak, add Pelichurri. It's so hearty and flavorful and the Pelichurri adds some depth to the dish. An item the guests have been raving about are the seared scallops which are not only delicious but gorgeous on the plate. 

What's your sign? 
I’m an Aquarius through and through. I am extremely quirky, independent, and do not like boundaries on my time. 

Coolest design feature at Peli Peli Galleria? 
Definitely the main dining room ceiling! With the flip of a switch, we go from sunrise to sunset and to the starry skies of South Africa. 

Tell us about your role at Peli Peli.
I get the opportunity to create memorable events for people and often be a part of their biggest moments. Peli Peli Catering has been completely revamped and I have the opportunity to work with a brilliant South African Chef from Johannesburg, Ryan Stewart. I have been in the hospitality industry for 36 years in California, Hawaii, Washington, and now Texas. My longest position was with a franchise of Brinker International for 16 years in Waikiki, HI. 

Fun fact about you...
I used to book live bands in LA and Orange County California in the 90s. I mostly worked with cover bands that were developing their original material and went on to work with bands like Toto and tour. We hung out at a recording studio called The Underground Chicken Sound in Huntington Beach and watched bands like Korn and HED start their careers. I remember being backstage at one of Pat Benatar’s concerts at the LA Forum right after her baby was born and meeting the whole family... too cool! 

Podcasts you're addicted to...
I love How I Built This with Guy Raz! The episode with Herb Kelleher is one of my absolute favorites. I also enjoy the “Freakonomics” episode featuring Trader Joe’s story. 

Favorite thing to cook at home?
My go-to dish that comforts me is waffles and scrambled eggs. I also live and breathe coffee. My Nespresso is the most used object in my house! 

Under the radar spot to shop in Houston?
I enjoy all of the second hand shops in Houston. I found Flamingos Vintage Pound a few weeks ago. If I am out on a Saturday or Sunday shopping my favorite place to stop and refuel is the Blonde Biscotti on W Gray St. Delish!

How are you celebrating your birthday?
Vegas, baby! I am meeting my dear friend from Hawaii in Vegas to see Gwen Stefani! 

Where do you always take out of town visitors?
Peli Peli of course! Plus, Coltivare and Vibrant

What's on your birthday wish list?
Replica Beach Walk perfume by Maison Margiela and Audible book credits.

Favorite things to hear on the restaurant playlist?
Dua Lipa & Khalid 

Best thing about South African cuisine?
Its diversity - just like Houston! Every food genre we enjoy in Houston can be traced back to South Africa. South Africa is a melting pot of French, Dutch, Portugese, British and Indian, and Houston boasts the same amazing flavors.

How can we wish you happy birthday in Afrikaans?
Gelukkige Verjaarsdag!

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