IRVING, TEXAS (March 18, 2019) – Texican Court’s Executive Chef Patrick Hildebrandt has been named as a finalist for CultureMap’s “Rising Star Chef of the Year.” Winners will be announced at the 2019 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards party April 25 at Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas. The category of “Rising Star Chef of the Year” celebrates emerging stars on the local dining scene, whether they’re working the line, running a kitchen, or opening their own restaurant.

“It’s an honor to be included among some of the best new chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth,” said Hildebrandt. “The menu at Two Mules Cantina is styled after the rustic cooking and great diversity of cuisine found throughout the Southwest. It comprises a fusion of bold, hearty and spicy dishes that might have been eaten by Spanish colonial settlers, cowboys, Native Americans, and Mexicans.”

Hildebrandt came to Texican Court with more than a decade of hospitality experience at venues such as Sweet Basil in Vail, Colorado, the Empty Stomach Group in San Antonio and The Hollow in Georgetown. Now he rules the roost at Two Mules Cantina, a restaurant, and bar at Texican Court, which opened in 2018 in Irving’s Las Colinas Urban Center, across from the Irving Convention Center and Toyota Music Factory.

Two Mules Cantina is open to the public for breakfast, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch. Breakfast is served 7 – 10 a.m. daily; brunch is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and dinner is 5 – 10 p.m. daily. Happy hour at Two Mules Cantina is 4 – 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – midnight daily. Located in the reception area adjacent to the reflecting pool, the on-site specialty bar serves regional and rare-find tequilas along with craft cocktails. Hours are 3 – 11 p.m. daily.

Texican Court has 152 retro-inspired rooms, 3,500 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, three distinct courtyards, a circular-style pool, large wood-burning fire pits, rocking chairs, live music and more. The hotel’s design features Spanish mission-style architecture with a subtle layer of Texas, making it a unique blend of Mexican and the Lone Star State cultures.

About Valencia Hotel Group

Houston-based Valencia Hotel Group is a fully integrated hospitality company that provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for independent, full-service hotels owned by the company, in addition to third parties. Exceptional service, style and location have become brand trademarks. Earning both national and international recognition for their distinctive designs, amenities, and settings, Valencia Hotel Group properties are destinations and gathering places within their respective communities, some further benefitting from and enriching their space within the cultural heart of a city. The company continues to forge a niche with hotels that anchor and add value to urban, mixed-use environments, which further support or enhance the guest experience with superior residential, restaurant, retail and office components. The Valencia Hotel Group portfolio currently includes the Valencia brands: Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. The Sorella brand includes Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, TX by developer Midway. Other brands include Midway and Valencia Group’s The George™ in College Station, TX and Hotel Alessandra in Houston, TX. The Court concept brands include Lone Star Court in Austin, TX, Cavalry Court in College Station, TX and Texican Court in Irving, TX. For more information, please visit

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