About Us

Chef Jamie Zelko

Acclaimed chef and  culinary conservationist Jamie Zelko already shares the limelight with the best chefs in Houston. 

While she was featured on the Food Network and noted as Texas’ “Best Up-and-Coming,” the accolades Zelko treasures most are her repeated recognition as a ‘sustainable restaurateur,’ an effort to which she is fiercely committed.  

She calls her style “New American comfort". Diners (and critics) fall in love with delicious organic cuisine that surprised their palates and certified their belief in Zelko’s down-to-the-last-detail advocacy for local and responsibly-sourced food. 

Zelko continues to push for greater attention to ecosystems, the agriculture that surrounds them, and the impact positive food choices have in bringing together community—making her newest venture at Evelyn’s Park a perfect dovetailing of expertise, ideology, and the truly delectable. 

The Partners

The Ivy & James team is a partnership between Chef Zelko, Dalia Zelko and Edgardo de la Garza. Together, they have have carefully curated a menu and a guest experience that creates harmony between the familiair and the innovative.  

The moniker also forges a personal connection to the café’s award-winning operators, referencing the nicknames and talents behind Zelko Concepts, Jamie and Dalia. The Ivy & James is their second restaurant venture in Houston.  

As co-owners, Dalia Zelko and Edgardo de la Garza bring business acumen and international savvy honed over years in corporate environments, to manage the daily operations of The Ivy & James.  

As founder of the Heights Honey Project (where she presides as the master beekeeper), Dalia shares her partner’s insatiable passion for social responsibility and combines her creativity, and leadership to cultivate their community-minded ventures across Houston.   

Edgardo de la Garza shares his passion for food, and his gracious, gregarious hosting skills lend the brilliant touch that makes The Ivy & James the place you want to go to, time after time.

Our Purveyours

Chef Zelko’s purposeful nature is focused on Sustainable Farming, Holistic Agriculture, Wineries Honoring Viticulture, Responsibility with Purchasing Seasonal Seafood and Aquaculture, Humanely Raised Animals and Ethical Practices. 

We proudly work with companies and organizations that, just like us, deeply care about  what's on your plate, and the way it was sourced to bring it there. These are some of our purveyors:

Mueva Coffee: http://www.muevacoffee.com 

Three Brothers Bakery: http://www.3brothersbakery.com

Boyland Sugarcane Soda: https://www.boylanbottling.com

The Houston Dairymaids:


Awesome Bites


Lone Pint Brewery


Acme Party and Tent Rental