Patterson and Murphy Public Relations
About the agency

PATTERSON & MURPHY PUBLIC RELATIONS is a full-service public relations agency with a specialty in the food, restaurant and hospitality fields.

In addition to clients such as restaurants, caterers, food products, cookbooks, food specialty shops and fine spirits, we have also worked with a wide range of businesses, from real estate brokers, art consultants and financial institutions to numerous non-profit organizations, dude ranches and personal fitness trainers, to name just a few.

We also have expertise in organizing and producing special events including charity galas, grand opening parties and community-oriented functions. Our involvement includes researching and selecting beneficiaries, developing themes and decorations, creating invitations and compiling invitation lists, as well as pre- and post-publicity of the event.

PATTERSON & MURPHY also teams with professionals such as graphic designers and marketing specialists, building long-standing strategic partnerships that bring a wealth of talent and expertise to our clients.

The company regularly employs public relations interns from local universities and professionals to assist with special projects and collateral client services.

Through long-term association with a wide-ranging list of media contacts, we have achieved excellent media coverage from local, regional and national media outlets. Our clients have been seen in Houston publications such as the Houston Chronicle, Houston Business Journal, Papercity, H Texas Magazine, and the Houston Press, as well as Internet websites both locally and nationally. Patterson & Murphy’s clients have been featured in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, Esquire, InStyle, Food & Wine, Bon Apptit, Gourmet, Saveur, Food Arts, Cond Nast Traveler, Playboy, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Southern Living, House Beautiful, Chocolatier, Sante, The Wine Spectator, Continental, Southwest Spirit, Sky, USA Today, Time, Money, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality and Restaurants & Institutions, among others. Television coverage of clients includes “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Food Network, and Ted Turner’s “Cable News Network.”

About the principals

Founder Tessie Frugé Patterson has twenty years’ experience in promotion and publicity. Prior to starting her own public relations firm, specializing in the food field, Tessie was Food & Entertaining Editor of Houston Home & Garden magazine. She is a graduate of H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, and also has a degree in Journalism from the University of Houston. Tessie is an active volunteer in a number of nonprofit agencies in Houston and is one of the founders and an active member of the Houston Culinary Guild.

Paula Murphy received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Houston and has been a part of the company’s staff since 1991. Paula started as an intern, moved up to account executive and was made partner in 2000. She served as public relations chairman for Lawndale Art Center’s annual fundraiser—the Hair Ball—for several years. The renowned, over-the-top gala received national media attention from People, Vogue, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” The Los Angeles Times and InStyle magazine. She is also Special Projects Coordinator for My Table: Houston’s Dining Magazine. Paula volunteers at Casa de Esperanza—Houston’s “House of Hope for Children,” the Houston Food Bank, and HITS Unicorn Theatre; is an executive board member of Lawndale Art Center; a board member of the Houston Culinary Guild; and serves on PR committees for numerous non-profit fundraising events.

Patterson & Murphy is a member of A la Carte, a distinguished network of professionals specializing in the hospitality industry. Services include

Employee Recruiting and Training ~ Gary Turner, Hospitality Pro Search

Operations Assessment, Site Selection, Concept Development, Franchise Services, and more ~ Chris Tripoli, A La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group

Legal Services ~ Law Office of Wayne P. Bunch, Jr.

Beer & Liquor Licensing ~ Gerald Franklin, Gerald Franklin Agency

Real Estate ~ Cynthia Smith, NewQuest Properties

Development ~ Rhonda Rhodes, FH&R Development Partners

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