(Well, honestly, I get giddy whenever I am invited to any "VIP" food event. Yes, it is that easy to flatter me.)
If the prospect of eating my way through the burger entries wasn't sufficiently enticing, I recently confirmed that milkshakes garnished with multiple baked goods will be on hand.
Talk about farm to table. Talented Chef Antoine Ware of Harold's in the Heights will be hosting a five-course agrarian feast in collaboration with The Barry Farm at 5:30pm on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016.
Check out the menu:
Chicken liver mousse on crostini with pickled vegetable
Steorra Brut Sparkling, Russian River Valley
Crispy pork rillette with apple butter & jalapeno, apple salad
Pratsch Gruner Veltliner, Austria
Tasso ravioli and shrimp raviolis filled ricotta, spinach, mushrooms, tossed with lemon
Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon
Peri peri chicken with roasted Atkinson farms vegetables
Beran Zinfandel, California
Whole roasted lamb, smashed sweet potatoes and garlic rosemary sauce
Campo Viejo Rioja Rererva, Spain
Chocolate molten cake
Taylor Fladgate 10 year Twany Port, Portugal
Tickets ($100), which include food, wine, tax, and gratuity, are going fast. Get yours online at Harold's reservation page or by calling the restaurant (713-360-6204).
Last Thursday I was the guest of Ciao Bello for a dinner as part of their Regional Italian Cuisine Series hosted by the legendary Tony Vallone.
In the case of this dinner, the pictures are not only worth 1000 words, but also conjure roughly as many pleasant memories. We feasted on olives stuffed with ground beef, braised octopus, lamb shank, and one of the most tender, rich white sauce spinach lasagnas I have ever eaten in my life.
Complementing these well-curated culinary treasures was fantastic conversation and truly generous pairings of Garofoli varietals.
If you missed this dinner, stop your your regretful sobbing. Another dinner is scheduled for October 5th and tickets will be available soon.
Oh, who doesn't love a good food holiday? Not this girl.
This coming Friday, July 29th is National Lasagna Day and I can think of no better way of celebrating the end of the long work week and kicking off the start of the weekend by enjoying a large delicious piece of homemade lasagna.
Scratch that--yes, I can: if said lasagna was made in someone else's home and I can focus my efforts on curating the perfect Sopranos episodes to pair with my dinner.
Grazie a dio, Damian's, one of my favorite Italian restaurants, is offering their lasagna bolognese (made using Mama Mandola's recipe) as a special to-go item. A half-pan ($75) serves 8-19 and a full pan ($150) serves 16-20.*
*Humans. Not Garfield who eats double.
Hungry yet? Call 713-522-0439 to place an order.
FYI, you've got plans now for Tuesday, April 26th. Why? Because that is when Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace will be hosting a wine dinner featuring Flanagan Wines. As many of you may know, Harold's is home to one of my all-time favorite dishes: crispy duck parts. After perusing the menu for this six-course dinner, I predict Chef Antoine Ware's glazed pork belly with root beer may also be joining that list.
This special wine dinner costs $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 713-360-6204.
Mark your calendars, folks! Harold's in the Heights will be hosting a wine dinner featuring selections from Duchman Family Winery on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30pm.
Based in Driftwood, Texas, Duchman Family Winery has received numerous accolades for their wine and this dinner presents a terrific opportunity to sample a spectrum of their varietals.
Also, there will be pork ribs. And chocolate cake. And, I hope, then even more pork ribs.
This past weekend I went to Genesis Steakhouse & Wine Bar for Russian Night, a theme culinary event they hold on a semi-regular (but not often enough IMHO) basis. Well-crafted vodka cocktails are on offer; however, if you really want to keep the spirits flowing and your own spirits up, opt for bottle service ($100).
A special menu or classic Russian dishes was served including such highlights as salmon roe on toast with red onion, egg, and sour cream and pelmeni, sickle-shaped beef dumplings resting in a meat broth and dressed with dill.
The aforementioned represent only a fraction of the decadent dishes on hand, so I highly recommend going in a large group to sample everything. Also, who wants to do shots of Stoli alone? :-)
They had me at caviar.
Russophiles rejoice! This Saturday, February 20th is Russian Night at Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar. To say the menu is drool-worthy is perhaps the understatement of the year:
Salmon Roe, Toast, Egg, Red Onion & Sour Cream
Beef Shish Kebabs
Chopped Potato, Carrots, Pickles, Onions & Salami
Roasted Eggplant Salad
Roasted Eggplant, Walnuts, Raisins, Parsley & Olives
Chopped Beef Rib, Eggs, Caramelized Onions wrapped in Crêpe
Cabbage stu ed with Ground Beef & Veggies
Half Cornish Hen Split & Seasoned with Black Pepper, Salt & Garlic
Lemon, Red Onion, Parsley, Dill & Bread
Ground Beef, Broth, Sour Cream, Vinegar & Chopped Dill, Parsley & Garlic
Tabouli, Matbucha, Babganoush, Hummus Platter
Homemade Pita Bread
Assorted Pickled Vegetables
Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Pickles & Beets
WHAT: A Five-Course Wine Dinner with Château de Pibarnon wine pairings, featured for the first time in Texas.
WHERE: Durham House
WHEN: Thursday, December 10th, 2015
THE DEETS, PLEASE:
First Course: Geoduck with lemon oil, citrus, pomegranate gastrique and micro cilantro
Domaine Turenne, Côte de Provence Cuvée Antoine Blanc, 2014
Second Course: Alligator Tamale with caramelized fennal masa, green mango salsa and sassafras leaf
Château de Pibarnon, Bandol Blanc, 2014
Third Course: Razor Clams or Mussels with white wine, marinara, chorizo and red pepper flakes
Château de Pibarnon, Bandol Rosé, 2014
Fourth Course: Venison Pot-Au-Feu with carrots, onions, turnips, potato, brussels sprouts, cornichons, mustard and sea salt
Château de Pibarnon, Bandol Rouge, 2011
Fifth Course: Mille Feuille with coconut crème, braised pineapples, tarragon pecan crumble and shaved coconut
Domaine Vordy-Mayrannes, Languedoc Muscat, 2014
The Durham House will also be offering a fine selection of French spirits after dinner
BRIDEY NOTE: Tell me where else in town you can eat a "1000 layers" of French pastry and an alligator tamale.