Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards; 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 16; $125 (tables from $3,000); 713-558-2645.
Benefits Theatre Under The Stars and its Humphreys School of Musical Theatre.
Vine Wine Room, 12420 Memorial; 3 p.m. Saturdays; 713-463-8463.
On Sunday afternoon the Saint Arnold Brewing Company and the Houston Barbecue Festival team once again held its annual Super Beef Sunday party, featuring three different BBQ teams dishing out smoked goodness.
During the five days he spent in Houston, he dined twice at Crawfish & Noodles in Chinatown and also took in a meal of fried shrimp, snapper and oysters at Christie’s Seafood & Steaks on Westheimer.
The Party with a Purpose had a very important purpose: to raise money for the Kick Hunger Challenge (100 percent of the proceeds from the event go directly to food banks in the 32 NFL cities; locally the Houston Food Bank will benefit).
Celebrity guests scheduled to attend included Olympian Carl Lewis (the University of Houston’s honorary host); Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman; actress Alyssa Milano; former NFL star Carl Banks, actor Scott Speedman; entrepreneur and Food Network star Sandra Lee; actor Tom Ellis; actor Corey Hawkins; Miss America Savvy Shields; former NFL player Hank Baskett and E! reality star Kendra Wilkinson; NFL player James Anderson and model Carissa Rosario; and “The Real” co-host Adrienne Bailon Houghton.
The San Diego Chargers served churros with foie gras ice cream while the Jacksonville Jaguars offered roasted lamb belly with celery root puree.
From the New Orleans Saints came smoked drum with pickle aioli and popcorn rice; the Minnesota Vikings dished up fried chicken livers on purple grits with tomato gravy.
Buttermilk fried chicken with cornmeal waffles could be found at the Oakland Raiders’ booth while the New England Patriots went big with cavatelli pasta topped with sausage, butternut squash and shaved black truffles.
In a word, Houston cuisine is hot. It was hot before the city secured Super Bowl LI, and Houston cuisine will continue to be hot long after the Super Bowl ends.
The Super Bowl is upon is, and the last idea on Houstonians minds is driving anywhere in town. Especially downtown.
Houston’s dining scene perfectly reflects its population: diverse, exciting and creative.
Well, beer pairs better with hot dogs, chicken wings, sliders and nachos.
The Zinfandel made a good match with the spicy wing… holding up nicely in the face of the heat and acidity of the sauce.
A robust Cabernet Sauvignon will hold up to grilled meat like sliders, burgers, steak – even hot dogs.
The Aresti Special Release Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ($14.99) has an herbal acidity that can accompany guacamole or artichoke dip.