Monthly Archives: May 2017

Texas comfort food is king at new FM Kitchen & Bar

The former Triniti chef, who cut his culinary teeth in French fine dining, found inspiration for FM in Texas farm-to-market roads and old-school roadside restaurants.

A retro garage-station vibe permeates the lofty dining room courtesy of Erin Hicks, who had architect Jim Herd’s clean, spare, heavily windowed building design to work with – think details such as vintage pickup-truck bumpers and grills and faded beer signs.

In the sprawling backyard, artistic flourishes – painted bricks, a mural by local graffiti artist Daniel Anguilu – mingle with Adirondack chairs; umbrella’d picnic tables; and patio games such as giant Jenga, bean bags and ping-pong.

Plates with more heft: chicken-fried steak, fried shrimp and hush puppies, lemon-thyme brick chicken and Salisbury pork chops with mushrooms and onion gravy.

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Upcoming Houston wine events

Five-course wine dinner:

Saltillo Mexican Kitchen, 5427 Bissonnet, Suite 200.

Farm to Table wine dinner:

Cool pool wines for the Texas heat:

Father’s Day butchery demo with Quintessa wines:

Vino and Vinyl, 3340 FM 1092, Suite 150, Missouri City. 2-4 p.m. Saturdays. 281-208-7453.

Vine Wine Room, 12420 Memorial, 3 p.m. Saturdays. 713-463-8463.

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Upcoming Houston wine events

Metzker Family Estates release party:

Staglin Family wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres, hosted by Amber Mihna:

GenuWine Tasting Room, 6503 FM 1488, Magnolia; 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday; $40; 832-934-2675.

Cochon555 chefs competition with wine pairing:

Hughes Manor, 2811 Washington; 4-7:30 p.m. Sunday; $125 for 5 p.m. entry, $200 VIP with 4 p.m. entry; eventbrite.com.

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King’s BierHaus in the Heights is ready to host good times

A fun-loving German/Austrian restaurant in the Heights from Hans and Philipp Sitter, the father-and-son team that turned the original King’s Biergarten in Pearland into a smash hit.

The entrance, which is stocked with take-home goods (sausage, jars of mustard) and beer-ready steins, opens to an enormous dining hall – colorful, cheery and set with tables, booths and communal picnic tables.

The 400-seat restaurant also includes a tree- and flower-filled beer garden with hammocks, a fountain and pond, and a live-music stage.

The menu offers appetizers (beer pretzels, smoked wings, Bavarian fried pickles), soups, salads and burgers, plus gourmet sausages (traditional German bratwurst, Polish sausage, cheese sausage, spicy kielbasa and exotic varieties such as elk, venison, alligator, wild boar, rabbit and rattlesnake).

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Weekly wine events calendar

Heights Rosé Social with hors d’ouerves:

Widows and Winemakers: A culinary experience featuring the women of Champagne with Clark Cooper Concepts chef Brandi Key and SaltAir Seafood Kitchen’s Wendy Lambert:

Paired with light hors d’oeuvres, hosted by sommelier Amber Mihna:

Vino and Vinyl, 3340 FM 1092, Suite 150, Missouri City. 2-4 p.m. Saturdays. 281-208-7453.

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From unicorns to avocado toast, hipster fads jack up food prices

Unicorn toast features bread topped with cream cheese and various food colors or super-food powders swirled in, and Instagram is loving it. Starbucks Corp.’s attempt to tap into the seemingly bottomless appetite for all things unicorn – Frappuccino, anyone? – has sent the cost of the bean within striking distance of a record. “What happened with Unicorn, drove significant traffic, incrementality, awareness, brand affinity,” Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz said on the company’s most recent earnings.

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