Monthly Archives: March 2018

Upcoming Houston wine events

Relic wine dinner: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 5839 Westheimer. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $195 plus tax and gratuity. 713-780-7352.
Melka Estates wine tasting with co-owner Cherie Melka: Fielding’s, 26400 Kuykendahl, Tomball. 6-9 p.m. Thursday. $9 to $20 per glass, depending on the wine. 281-351-2225.
Caymus Vineyards wine dinner: The Palm Houston, 6100 Westheimer. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. $185.713-977-8180.
Grassini Family Vineyards wine dinner with Katie Grassini: Brandani’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, 3340 FM 1092, Suite 160. 6:30 p.m. Monday. $95 plus tax and gratuity. 832-987-1313.
Allegrini wine dinner: Vinoteca Poscol, 608 Westheimer. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. $125 plus tax and gratuity. 713-529-2797.
Wines of the West festival: The Wynden, 1025 S.

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Cooking polenta is easier than you think, as 20-minute bowl of comfort proves

Polenta could be the easiest thing you didn’t know you could make. If you have ever stirred a pot of grits or watched somebody cook Cream of Wheat, you’ll recognize the method in this simple recipe: Heat liquid, stir in a medium-grind cornmeal to form a porridge, then add flavor.
The result should be just fluid enough to pour, and that’s when you should top it with something luscious and juicy – such as the roasted tomatoes, fragrant shreds of basil and nutty-salty Parmigiano-Reggiano we’re using. A sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes and drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil completes the set for sunny, creamy comfort food.

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Houston chefs shut out in James Beard awards

Anvil Bar & Refuge, the pacesetting cocktail bar founded by Bobby Heugel, has been named a national-level finalist for Outstanding Bar Program in this year’s James Beard Awards. Anvil will compete with four other establishments across the country for the title, to be awarded at the Beard Foundation’s annual gala in Chicago on May 7.

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Chic Fig & Olive restaurant opens in Galleria

THE CONCEPT
A Mediterranean-flavored restaurant in the former Saks Fifth Avenue space of the Galleria that sports a menu inspired by the coastal regions of France, Spain and Italy.
THE SPACE
Designed to suggest the good life of the Cote d’Azur, the room is drenched in light, with olive trees on the patio, unstudied décor dotted with sleek runway strips of fresh rosemary and olive oil (bottles, steel tank dispensers) at every turn.
THE FOOD
Olive oil plays a key role in the menu that begins with signature crostini: mushroom and artichoke; burrata, tomato and pesto; manchego, fig and marcona almond; and prosciutto with ricotta and fig.

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Upcoming Houston wine events

A Pinot Noir Comparison – California, Oregon, Burgundy: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 5839 Westheimer. 5:30-7 p.m. Friday. $95 plus tax and gratuity. 713-780-7352.
Relic wine dinner: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 5839 Westheimer. 7 p.m. March 21. $195 plus tax and gratuity. 713-780-7352.
Caymus Vineyards wine dinner: The Palm Houston, 6100 Westheimer. 6:30 p.m. March 22. $185. 713-977-8180.
Second Chances wine tasting: The Texas Wine School at AOC, 2301 Portsmouth. 3-6 p.m. March 31. $60 or $100 for two tickets. 713-248-6381 or cp@avvwine.com.
Raise your glass to CIS, a wine and golf event benefiting Communities in Schools – Bay Area: Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., 3-4:30 p.m. April 16. 281-486-6698 or RaiseYourGlasstoCIS.

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