Houston Culinary Tours Ramping Up Again

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The inaugural barbecue tour with Robb Walsh; see if you can spot the man himself.
There's now one more way to get your Robb Walsh fix besides rereading that copy of Sex, Death and Oysters for the fifth time: The Houston Press's former food critic is teaming up with Catalan executive chef Chris Shepherd once again to lead another Houston Culinary Tour.

The World BBQ Tour with Walsh and Shepherd is one of the two upcoming Houston Culinary Tours that has tickets going on sale this Wednesday, December 1. Both tours are limited to 16 tickets, which will sell out very quickly. But if you're one of the 32 to grab one, it'll make a lovely Christmas present for your favorite food lover...

Walsh's tour with Shepherd will hit four different types of barbecue restaurants over the course of an afternoon on Sunday, January 16. Prepare to dine on not only standard Texas barbecue, but see how it's done in China, Mexico and Korea. Even if you've gone on previous barbecue tours with Walsh, this one will prove to be a horse of a different color.

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Chris Shepherd and Bryan Caswell on the inaugural Houston Culinary Tour.
The second Culinary Tour on Sunday, February 20, will feature two more of Houston's larger-than-life chefs: Bryan Caswell and Jonathan Jones. In between pestering Caswell with questions about the Next Iron Chef, you'll be taken up and down Long Point in Spring Branch, hitting some of the chefs' favorite dives and holes-in-the-wall. You can count, of course, on Korean and Mexican food, but you'll also visit Houston's only Polish restaurant -- Polonia -- as well as a few other treats along the way.

Tickets for each tour are $180 per person. If that seems steep, keep in mind that you'll be eating at at least four restaurants along the way, plus you'll be kept in all the Saint Arnold you can drink. You'll also be getting the expert guidance of top Houston chefs and food personalities as well as a gift bag to take home as a souvenir, if all the pictures and your full belly aren't enough of a keepsake for you.

And one final thought: All of the proceeds from the ticket sales go to benefit the Houston Food Bank, which needs all the help it can get this time of year.

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