Upcoming Events: Oktoberfest Contests, Beer-and-Burger Pairings and Free Food Truck Lunches for All
Celebrate 20 years of artist studios at Lawndale Art Center and five years of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program with Tasteful Art, a special tasting event featuring local contemporary artists and chefs at the historic and beautiful Hofheinz House (3900 Milam). Lawndale is bringing culinary artists onboard for this unique and collaborative event, which features the plate as canvas.
Experience what happens when chefs David Buehrer (Greenway Coffee/Blacksmith), German Moquera (Roots Bistro), Randy Rucker (Briar and Bramble), Erin Smith (Plonk) and Jody Stevens (Jodycakes) turn over the plating to past and current Lawndale Artist Studio Program artists Nancy Douthey, Seth Mittag, David Politzer, Teresa O'Connor, Patrick Turk and David Waddell. The chefs willl provide the delicious ingredients and the artists will create magic on the plate.
The culinary culmination will be revealed as guests are treated to a tasting of dishes from some of the most innovative chefs in Houston today, hosted by award-winning chef Barbara McKnight of Culinaire. Adult beverages will be served, and other surprises are also in store. Tickets are $125 per person; call 713-528-5858 for reservations. All proceeds benefit Lawndale's Artist Studio Program and programs throughout the year.
If you enjoy shows like Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes, join H-E-B this Sunday for the third annual H-E-B Houston Region Cake-Off at the H-E-B Pearland Plus store (2805 Business Center Drive, Pearland). More than 20 teams, each composed of two H-E-B employees from stores in greater Houston, will compete to see who has the best cake-decorating skills.
Photo courtesy of the Food Network Do H-E-B employees have cake-decorating chops like Duff Goldman? Come find out on Sunday.
Each team will have three hours to decorate and display their creations. After the competition, a silent auction will be held to auction off all of the confectionary creations, with proceeds benefiting the Adult Reading Center. Houston-area celebrity judges will join forces to pick the best of the best in cake creations, including H-E-B Houston President Scott McClelland and Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar.
The takeaway for the H-E-B Cake-Off grand prize winner? $500 in H-E-B gift cards and earning the coveted title of "H-E-B Cake Boss." Second place takes home $300 in gift cards, and the third-place winner will receive $200 in gift cards. Decorating takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with awards given at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Anyone who says there's no such thing as a free lunch hasn't met the Dos Equis Mobile Academy, which just arrived in Houston this week. In partnership with H-Town StrEATs, the "most interesting food truck in the world" will travel around town offering free lunches through September 22. The three dishes, developed by chef Jason Hill, are:
- Grilled kangaroo with apricot wattleseed chutney
- Australian rock lobster and sea urchin-stuffed wontons with yuzu marmalade sauce
- Barramundi fillets wrapped in banana leaf with Chinese black bean and sambal
Head to one of the following locations to get your free lunch while it lasts or just follow @DosEquis on Twitter:
September 14: Bo Concept (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
September 15: Little Woodrows on White Oak (8 to 9:30 p.m.)
September 16: Minute Maid Park (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Astros game at 1:05 p.m.)
September 18: Art League Houston at 1953 Montrose (11 a.m. to noon)
September 19: Kickball League at Roak Bar (7:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
September 20: Warehouse Live (6 to 7:45 p.m.; Dynamo game at 7 p.m.)
September 21: Minute Maid Park (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Astros game at 7 p.m.)
September 22: The Firkin & Phoenix (5 to 8 p.m.)
Hang on, folks -- there are so many good food events coming up, we had to break them into two pages. Read on...