Brewfest Won't Happen Again Till May, Ticket Refunds on Their Way

Categories: Breaking News

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Next one will be in May 2015

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Brewfest sponsored by Lucky's Pub and the Houston Press scheduled for October 18 at Silver Street Station has been canceled, Press Publisher Stuart Folb announced today.

Ticketfly will be issuing full refunds to all who have already purchased tickets. Purchasers won't need to contact Ticketfly for this, they will be automatically refunded.

The Fourth Annual Brewfest will take place in May 2015, Folb said, and he urged everyone to come out for that indoor/outdoor event in celebration of American craft beers complete with food trucks and live bands.


Swede Dairy Farm Needs Your Help: Donate to the Go Fund Me Fundraiser

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Swede Farm Dairy needs to raise $35,000 to remain in business.
Swede Farm Dairy has been in operation since 2008, but now the family-owned goat milk farm based out of Waller is facing the possibility of shutting down. Swede Farm sells goat milk to those who need it for health reasons, but like co-owner LeeAnne Carlson says, "cheese pays the bills."

In 2012, the farm decided to partner with another dairy to blend milks and create cheese to sell at farmers markets. In April of this year, Swede Farm was informed that the dairy was closing and would not milk its goats past November of this year, but in a sharp turn of events, the dairy stopped its operations in May, leaving Swede Farm in an unexpected situation.

"We dried out most of our goats so they could get pregnant about the time the other dairy closed," Carlson says. "The problem is two weeks after almost all of our goats were completely without milk, the other dairy got shut down by the state... Basically once you drain the bank accounts and you max out your credit cards and cash in the last year of your return account, we woke up one day and we couldn't go to farmers markets because we didn't have the gas money. "

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10 Comforting Recipes to Make This Fall

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This fall, we're making French onion soup.
Ah, fall season. A time for cooler temperatures and heartier meals. Some of my favorite meals in the fall center around a warm, comforting dish usually while watching a football game. Unfortunately, everyone gets to celebrate the autumnal seasonal sooner than our portion of Texas does, but that doesn't mean we can't plan out our fall meals in advance. We've compiled ten stick-to-your-ribs recipes that you should definitely make when the cooler temperatures arrive.

When that time comes, grab a blanket and cozy up to any of these dishes for a relaxing, enjoyable meal.

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Eat This: Summer Salad and Crawdads Biscuit at Punk's

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Crawdads Biscuit

The calendar says September, but it still feels like summer in Houston, so why not indulge in some warm-weather fare as long as it's on offer? See Punk's Simple Southern Food, where one of the best things on the current menu is the "Summer Salad." Although most patrons go to Punk's for the fried chicken (despite its high price tag), you will be just as satiated (in a different, less bloated way) by ordering this sweet, refreshing assemblage.

With a spinach and romaine lettuce, over-sized candied pecans, mandarin orange slices, strawberries and avocado bits all dressed in a strawberry poppyseed vinaigrette, the salad might verge on cloying if not for the earthy salt from the pecans and creamy botanical flavors of the avocado.

Ask for the dressing on the side to fully appreciate the salad's "naked" flavor, which is arguable as just as good plain as dressed. Also know that the Summer Salad is certainly enough for one at lunchtime but also great to split at dinner, especially as a precursor to richer dishes. And speaking of which...

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BCN Taste & Tradition - Houston's First Modern Spanish Restaurant Now Open in Montrose

Categories: Restaurant News

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Luis Roger, executive chef of BCN Taste & Tradition.

About 10 years ago, chef Luis Roger was happily employed as an executive chef at a privately owned, 16th century estate called Mas Anglada in Costa Brava, Spain. The food he cooked was simple. He used the freshest ingredients he could source from the local area -- which was rich with fresh seafood and farm-fresh produce -- to create his own brand of modern Spanish cuisine, rooted in the traditions that he'd learned while growing up. Life was good.

One day, Houston-based businessman Ignacio Torras approached him after dining at the estate. Recalls Roger, "This gentleman gave me a business card and he told me 'If you ever want to open your own restaurant, give me a call' -- and then he left." At the time, Roger, who was happy with his situation in Spain, didn't consider the possibility.

"Every year, he sent me an email. 'Hey Luis, how are you doing, how is your family? By the way, remember? I'm still thinking about that restaurant, so if you change your mind, give me a call.'" This went on year after year until two years ago, when Roger says "I had started to have the desire to open my own restaurant." Roger decided to make a stop in Houston on the way to his best friend's wedding in Panama. During that visit, he met with Torras, and began the project that is now BCN Taste & Tradition.


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Dish of the Week: Braised Beef Kreplach

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Serve these dumplings in chicken noodle soup or brown gravy.
From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post.

This week, in honor of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays Rosh Hashanah (beginning this Wednesday) and Yom Kippur (beginning Friday, October 3), we're sharing a recipe for kreplach.

Kreplach are small dumplings filled with ground meat (or sometimes potato). They are often served on Rosh Hashanah, the eve of Yom Kippur, Hoshana Rabbah, and Purim.

There are several explanations for the origin of the word, some saying the letters K, R and P each represent a different Jewish festival on which they are eaten (K for Kippur; R for Rabba; and P for Purim), with the suffix "lach" meaning "little" in Yiddish. But it is likely derived from the German word krepel, meaning fritter or the Old High German word kraepfo, meaning grape.

The preparation is simple. A soft dough made of flour, water, and eggs is used to envelop a minced or ground meat mixture. The tiny triangles are then poached in either water or broth before being served in soup or fried and served with gravy, sour cream, and/or apple sauce.


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Eat This: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Cakeballs & Macarons at Petite Sweets

Categories: Here, Eat This

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It may be hot outside, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a pumpkin spice latte with macarons and cakeballs at Petite Sweets.
The first official day of fall is Tuesday, September 23, and you know what that means: pumpkin, pumpkin and more pumpkin. Throughout this autumnal season, recipes for pumpkin breads, muffins, cakes and pies will flood the Internet (or more accurately, will continue to) through a variety of social media outlets -- I'm talking about you, Pinterest.

Don't be like the rest of the world and frequent Starbucks for a PSL. Instead, visit Petite Sweets for a creamy, scrumptious pumpkin spice latte paired with one or a few of their delightful miniature pumpkin-flavored treats.

After seeing a post of a large frothy pumpkin spice latte surrounded by pumpkin pie macarons on the Petite Sweets Facebook page this past week, I couldn't help but stop by the West Alabama dessert shop this weekend. Aside from pumpkin pie macarons, Petite Sweets also carries miniature pumpkin pies, whoopie pies, cupcakes and cake balls, along with honey apple cupcakes for the fall season, too.

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Houston Bakers Band Together Again for Mental Health Awareness

Categories: Edible Events

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The Depressed Cake Shop will be held on September 28 to raise funds for The Montrose Center and increase depression awareness.

It's no secret that there are insufficient resources for mental health care in the United States. A local Houston baker decided to do something to help.

Last year, Jody Stevens of Jodycakes recruited professionals and talented home cooks alike to create desserts for a bake sale called The Depressed Cake Shop. But these were not traditional sweets for sale. All the cakes, cookies and pastries were frosted in gray or black and the funds raised went to The Montrose Center. The concept was originally conceived in the U. K. Since then, over 30 Depressed Cake Shop events have been held worldwide.


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The Great Banh Mi Cook-Off Was Really Great

Categories: Edible Events

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The winning banh mi: R&D Bar BQ's brisket banh mi on Vietnamese banh mi roll by Common Bond.

Creativity was on display in abundance Wednesday night at The Great Banh Mi Cook-Off competition organized by non-profit Vietnamese organization, Boat People SOS (BPSOS), as a fundraiser for their domestic violence programs.

It started with the organizers, who successfully pulled off a change of venue at the nth hour due to inclement weather. The event had originally been scheduled to take place on the rooftop parking garage of Khon's in Midtown, but by 3:30 p.m., organizer Mitchell Lam made an executive decision to switch venues to Kim Son Restaurant (one of the cook-off participants). Facebook notices, tweets, and no doubt several phone calls and texts later, everything had been moved and the threat of bad weather successfully sidestepped.

Close to 300 attendees turned out to sample creative banh mi sandwiches created by 11 Houston-area chefs and restaurants, many of whom were competing for the first time. Favorites emerged quickly as Greg Morago of the Houston Chronicle, Lily Jang of KHOU, Renia Butler of the blog Gristle and Gossip, and myself sat down to perform the serious job of judging each of the entries.


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The Houston Press Is Looking for a Few Good Videographers

Categories: Our Staff

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Houston has millions of stories. We need your help sharing them.
Here at the Houston Press, we're all about sharing the stories of the city we live in. We're big believers in the power of storytelling and the need for certain stories to be told.

We're looking for new people to help us share the stories of Houston to a larger audience. More specifically, we're looking for a few good videographers who have the same passion for storytelling that we do.

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