Big Wins at Menu of Menus for Kevin Naderi and Radio Milano

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The 13th Annual Menu of Menus at Silver Street Station was a fun, food-filled extravaganza with dozens of offerings from Houston restaurants, wineries, dessert makers and more. Participating Houston restaurants included critical favorites Songkran Thai, Andes Café, Fat Cat Creamery, DGN Factory, Garson, Latin Bites, Mala Sichuan and many, many more.

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Do Menu of Menus Bigger Than Ever With This VIP Table Voice Daily Deal

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Where does the time go? It's hard to believe that this year's Menu of Menus will be the 13th annual installment of the extravaganza. We're looking forward to hanging out with all of you and tasting some of the best food in Houston.

As you know, tickets have been on sale for a minute, but what if you want more than just a VIP experience? What if you and 9 of your closest friends want to make going to Menu of Menus an event? Well, you're in luck, because the good people of VOICE Daily Deals have an offer for you:

How would you like to get a VIP table to the Menu of Menus Extravaganza for half price?

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Menu of Menus® and Iron Fork 2015: A New Challenger!

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See this smile? It's the same one chef Kevin Naderi will be wearing if he takes home the Iron Fork for the fourth year in a row. Who can stop him? One chef has taken on the challenge.

The chef-owner of Roost and Lillo & Ella has won every single Iron Fork competition at Menu of Menus since its inception in 2012. Is he unbeatable?

Well, one notable chef doesn't think so, as he has stepped up to take his turn at trying to remove Kevin Naderi from the Iron Fork throne. Who is this new contender?


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Pre-Sale Is Now Open for the Houston Press Menu of Menus®

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Last year's Menu of Menus
Just in time for you to reserve your spot in this year's Menu of Menus at Winter Street Studios, the Houston Press is offering a presale that ends on February 7 at 10 a.m.

Restaurants have already started to commit to the event, including Eculent, Garson Restaurant, Latin Bites, Maine-ly Sandwiches, Pollo Tropical, and Ragu & Pesto. More will be announced in the coming days.

In addition to all the food and drink, there will be another round of the Iron Fork competition in which two top local chefs battle it out before the audience and a panel of judges.


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The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Midtown

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You may recognize this classic Southern breakfast from our No. 4 pick.
In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots around town. See the complete list at the end of this post.

This week, it's all about Midtown.

Note: For the purposes of this post, Midtown is defined as south of I-45 (the Pierce Elevated), west of Highway 288, north of Highway 59 and east of Bagby (for the most part). See the map here.

Honorable Mention: Diner classics at Harry's (which falls just outside our borders), big Southern plates at Natachee's Supper 'n Punch, and $1 mimosas and Tex-Mex fare at Gloria's.


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Menu of Menus® Draws, and Wows, Huge Crowds of Food Fans

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Kevin Naderi works on a dish at Menu of Menus.
Silver Street Station had a lot of new things going on for Menu of Menus® this year. Air conditioning, for one, had people happy to be inside eating warm comfort food from spots like Frank's Americana Revival and Fish & the Knife. There was a lovely photography show up on the walls as part of Fotofest. There were new restaurants like Verts Kebap, Heights General Store and Nara debuting their food for Houstonians, some of whom had never tried it.

But one thing remained the same: Kevin Naderi, chef of Roost, won the competition this year for the third time in a row.

The competition, emceed by Randy Evans of Haven, was fierce--it wasn't clear what Naderi was making until the very end of the 45-minute time limit, while Kevin Bryant, chef of Eleven XI, was very transparent about what he was preparing. In the end, though, Naderi edged out Bryant with his use of the secret ingredient: citrus. The judges all agreed that Naderi put the ingredient to use better than Bryant did, though Bryant's incorporation of the twist ingredient, bananas, with a pistachio mole was masterful.

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Few Tickets Left for Menu of Menus®! Get 'Em Before They're Gone!

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It's here! It's here! It's here!

OK, actually it happens tomorrow, but close enough. Menu of Menus is finally here, which means you finally get to taste all the great food you've been reading about (and I've been writing about) for weeks!

I'm told the event is almost sold out, but there are still some general admission and VIP tickets left. I would not count on getting them at the event, though, as we anticipate selling out completely before the doors open to VIP guests at 6 p.m.

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, go online now and get general admission tickets for $50 or VIP tickets for $90.

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We've Got Your Final Menu of Menus® Lineup Right Here

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There's still time to get tickets for our most delicious event of the year.
Wow, what a week it's been for Menu of Menus®. Fifteen new restaurants signed up to join us on April 8 (that's next Tuesday) from 7 to 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station for food, drinks and the epic Iron Fork competition.

BB's Cafe will be on hand, no doubt serving up delicious Cajun-style fare, as will J.W.'s Original Cajun Boudin Hut.

If Latin food is more your speed, Peruvian restaurant
La Guitarra con Sazón will be joining us, along with Trenza, a Latin American/Indian fusion restaurant from celebrity chef Susie Jimenez. Also bringing some South American flair to the mix is Batanga, a tapas restaurant featuring Spanish and Latin cuisine. Batanga won't be the only tapas joint in the house, though; we'll also have Andalucia providing more traditional Spanish bites.


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Special Discount on General Admission Tickets to Menu of Menus® Extravaganza

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The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is going to be here before you know it. Seriously, it's less than a week away! In case you forgot, Menu of Menus is on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station. If you haven't purchased your tickets to this incredible food and wine event yet, then you need to right now.

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UPDATED: We're Giving Away Two More VIP Tickets to Menu of Menus® and Iron Fork

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Get your free VIP tickets to Menu of Menus now!
Menu of Menus is a mere week away, and if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you either need to get on it ASAP before they sell out, or answer these trivia questions correctly and win two VIP tickets!

VIP tickets now cost $90, and general admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets will get diners into the event at 6 p.m. (an hour early) on April 8 at Silver Street Station, as well as complimentary valet. Reminder: This year, the event will be air conditioned!

Both types of tickets will get you into the event with unlimited food and drink samples and access to the Iron Fork competition, where Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI will be facing off against Kevin Naderi of Roost. The two will be presented with a secret ingredient and have a set amount of time to create a meal for three judges: Tyler Horne, market manager at Urban Harvest Farmers' Market, Kelly Landrieu, representative for sponsor Whole Foods, and yours truly, who really likes to eat. Randy Evans of Haven will be hosting the event.

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