Houston’s attention may be heavily focused on RodeoHouston, but the next few days offer three food events worth considering. Those looking for an alternative to cowboys, concerts and turkey legs should read on.
Friday 3 March
45th anniversary at Treebeards
Get the restaurant’s signature red beans and rice with sausage for $1.95, the original price it sold for in 1978 (cheese and onions available for an additional fee). Available at all four Houston-area locations, the special will also repeat on Friday the 10th. March.
Topo & The Beast at El Topo
Chef-owner Tony Luhrman has invited Belly of the Beast chef Thomas Bille to collaborate with him on a seven-course, $140 menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine. Dishes include infladita with Mexican hummus, dorade tiradito, lengua al pastor with trumpet mushrooms, and a surf and turf of a sope asada with a shrimp empanada.
Sunday 5 March
Let’s talk Womxn at Caracol
Part of a series of gatherings happening in 14 cities across the country, this tasting event aims to “build the camaraderie, advice, visibility, negotiation and financial power of its female entrepreneurs.” Described in press materials as a “Gold Glamor Bash,” attendees are encouraged to wear gold to capture an appropriately festive mood.
The evening features food and drink from 20 women-owned bars and restaurants across Houston. Participants include: Angel Share, Ate Kitchen, Fat Cat Creamery, Kiran’s, Kriti Kitchen and The Upside Pub. Hosts Sharon Haynes (Tacos A Go Go), Alli Jarrett (Harold’s) and Tracy Vaught (H-Town Restaurant Group) will also be in attendance.
Tickets, $100, are available online, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday, March 6
The truffle masters at The Revaire
This annual event always brings together an impressive group of Houston chefs who compete to determine the tastiest black truffle dish. Participants include: Maurizio Ferrarese (Alba Ristorante), Jassi Bindra (Amrina), Michelle Wallace (,b’Tween Sandwich Co.), Joseph Geiskopf (Ciel), David Skinner (Eculent), Niki Vongthong (Hidden Omakase) Alex Au-Yeung (Phat Eatery), Benchawan Painter (Street to Kitchen), David Cordua (The Lymbar) and several others. While contestants taste bites from all the participating chefs, a panel of media judges will select a winner.
All participants will have the opportunity to taste an espresso martini bar presented by David Skinner and sponsor Meticulous Spirits. Since the event benefits the Houston Symphony, some of the musicians will perform throughout the night.
General admission tickets, $295, are available online. VIP is sold out.