Food Pairings

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    October 17, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Big Brews and Free Burgers

    Big Brew, the nation's second largest craft beer festival, is coming to Houston from October 20 through October 26. The week-long celebration will feature more than ,000 craft beers from more than 40 Texas breweries along with a different event each day. Kick off the party with one of three beer din ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Sweet Sarriette Pop-Up Dinner To Spotlight Four Talented Young Pastry Chefs

    On the surface, it might seem like just another pop-up at Paulie's, but this Sunday's "Sweet Sarriette" pop-up dinner -- an eight-course with wine pairing gourmet dinner prepared by Christina Au, Samantha Mendoza, Andrew Musico and Johnny Wesley -- promises to be extraordinary. The collaborating ch ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Corn Tamales Are Now at Hugo's

    Hugo's now has corn tamales, but it's only for the month of September. Chef Hugo Ortega is using fresh corn from Mexico, where it is harvested every year, to make these traditional tamales. Each order is made with masa, rajas (sliced poblano peppers), queso fresco, crema and tomatillo salsa and cost ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Sip on Wine During Taste Around Town Houston And We Have the Discount Code

    Houston Restaurant Weeks just came to a close, but there's another foodie event, more specifically, a wine event, happening in our city in less than two weeks. Taste Around Town Houston is similar to restaurant weeks, except participating restaurants will feature wine specials, such as flights and d ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best BYOB Restaurants (Plus What to Drink)

    It's like a personal challenge: Pick the best wine or beer to go with the food at a local restaurant. Rely only on my own limited pairing know-how. Pay as little as possible for said booze. Enjoy meal immensely knowing you've saved money and made a match. As much as I appreciate a great wine list o ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Tickets on Sale Now for July 20 Sassafras Beer Dinner to Benefit Oak Forest Animal Advocates

    Oak Forest has a stray animal problem, and neighborhood residents are rallying to do something about it. It's not an original problem; the entire city of Houston shares it. Our streets are home to about one million stray animals, and BARC has neither the money nor the manpower to handle these sta ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Five Easy Prep-Ahead Valentine's Day Dinners & Desserts

    If you haven't made reservations for Valentine's Day (which is this Friday, FYI), then have no fear, because you can easily prepare a romantic dinner for you and your Valentine at home. But, we know that not everyone has the time to cook a fancy, four-course dinner the second they come home from wo ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Urban Harvest, Diners Benefit from Travaasa Farm to Table Dinner

    Wine dinners are a great opportunity to enjoy many different wines paired with food The same goes for beer dinners. Now imagine a beer and wine dinner, where one of each is paired with every course. That's like the pairing dinner of the pairing dinner world. Travaasa Austin did just that recently a ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Thanksgiving Vino, Part 2: Sommeliers Sean Beck and Vanessa Treviño-Boyd Guide You

    It can be complicated and difficult to properly pair wines with the Thanksgiving dinner. You have so many different types of dishes -- spicy, sweet, savory -- and with so many different types of wines to choose from, which ones should make it to the Thanksgiving table? We spoke with two of Houston' ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    It's National Wine Week; Celebrate With a Glass of Vino at These Events

    The 53rd Annual National Wine Week, sponsored by the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, is celebrated from September 16 through September 20. Of course, because it's an SWRG event, it tends to take place exclusively at Smith & Wollensky restaurants across the country, but we don't really like the i ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Upstairs at Rudyard's: Joe Apa's Beer Dinners

    The beer dinners that Joe Apa stages at Rudyard's Pub the last Thursday of every month have been around for a few years, in fact, the one held last night was the 69th one, or at least so he can recall. So why is it that Google was of no help when trying to get more information about what was in stor ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Café

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Café is taking a beverage-driven approach to Houston Restaurant Weeks and there's something for everyone. They have developed specific, three-course dinner menus for red wine, white wine, beer and cocktails. Pairings are an additional cost, but y ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up Meal At Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar

    It's GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up and that means restaurants throughout the state are serving up meals that showcase the wonderful ingredients and products from the Lone Star state. I decided to check out the new kid on the block, Eleven XI, which is serving a four-course Texas tasting dinner for $ ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink this Weekend: Beer and more Beer, Sushi Class and a Celebration of Ernest Hemingway Through Drink

    Lone Pint Dinner @ Gratifi Kitchen Bar Friday, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. until close 302 Fairview Lone Pint Brewery from Magnolia, Texas has had control of Gratifi's taps all week this week. On Friday evening, Chef Russel Kirkham will be serving a four-course dinner with Lone Pint pairings. The menu wil ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Beer Dinners, Pairings, Tastings & More

    You have two opportunities to celebrate Americas's 25th anniversary. On Monday, July 15 from 4-9 p.m., the River Oaks location offers the Chef Pairing Menu for $88 per person starting with salt cod and potato fritter paired with a 2011 Blanco Joven, followed by ginger BBQ pork shank and chorizo dirt ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Indulge in Food & Wine This Summer with Landry's Signature Chef Series

    Ah, summer. Time for frolicking by the pool, drinking blue-colored Icees that'll turn your tongue blue, working ferociously at the gym to get your body toned, and indulging in decadent chef-driven wine pairing dinners. Yes, a summer tradition, Landry's Signature Chef Series is currently in full sw ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Wine Dinners, Small Plates and Large Pours

    Wednesday wine tastings at French Country Wines are changing up a bit, but don't worry - the popular evening event isn't going anywhere. Husband-and-wife team Phyllis Adatto and Tim Smith have changed the hours of the weekly wine tasting, which will now take place every Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    'Tis the Season for Spirits and Cheese: Cherry Vodka Edition

    This holiday season, turn the tables on the traditional "wine and cheese" combo by pairing cheeses with your favorite hard alcohol. In this special series, I'll be investigating which fromages go best with distilled spirits as well as offering tips on how to construct a tasting without breaking the ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Putting the B Back in BYOB: Four Beers for a Night Out to Eat

    Houstonians have long been comfortable bringing their own bottle of wine out to eat, but pairing a craft beer with your dinner can sometimes prove intimidating. American craft beer is now available in more than 100 different styles from literally thousands of brewers. For the average consumer, many ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Upcoming Events: 'Tis the Truffle Season

    White truffle season has finally arrived after a delay in the harvest thanks to weather issues in Italy. And as a result of that weather delay, the white truffle supply is somewhat limited this year -- so the truffles that are already Italy's most expensive (costing upwards of $350 an ounce) are mor ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Raw Bar & Muscadet: If It Grows with It, It Goes with It

    "If it grows with it, it goes with it." If you've been following along here at Wine Time, you've heard me chant New York legend Danny Meyer's mantra over and over again. No matter what food I'm pairing with wine, I always look to traditional pairings for inspiration. Whether it's Parmigiano Reggia ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Mix It Up Tonight and Help Clean Out Rudz's Cellar

    Been waiting for the perfect Friday night to check out the new LaB 5555 series at the Houston Museum of Natural Science? Grab your soft-soled museum shoes, because tonight is that night. Tonight, four of Houston's best bartenders will be shaking things up as they compete to make the best Tanqueray ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    What Wine Are You Pouring for Mother's Day Brunch?

    Wine pairing aside, can you think of a better excuse for day-time drinking than Mother's Day brunch? And joking aside, can you think of a more challenging occasion for wine pairing than Mother's Day brunch? A classic Mother's Day meal at our house may consist of myriad flavors and aromas: Smoked f ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    All-star Sweet & Savory Fundraiser Raises $19,100 for Lucky Dog Rescue

    Pastry chef, Top Chef Just Desserts contestant, and hometown girl Rebecca Masson loves dogs. "If I could save them all myself, I would," she said as she thanked all those who had generously donated time and funds for the Lucky Dog Rescue charity. This past Sunday, her Sweet and Savory fundraiser a ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Wine Time: A Favorite Wine for Easter Lamb

    When it comes to pairing wine with food, we live by two maxims at our house. 1. If it grows with it, it goes with it. (Motto attributed to the great New York restaurateur Danny Meyer.) Look to traditional pairings as rules-of-thumb. For example, the inhabitants of the western coast of France famo ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Odd Pair: Asparagus and Wine

    Today we think of asparagus as one of the standard vegetable side dishes in the contemporary canon of American gastronomy. But in another era, asparagus was considered one of the world's greatest delicacies: The insatiable King Louis XIV built greenhouses so that he could eat asparagus all year rou ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    November 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    Read on for our picks of the best beer dinners next week.​In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Houston Beer Week 2011: Bigger, Better, Beer-ier

    Read on for a full -- and we do mean FULL -- schedule of HBW events.​The second annual Houston Beer Week kicks off this year on an auspicious date: 11/11/11. That's when the big craft beer festival will celebrate its sophomore year with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p. ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Hairy Bikers Heat Up Houston

    Hairy Bikers hosts Bill Allen and Paul Patranella will be in town tonight at District Lounge.​The History Channel came to Houston recently, and the bloggers behind spicy food blog Eat More Heat were tapped to help the show Hairy Bikers with the Ultra-Hot Chile Burger Challenge that will be fea ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Tequila at TQLA and Multi-Course Mystery Dinners

    If you've been looking for the right opportunity to try TQLA -- which just won our rather specific, yet no less applicable, award for Best Revival of a Genre -- here's the opportunity you've been looking for: TQLA is hosting a tequila dinner with Don Julio on Wednesday, October 19, starting at 6:30 ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Taste of Triniti and Brews on the Bayou

    Photo by Paul KnightBrews (and booze, if you go inside and order it) will be served on the bayou at Brenner's upcoming Beer Fest.​This weekend, if you aren't headed to our own BestFest, check out the 3rd annual Wine Festival on the Kemah Boardwalk on Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. Mo ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foodie Floats and a Month of Martinis

    Only $1 at Samba Grille.​Tonight, the Houston Museum of Natural Science continues with its summer Mixers & Elixers series, the last year that the museum will be sponsoring these Friday night mixers -- so enjoy them while you can. Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin will be playing in the Planetarium, ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Odd Pair: Fish and Red Wine

    ​Whenever I am faced with a conundrum like the age-old question of whether or not it is imperative to pair white wine exclusively with fish, I look to antiquity. Indeed, in more cases than not, the ancients were much wiser and more well informed than we are. And as I pore over (excuse the p ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​A reminder that if you love craft beer and want to see its sale and distribution made easier across the State of Texas, show up to Moon Tower Inn this Saturday at 4 p.m. for the launch party of Open the Taps. The founders will be there to address questions as well as to start fundraising effo ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Collaborative dinners take center stage. (Note: There are women involved, too.)​Justin Basye, Peter Jahnke and their bunch of wild young hearts chefs were the talk of the week, as their new pop-up dinner series was announced this past Monday. Les Sauvages (translation: the savages, or the wild ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Weapons Grade: I inadvertently started a Twitter "war" (side note: really?) Mon ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Brew Blog: Texas Beer Fest

    ​Despite having some really terrible beer laws, Texas has some really great beer. While efforts are currently underway to change the law, we don't have to wait to get our hands on some wonderful brews. Not only are there many bars around town serving up Lone Star libations, we now have the Tex ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttYou don't want to miss a Vic & Anthony's beer dinner.​Vic & Anthony's is continuing its popular series of beer dinners by partnering with Texas' own Real Ale for its next evening, which takes place on Friday, April 8 starting at 7 p.m. For $85 a person (tax and tip n ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    A Taste of Peru at Spec's and Charivari

    pierre pouliquinAlpaca sez, "Try Peruvian wine!"​Perhaps it's because we've never been there, but images of alpacas, Pisco and Machu Picchu account for much of our knowledge of Peru. We're hoping that changes this month with a grand showing of Peruvian products and samplings at Spec's Smith St ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    We're Buzzed About Houston Beer Week

    foshydog​From October 11 to 17, local taprooms, eateries, breweries and beer aficionados will join forces to pay homage to all the creative combinations of hops, malt, yeast and water - better known as beer. The first ever Houston Beer Week will be eight days of beer magic taking place in Hous ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Odd Pair: Fried Green Tomatoes and Cuvee

    ​Last Thursday, Katharine Shilcutt got us desperately scrambling to find some good fried green tomatoes before the summer ends (soft weeping). We found ourselves at the bar at Max's Wine Dive (4720 Washington Avenue) begging the chef to make us a plate of our favorite hot-weather food and then ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    1st Annual Brewmasters International Beer Festival

    Everybody needs a hobby, right? Why not make yours beer?

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    January 10, 2008

    Celebration of Beer Dinner

    Chef Igor Rosi proves Italians know beer as well as wine

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