Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Artopia & a Chef's Inaugural Brunch
Hit this light and airy Creole restaurant for a decadent brunch that is anything but.
Photo by Mark Burkhalter
Grand Opening @ The Halal Guys
Saturday, 11 a.m.
After a preview with UberEATS last week, the opening every halal fan has been waiting for is finally here. Come see why THG's white sauce has made fans all over the globe as you drizzle it over chicken, gyro, vegetarian entrées and rice (then add some hot sauce, too – because Texas). Arrive early and you’ll also get some awesome swag.
Brews & Vinos @ Stafford Centre
Saturday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Hit the outdoor tent to enjoy brews and vino all weekend long. Your ticket includes a 24-ounce tasting card, food pairings, a shopping tent with artisan vendors, one-off kegs (Saturday), and a first annual beer competition (Sunday). Featured breweries include Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., No Label Brewing Co., Lone Pint Brewery, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Texian Brewing Co. and Southern Star Brewing, among others. Featured wines include Yellow Brick Road Winery, Dionisio Winery, Braman Winery and Cork This! Winery; while bites will be provided by the Tipsy Dessert Bar, Chef Lionel/F.B. Chefs, Whole Foods and more. Tickets are $29.50 for one day or $49 for both. Designated driver tickets are available for $23.50.
4th Anniversary Party @ Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Help Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. celebrate its fourth birthday at this brew-heavy blowout. This year, the brewery has promised 30-plus crazy good craft beers, smoked meats from Blood Bros. BBQ, and jams from Houston’s own Runway Sun. Tickets are $40 per person for a ticket and tasting glass.
Houston Press Artopia @ Winter Street Studios
Saturday, 8 to 11 p.m.
Celebrate Houston’s vibrant culture at this one-night event. The party features live music, fashion shows, dance and theatrical performances, galleries filled with works from local artists, and plenty of excellent local bites alongside wine, cocktail and beer sampling (all of which is included in your ticket price). The eats will be provided by BB's Café, Boheme, Cajun Stop, DGN Factory, eculent, KUU Restaurant, Pollo Tropical, Texas de Brazil, The Tipsy Dessert Bar and White Plate Art. And the MasterMind Award winners will be there to receive their checks. Tickets are $55 for general admission and $85 for VIP. Note: Tickets will be sold at the door if they are still available, but this event has sold out in the past, so get yours now to secure a spot.
Chef Mike McElroy's Premier @ The Durham House
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chef Mike McElroy, who helmed Gr8 Plate Hospitality’s food truck The Rollin' Kitchen and worked at New Orleans restaurants like Redfish and Commander's Palace, has taken over the kitchen at upscale Creole restaurant The Durham House. Join him for this inaugural brunch and enjoy a complimentary glass of Ca' del Bosco Cuvée while you’re at it. The menu is available as a five-course tasting ($30 for the tasting menu and $55 with the pairings) or à la carte. Enjoy dishes such as Common Bond wheat toast with grilled asparagus and Meyer lemon hollandaise; smoked pork shank bruschetta with poached farm egg and osetra; and seared grass-fed dry-aged strip loin with sliced roasted heirloom tomato and seasonal herb demi-glace. Jeremy Hart of Banville Wine Merchants will be in house providing an unparallelled tasting experience. Pastries curated by pastry chef Jerrica Aldridge include sweet potato, andouille and quail egg kolaches as well as charred grapefruit tarts. Reservations can be made at thedurhamhouse.com.
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