Top area smokehouses like The Pit Room (pictured), Killen's Barbecue and Gatlin's will compete against some of Austin's finest.
Top area smokehouses like The Pit Room (pictured), Killen's Barbecue and Gatlin's will compete against some of Austin's finest.
Photo by Troy Fields

Upcoming Houston Food Events: A Houston vs. Austin BBQ Throwdown

Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:

Pak-Man — a brand new food truck dishing out Pakistani Halal eats — will be celebrating its grand opening at Levy Park, 3801 Eastside, on Friday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The “Pak Friday” event will feature chicken tikka, kababs, biryani and fried Nutella samosa. 

On Tuesday, November 28, 8th Wonder Brewery will team up with the culinary staff of Uchi to create a five-course beer and food pairing, available at Uchi, 904 Westheimer, from 7 to 10 p.m. The details of the eats are being kept under wraps, but some of the beers you on the roster include AstroTurf Cream Ale, Cougar Paw Red Ale, Haterade Sour Wheat and Rocket Fuel Vietnamese Porter. Tickets are $80 per person not including tax & gratuity. Call 713-522-4808 to reserve a spot (a credit card will be required to hold the reservation).

Give the gift of Kata Robata, 3600 Kirby, this holiday season. Beginning Friday, December 1, for every $100 in gift cards purchased, the buyer will receive a complimentary $20 gift card to give as a gift or use themselves. The $20 bonus card will be good for use starting January 1, 2018.

You can expect all kinds of rich, earthy mole-kissed dishes during Arnaldo Richards' Picos 12 Days of Mole.
You can expect all kinds of rich, earthy mole-kissed dishes during Arnaldo Richards' Picos 12 Days of Mole.
Photo by Phaedra Cook

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, will bring back its holiday tradition, 12 Days of Mole, kicking off on Friday, December 1. The 12-day event will feature a different mole and dish each evening, capping off with a Massive Mole and Tamale Brunch Buffet on Sunday, December 17. The brunch will feature every mole from the course of the mole event, plus over a dozen assorted tamales and sides. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will cost $29/person and $20/seniors.

Indulge in beer, wine and cheese with the Saint Arnold at Sonoma tasting event, held at Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant, 801 Studewood, on Saturday, December 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. Guests will sip Christmas Ale, Bishops 12 (Christmas Ale aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels), Bishops 19 (Christmas Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels), Raspberry AF (made with raspberries), Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, all alongside cheese pairings from the Houston Dairymaids. Tickets are $25. 

Some of Texas’ finest pitmasters will compete in a Houston versus Austin BBQ Throwdown, held at Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, on Sunday, December 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Houston lineup includes Beaver’s, The Brisket House, El Burro & the Bull, Ellis Brothers BBQ, Gatlin’s BBQ, Killen’s Barbecue, The Pit Room, and Tin Roof BBQ, while Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue, LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue, Micklethwait Craft Meats and Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ will come in from Austin. Each individual participant will present their vision of the perfect Texas barbecue dish. Tickets (limited) are $80 and include Saint Arnold beer and samples of each barbecue joint’s competition dish. VIP tickets are $130 and also include access to the private Saint Arnold Investor’s Pub for viewing of the judge’s panel.

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