Harold's returns to the Houston Press Menu of Menus for the third year, and this time chef Richard Knight is cooking up something special. The seasoned Houston chef joined forces with owner Alli Jarrett just weeks ago, but they jell like they've worked together for much longer.
Call it the right timing, call it similar backgrounds. Positioned between a tiger tail tattoo and a cardigan-scarf combo, it's clear their core vision revolves around tales of what life's really about; for her sitting around grandmama's dining room table in South Carolina, prepping what the farmer had brought, or for him sitting around a bowl of mussels that he had fished up off the rocks of the coast of southern England.
The 100-year-old building that houses the restaurant is decorated with thoughtful nods to its past; a gentleman's plaid fabric underlies the bar of the urban downstairs tap room, original brick stacks alongside the staircase, and a women's dressing room mirror from the iconic Harold's men's clothing store naturally draws the eye in the well-lit upstairs dining room and patio.
Jarrett has always been excited to participate in the "fun and lively" Menu of Menus because of the neighborhood exposure and the chance to support a good cause. This year MOM will donate a portion of proceeds to Kids' Meals, a nonprofit charity that provides meals to children.
Queue mouth-watering possibilities of what's to come at Harold's as Jarrett and Knight talk plans to introduce a seafood program among other gradual changes. At Menu of Menus this year, they intend to prepare a "Salt Block BBQ Shrimp Po'Boy." They'll source gulf shrimp, cook them on a salt block and serve them on a Leidenheimer roll with South Carolina slaw and a spiced Worcestershire reduction. A dish that represents a little bit of both of them. Better come hungry!
The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is being held on Tuesday April 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station, 2000 Edwards.
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