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Houston Black Restaurant Week's Power of the Palate Is For Cocktail Lovers

Bevin Biggers is one of a handful of mixologists competing in Saturday's Power of the Palate.
Bevin Biggers is one of a handful of mixologists competing in Saturday's Power of the Palate. Photo courtesy of HBRW
Bevin Biggers is one of a handful of mixologists competing in Saturday's Power of the Palate. - PHOTO COURTESY OF HBRW
Bevin Biggers is one of a handful of mixologists competing in Saturday's Power of the Palate.
Photo courtesy of HBRW

While Houston Black Restaurant Week is raging on in the Bayou City — currently running until April 30 this year in an effort to raise money for local nonprofit Blue Triangle — the bustling event, along with Diageo, is hosting its second annual Power of the Palate, a truly unique bartending competition on Saturday, April 29. Expect Houston’s top black bartending talent to compete for best craft cocktail honors while showcasing fresh produce sourced from local black farmers.

Bartenders Bevin Biggers, Christina Bax, Ryan Perry, Nikki Horn, Chanel Lockhart and Ed Warner will throw down from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lucille's, 5512 La Branch. Drinks will be scored by a team of judges, including Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus, CW39's Nikia Cooper, Lucille's chef Chris Williams and more local personalities.

Power of the Palate has a $15 entry, which includes a tasting flight for the first 100 people in the door and a People's Choice vote as well. DJ Reeks will provide the tunes and Lucille's will also feature some special menu items for purchase. Tickets are available online here.

If that's not your jam, the following restaurants are also participating in Houston Black Restaurant Week, featuring menus at a fixed price, including brunch, lunch and dinner options in the $15-$25 range (for casual eats) and in the $35-$45 range (for fine dining). Again, proceeds benefit local nonprofit Blue Triangle, which is in desperate need of a renovation for its community commercial kitchen.


  • Kitchen 713
  • Dolce Ultra Lounge
  • Etta's Little Kitchen
  • Prospect Park
  • Ray's BBQ Shack
  • The Turkey Leg Hut
  • UnWine
  • Scrappy Brown's
  • Lucille's
  • Phil and Derek's Cafe
  • Agubu

More information can be found online at houbrw.com.
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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.