Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
Though social distancing is in effect and bars and restaurants are closed for in-house services, the ever-strong Houston food community continues to truck on. This week, support local restaurants by carrying out, hit pop-up markets for fresh produce and bbq, and try out a virtual wine tasting. Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
Monday, April 27
FM Kitchen & Bar ReopeningFM Kitchen & Bar, 1112 Shepherd, has been closed since the restaurant orders were put into place, but its reopening this week with a new takeout menu. Get the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (serves 2-3 for $35 or $40 with two cocktail kits), with a whole chicken and two sides; the FM Snack Pack ($10, $8 during happy hour), featuring an FM Burger and fries plus a Montucky Cold Snack; Burger Packs for Two ($25) and Four ($48); house specialties from loaded tots and street corn to spicy fried chicken sandwiches; and cocktail kits to make classic margaritas, FM Ranchwater, Moscow Mules and more. Additionally, FM Kitchen is offering customers 15-percent off pick-up orders (to walk-ins, phone-ins or online customers using code "FM2020"), and offering a 20-percent add-on bonus to gift cards. Customers can order online or call 832-804-6006 for curbside pick-up (delivery available via Favor, Uber Eats, Doordash, and Grubhub).
Tuesday, April 28
Virtual Tip Your Bartender: Gregory Perez from Monkey's TailTip Your Bartender, a social initiative by PUNCH (and backed by Bacardi) launched a few weeks ago, offering a virtual cocktail making happy hour with a different bartender every weekday at 5 p.m. Each participating bar team gets a $1,000 fee for participating; and, viewers are encouraged to tip directly to the bar team's Venmo (Bacardi will be matching all tips via a contribution to the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation). This Tuesday, Monkey’s Tail bartender Gregory Perez will be the featured bartender, making a 3 Milks cocktail that you can learn to recreate at home.
Live Virtual Wine Tasting at Rainbow LodgeRainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, will host a Live Virtual Wine Tasting with beverage director Marc Borel and prominent wine professionals starting at 5 p.m. Tasters can order a special wine tasting kit which will include the featured wine(s) as well as a “take & bake” food item prepared by chef Mark Schmidt. When it’s time for the tasting, break out the goods and join the fun on Facebook. This Tuesday’s tasting will feature Lindsay Woodard, owner of Retour Pinot Noir of Willamette Valley, Oregon. The kits will include a bottle of 2014 Retour Pinot Noir, and Wild Game Hunter's Pie for two. Cost for the virtual wine tasting kit is $115 plus tax. Call 713-861-8666 to purchase for pickup between noon and 8 p.m. on Monday, April 27 or Tuesday, April 28. The next Live Virtual Wine Tasting will be hosted on Tuesday, May 5, with the featured wine to be announced.
Tuesday and Thursday
“Dinner’s On Us” with Second ServingsSecond Servings and Hess Corporation are expanding the “Dinner’s On Us” program, which provides take-home chef-prepared family meals to all Houstonians in need. The “Dinner’s On Us” meals will be available to the public, exclusively on a drive-thru basis, every Tuesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon at LAM Parking Lot, 702 Avenida De Las Americas. Distribution will continue for as long as funding allows, and volunteers will adhere to all recommended social distancing protocols. Visit secondservingshouston.org/dinnersonus if you would like to support this program financially or to volunteer.
Wednesday, April 29
Fundraiser for National Nurses Day at Fuzzy’s Taco ShopThis Wednesday, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will donate 5 percent of sales from the day to feed local nurses, doctors and first responders on National Nurses Day (which is Wednesday, May 6). In addition to its regular menu, guests can choose from two different family packs – taco and fajita – which serve proteins, sides and all the fixings for up to eight people (you can add margarita mix to your order, too. Then, on National Nurses Day, participating Fuzzy’s Taco Shop locations will partner with a local hospital, urgent care or medical facility in their community to provide warm meals to those on the front lines.
Thursday, April 30
Virtual Cooking Class with Christine HaLocal non-profit Homemade Hope is teaming up with James Beard-nominated chef Christine Ha of The Blind Goat for a virtual cooking class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., hosting an interactive demonstration with proceeds benefiting both Homemade Hope and Chris Shepherd's Southern Smoke Foundation. The class will be live streamed on Zoom, and participants can register via a donation. Ha will be preparing a Thai-style Laab Salad; and the ingredients can be found on the Eventbrite page.
Stay at Home Rhone Valley Wine Dinner” with Bistro Provence and French Country Wines
Bistro Provence and French Country Wines will join together to host a four-course wine dinner featuring paired wines from the Rhone Valley. To join, call 713-827-8008 to preorder the number of dinners needed, then pickup both the foods and the wines on Thursday. drive to the restaurant, 13616 Memorial, for curbside pickup of both food and wines. At 7 p.m., join fellow wine dinner partners via Zoom. Dine on ham and cheese gougères, salmon and dill rillettes and toast, rosemary infused lamb shank with ratatouille, and a thyme and strawberry tartelette with strawberry mousse and meringue. Each course is paired with four ounces of the selected wine per person for $68 plus tax and gratuity.
Saturday, May 2