Upcoming Events

It'll still be brisk this coming Saturday, making the fact that hundreds of people will be dressed in Snuggies along Washington Avenue at least a little less bizarre. The 1st annual Snuggie Pub Crawl is getting its start at Pearl Bar at 2 p.m. and will hit four other bars along the way, all within easy walking distance of each other. The participating bars will be offering happy hour prices during the crawl, which ends at 8 p.m., but you have to be wearing a Snuggie (or a Slanket, Liz Lemon) to enjoy them.

Pro-tip for those of you actually hitting Wash Ave later in the day: Watch out for day-drunk people in backwards robes shuffling aimlessly along the sidewalks. I'm sure this will end well for all parties involved.

In other news, it's almost rodeo season again. I KNOW.

This year, food-loving Texans are being forced to choose between the Foodways Texas symposium in Galveston and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest -- both run from February 25 through 27. Which will you choose?

Here's the easy answer: Do you have $225 laying around? Go to the symposium. Do you have fancy friends or a corporate job that will enable you to gain access to a tent at the Bar-B-Que Contest? Go there. Have neither? Join the ranks of most everyone else in Houston. I suggest going to the Rodeo proper and gnawing your way through a turkey leg, animal-style.

Other upcoming Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo events are slightly more accessible, meaning you can at least buy your way in. (But lest you take this as total sarcasm, remember that the money goes to scholarships, so it ain't all bad.) The annual Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition on Sunday, February 20 is one of my favorite food events throughout the year, but tickets do start at $125.

For that ticket, though, you get to sample your way through some of Houston's finest restaurant offerings and -- in most cases -- meet your favorite chef at their restaurant's booth. This year's list of participants is vast and includes 75 restaurants from all over the greater Houston area (25 more than last year). In addition, you'll get to sample wine from and visit with dozens of winemakers from across the world throughout the afternoon.

If you can part with the jack, I'd say that's not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Katharine Shilcutt