Upcoming Houston Food Events: Beef Up for the Rodeo

Save the date! Our favorite event of the year, the annual Houston Press Menu of Menus® Extravaganza, is back for its 14th year on Tuesday, April 5. But you can get your tickets NOW (General Admission Tickets: $45-$60; VIP Admission Tickets: $85-$120). This year features an all-new Iron Fork competition with a new emcee and a new set of competitors, all alongside an excellent roster of savory bites, sweet nibbles and tasty wine, beer and cocktail samples from restaurants and retailers from all over the Houston area. 

In honor of the upcoming Houston Rodeo, Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers, in West University at 3501 West Holcombe and in The Woodlands at 1335 Lake Woodlands, will be offering the Outlaw Burger ($10), available on Monday, February 15 and throughout the Rodeo season. The beef bomb features 100 percent all-natural Angus, succulent pulled pork, battered-fried bacon, ghost pepper jack cheese, smoky barbecue sauce, mayo, lettuce, pickles and onions. For those looking for something a little lighter, Jerry Built will also offer a roasted corn, black bean and barbecue chicken salad ($10) with housemade barbecue ranch throughout the season.

Margarita Day is pretty cool, but you know what's better? Margarita Week! From Tuesday, February 16 through Monday, February 22, margarita lovers can enjoy $1 off margaritas at any Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Baker St. Pub & Grill location. And on Monday, February 22 (National Margarita Day), patrons can enjoy $2 margaritas on the rocks and $3 frozen margaritas (also available at all Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Baker St. Pub & Grill locations). 

Whether it's ridiculous or not, National Drink Wine Day is something we can get behind. It's held on Thursday, February 18, and The Tasting Room Uptown Park, 1101 Uptown, will be celebrating by offering happy hour pricing all day. Get $5 wines by the glass and half-off other select wines. Both locations of MAX’s Wine Dive — Fairview at 214 Fairview and Washington at 4720 Washington — and both other Tasting Room locations — CityCentre at 818 Town and Country, and Kings Harbor at 1660 West Lake Houston Parkway — will also be offering their happy hour pricing ($5 wines by the glass and half-off other select wines) from opening to 6 p.m. 

Chef Paul Lewis of Paul’s Kitchen, 2502 Algerian, will be hosting a Saint Arnold Beer Dinner along with chef Ryan Savoie from Saint Arnold Brewing Company on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. The five-course, beer-paired feast starts with a reception and includes dishes such as Saint Arnold Weedwacker-braised Texas Quail with dried cherry sausage, wilted kale and creamy goat cheese grits; ancho chile- and beer-rubbed 44 Farms beef bistro filet with cashew nut and red fresno chile chimichurri; and butternut squash and Pumpkinator Semi Freddo with a chocolate magic shell. Cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-360-2002 for reservations.

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