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Celeb Chef Chris Shepherd Brings a Luxury Resort’s Magic to Houston

Restaurants Up the Ante with Foodie Dream Events

BY // 03.21.17

From premier cooking classes to one-of-a-kind pop-up dinners, Houston’s culinary scene is comprised of much more than the typical restaurant reservation. Each month brings a bevy of events highlighting some of the city’s best chefs and cuisines through fresh and innovative channels.

So mark your calendars — you’ll want to snag tickets to these five edible soirees.

A Taste of Blackberry Farm 
If anyone can bring Blackberry Farm to Houston, it’s superstar chef Chris Shepherd. The Tennessee-based luxury hotel and resort, which sits on 4,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, has earned a solid reputation for impeccable dining and service. As Shepherd says, “[It’s] the most mystical, magical place on the planet.”

Lucky for Houstonians, Shepherd’s lured a little of that magic to Texas, presenting a duo of dinners with the award-winning Blackberry team. Blackberry’s executive chef Cassidee Dabney, sommelier Andy Chabot, and brewery managing partner Roy Milner head to Underbelly for a family-style dinner on Sunday, April 9. The collaborative meal will salute locally-sourced and seasonal produce and includes four courses and wine pairings (Lookout for bottles from Chabot’s James Beard Award-winning wine list) for $150 (gratuity included).

Monday, April 10 introduces The Barn at One Fifth, which highlights Blackberry Farm’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant The Barn — the venue’s most refined on-site dining experience. Dabney and Chabot present a multi-course, lunch tasting menu with wine pairings for $225 (tax and gratuity not included). Snag your ticket quickly. There are only 25 seats available for this posh lunch. For tickets, click here.

Blackberry Farm

Fool’s Gold 
Aces of Taste puts a posh twist on the April Fool’s holiday with a Fool’s Gold pop-up dinner on Saturday, April 1 at 7 pm. Chef Javani King (formerly Davis St.) presents a four-course menu featuring highlights such as miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, smoked chipotle hen, charred prime Angus ribeye paired with purple sweet potatoes, and a decadent dessert coined popcorn + candy.


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Of course, the dinner will channel the spirit of April Fool’s, offering a few surprises along the way. Sweets courtesy Wink By Erika, Jack Daniel’s cocktails, and a live DJ will accompany the meal. Secure your tickets here until April 1 at noon, and use the code PCGOLD20 for 20 percent off. 

The Ultimate Dinner Party
You can always count on B&B Butchers & Restaurant for over-the-top luxury. Grab your most posh group of friends to experience B&B’s newly released 12-course meat tasting, which highlights everything from premium cuts of A5 certified Kobe beef and Japanese Wagyu.

The exclusive tasting in wine pairing, which takes place in B&B’s in-house butcher shop, clocks in at $225 (or $295 with wine pairings) and requires a minimum of eight people — with a maximum of 16 people. Contact kristin@bbbutchers.com or 713.862.1814 to book your reservation — slots are available Monday through Friday after 6 pm.

Dine Like the Royal Tenenbaums
State of Grace’s private dining room will transform into a scene from The Royal Tenenbaums on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm as chef Bobby Matos and beverage director Laura Creasy channel the iconic film for a five-course wine dinner ($125).

Start the evening with a wine reception inspired by Royal Tenenbaums character Eli Cash — which will feature San Salvatore “Pian di Stio” Fiano wine paired with oysters on the half shell caramelized fish sauce, thai chile, and cilantro — before indulging in a five-course feast accompanied by Banville Wine.

Head to State of Grace’s Instagram account, @stateofgracetx, for a sneak peek of the night’s menu. Purchase tickets here.

A Feast Fit for Round Top 
The Spring Antique Fair gets a foodie twist as restaurateur Lee Ellis and chef/partner Jim Mills bring their Texas-centric eatery State Fare Bar & Kitchen to Round Top for a one-of-a-kind, scenic dining experience on Tuesday, March 28 from 7 to 10 pm.

The al fresco feast ($85) pops up at Mark Massey’s 57-acre event venue The Compound, and features pre-dinner appetizers, signature cocktails, wine pairings, and a multi-course menu. Snag your tickets here

A Brunch 50 Years in the Making
Brennan’s celebrates 50 years with a special brunch cooking class demonstration ($50) on Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 am. Executive chef Danny Trace presents a four-course menu of Brennan’s traditional Snapping Turtle Soup, Egg Sardou, Speckled Trout Almondine, and Crepes Fitzgerald. (Who can resist a crepe filled with white and dark chocolate-dipped Texas strawberries and Creole cream cheese?) 

Brennan’s will also screen the Ella Brennan documentary following the morning’s cooking demonstration. Secure your spot here


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