Friday, April 9, 2010

Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza

It's springtime in Houston, and that means a flurry of festival activity: wine, food, crawfish, art, art cars — we've got it all. One of my favorites is the Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravanganza.

I've attended the last couple of years and it's a great way to taste offerings from Houston's best restaurants in one location. This year two of my personal favorites, Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood and Nelore Churrascaria, are featured prominently. Other restaurants that I've been meaning to try out but have not yet visited like Laurenzo's, Hearsay, and Blue Nile will be there. It will also be interesting to see what Textile Restaurant — known for the meticulous execution of high-end dishes — serves for the event.

And of course there's always a sleeper restaurant that uses the Menu of Menu's as a springboard to prominence. Last year, an unknown (and not yet opened) wine bar known as Block 7 created enough buzz to make it one of the most heralded openings of an Houston restaurant in a while.

This year's event takes place at West Avenue, an ambitious mixed-use development at the corner of Kirby and Westheimer. You don't see a lot of forward-thinking urban developments like this in Houston, and I'm curious to get a look. All proceeds from the event benefit Discovery Green and The Center for Hearing and Speech. Tickets are available on the Houston Press website.

Full disclosure: I have written for the Houston Press food blog Eating Our Words in the past and received two complimentary tickets to this year's event.

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