Houston eateries know how to keep their cocktail, wine and beer lovers happy on many levels with creative offerings, new products and exciting events.
Make time to get out and give all these a try during the month of May with Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer, Pico’s “Cinco de Pico,” Dessert Gallery Dessert of the Month, Truvee Wines and Lillo & Ella’s spring cocktails.
BULLEIT WOODY TAILGATE TRAILER ON MAY 1 & 2: Although Louisville is 951 miles from Houston, Houston is known for celebrating the Kentucky Derby the right way with Mint Juleps. According to The Wall Street Journal article, “The Texas Cocktail Scene Goes Big,” Houston has been transformed into a cocktail powerhouse with some of the country’s top cocktail bars serving the best Mint Juleps. Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer is coming to Houston to help celebrate Derby Days in full effect.
The Bulleit Woody Tailgate trailer was originally designed for the Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift Guide and is cast from repurposed Bulleit barrels. It features a fully stocked bar of Bulleit Bourbon, Rye and 10-Year. It’s been featured on The Today Show, CNN and more.
Friday, May 1, 2015
• 6 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Find the Woody parked in front of Drinkery/Dogwood
• 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Cook & Collins (2416 Brazos St., Suite C)
• 8 – 9:30 p.m.: Dogwood (2403 Bagby St.)
• 9:30 – 11 p.m. Sage County (2416 Brazos St.)
• 11 – 12:30 a.m.: Drinkery (2416 Brazos St.)
Saturday, May 2nd
• 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Julep (1919 Washington Ave.)
• 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Houstonia Event (447 Heights Blvd.)
• 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Bourbon on Bagby (2708 Bagby St.)
PICOS 4-DAY CELEBRATION KICKS OFF TEQUILA FESTIVAL “CINCO DE PICO” ON MAY 2: Picos’ chef/owner Arnaldo Richards is pulling out all the stops with a variety of authentic Mexican street food, including pollo de la calle, roasted esquites, tacos de carne asada, tacos de chicharron, enchiladas potosinas, sonora hot dogs, tamales, gorditas, and more.
Brace yourself for tequila tastings from 13 of the world’s most storied tequila makers – including Patron, Herradura, and Don Julio, to name a few – for an authentic Mexican experience on a fake Mexican holiday. Join the Richards family as they celebrate Cinco de Pico with live music, people’s choice awards for Best Tequila and Best Cocktail, photo booths and more.
Tickets are just $45 in advance and $50 at the door for tequila lovers and just $20 in advance and $25 at the door for designated drivers abstaining from alcohol. Tickets are available online at picos.net/cinco.
DESSERT GALLERY’S LOCAL CRAFT BEER DESSERTS OF THE MONTHS FOR 2015 ON MAY 8: Join the launch party on May 8 at 3600 Kirby where guests will enjoy beer sampling by 8th Wonder Brewery and St. Arnold’s Brewery, beer dessert samplings by Dessert Gallery, and a Beer Bites menu by Dessert Gallery featuring California Turkey Sliders, Bacon Cheddar Melt Sliders, Uptown Chicken Sliders, spicy peanuts, and house-made Pretzel Snack Crack.
Owner, Sara Brook announced that starting in May the Desserts of the Month will include a hint of beer from local craft breweries such as 8th Wonder Brewery, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, Karbach Brewing Company and St. Arnold’s Brewing Company.
“We are looking forward to these partnerships over the next several months. Having been in the business for 20 years, this is a great opportunity to both reach out to a new audience and support other local businesses,” Brook said.
Visitors can expect to see handmade desserts like “Cherry Vanilla Red Velvet Stout Sheet Cake,” a delicious old-fashioned sheet cake with spiked cherry topping; “Elissa IPA Apple Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting,” which is comprised of bits of beer-soaked apples, caramel buttercream and caramel drizzle; and “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out Bread Pudding,” filled with Karbach Brewing Company-spiked raisins.
SPRING COCKTAILS AT LILLO & ELLA: Complementing the announcement of his Spring Menu, Chef Kevin Naderi, owner of Lillo & Ella in the Greater Heights area in Houston has brought his own refreshing cocktail menu to life. The hand-crafted cocktail selections are designed to complement the bold cuisine, while offering thirst-quenching options as Houston transitions into warmer weather. All cocktails are $9 and follow the restaurant’s theme of mixing culinary cultures.
Naderi’s cocktail menu, which also has non-alcoholic “shrub style” Mocktails, includes the Mai Tai,
Mandarin Margarita, Vodka Bay, El Pepino, Square One Mule made with Botanical Orange Vodka, Hum, Citrus and Ginger Beer, Applejack Julep, Subtly Scotch and Crescent City Cocktail.
MCBRIDE SISTERS’ TRUVEE WINES DEBUT IN HOUSTON: McBride Sisters, Andrea and Robin, and their newly launched Truvee Wines, a Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E) latest wine release, was presented to Houston in a small gathering at Coppa Osteria in April. The event paired the Truvee Chardonnay with their Fritto Misto appetizer while the Truvee Red Blend was paired with a choice of entrees. The lightly oaked Chardonnay and Rhone Style Red Blend, are two Central Coast grown varietals.
The McBride sisters, raised separately without knowledge of each other, were reunited in 1999 after being raised around vineyards in newly developing wine regions in Monterey, California and Marlborough, New Zealand. With over 10 years in the all aspects in the wine business, the sisters are making their mark with their two wine brands under the McBride Sisters banner with eco.love Wines from New Zealand and Truvee Wines from the Central Coast of California.