Full disclosure: The Houston Press provided me with tickets to Menu of Menus in exchange for posting about the event. I partnered with the Houston Press because I’m a long time reader of their publication and I had every reason to believe Menu of Menus would be a great event you would want to know about.
If you didn’t attend the Houston Press’s Menu of Menus Extravaganza Tuesday night, you missed out on a feast! The event was held at Silver Street Studios, which is a really cool industrial space near Washington. The building is very open with plenty of room for guests to stand and eat their samples and take pictures. It created a fun, laid back vibe perfect for wandering, sampling, and spending time with friends.
Over 40 restaurants, including Texas de Brazil, Prestige Oysters, Inc, Patagonia Grill & Cage, and Boheme, offered unlimited samples of their specialties, plus there was unlimited wine, beer, and cocktail samples to wash down all of the yummy food. As if that weren’t enough, everyone received souvenir wine glasses, swag bags with samples and coupons, and several vendors were handing out tickets to events!
Some of the notable food included falafel, steak, oysters, and empanadas. They were all great, but the real star for me was dessert, of course. As a born and bred Houstonian, I was thrilled to see Shipley’s on site with not one but two donut walls. You can never go wrong with a donut wall.
I got to try a yummy and rich cookie butter and raspberry crepe from Coco Crepes, Waffles and Coffee. They had savory crepes, too, but I didn’t hear anything after the staff said cookie butter. There were also liquored up treats from Bundt Cake-A-Holic. To help you choose a cake, they ask how much alcohol you wanted to taste. I opted for the lighter option while the boyfriend went for a much stronger one. Sweets by Belen had amazing alfajores. I had never had these cookies until just a few weeks ago, but now I see them everywhere. I’d say these were easily the best I’ve had. They were bite sized treats with just the right combination of soft and crunchy textures and a big pop of flavor. They also had mini cupcakes and mini delights, which were light, sweet, treats with a big fruity flavor.
Frozen treats were out in full force, with Rita’s Frozen Custard, Popston, and a vegan ice cream all available. Popston had some delicious and unique flavors and managed to make a creamy and delicious popsicle. I opted for the key lime pie while the boyfriend went for guava. It was the perfect option to nibble on as we worked our way out.
There were 4 wine vendors, including Messina Hof with Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon, Barefoot Wines, Sonoma-Cutrer with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Alta Maria. The wine “samples” were very generous, with each one being more of a full glass than a sample, but I didn’t hear anyone complaining.
Overall it was a super fun event, with the boyfriend already insisting we attend next year.