Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza Recap

On Tuesday, April 4th, members of the Houston Food Blogger Collective were invited to attend Houston Press's 15th Annual Menu of Menus Extravaganza.

Photo credit: Dat Food Porn

Photo credit: Dat Food Porn

The HFBC crew and hundreds of Houston food lovers gathered at Silver Street Studios to enjoy tastings from over 40 local restaurants alongside wine, beer and cocktail samplings.

Attendees were treated to everything from walls of donuts, raw oysters, tacos, and mini parfaits. 

Photo credit: The Leo Chronicles

Photo credit: The Leo Chronicles

All attendees were gifted with a Houston Press Menu of Menus wine glass as well as a token to cast your vote for favorite booth.

Photo credit: Cuc Lam

Photo credit: Cuc Lam

The event also included an Iron Fork competition featuring Chefs Lyle Bento of Southern Goods and Gary Ly of Underbelly. One of HFBC's very own, Cuc Lam of Just Cuc It, participated in the judging. 

Both competitors were surprised to learn that their Sous Chefs of the night would be local food legends, Chefs Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie and John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro. 

In the end, Chef Lyle Bento took home the win with the clever use of the secret ingredient, local Buffalo Bayou honey, in his Whole Fried Trout with Vietnamese sweet and tangy sauce. 

We've gotta admit, we're jealous that Cuc got to taste these amazing dishes!

Photo credit: Foodies gonna Food

Photo credit: Foodies gonna Food

As for the most-voted booth of the night, the honor went to Peli Peli with their delicious Huguenot pork belly pretzel bun sliders. 

Congratulations to all the winners, although we like to believe that everyone was a winner that night with all the delicious food and drinks!

First Look Tasting: Potente

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On February 22, HFBC members were invited to be among the first to experience the new high-end Italian eatery, Potente. The restaurant is owned by Astros owner Jim Crane's, and joins the downtown food scene at the 500 Crawford building across from Minute Maid Park. Executive chef Michael Parker (Crane's own personal chef) and Chef du cuisine Michael Rideout (Formally of Tony's) treated HFBC to a wide assortment of Northern Italian dishes and drinks. Here's a recap of all the delicious food, decor, and coverage.


The plates of food were coming from everywhere as bloggers scattered to get their shots.

The chef came out and gave us more information on the restaurant, menu, and what inspired it all.

The Menu


Frozen Negronis

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Twisted Breadsticks

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 Porterhouse steak

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Rigatoni & Fotina Stuffed Meatball

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Chicken Skewers

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Risotto Balls

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Caesar Salad Wedges

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Italian BBQ Shrimp with Giant Couscous

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Margherita Pizza

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Cheese Pizza

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Chocolate & Vanilla Tiramasu Balls

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Beef Carpaccio

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We were treated to red and white wine, frozen negronis, and this fiery drink that came with a show.

To see even more coverage from the HFBC first look at Potente check out even more tasty pics and coverage from these food bloggers.

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