It seems that Charles Clark and Grant Cooper are always coming up with new ideas and the latest seemed to be a hit with the West University neighborhood. Hundreds of families turned out for the first annual Street Carnival, sponsored by Punk's Simple Southern Food and benefiting Texas Children's Cancer Hospital.
Clark and Cooper were on the scene to insure that everyone had a splendid time and that the food kept flowing. And it did. The carnival menu based on the menu of the restaurant that is set to open shortly included low country caviar (black-eyed peas in Creole spice), sweet corn hush puppies with B&B tartar sauce, pickled shrimp, southern cheese straws, pork rib lollipops, grandma's pimento cheese and loads more, including several desserts such as homemade chocolate chip cookies and banana pudding.
Featured entertainment was Brian Pounds of The Voice. Keeping participants young and old entertained were a strolling magician, a patriotic mechanical bull, a pie eating contest, old school carnival games, prizes and more.
Joining the outdoor festivities were chef Brandi Key, Steve Webster, Elizabeth Webster, Linda and Steve Jacobs, David Ott, Jeff Conger, Tina Oggero, Sherry Clark and Stacy Reed, Christina Berg, David Sanders, Jim Martin, Jade Daniels and KHOU traffic reporter Katherine Whaley.