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Street carnival with down-home Southern food, drinks and music draws a lively crowd

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33 Tristan Tucker, left, and Megan Daniels at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Tristan Tucker, left, and Megan Daniels at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
25 John Rolfo and Amanda Parker at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
John Rolfo and Amanda Parker at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
23 Grant Cooper, from left, Brandi Key and Charles Clark at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Grant Cooper, from left, Brandi Key and Charles Clark at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
26 Katherine Whaley, left, and Jenna Beth Whaley at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Katherine Whaley, left, and Jenna Beth Whaley at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
27 Kelli Scandrol, from left, Meagan Wisniewski and Paloma Feghali at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Kelli Scandrol, from left, Meagan Wisniewski and Paloma Feghali at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
24 Jim Martin and Jade Daniels at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Jim Martin and Jade Daniels at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
22 Grant Cooper and daughter Gjelina at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Grant Cooper and daughter Gjelina at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
21 Emily Crowder, from left, Chrinste Schroeder and Kevin Dixon at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Emily Crowder, from left, Chrinste Schroeder and Kevin Dixon at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
11 Deniz Sevinc at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Deniz Sevinc at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
10 David Sanders and Rasta at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
David Sanders and Rasta at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9 Christine Nguyen, left, and Natalie Vu at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Christine Nguyen, left, and Natalie Vu at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
8 Christina Berg, left, and Maegan Hinze at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Christina Berg, left, and Maegan Hinze at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
2 Amie Fordinal, left, and Ashley Allen at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Amie Fordinal, left, and Ashley Allen at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
1 Amanda Smith, from left, Christine Nguyen and Tina Chebret at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Amanda Smith, from left, Christine Nguyen and Tina Chebret at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
4 Brian Pounds and Band at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Brian Pounds and Band at Punk's Street Carnival. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
33 Tristan Tucker, left, and Megan Daniels at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
25 John Rolfo and Amanda Parker at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
23 Grant Cooper, from left, Brandi Key and Charles Clark at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
26 Katherine Whaley, left, and Jenna Beth Whaley at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
27 Kelli Scandrol, from left, Meagan Wisniewski and Paloma Feghali at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
24 Jim Martin and Jade Daniels at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
22 Grant Cooper and daughter Gjelina at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
21 Emily Crowder, from left, Chrinste Schroeder and Kevin Dixon at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
11 Deniz Sevinc at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
10 David Sanders and Rasta at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
9 Christine Nguyen, left, and Natalie Vu at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
8 Christina Berg, left, and Maegan Hinze at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
2 Amie Fordinal, left, and Ashley Allen at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
1 Amanda Smith, from left, Christine Nguyen and Tina Chebret at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
4 Brian Pounds and Band at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Punk's Simple Southern Food
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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.

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