A Tuesday Night Food Party
The best restaurant in Houston? A clear People's Choice winner emerges from Last Chef Standing
The votes poured in until the last minute for CultureMap's Last Chef Standing Restaurant Challenge People's Online Choice Award, but in the end a clear winner emerged.
Latin Bites, the modern South American cafe from Peruvian chef Roberto Castre, took the title with 31 percent of the vote, squeezing out The Tasting Room for a win by less than 30 votes among the thousands cast.
The popular cebiche and pisco bar will be serving up signature dishes alongside all 20 of the contending chefs at CultureMap's Last Chef Standing Tasting Event, sponsored by Cadillac and Ben E. Keith, which takes place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel's Discovery Ballroom from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
There, a panel of palate-attuned judges — KHOU's Lily Jang and Katherine Whaley, Houston Restaurant Weeks founder Cleverley Stone, Mix 96.5 DJ Blake Hayes, Eater Houston's Eric Sandler and CultureMap foodie contributor Marcy de Luna — will vote on the Judges' Choice Award. Attendees will get to weigh in as well, voting on favorites by scanning QR codes at each booth.
This could be a memorable tasting event: A $65 ticket includes all-you-can-eat treats from the best of the local culinary scene, plus complementary cocktail pairings from Deep Eddy Vodka (whose mixologists have crafted a Cucumber Gimlet, a Tanteo Paloma and a Southbound Greyhound), Pisco Portón (with a distinctive Cucumber Spritzer and a Peruvian Rush), Rebecca Creek Whiskey (with a refreshing Texas Julep) and more, with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank.
VIP Early Entry passes have sold out, but general admission tickets are still up for grabs — find more information, including how to purchase tickets here.