DIne Around Houston
The house Garnacha at the Tasting Room in Uptown Park was so popular with those attending CultureMap's second Dine Around Houston Summer Series event that several ordered bottles if not cases of the Spanish red wine for takeout. And that's just part of the beauty of these affordable nights out, sponsored by CultureMap and Ram, and benefiting St. Luke's Health System's young professional group PULSE.
Participants learn about new wines, new foods and perhaps new destinations for dinner out. On this night, a sellout group of 150 packed private rooms at the popular wine bar/eatery for a wallet-friendly $12 menu with choice of a main course (chicken or red snapper) and the Tasting Room's killer bread pudding for dessert. A glass of wine — the house Garnacha or Vanishing Point Pinot Grigrio — included.
Lori and Kenny Fenton were among those so swayed by the Garnacha that they ordered two cases to go. "We love the Tasting Room," Kenny said. "It was two things we couldn't pass up. And we love Dodge trucks." In an almost uncanny coincidence, the team that works for Lori's SweetLake Interior Design business all drive Rams.
The feasting throng included Terry Wichelhaus, just moved back to Houston after several years working in Baton Rouge; Jim Veal, director of trade and investment promotion for the State of Israel; Houston Chronicle senior editor Melissa Aguilar; Nygard International retail coordinator Monique Mannke; Bob Meek; Claudia Crane; Lauren Crane; Kattya Solis and Jan Schekman.