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Faces of Last Night’s Rodeo Uncorked

One of the major food and wine events of the year was last night’s Rodeo Uncorked. Only a few years ago, people hearing about the plan for such an event exclaimed, “Fine wine and, like, gourmet food? At a rodeo?” The thousands who attend Rodeo Uncorked each season and vote enthusiastically in its Best Bites food competition figure this idea makes all the sense in the world.

Here (starting with the guys from The Barbed Rose in Alvin, pictured above) are a few of the folks on both sides of the table who made last night at Reliant Center so spectacular.

Hundreds of wines were being poured for any guest (of legal age, of course) who smiled real nice. It’s always a pleasure to make new friends, especially the kind who live in a bottle you haven’t tried before.


It is a rodeo, after all. So for all the seafood and fresh vegetables on display, Houston restaurants figured out a long time ago that handing out meat was a better than average way to go for the gold. And the hats don’t hurt your chances either!


Still, the sky’s pretty much the limit when it comes to food type, from tortilla soup to duck gumbo to chicken curry. To move from table to table among Houston’s best restaurants all night, your taste buds had better be ready for anything.

About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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