Roundup and Best Bites Competition

Texas-Sized Food and Wine Extravaganza

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

  • NRG Center, Halls D and E
  • 6 p.m. – doors open for table buyers
  • 6:30 p.m. – doors open for individual ticket holders

The Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition is a premier event in the Southwest for those who wish to savor the delights of award-winning wines from the International Wine Competition and taste signature dishes submitted for competition by area catering institutions and restaurants. A highlight of the evening is the announcement of the top winners in the International Wine Competition. Winners ride off with custom-made coveted saddles, chaps and buckles. Attendees are the judges in the Best Bites Competition, selecting their favorite dishes from more than 60 culinary entries.

2015 Best Bites Participants

Restaurant Menu Item
The Art Institute of Houston
Artisans Restuarant
smoked quail leg, crispy potatoes and foie gras pate 
Batanga Tapas
castilian style ribs with paprika vinaigrette, plus sherry vinaigrette and balsamic reduction
Beaucoup Bar & Grill crawfish pies, braised oxtails topped with caramelized onions served on blue cheese polenta and green onions, bbq shrimp with roasted garlic
Bistro Le Cep prime roast beef au jus with horseradish
Black Walnut Café spinach dip, fiesta jalapeno chicken pasta, vanilla and chocolate gelato
Brennan's of Houston turtle soup
 Brio Tuscan Grill
Brooklyn Athletic Club BAC signature mac & cheese
Brooklyn Meatball Co.
The Buffalo Grille red beans and rice with sausage
Cacao & Cardamom

Cafe Mezza & Grille
Canyon Creek
poblano chicken chowder
Carmelo's Restorante Italiano
rigatoni pasta with veal ragu and sausage
Catering to Your Taste Buds crawfish bisque shooters
Champps Americana
pulled pork sliders, chicken sattay, jasmine rice, whiskey cake
Chocolate Punch chocolate truffles

Cupcake Kitchen
banana pudding, pecan pie cookies, glam apples and strawberry shooters
Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen chipotle roasted beef brisket tacos with spicy coleslaw
d'lish catering inc.  homemade mac & cheese
Davis Street at Hermann Park
crispy Thai shrimp
Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar
Eurasia Fushion Sushi
tuna tartar, Lauren appetizer, okonomiyaki, Japanese pizza
The Federal Grill
Fielding's Wood Grill

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar seafood cocktail and shishito tenderloin
Fratelli's Restorante portobello crepes
Glass Wall Restaurant bourbon maple short rib and smoked gouda polenta
Goode Co. Seafood campechana de marisco and Texas shrimp
Harold's Restaurant Bar & Terrace gumbo YaYa
Havana North
HCC Central Culinary Arts Program braised beef and potato
Hotel Derek
chocolate smore bites
Houston Texans Grille carnita tostada
chicken penne Florentine, garlic knots and mini cannoli's
Jonathan's The Rub\Jonathan's Catering
Joyce's Seafood & Steaks white chocolate bread pudding with blackened catfish enchiladas
Kasra Persian Grill
Kirby's Prime Steakhouse
Kona Grill
Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge Kris Bistro Bite
La Balance Cuisine onion soup shots, foie gras pate and mini sliders
Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar Galveston Island gumbo
Maggiano's Little Italy mom's lasagna
Maher Marketing Services of Houston fine cheeses
Mamacita's Mexican Restaurant fajitas
Merlion Thai Restaurant & Lounge On 4th shrimp road prick 
Mister French's Gourmet Bakery sugar cookie bon bons
Molina's Cantina
Mostly Chocolate and Catering
bananas foster chocolate truffle
Murray's Cheese Shop
Nothing Bundt Cakes red velvet chocolate chip, white chocolate raspberry and lemon bundtinis
Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood
smoked short ribs with local jalapeno grits
Ooh La La Dessert Boutique
Ousie's Table Restaurant Bar & Gardens shrimp and cheese grits
Palm Restaurant cranberry walnut bread pudding and lobster gnocchi with truffle sauce
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Party Thyme Catering & Cotton Catering Louis triple threat parfait bites
Peli Peli
lielepap and boerewors topped with chakalaka sauce
Pour Society - An American Pub pork belly sliders and BFD beef sliders
Ragu & Pesto cheese tortellini and routa
Ray'Gourmet Country homemade venison hot dog sliders with grain mustard and habanero apricot glaze
Ristorante Cavour at the Hotel Granduca wild mushroom soup
Rockfish Seafood Grill Mexican shrimp cocktail
Roost Restaurant porcini and ginger braised beef short rib with crispy onion and rice cakes
Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston 44 Farms pulled chile beef 
Royers Round Top Café assorted café pies
Sage 400 Japanese Cuisine Chilean sea bass and truffle on fried rice
Seasons 52 mini deserts
Songkran Thai Kitchen coconut green curry short ribs
Squash Blossom Catering green chile pulled pork slider
Sweet Marie's meringues
SWEET mini pies
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen cheese enchiladas, chicken enchiladas and chips and queso
Tango Malbec mini brochettes
Taste of Texas Restaurant certified angus beef tenderloin, pecan pie squares
The Americana Café cedarwood smoked salmon, artichoke, corn potato hash
The Melting Pot chocolate fountain
The Original Marini's Empanada House beef gaucho, spinach, banana dolse de leche
The Spaghetti Western Italian Café chicken scaloppini
Tiny Boxwoods chocolate chip cookies
Torchy's Tacos
Trentino Gelato Trentini Gelato pop

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2015 Best Bites Winners

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Outstanding Showmanship Award

  • Grand Champion – Mister French's
  • Reserve Grand Champion – Davis St. at Hermann Park

Popular Choice Award

  • Grand Champion – Royers Round Top Café
  • Reserve Grand Champion – Davis St. at Hermann Park

Tasty Traditions Award

  • Grand Champion – Joyce's Seafood & Steaks, white chocolate bread pudding
  • Reserve Grand ChampionTaste of Texas, Certified Angus Beef® tenderloin

Trailblazing Appetizer/Entrée Award

  • Grand Champion – Davis St. at Hermann Park, crispy Thai shrimp
  • Reserve Grand Champion – Brennan's of Houston, turtle soup, and Brio Tuscan Grille, crab cakes

Two-Stepping Bread/Cheese/Dessert Award

  • Grand Champion – Mostly Chocolate & Catering, goat cheese truffle
  • Reserve Grand Champion Joyce's Seafood & Steaks, white chocolate bread pudding

Rookie Award

  • SWEET, mini pies