Roundup and Best Bites Competition

Texas-Sized Food and Wine Extravaganza

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.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Thousands gathered at NRG Center to sample the top wines from the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition and vote on food from some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers.


2014 Best Bites Participants

Restaurant Chef
Beaucoup Bar & Grill LaKesha Reed
Berryhill Baja Grill Edgar Munoz
Bistro Le Cep Chef Imrai Sanvicente Imrai Sanvicente
Black Walnut Café
BLU Restaurant & Lounge Junnajet Hurapan
Brennan's of Houston Danny Trace
Brooklyn Athletic Club Anthony Ortega
Buffalo Grille Jose Araniva
Cacao & Cardamom Chocolates Annie Rupani
Capone's Bar and Oven
Catering to Your Taste Buds Michelle Tadeo-Hernandez
Chef Edgar Katy Edgar Ramon
Chef Wade Schindler of Party Thyme Catering & Cotton Catering Wade Schindler
Chocolate Pizazz Jeri Wolf & Helen Ewing
Chocolate Punch, Tricia Kemp,Chocolatier Tricia Kemp
Cove Cold Bar Philippe Gaston
CRU Food & Wine Bar Israel Arana
Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen Jason Gould
d'lish catering inc.  Mandy Bennett
Eatsie Boys Matt Marcus
Eddie V's West Ave Chris White
Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar Kevin Bryant
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar James Cole
Fluff Bake Bar Rebecca Masson
Frank's Americana Revival Albert Estrada
Glass Wall Restaurant Jorge Rodriguez
Goode Co. Seafood Levi Goode
Haven, A Seasonal Kitchen Randy Evans
HCC Central Culinary Arts Program Christy Sykes
Houston Texans Grille Dan McGrew
Jonathan's The Rub\Jonathan's Catering Jonathan Levine
Joyce's Seafood & Steaks Francisco Ruiz
Katch 22 Kory Clemens
Kevin Naderi of Roost Restaurant Kevin Naderi
Killen's Barbecue  Ronnie Killen
Kiran's Kiran Verma
Le Mistral Restaurant David Denis
Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar Galveston Island Chef Zenaldo
Luby's, Inc. Dan Phalen
Maggiano's Little Italy Jason Parker
Maher Marketing Services of Houston
Mamacita's Mexican Restaurant
Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant Galveston Island Chef Ritchie
Merlion On 4th Andrew Lobeck
Mia Bella Tattoria Youssef Nafaa
Mister French's Gourmet Bakery Scott French
Molina's Cantina
Mostly Chocolate Rina Kamkhagi
Mr. Peeples of Landmark Hospitality Johnny Wesley/Pedro Silva
Murray's Cheese
Nara Donald Chang
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Number 13 Jason Hanin
Ooh La La Dessert Boutique Vanessa O'Donnell
Palm Restaurant Ricardo Ramirez
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Quattro at Four Seasons Maurizio Ferrarese
Ray's Grill Dillon Kao
Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Peter Laufer
Royers Round Top Café Tara The Pie Queen & Bud the Pie Man
Sage 400 Japanese Cuisine Teddy Wang
Sambuca Willis Allen
Shula's Steak House Aliou Diene
Simone on Sunset Kristen Powell
Sorrel Urban Bistro Chris Andrus
Squash Blossom Catering Laura Picard & Meredith Spychaj
Straits Asian Bistro John Silchattana
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen
Taste of Texas Restaurant
The Bird & The Bear Martin Valerio
The Café at Brookwood Laura McGuire
The Federal Grill Michael Hoffman
The Melting Pot Dustin Wendel
The Original Marini's Empanada House Deborah Marini Koenck
The Spaghetti Western Italian Café Greg Figueroa
Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse Vanderlei Bernardi
Triniti Restaurant
Truluck's Danny Kievit
Veldhuizen Cheese Stuart Veldhuizen
Vinbar Shannen Tune


Rodeo Uncorked!

2014 Best Bites Competition Winners

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Popular Choice Award

  • 1st – Chocolate Pizazz
  • 2nd – Royer’s Round Top Café

Two-Stepping Bread/Cheese/Dessert Award

  • 1st – pineapple habanero, Cacao & Cardamom Chocolates
  • 2nd – white chocolate bread pudding, Ooh La La Dessert Boutique

Trailblazing Appetizer/Entrée Award

  • 1st – wild boar chili, Haven, A Seasonal Kitchen
  • 2nd – momma’s meatballs, Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant
  • 3rd – bison burgers and freshly made french fries with chaat masala, Kiran’s

Showmanship Award

  • 1st – Catering to Your Taste Buds
  • 2nd – Mister French’s Gourmet Bakery

Rookie Award

  • chocolate truffles, Chocolate Punch

Tasty Tradition Award

  • momma’s meatballs, Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant