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 85 culinary entries.

2015 Best Bites Participants

Restaurant Menu Item
Totellini di Ricotta e Tartufo con Brasato 
Artisans Restaurant
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 with 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
Crab Cakes  
Brooklyn Athletic Club BAC Signature Mac & Cheese
Brooklyn Meatball Co.
Cacao & Cardamom
Assorted Exotic Chocolates
Cafe Mezza & Grille
Shishtawook (Chicken Kabob) with Garlic Sauce 
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano
Rigatoni Pasta with Veal Ragu and Sausage
Catering to Your Taste Buds Crawfish Bisque Shooters
Champps Americana
Pulled Pork Sliders, Chicken Satay, Jasmine Rice, Whiskey Cake
Chocolate Pizazz  Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Chocolate Punch Assorted Chocolate Truffles
Chicken Roulade
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
Davis Street at Hermann Park  Crispy Thai Shrimp 
d'lish catering inc.  Homemade Mac & Cheese
Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steaks  Butterscotch Panna Cotta
Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar Pecan Smoked Slow Braised Pork Shank with Eleven XI BBQ Sauce
EurAsia Fusion Sushi
Tuna Tartar, Lauren Appetizer, Okonomiyaki, Japanese Pizza
Federal Grill
 Bone Marrow Risotto with Short Rib
Fielding's Wood Grill
Spanish Chorizo Slider
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar Seafood Cocktail and Shishito Tenderloin
Frank's Amercana Revival  Charbroiled Bandera Quail Legs, Collard Greens, Chile Pequin Pot Liquor, and Jalapeno-Sage Cornbread 
Fratelli's Ristorante 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 S'more Bites
Houston Texans Grille Carnita Tostada
Chicken Penne Florentine, Garlic Knots and Mini Cannoli
Jonathan's The Rub\Jonathan's Catering Chicken & Waffles
Joyce's Seafood & Steaks White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Blackened Catfish Enchiladas
Kasra Persian Grill Hummus & Bread
Kevin Naderi of Roost Restaurant  Porcini and Ginger Braised Beef Short Rib with Crispy Onion and Rice Cakes  
Kirby's Prime Steakhouse Venison Chile con Carne Slider and Jalapeno Mac and Cheese
Kona Grill Tomato Basil Bisque, Beef Bulgogi Tacos, Ahi Wonton Crisp and Carrot Cake Bites
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
Merlion Thai Restaurant & Lounge On 4th Shrimp Raad Prick 
Mister French's Gourmet Bakery Sugar Cookie Bon Bons
Molina's Cantina Jose's Dip & Chips
Mostly Chocolate and Catering
Goat Cheese Truffle 
Murray's Cheese Shop
Southwest Corn Cup Appetizer and Assorted Fine Cheeses, Meats and Dried Fruits
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 Caramel Pecan Bars and Chocolate Chewy Cookies
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 Turtle Gumbo Soup, Sous-Vide Dry Aged New York Striploin with Blue Cheese Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Micro Herb, Marchand de Vin and Trio Dessert Bites (Pecan Bar, Cheesecake and Brownie)
Party Thyme Catering & Cotton Catering Louis Triple Threat Parfait Bites
Peli Peli
Mielepap and Boerewors Topped with Chakalaka Sauce 
Ragu & Pesto Cheese Tortellini and Routa
Ray's 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
Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston 44 Farms Pulled Beef 
Royers Round Top Café Assorted Café Pies
Sage 400 Japanese Cuisine Chilean Sea Bass and Truffle on Fried Rice
Seasons 52 Mini Desserts
Songkran Thai Kitchen Coconut Green Curry Short Ribs
Squash Blossom Catering Green Chile Pulled Pork Slider
SWEET  Mini Pies 
Sweet Marie's Meringues
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 Cedar Wood Smoked Salmon with Artichoke, Corn, Potato Hash
The Art Institute of Houston  Inside Out Kabob 
The Buffalo Grille  Red Beans and Rice with Sausage
The Melting Pot Chocolate Fountain
The Original Marini's Empanada House Beef Gaucho, Spinach, Banana, and Dolce de Leche Empanadas
Tiny Boxwoods Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tony's Catering  Coda di Bue alla Vaccinara 
Torchy's Tacos Green Chile Pork Missionary Style Tostadas and Matador Tacos
Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse  Bottom Sirloin and Chicken Breast 
Trentino Gelato Trentini Gelato Pop
Truluck's Long Island Clam Chowder

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2015 Best Bites Winners

Read | Press Release

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