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Chef Alex Padilla was doing work on The Chew this week.

Another week, another weekend that looks like it might be a washout. Do rainy winters after a World Series win mean anything? If you've been too busy dodging raindrops to keep up with local food news, here's what you've missed:

  • Congratulations are in order for Alex Padilla, executive chef of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. He’s been out in New York repping Houston on The Chew in a cooking battle against chefs from around the nation. By taking down Washington, D.C. chef Jonathan Dearden earlier today, he won the title of “The Best Chef on the Block.”
  • Get a preview of what East Hampton Sandwich Co. will be serving up when they move into Houston at a pop-up over at Kirby Ice House, February 27. Proceeds from the pop-up will go to the Young Houstonians for Houston Children’s Charity. No word on the pop-up menu yet, but the full versions will feature crab cakes, clam chowder, fresh from the fryer chips, and sandwiches, including a lobster roll.
  • A plate of red beans and rice for only $1.95? In this economy? Oh, it’s true: Treebeards is celebrating 40 years in business with this throwback special at their Market Square location for dine-in customers. You get get in on the action, which includes a sausage link and onions if you want them, from March 1 to March 16.
  • Johnny’s Gold Brick is celebrating large on March 18 for Johnny’s third birthday party. In addition to music and barbecue, they’ll be serving up some of their greatest hits, including the Beety Beety Bom Bom and Big Gold. Happy early birthday, Johnny.
  • The Rice Village Shake Shack opens February 28 at 11 a.m. Assume that the first lunch rush is going to be legendary.
  • Whether you’re Team Red, Team White or Team All Wine Is Good, Bistro Provence has an upcoming wine dinner that hopes to challenge your color perceptions. The Unconventional Wine Wine dinner on March 13 will set you back $85 and features “Five wines, all usually thought to be what they will not be.” Drink up the mystery if you dare.
  • With a name like Piggy’s Kitchen & Bar, you can’t be too surprised they’re celebrating National Pig Day on March 1. They’ll be having a pig roast, with plates going for $12.
  • Here’s another Rodeo-related deal to keep on your radar: from February 27 to March 18, you can get a ribeye plate and whiskey flight (one each from Japan, Scotland and Texas) for $48 over at Izakaya.
  • Alvin Astros Fans: if you want to start cheering for the best team in baseball before the season starts, The Caboose BBQ is screening all the pre-season games and offering some food and drink specials while they do. Get $2 wells and draft beers, $3 you-call-its and $5 snacks, including those chicken fried ribs I still think about.
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