A cool 118 restaurants and vendors from across the Houston area participated in the best bites competition of this year's Rodeo Uncorked!, the annual food and wine event that helps build anticipation for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. With that much of a spread, really anything can happen, but it also illustrates the stunning diversity of offerings we have here in H-Town.

The dishes were paired with wines from the 2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, which was held in November. Winners from that event included Graham Beck Brut Rosé, from South Africa; and Muriel Reserva, Rioja DOCa, from Spain. 

Here are the winners from this year's Rodeo Uncorked!:

Outstanding Showmanship

  • Grand Champion: Brothers Produce
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Cupcake Kitchen

People’s Choice Award

  • Grand Champion: Grazia’s Italian Kitchen
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Killen’s BBQ

Tasty Tradition Award

  • Grand Champion: Trentino Gelato
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Black Walnut Café

Trailblazing Appetizer Award

Lone Star Entrée Award

  • Grand Champion: Ouise’s Table
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Merlion
  • Third Place: Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant

Two-Steppin’ Dessert Award

  • Grand Champion: Ashley Cakes
  • Reserve Grand Champion: Red Dessert Dive
  • Third Place: Seasons 52

Rookie Award

  • Cultivated F+B

Trail Boss Food Truck Award

  • Grand Champion: Bayou City Eats
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