While restaurants are safe havens for the chefs who run them, pop-up meals are increasingly allowing creative chefs to push the boundaries of a dining experience. From crepe carts to multi-course dinners, these one-of-a-kind takes offer diners an exclusive look at the ever-growing foodie scene in Houston from a different perspective. If you, as one of those avid foodies, feel like you've "been there, done that" in the way of restaurants, we understand—and we have just the pop-up for you.
This weekend marks one of the most hotly awaited pop-up dinners of the season: Sunday Supper with the Pope—chef Monica Pope that is. Our own celebrity chef from Bravo's Top Chef Masters, Pope has gained widespread popularity in Houston for her passionate farm-to-table cooking style at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop and Beaver's. For her upcoming pop-up dinner, Pope has joined forces with John Daugherty Realtors and Dress for Success to create an out-of-the-box way for foodies to enjoy a distinct, stylized menu in a unique setting that goes beyond the confines of a restaurant.
The series of pop-up dinners have been enormously popular in the past, as Houstonians are invited to enjoy a casual, communal supper at a luxurious home in Houston (the location changes each time—one of the best parts of any pop-up experience!). Pope resumes her suppers this Sunday, Oct. 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., when she will treat guests to an outdoor supper at a lovely Tanglewood home (listed, of course, by John Daugherty Realtors). The event is priced at $75 and includes dinner, cocktails, beverages and wine. For an extra $20, which goes entirely to Dress for Success, guests will be invited to take a guided tour through the home with bottles of bubbly along the way.
Despite the name, Sunday Supper with the Pope does not come along every week or even every month. This once a season happening is indeed an exclusive event. And while I have heard some whispering that there may be one planned for the holidays, I would snag a seat for this Sunday Supper and enjoy a side of the Houston food scene most people have never seen before.
Sunday Supper with the Pope, Oct. 18, $75. Tickets are available online; for more information, call Roseann Rogers at 713-561-6611.