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Food News: The Woodlands Is Getting a Killen's Barbecue (Probably)

Plus, find out the featured talent taking part in this year's Chef Fest.

By Timothy Malcolm February 10, 2020

If you live up north, like Woodlands north, you'll be getting yourself some Killen's Barbecue soon enough. On Feb 2, Ronnie Killen announced a Facebook page for Killen's Barbecue of the Woodlands, starting up the hype machine for the pitmaster and restaurateur's newest venture. According to CultureMap, Killen's Barbecue of the Woodlands will likely go at 8800 Six Pines Dr., and Killen hopes to open it by summer.

Of course, we're still waiting on Killen's at the former Hickory Hollow space on Heights Boulevard to open. He's been hosting pop-ups at the site for the past few months, dishing out chicken fried steak and other goodies to adoring fans. 

The Clubs at Houston Oaks will host an event for serious wine lovers this weekend.

Image: Katie Park

More than 60 wineries will appear at the Clubs at Houston Oaks in Hockley for its first Wine & Food Classic, set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Along with enjoying tastings, gourmet bites, and live music, guests can learn more about winemaking and tasting in several seminars. Master sommelier Guy Stout will be on hand for a tasting tour of Bordeaux, while—in a nice extension of Valentine's Day—another seminar will pair chocolate and wine. Tickets start at $175 (VIP starts at $250), and seminars are $30 extra each, and all is available at

On Tuesday, several Houston food and drink stars will converge at Sweet for the Sweet: A Fine Chocolate & Drink Pairing Event, presented by Houston Food Finder at Public Services Wine & Whisky. Featured chefs include Samantha Mendoza of Killen's Restaurants, Sarah Johnson of Fat Cat Creamery, and Vanarin Kuch of Koffeteria, among others, and they'll be concocting sweets using chocolates from Callebaut and Cacao Barry. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets start at $65

The lineup for Chef Fest 2020 has been announced. The 10 featured chefs are Benchawan Painter (Street Kitchen), Brandon Silva (The Kirby Group), Christine Ha (The Blind Goat), Dominick Lee (Poitín), EJ Miller (formerly International Smoke), Emmanuel Chavez (Tatemo), Erin Smith Feges (Feges BBQ), Jessica DeSham Timmons (Cherry Block), Sasha Grumman (Rosalie), and Travis McShane (Ostia). The event is scheduled for noon Mar 29 at Harvest Green Village Farm in Richmond. Tickets are $100 and $30 for ages 5-16

CultureMap reports that Katz's Deli and Bar will be opening a Heights location. The New York-style deli's third Houston-area spot will be at 2200 N. Shepherd Blvd. Look for a fall opening.

Finally, according to Eater, the minds behind Savoir will be opening an entirely different restaurant at 3715 Alba Road in Garden Oaks. The restaurant is unnamed, but it'll serve as an all-day, bistro-style spot, per the report.

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