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Food News: Bring a Wine Expert Home for a Class

Plus, after a year away, Bar Victor is back.

By Timothy Malcolm May 25, 2020

Master sommelier Guy Stout, left, and Randall Petit of Alexander Valley Vineyards at a Six-Foot Social event.

Want to party with a booze expert like renowned Houston-area master sommelier Guy Stout? Just, you know, while keeping a distance?

Food & Vine Time Productions, the folks who give us Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands, has launched a program called Six-Foot Social. Through the program, customers can order a package that sends a wine or craft spirits expert to them (private driveway, cul de sac, backyard, spacious indoor area). While keeping at least a six-foot distance between folks, the expert conducts classes and tastings. All guests get gloves and sanitized glasses. Food pairings can be included, whether through Food & Vine Time or a partnering local restaurant.

If you'd like to inquire about hosting a Six-Foot Social event, email [email protected]

Bar Victor is back. The Montrose cocktail bar closed in April 2019, but it has reopened with new local ownership and management, adhering to guidelines set for bars last week by Gov. Greg Abbott. Changes at the new Bar Victor include a new bar menu with full champagne bottle service, plus pop-culture-inspired cocktails; changes to the bar's lighting via Construction Concepts in Houston; and a generally more subdued experience that means less of a club and more of a quiet cocktail bar. Dress code will be strictly enforced after 8 p.m. nightly. Hours: 4 p.m.–2 a.m. Thurs–Sun.

If you head to Bravery Chef Hall (open as of May 16 with limited seating), you'll find things are a bit different from when you saw them last. Atlas Diner is out, but in its place are a host of pop-up concepts: Andes Cafe (chef David Guerrero's South and Latin American spot), Margaux's (Choey Dang and Scott Ache's Gulf Coast oyster bar), Naaco Bread Co. (Indian street fare from Sunny Vohra), and La Villa Tacos (Jonathan Gallardo and Jose Donez doing, well, tacos).

Also, look for Martin Weaver's WateverFresh at Bravery's Gaggenau-equipped chef pop-up space, plus Korean fare (from a test kitchen concept called The Sighted Pig) on the Blind Goat's menu.

Chef Roberto Castre has opened a new Peruvian chicken concept. Castre, formerly of Latin Bites and Chicken Station, has launched Chick Houz at 14838 Park Row, #E, in the Energy Corridor. Expect much of the same as Chicken Station—whole rotisserie chicken, fresh sides, and appetizers like salchipapas. It's open 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine has launched brunch service 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the restaurant is permitting dine-in customers. Look for items like migas, French toast, poached eggs and poblano cheese grits, and eggs Benedict. Call 713-807-8883 for reservations; walk-ins welcome.

Turkey Leg Hut has expanded the menu to include a Tuesday steak night. For $35, get an 18 to 24-ounce ribeye, baked potato, salad, and frozen drink.

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