To mark Juneteenth, four Top Chef: Portland contestants are uniting in Houston for a special dinner. Jubilee is an immersive five-course dinner hosted by H-Town's Dawn Burrell and featuring chefs Nelson German, Kiki Louya, and Chris Vlaud. It's set for 7 p.m. June 19 at the African American female-owned Bisong Art Gallery.
The chefs will bring their upbringings and influences to the table for this dinner, which is meant to highlight what "freedom" means throughout the African diaspora. Look for food sourced locally and rooted in the Black experience as found in places like America, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nigeria.
Beverages will come from Black-owned Houston producers Highway Distillery and For the Culture Brewing, and bottles of wine from Black winemakers will be curated by Branwar Wines. All proceeds for the dinner will benefit the nonprofit Lucille's 1913.
Burrell is currently one of the final five chefs on Top Chef: Portland, which can be seen at 8 p.m. Thursday on Bravo.
Homestead Kitchen & Bar is open. The breakfast restaurant, which also serves brunch and lunch and will soon launch all-day service, is ready to go at MKT Heights, 600 N. Shepherd St. in the Heights. Look for fare that combines various Texas influences, including dishes like Tex-Mex steak and egg Benedict and chilaquiles verdes with slow-cooked carnitas. Lunch includes crawfish pistolettes and ribeye chicken fried steak. Homestead is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
If you visit an Underbelly Hospitality restaurant these days, you can get yourself a CBD cocktail. Bayou City Hemp Co. has partnered with James Beard award-winning chef Chris Shepherd to use their product Mixer Elixir in a number of cocktails found at Underbelly restaurants. For example, get Grass Snake (salted grapefruit tonic, lemon, passion fruit, Mixer Elixir, soda) at Georgia James. Just to note (do we have to?), these cocktails don't have alcohol.