Right before Christmas, I attended a super fun event at Third Coast Houston!  The event, “The Brunch Off”  was a preview to the Taste of the NFL event which is set to be hosted during Super Bowl week here in Houston.  Here are few details about the preview event plus the upcoming Taste of the NFL.

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The Brunch Off Event

As the Texans took on the Jacksonville Jaguars, our Brunch Off featured chefs from Houston and Jacksonville offering up their best brunch dishes for us to dine on while watching the game!  So as a Houstonian I waltzed in there just knowing that the Houston chefs were going to take the title!  Although there was no official winner announced, my table and I debated who was best like we were real food critics.

Unlimited mimosas y'all!

Unlimited mimosas y’all!

Some of the prettiest deviled eggs ever!

Some of the prettiest deviled eggs ever!

An oyster bar for the appetizer course.

An oyster bar for the appetizer course.

Before dining on the dishes, Chef Robert Del Grande from Houston’s Chef Annie restaurant and Chef Michael McKinney from Jacksonville based Restaurant Orsay, did a demo for the group showing the ingredients and process.

Chef Del Grande created a Mexican Scramble with bbq brisket and tomatillos salsa.  I have never acquired a taste for scrambled eggs, but I nibbled around and thought the flavors were on point.  My sister took my dish after devouring hers so that tells me if  you enjoy eggs, this was pretty good.

The Mexican Scramble

The Mexican Scramble

Next up we dined on Chef McKinney’s dish which was Poached Egg with Pork Belly, Greens & Grits.  This proved to be a heartier dish for brunch, but I loved it!  The collard greens were seasoned to perfection and the grits included a great cheese that took them to the next level.  Suffice it to say, if I ever make it to Jacksonville, I shall be dining at Restaurant Orsay! Also, don’t tell anyone, but I think Jacksonville won this round! They did not win the game though and that’s all that matters in the end.

Pork belly, greens, grits and a poached egg!

Pork belly, greens, grits and a poached egg!

Finally, Chef Buchanan of Third Coast treated us to a Smoked Turkey Enchilada dish with black beans, pico and avocado.  This was so good I did not even care that enchiladas are not really a brunch dish.  Smoked turkey proved to be lighter and tastier than your typical chicken enchilada.  Most importantly the dish was packed with good traditional flavors that you sometimes miss when dishes come out en masse.  I sure hope this dish makes it’s way to the Third Coast menu.

The enchiladas!

The enchiladas!

The Taste of the NFL

So here is a little more information about the Taste of the NFL.  The event is set  for February 2, 2017 at University of Houston.   This event will pair two things America loves, food and football!  Here is how the event works.  Each NFL team sends a top tier chef to represent their franchise and by extension their city at the event. There are few celebrity chefs thrown in as well to make things interesting.  Guests are then treated to drinks and entertainment as they make their way to the various booths to try the dishes.   While all of this sounds amazing, I think the best part is the proceeds from this event will go to the Houston Food Bank and food pantries in other NFL cities.   Eating for a cause is always a win for me!

Tickets are already on sale for this event.  During the Brunch Off, the hosts mentioned that half of the tickets have already been sold so if you want to attend, I suggest you pick up tickets now.  It is also worth nothing that this event will be THE major foodie event during Super Bowl week here in Houston.  I for one cannot wait!!

Oh and before I go… I with the help of Que from Que Snaps made another vlog of this event!  Check it out for insight on this event. I am STILL having issues with Youtube integrating my videos so if it does not show up for you, just clink the link here :)