Things To Do: Houston’s 5 Best Weekend Food Bets

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SIPPLE Pop Up at Axelrad
Friday, 7 p.m.
1517 Alabama

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Helenita and Danny Frounfelkner relax in Sipple.

Photo by Therron Francis @therraunch

To end Dry January or to motivate you to continue, go to the SIPPLE Pop Up which is happening at Axelrad beer garden this Friday. Danny Frounfelkner, founder of SIPPLE and self-proclaimed drinks nerd, will be behind Aexlrad’s Airstream caravan bar, Lola, serving a mix of non-alcoholic beer, wine and craft cocktails. Frounfelkner has experience as a former beverage manager/sommelier at some of Houston’s finest restaurants, including Tiny Boxwood’s, Indianola/Miss Carousel, and Elouise Nichols.

Frounfelkner and his wife Helenita recently opened SIPPLE in Rice Village last October. It is the first non-alcoholic bottle store in Texas, selling non-alcoholic spirits, non-alcoholic wines, beers and cocktail mixers.

For those who can’t make it to Axelrad’s pop-up, SINGLE, 2410 Quenby, will host the soft launch of Tenneyson Black Ginger on January 22 from 2-5 p.m. in its boutique. The new non-alcoholic functional spirit is the first for Austin-based Tenneyson, and co-founder Graham Wasilition will be on hand for the tasting.

Weekend Brunch at the Daily Gather

Saturday and Sunday
800 Sorella Court

Click to enlarge Cheesy Bacon Benedict is a weekend calorie splurge.  - PHOTO BY LORRETTA RUGGIERO

Cheesy Bacon Benedict is a weekend calorie splurge.

Photo by Lorretta Ruggiero

Daily Gather, the newest addition to Five 12 Restaurant Concepts from founder/owner Aaron Lyons, owner Trent Patterson and culinary director Chef Brandi Key, opened January 11. Its weekend brunch is already buzzing and this weekend is the perfect time to check it out. .

There are buffet options such as a smoked salmon board, pastry board and the Ultimate Brunch Board which includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, French toast bites, fried chicken, potatoes breakfast earth, fresh fruit and side dishes.

The Triple Pancake Stack, Smoked Brisket and Egg Tostadas, Brioche French Toast, and a Short Rib Debris with grits will keep guests lounging long into the afternoon, as will the Mimosa Flight and other brunch cocktails.

Inauguration at Tiff’s Treats in the spring
Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon
1660 Louetta

This cookie delivery and retail business opened recently in the spring and for its grand opening it sells tickets for $5 to raise money for People Against Leigh Syndrome, a pediatric neurological disease. In addition to benefiting the non-profit organization, the ticket provides attendees with a dozen Tiff’s Treats cookies, 6 chocolate chips, and 6 snickerdoodles. Additional cookie boxes can be purchased.

There will be prizes like free memberships and gift cards. Ticket holders are therefore advised to show up early at 9:45 a.m. for a chance to win. There will also be giveaways and music.

To further help PALS, the store will be accepting donations of diapers, both child and adult, non-perishable food, and sanitizing products such as wipes and hand sanitizer that will go to the UT Health Mitochondrial Center of Excellence. In return, Tiff’s Treats will offer $5 gift cards for donations, one per family.

Hops n’ Hot Sauce at Spindletap Brewery
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10622 Hirsch

With the cold weather we could all use a little heat and Spindletap Brewery is bringing the heat with over 65 vendors at its 6th annual hot sauce festival. There will be hot sauce samples as well as spicy treats for purchase like salsas, jerky, popcorn, seasonings and desserts.

The family-friendly event features the Little Gnome Zone for kids and activities as well as food trucks for dishes without hot sauce. There will be live music and a DJ as well as plenty of Spindletap beers to buy. Guests can also attend or participate in the Hot Pepper Eating Contest and the 4th Annual Pizza de Muerte Eating Challenge.

Tickets start at $8. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Addi’s Faith Foundation, an organization that helps families dealing with childhood cancer and also helps fund pediatric cancer research. A silent auction will also take place.

Vegan State Fair at Mawal Cafe
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
6006 Fairdale

For vegans and curious vegans, Cafe Mawal hosts Veganuary with its Vegan State Fair this Sunday, featuring vegan food trucks, local vendors, belly dancing shows and classes, an outdoor children’s play area, and music and entertainment. There will also be vegan hookahs with fruit heads and vegan shawarmas and gyros.

The family event is free for general admission, but there are VIP tickets for the Hookah Room experience which offers hookah and appetizers for $15. VIP tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.

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