Houston Food News Bites: A Sad Goodbye To SaltAir—Updated

Week of October 23, 2017

Restaurant Closing

SaltAir Seafood Kitchen Is Closing Very Soon, 3029 Kirby: Houston-based Clark Cooper Concepts announced that SaltAir Seafood Kitchen will be closing its doors later this week. The group released a statement saying, “It is with heavy hearts we share that we will be closing SaltAir Seafood Kitchen on Friday, October 27th. We opened SaltAir with the goal of giving you all an experience that was different than any other seafood restaurant in Houston and over the past years we feel we achieved that goal.” The restaurant highlighted cultural perspectives on fresh seafood of chef Brandi Key and her staff. It’s sad to see it go.

Temporary Closing

Fluff Bake Bar closed temporarily for repairs, 314 Gray: Owner and pastry chef Rebecca Masson posted on Facebook after experiencing a “Harvey-like” downpour from a broken pipe, they pastry shop will be closed to fix the extensive water damage. On the brighter side: Ryan Lachaine, executive chef and co-owner of Riel at 1927 Fairview will be hosting the bakery’s popular Saturday Morning Bake Sale on October 28 at 10 a.m.

Upcoming Closing

An Inevitable Goodbye For Artista, 800 Bagby: The Cordúa Group’s opulent, Theater District restaurant is closing next year. The lease on the space has been awarded to a different company. Read our full article for details.

Houston Food News

RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta Awarded Silver and Bronze Medals (two locations): This north-Houston pizza restaurant is no stranger to bringing home awards and has bragging rights on some new, impressive ones. Owner RC Gallegos took home the Bronze medal at the 2017 USA Caputo Cup competition in the inaugural gluten-free category. (The competition is hosted annually by held by the Italian company, Caputo Flour of Naples.) It was for his take on a California-inspired pizza featuring fresh baby spinach, Italian sausage, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, and fresh basil on a gluten-free crust. Additionally, RC’s scored a silver medal for their signature pasta, Sugo alla Bolognese, in the Northeast Pasta Showdown sponsored by Barilla. Diners can try these award-winning dishes at their Kingwood and Woodlands locations.

Izakaya bento
An example of Izakaya’s new bento boxes. Photo courtesy of Izakaya.




Izakaya Rolls Out Lunchtime Bento Boxes, 318 Bagby: Diners are delighted to find new lunch offerings on the popular pub menu at Izakaya. Chef Jean Phillippe Gaston has created an exciting selection of bento box lunches. There are five boxes offered. Each are $14, and entrée selections include Chicken Teriyaki, Salmon Teriyaki, Bulgogi Beef Wraps, Pork Katsu Sandwich and Chicken Curry. Each comes with daily side dish options, miso soup and a salad. For an additional $7, diners can upgrade to one of Izakaya’s poke (raw fish salad) options.

Events Calendar

October 25

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, 2704 Navigation: On October 25 at 6 p.m. join The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation as they serve up five courses of their award winning Tex-Mex paired with limited edition craft beers from EaDo neighbors, 8th Wonder Brewery. Reserve a ticket online to this unique dinner for $78 (includes tax and gratuity).

Goratari cake for Depressed Cake Shop9Pastry chef Andrea de Gortari’s cake for the 2016 Depressed Cake Shop in Houston. Photo by Jody Stevens

October 29

4th Annual Depressed Cake Shop and Silent Auction at Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer: Join top Houston pastry chefs at the 4th annual Depressed Bake Shop on October 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. in a new, larger venue. All proceeds go to The Montrose Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Read the full article for more details.

November 1

Updated 10/31/17, 8:19 a.m.: The event below has been canceled, but those who wanted to donate to the Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund can still do so by sending a check to the Greater New Orleans Foundation, 919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130. Specify “Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund” in the notes line of the check.

Brennan’s of Houston Kicks Out The Jams for Hurricane Harvey relief, 3300 Smith: On November 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., Brennan’s of Houston is hosting an evening of “Jam Jams” ­in their courtyard: jambalaya with all the fixings and live musical jams by PF & the Flyers. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online, with all proceeds going to the Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund. Those unable to attend can still make donations by sending a check to the Greater New Orleans Foundation, 919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130. Specify “Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund” in the notes line of the check.

Brennan’s of Houston
Photo courtesy of Brennan’s of Houston

November 4

Correction Note: an earlier version of this article stated that the event below would be at Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, which is not the case. The location and address have since been corrected.

Second Annual Craft Beer & BBQ Festival at Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen, 4526 Research Forest: Only 125 tickets are available to the public for this festival, which is serving a mix of rare and exclusive beers from five craft breweries from 12 to 4 p.m. High-end barbecue will be sold separately at the event, including 45-day dry aged beef ribs and Akaushi Waygu brisket. Tickets are $45 (sold at the door), which scores not only the beer tastings but also a five-ounce commemorative take-home glass. More information about this event can be found online.


November 9

The Tenth Annual Iron Sommelier at the Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa, 111 Post Oak: Read the full article on one of Houston’s best wine tasting, competition, and silent auction events of the year benefitting The Periwinkle Foundation. The event starts at 6 p.m. Individual tickets are $200 and on sale online.

November 15

Update: Whiskey Wednesday at Izakaya has moved from November 8 to November 15 due to a scheduling conflict.

Whisky Wednesday at Izakaya, 318 Bagby: Whisky lovers are in for a real treat on November 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Izakaya is hosting Suntory, one of Japan’s oldest whisky makers, for an informal tasting class. For only $45 (plus gratuity and tax), participants can expect a flight of aged whiskies, a cocktail and small bites prepared by chef Jean Philippe Gaston. A representative from Suntory will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the whiskies and distilleries. For more information, call (713) 527-8988 or visit Izakaya’s website.

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