Luxe Houston Creole Restaurant Hosts Traveling Red Beans & Rice Pop-Up Dinner

Red beans and rice served on Mondays is a long-standing Southern tradition since the 19th century when Monday was laundry day. The one pot meal was a simple solution for time-strapped folks and also utilized Sunday’s leftover ham bone. In contrast, modern renditions typically include andouille sausage. Brennan’s of Houston at 3300 Smith is honoring this weekly tradition with a special three-course Camellia Red Beans Roadshow dinner January 27. The one-night pop-up event features veteran food writer and photographer Pableaux Johnson who is also making similar stops in San Antonio and Dallas.

Red beans and rice made with Camellia red kidney beans. Photo courtesy of Camellia Brands.

Johnson collaborated with Brennan’s executive chef Joe Cervantes to create a three-course feast served family-style. It begins with a cocktail gathering at 6:30 p.m. that includes a passed appetizer of Fried Boudin with Red Bean Puree and Puffed Rice. The dinner includes quintessential Brennan’s Shrimp Remoulade with shrimp boil vegetables, petite greens, preserved lemon and chilled remoulade dressing, then moves on to the star of the night, Pableaux’s Red Bean and Rice with andouille sausage and PaPa’s Cornbread. The meal ends on a sweet note with Brennan’s Creole Bread Pudding served with toasted pecans, berries and rye whiskey sauce.

The Houston Food Bank is receiving two donations through the event: a portion of the proceeds plus a donation of red kidney beans from Camellia Brand.

The dinner is $55 (plus tax and gratuity) and includes a selection of wines. Reservations are available online or by calling (713) 522-9711. Please note that this is a 21+ only event.

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