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Beta Bracket Stand-up Comedy Competition at MKT BAR


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Laugh, vote, and repeat during The Beta Bracket, Beta Theater’s stand-up comedy competition. Sponsored by MKT BAR, Heights Vinyl and Dinolion, the audience-judged tournament will take place at 9PM every Friday through October 3rd. To make event-goers laugh, ten hometown comics will go toe-to-toe in 5, 10 and eventually 20-minute sets for a chance to advance and ultimately claim $100, $500 or $2000 in winnings.

Enjoy free admission and MKT BAR food and drinks for purchase.

WHAT: Beta Bracket Stand-up Comedy Competition

WHEN: Fridays through October 3rd at 9PM

WHERE: MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown

1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green)

Houston, Texas 77010

ADMISSION: Free.

Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

Join the Facebook event.

 

Judgment Week: “America’s Got Talent” Viewing Party for Juan Carlos, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer


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Will our beloved Juan Carlos, the fabulous Montrose Rollerblade Dancer move on to the next round of America’s Got Talent and closer to the million dollar prize? Find out during Judgment Week!

Join friends and fans on Tuesday, July 22nd from 7-10PM at MKT BAR for a Judgment Week America’s Got Talent viewing party honoring Juan Carlos, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer, whose next audition is scheduled to air during the evening’s episode. The top-rated NBC series, now entering its ninth season, is television’s biggest and brightest variety show, featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying for their chance to win America’s hearts and the $1 million prize.

A local celebrity and YouTube sensation, Juan Carlos has been making people smile with his free-spirited, joyful rollerdancing moves at the intersection of Montrose & Allen Parkway during rush hour every day for the past 15 years. This is a rare opportunity to meet the local celeb who has rolled into the national spotlight, earning AGT judge Howie Mandel’s praise as “The Juan and only!”

Admission is free. Light bites and drinks will be available for purchase, with a signature cocktail, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer Mojito (raspberry and mint, shaken with apple cider and sparkling wine), also making an appearance for $5/glass. Phoenicia is also sponsoring a Juan Carlos Look Alike Contest and will award a $50 gift card to one winner. During the viewing party, Juan Carlos will be available for autographs and photo opportunities with fans.

WHAT: Judgment Week: America’s Got Talent Viewing Party for Juan Carlos, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer
WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7-10PM
Meet Juan Carlos in person, who will be available for autographs and photo opportunities with fans.
WHERE: MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown
1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green)
Houston, Texas 77010
ADMISSION: Free. Drinks and light bites will be available for purchase.

Join the Facebook event.

Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

Follow the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer’s Facebook fan page for updates.

YUMMY! Crew Spotlight: Lateefah Johnson


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It was a lucky day for Phoenicia when Lateefah came to a job fair, with her mom, just before the opening of the downtown store. Her sunny smile and bright eyes stood out as a beacon and she was hired to be a waitress by the MKT BAR manager. Her mom was also hired, but at orientation the first day, Lateefah felt more connected to the grocery store and asked if she could be reassigned there as a cashier. That was Lateefah’s first jump into the sea of success she has earned at Phoenicia.

Working at Phoenicia was a culture shock. Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, Lateefah never thought she would be exposed to so many cultures, languages or foods from other countries. She’s a Southern belle at heart, who has lived all her life in the South. While living in Memphis, Tennessee, she saw Elvis’ house and decided it was time to go home. She moved to Houston to be closer to her family. Lateefah embraced Houston and its cultural diversity, and once she was here, she knew she found the place for her sons to grow up. Mentioning her two young sons, Lateefah’s face lights up. They are the light of her life and the driving force behind her success.

Lateefah keeps the store on steady course by making sure that all of our great products make it to the shelves and into our customer’s happy hands. She oversees the process from the delivery of the items to stocking of the shelves, monitors the cashiers as they sell and even maintains the stock. Lateefah’s work ethic is unrivaled and she is indispensible.

The most interesting thing she has learned while working here–and that she will always carry forward in her life–is how a family business works. She loves how the Tcholakian family cares about their employees and how they work hard to help everyone be successful. Here at Phoenicia, she feels everyone counts.

This fall, Lateefah will go to school for nursing. She is excited about her science classes, especially her favorite course of biology. We are excited to support her and know that with her careful determination and caring nature, she will make an amazing nurse.

When asked about her favorite foods at Phoenicia, Lateefah flashes a gigantic smile and without a moment’s hesitation says, “Chicken Shawarma and Haig’s Nut Mix!”

“Infinite Light” Art Exhibition by Artists Jehnifer Henderson, Darcy Rosenberger and Sam Sartorius


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Be among the first to experience Infinite Light, a multimedia exhibit that showcases the work of Jehnifer Henderson, Darcy Rosenberger and Sam Sartorius. The three Houston-based artists come together and present their ability to create beauty from intangible and often unnoticed moments by focusing on intimate depictions of color and light.

ABOUT THE ART

Employing a technique called Photomicrograph, Henderson snaps photographs of tiny subjects using a camera and a microscope to explore unseen natural beauty. Rosenberger uses drawing and photography to create works that are both intricate and playful, and Sartorius’ imaginative paintings depict other-worldly abstractions of landscapes.

For more artist information, visit www.infinitetiny.com, www.deeburger.com and www.samsartorius.com

OPENING RECEPTION w/ VINYL NIGHT: Meet the artists on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7-10PM

Fresh Arts’ Jenni Stephens is our featured Vinyl Night DJ on this same evening! Mention “Fresh Arts” and enjoy $5 cocktails and $2 off MKT BAR artisan pizzas. Vinyl Night is sponsored by Cactus Music. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Fresh Arts.

EXHIBITION: Through August 29, 2014

COST: Free admission. All artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Fresh Arts’ Sarah Schellenberg and Jenni Stephenson, and MKT BAR Art Coordinator Megan Badger.

Free customer parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

America’s Got Talent Viewing Party for Juan Carlos, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer


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Join friends and fans on Tuesday, June 24th from 6:30-9PM at MKT BAR for an America’s Got Talent viewing party honoring the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer, whose audition is scheduled to air during the evening’s episode. The top-rated NBC series, now entering its ninth season, is television’s biggest and brightest variety show, featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists and hopeful stars, all vying for their chance to win America’s hearts and the $1 million prize.

A local celebrity and YouTube sensation, Juan Carlos has been making people smile with his free-spirited, joyful rollerdancing moves at the intersection of Montrose & Allen Parkway during rush hour every day for the past 15 years. This is a rare opportunity to meet the local celeb who has rolled into the national spotlight, earning AGT judge Howie Mandel’s praise as “The Juan and only!”

To celebrate Phoenicia’s 30th anniversary last year, Juan Carlos was our special guest during last fall’s Grocery Get Down. He danced his way through the downtown market with surprise appearances during Anniversary Week, and wowed admirers with an exclusive performance at Discovery Green.

Admission is free. Light bites and drinks will be available for purchase, with a signature cocktail, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer Mojito (raspberry and mint, shaken with apple cider and sparkling wine), also making an appearance for $5/glass. During the viewing party, Juan Carlos will be available for autographs and photo opportunities with fans.

WHAT: America’s Got Talent Viewing Party for Juan Carlos, the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer
WHEN: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6:30-9PM
Meet Juan Carlos in person, who will be available for autographs and photo opportunities with fans.
WHERE: MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown
1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green)
Houston, Texas 77010
ADMISSION: Free. Drinks and light bites will be available for purchase.

Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

Follow the Montrose Rollerblade Dancer’s Facebook fan page for updates.

 

Big Tree Studio Exhibition by Artist Yan Lee


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Be among the first to experience the character of famous and historic trees through an exhibition featuring the pen-and-ink portraits of Artist Yan Lee.

Lee attained the degree of Ph.D. in geophysics at Texas A&M University. It was there that he became enamored with “The Century Tree” on campus that has shaded tens of thousands of Aggies since 1898. Lee vowed to draw it for posterity. This experience was so personally overwhelming that he resolved to search out and immortalize the famous and historic trees in America.

ABOUT THE ART:
Lee’s pen-and-ink portraits of famous and historic trees are sketched in minute detail with delicate precision. When each portrait is completed, the tree appears living, exquisite and unique, and will remain so for all time.

Lee captures the beauty and character of trees that live among us. Like a transcendentalist poet, Lee says, “You see my pictures, you want to see the trees. You see the trees, you want to see my pictures. I let these trees live in your home.” Capturing details that take viewers’ breath away, he is known to spend one hour on just one square inch of his art, capturing the character of each tree he meets. Come see the life Lee captures in his art.

Lee lives with his wife, Lu, in Spring, Texas. For more information, visit his website at www.bigtreestudio.com

EXHIBITION: Through July 4, 2014
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Free customer parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

Weekend Brunch for Father’s Day


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Give Dad a weekend away from the grill and bring him to MKT BAR instead. Our weekend brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-3PM and is sure to satisfy his manly appetite. He won’t be able to resist classic favorites like Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Black Pepper Waffle with braised lamb & shaved Pecorino Romano, or Piperade with Eggs. Pair any dish with our hearty sidekicks and a MKT Cocktail or share some slices of an artisan pizza. Jazz up his special day even more with a live performance from Boodah and His Painted Band on Sunday, June 15th, from noon-3PM. See the menu and we’ll look forward to seeing you and Dad here.

Mother’s Day Top Ten List


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Top 10 Ways to Make Mother’s Day YUMMY!
at Phoenicia Specialty Foods and MKT BAR

It’s all about the experience and enjoying time with Mom.

Number 10: A Chip Off the Old Feta Block
Educate your palate by tasting 10 different types of feta: Greek Sheep’s Milk, Greek Goat’s Milk, Domiati Danish, Hungarian Double Cream, Bulgarian, Romanian, French, Turkish Sheep’s Milk, Egyptian, Egyptian Creamy, Cyprus Sheep & Goat’s Milk, and Domestic.

Number 9: Spice Rack Tutorial
Fill both your spice racks and let her teach you family recipes again for the first time! Try our spectacular and versatile Phoenicia mixes like Ras el Hanout, Zohrab’s Mideast Zaatar, Zohrab’s Greek, and Arpi’s Beef & Chicken Shawarma.

Number 8: Olive Branch Out
Create your very own international olive oil tasting with our baked-fresh-daily baguettes!  Discover the unique characteristics of our oils from Europe, the Mediterranean and South America.

Number 7: What’s the Scoop?
Enjoy a sweet conversation and a cup of Phoenicia gelato together. Perhaps, even pair with our signature Turkish Coffee, Apple Baklava or Pistachio Orange Blossom-flavored gelato as you reminisce about chasing the ice cream truck in the neighborhood and playing in the sprinklers.

Number 6: The Great Chocolate Scavenger Hunt
First one to find chocolates from five different countries gets to try them first! Our selection is vast, so the competition will be over really fast!

Number 5: Sharing a Slice
Mothers bring comfort to our lives, and what says comfort more than sharing a pizza? Try our own ready-to-go doughs. Our flat bread Tannour or puffy Barbari bread go perfectly with any topping or cheese. For something with Phoenicia flair, pick up some Armenian String Cheese, oil-cured Moroccan olives and walnuts to top your own custom pie. Just pop them in the oven, get the right crisp, let the good stuff melt, and voilà!

Number 4: Jam On
For breakfast or snack time with Mom, try new jellies, jams, spreads and preserves from around the globe on a fresh loaf of pita. Or, try our Morello sour cherry on vanilla ice cream.  It’s okay to share with your siblings (if you want to).

Number 3: Tea Time
Nothing says quality time like “Tea Time.” From Ceylon and Rooibos to Apple and Yerba Mate, warm and toasty is what you will feel with Mama.

Number 2: Go-Go Gadgets
Explore our housewares section with items such as olive pitters, nut crackers, Bulgarian and Polish ceramics, and fine French cookware that will impress Mom.

Number 1: Weekend Brunch at MKT BAR
With classic favorites like Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Black Pepper Waffle with braised lamb and Pecorino Romano, Egg Piperade or Aleppo Roasted Potatoes, Mom’s taste buds will be tempted. Add her favorite cocktail or a refreshing mimosa while enjoying live music by Cesar Tello on Sunday, May 11th, and she’ll be convinced you hung the moon. See the menu.

And if you just can’t decide on the perfect goodie to give her, a Phoenicia gift card is always sure to please!

Easter Brunch at MKT BAR


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MKT Brunch makes every bunny feel like a V.I.Peep, every weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-3PM. Enjoy live music every Sunday during brunch from noon-3PM.

On Sunday, April 20, we’re pleased to present the talented Jazz duo of Ernesto Vega, playing the saxophone and clarinet, and David Ramirez on the piano.

On our culinary line-up, choose from classic favorites such as Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Black Pepper Waffle with Braised Lamb and Pecorino Romano, Egg Piperade or Aleppo Roasted Potatoes. Also, savor these Easter specials on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20:

Fried Catfish
with jalapeño grits

Pecan Praline Waffles
with fresh peaches and whipped cream

Seafood Frittata
shrimp, crab, tomatoes and artichoke hearts with fresh herbs

Make any dish eggsceptionally YUMMY! by pairing it with a signature coffee or gelato, hoppy craft beers, mimosas, white sangria or other refreshing cocktail of your choice, such as our:

Basil Rita
fresh basil steeped in simple syrup & lime juice, finished with sparkling wine, seltzer & chopped basil, with a salted rim

Raspberry MKT Mojito
raspberry simple syrup & mint, shaken with apple juice & our house rosé

Sangria Blanca
seasonal berries, fruit & citrus marinated overnight w/ our sommelier’s white wine blend
carafe offered

Pomegranate Mimosa
light & effervescent pomegranate juice with Prosecco sparkling wine
carafe offered

Give 5% to Conserve Houston


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day! Join us in showing love for our city’s green spaces by helping us donate to Houston’s Give 5% campaign. Shop at either of our market locations or dine with us at MKT BAR or Arpi’s Phoenicia Deli on Saturday, April 26th to contribute to the cause. We’ll be donating 5% of our gross revenue that day to our favorite Houston-area conservancies who are collaborating to make the Houston area a better place.

-Air Alliance Houston
-Bayou Land Conservancy
-Bayou Preservation Association
-Buffalo Bayou Partnership
-Galveston Bay Foundation
-Houston Audubon
-Katy Prairie Conservancy

We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love by Giving 5!