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“Diesel Fried Chicken and Recent Works” by Dan Baeza

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Diesel Fried Chicken and Recent Works by Dan Baeza

Explore the desert lands of Van Horn, Texas, at our exhibition by Dallas-Ft. Worth-based photographer Dan Baeza. A strong desire to learn about the complexities of landscapes and an interest in documenting West Texas prompted Baeza’s topographic investigation that is “Diesel Fried Chicken.”


The central theme of Baeza’s work investigates an interest in documenting the West Texas region. Since leaving his hometown of Van Horn, Baeza has had a strong desire to learn more about the social and constructed landscapes, the myth and reality, and the past and present of this complex diverse land. Combining his volunteer work with the Clark Hotel Museum and past photographic investigations, Baeza’s current project chronicles his hometown. “Diesel Fried Chicken” is a visual account of the relationships between the historical landscape, twenty-first-century travel, the mythology of the West, and an uncertain future.

EXHIBITION: September 26 – November 3, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6-9PM

COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Olivia Junell and Jordan Dupuis. For more information, please visit

Show-Stopping Specials

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As a proud sponsor of Society for the Performing Arts, we are pleased to offer ticketholders:
* Half off select bottles of wine
* $8 charcuterie & cheese plates

Upon ordering, simply present your same-day ticket for any SPA performance of the 2013-14 season.

Special Discount on SPA Tickets

Enjoy a performance and SAVE! You can take part in SPA Houston show discounts tailored specifically for Phoenicia customers. When purchasing tickets for the show of your choice on the SPA Houston website, simply enter the discount code “phoenicia” and be sure to choose the corporate group rate.

Go here to purchase discounted tickets.

Sack ’em Sundays

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Football season returns! Score these all-day Sunday specials, all season long.

Local Brew Specials
$2 bottles
$3 drafts

MKT Frito Pie $7
Corn chips smothered in our very own Haig’s chili, topped with radish, garlic, sharp cheddar cheese, lemon zest & scallions

Game-Day Calzone $7
Pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, marinara & mushrooms stuffed into our hand-tossed crust

Za’atar Shoestring Fries w/ Queso $7
Za’atar-dusted, hand-cut fries with lemon zest, served with spicy Moroccan ketchup & garlic sauce plus a side of MKT Queso for dipping

Curry Chicken Wings w/ Yogurt Sauce $7
Savory & sweet, with a touch of heat, accompanied by yogurt dipping sauce

Houston Press Hoppy Hour

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Select Fridays at MKT BAR continue to be extra “hoppy!” Join us as we pair up with the Houston Press for this specially-crafted event. We’ll celebrate with a selection of good brews, live tunes and our new fall menu!

Friday, October 18, from 4-10PM

Featured Brewery:

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Drink Specials
Beer flights & food pairings starting at $12
Select drafts $4
Wine $5

Live Music
Jawad 4-7PM
Bagheera 7-10PM

Free Admission

YUMMY! Crew Spotlight: Gloria Brown

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Gloria Brown

Gloria Brown, soon to be Giannelli, grew up in Chicago and attended Eastern Illinois University where she studied Dietetics and Nutrition. While in college, she met her future husband and in short order, found herself moving to Texas. The Lone Star State held all the things she loves: the warm climate, amazing people and plenty of family to make sure she doesn’t get homesick! It didn’t take long before she became a part of our Phoenicia family.

With her wedding date coming up quickly, Gloria glows as she talks about her upcoming nuptials; she tried on over 300 dresses before she chose an exquisite Enzoni dress that makes her look like a princess! Aside from the fact that she will be getting married in the church that she attended all her life, Gloria shared a story about her engagement ring that encompasses the beauty of her and Nate’s story. After dating for a couple of months, they went to St. Louis, and on a whim, went into a jewelry store to window shop. Nate casually asked her if any of the rings were a favorite and when she chose one, he went back the next weekend, bought it and kept it hidden for 2 ½ years! During their drive to Texas, he hid it in the spare tire carrier of the car, petrified that if they had a flat tire, he would have to propose. When Gloria (and her mother) asked what took so long to give her the ring, he said he was waiting for the perfect moment.

Gloria recounts how she has had to juggle her wedding planning with a very busy MKT BAR. You can feel her passion for MKT BAR radiating as she discusses the upcoming bands, special tastings and unique events. She loves the challenges and excitement at MKT BAR and especially loves meeting new and interesting people. With an enthusiastic smile Gloria said, “No two days are ever the same!” With that same excitement, she thinks our executive chef, Matt Johnson, is an exceptional chef. Her favorite dish is the Squashed Pizza, which she pairs with a glass of Pasion Bobal.

Gloria’s love of travel will challenge Nate’s honeymoon destination planning. They have traveled as far as the Dominican Republic and her favorite spot is Hawaii. No matter the destination, when they return, they will begin building a new house and filling it with kiddos. Gloria flashes a beatific grin and with a twinkle says she’d like five kids! Whew!

Come to MKT BAR, share Gloria’s enthusiasm and be counted as one of the amazing people she meets daily!

YUMMY! Crew Spotlight: Patrick Rayer

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Patrick “Count de Kabob” Rayer was born in Paris and raised in Normandy. He graduated from business school in France and then moved to Dallas to complete his MBA. Patrick loved Texas and traveled to Houston fairly often because he loved Houston’s international flair. While in the city, he learned a lot about different cultures and entranced by Houston’s spell, he decided, with the loving encouragement of his father, to move to Houston. After graduation he landed a job as the buyer for a German company that specialized in building materials. The career move began Patrick’s traveling adventures; he traveled to Brazil, Italy and all around Europe. Once the company split, Patrick found himself looking for new opportunities – one came in the form of a lovely Armenian woman from Iraq who had very close ties to the Armenian community and was close to Bob and Arpi Tcholakian. He married his sweetheart in 1982 and as he says fondly, “Sometimes in life, things turn out good.”

A new grocery chain had moved into Houston from France and it seemed a perfect spot for him until the chain closed its Texan doors. In short order, Patrick moved to France where he found a position with Leroy Merlin, one of the largest European distributors of home improvement products. There was a lot of travel associated with the job and Patrick made over 30 trips to Asia alone! He returned to the states in 1998 to manage Leroy Merlin’s American offices, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

In early 2000, Patrick’s wise words, “life is about timing,” rang true. Life-changing experiences defined his path. His much-loved father passed away, his wife was involved in a major car accident and his Leroy Merlin contract would soon end in Chicago. In a decision to slow down and travel less, Patrick and his wife moved to Houston. In the city, Patrick worked on several ventures, but found nothing fulfilling to him. Around this time, his son, looking for a job, applied at Phoenicia Specialty Foods and Patrick discovered his fascination with the store and its concept. After a conversation with Bob and Arpi, Patrick found himself with a job! With his incredible buying experience, his accounting acumen and his jovial, kind nature, he has become an integral part of Phoenicia’s management team.

When asked about a few of his favorite things, Patrick mentions a love of French food, model airplanes and shish kabob.

“Bread & Butter, Milk & Honey” Artwork by Jonathan Jardin, Paris F. Jomadiao and Martin Yaptangco

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Be among the first to experience “Bread & Butter, Milk & Honey,” a group exhibition featuring the works of Houston-based artists Jonathan Jardin, Paris F. Jomadiao and Martin Yaptangco.

Each artist, through a variety of mediums, provides a visual commentary on the societal concerns surrounding food by exploring its transcendence into a realm beyond necessity. “Bread & Butter, Milk & Honey” deals with themes such as, but not limited to, consumption, luxury and the thin line between “need” and “want.”

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: July 25 – September 22, 2013
COST: Free admission. Drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Olivia Junell and Jordan Dupuis. For more information on the artists, please visit their respective websites.

Jonathan Jardin:
Paris F. Jomadiao:
Martin Yaptangco:

Pizza Night at MKT BAR: FPSF Fancy Pants Ticket Giveaway

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FPSF is SOLD OUT, but here’s your chance to score the LAST TWO FANCY PANTS PASSES in town. Come to MKT BAR on Friday, May 31st, from 7-10PM and order any artisan pizza on the menu. One lucky winner drawn at random will find the winning Fancy Pants passes underneath his or her pizza when it arrives from the kitchen.

Official FPSF Fancy Pants Pizza Night Rules
No purchase necessary to enter or win. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter.

How to Enter: Go to MKT BAR on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 7-10PM and order any pizza on the menu. Your tab will serve as your entry into a random drawing. Pizza orders/alternate entries must be received by May 31, 2013, at 10:00PM CDT. Limit one entry per person. Entering this promotion constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules, including, but not limited to, entrant’s consent to receive periodic email newsletters from MKT BAR and Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Alternate method of entry: Come to MKT BAR on Friday, May 31st, from 7-10PM and simply tell your MKT BAR waiter/waitress you’d like to enter the Fancy Pants drawing without purchasing a pizza. Write your full name and contact information on the slip of paper you’re provided to be entered into the prize drawing.

Winner/Prize: At a randomly determined time between 7-10PM CDT on Friday, May 31, 2013, Promotion Administrator will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible entries received at that time. One prize of two Fancy Pants passes for the 2013 Free Press Summer Festival will be awarded to one winner. Winner will be awarded the passes underneath a pizza, delivered to the winner at MKT BAR, from a MKT BAR employee. Prize has a retail value of $579. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of prizes is permitted except at MKT BAR’s sole discretion. If the prize cannot be awarded for any reason, MKT BAR reserves the right to substitute a prize. All federal, state and local taxes, and all other costs associated with acceptance or use of the prizes, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received at the time of the drawing. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for MKT BAR and its agencies to use winner’s name and likeness for purposes of advertising and publicity without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Promotion is void where prohibited or restricted by law.