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Kid’s Holiday Decorating Classes

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Reserve your spot for these up and coming dates!


Haunted Halloween

  • October 20th & 27th, 10am-12pm
  • October 31st, 4-6pm

Spooky, Scary Chef’s wanted for our fun Haunted House Decorating Class!
Candy corn and marshmallow ghosts will fill your fun Halloween Haunted house in this decorating class! We will decorate gingerbread houses, holiday cookies and make some fun holiday crafts! Kids will also enjoy a YUMMY item from our kid’s brunch menu in MKT BAR after the class. We will have spooky drinks, songs and silly, scary stories read for all our guests!
$55 for 2 hour class | Ages 2 through 11


December Holiday

  • December 1st, 8th & 15th, 10am-12pm

Bring your child in for a fun, holiday gingerbread decorating class!
We will decorate gingerbread houses, holiday cookies and make some fun holiday crafts! Kids will also be able to enjoy a YUMMY item from our kid’s brunch menu in MKT BAR after the class. We will have hot cocoa, holiday music and even read fun International holiday stories to all our guests!
$55 for 2 hour class | Ages 2 through 11


Limited Space Available.
Classes at Phoenicia Downtown.

Join us for Houston Restaurant Weeks

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MKT BAR Houston Restaurant Weeks 2017

MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown is proud to be a participant in Houston Restaurant Weeks from August 1st through September 30th, 2017.

Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank. Restaurants across Houston will donate proceeds from their special HRW menu sales to benefit this vital, community organization.
During the five week dining experience we will offer specially priced lunch and dinner menus as well as a tasty HRW brunch menu. Give us a visit during this exciting time of the year to be a food lover in Houston!

View our menu for more details

YUMMY! Wonderland International Festival & Brunch 2016

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Yummy! Wonderland 2016

Go global and give back this holiday season at the second annual YUMMY! Wonderland at our downtown location on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate the season with an international holiday festival and brunch highlighting art, music, traditions and customs from around the globe. There will be activities to entertain everyone in your family with crafts, holiday wine pairing, cultural performances and live music. This year, you can take also decorate cookies and ornaments with Mrs. Claus and her elves. Bring the family to enjoy a day full of food, crafts, live musical performances and shopping while snapping photos with Santa.

The event is free of admission and open to the public, with option to purchase food. Registration is highly recommended as tickets are limited. Reserve your tickets at

An international selection of à la carte entrées, brunch plates and desserts will be available for purchase in the market providing a culinary journey of delicious global dishes that are served during the holiday. Attendees can also enjoy sampling throughout the market for further exploration of international flavors.

Featured menu items include:

– Pantone French Toast
– Turkish Menemen Scramble
– Spiced Hash browns
– Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
– Roasted Acorn Squash
– Citrus Glazed Cornish Hen
– Grilled Lamb Chops
– Chick Pea Tagine

Featured Bakery Hot Line

– Crab Quiche
– Breakfast pizza
– Warm Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cold Deli

– Grilled Asparagus
– Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash
– Grilled Redfish with Lemon
– Potato and Leek Tarts

YUMMY! Entertainment
Enjoy live holiday music and dance throughout the day by local performers representing the customs and cultures of the United States, Mexico, Latin America and Russia.
– FLY Dance Company
– Operativo Houston
– Ridna Shkola Ukrainian school of Houston
– Russian Cultural Center

YUMMY! Crafts
Let your creative side out to play! Families can create memories with hands-on crafts including cookie and ornament decorating stations with Mrs. Claus and her elves. You can also share your holiday wish list with Santa in French or English. And, since the holidays are the perfect time for merriment and “cheer-fullness,” adults can enjoy holiday wine pairing with chocolate, cheese and other holiday treats. You can also join the Houston Fire Department’s Operation Stocking Stuffer and celebrate the spirit of the season with a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

YUMMY! Shopping
Find gifts with heart from The Community Cloth, a local organization selling artisanal hand-crafted products locally made by women who come from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan. In addition, the Houston Institute for Culture East End Studio Gallery will showcase handmade crafts from Mexico and hand painted dolls to decorate the Christmas tree with among many other retail vendors displaying artifacts from across the globe.

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Phoenicia Catering

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Phoenicia Specialty Foods Catering

We offer pick-up and delivery, full-service catering at your site or ours, and our talented chefs are ready to create menus tailored to your event’s specific needs.  Learn more

Test Product

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If you’ve got an avid cook or amateur chef in the family, our quality and one-of-a-kind ceramic cookware from Bulgaria, Spain and Poland will be the perfect functional and aesthetic present.

“Everything in Its Right Place” by Stephanie Gonzalez at MKT BAR

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Explore the abstract works, freelance logos, murals, and interior designs that reflect the emotions of artist Stephanie Gonzalez. Growing up with her grandparents in Reynosa, Mexico, Gonzalez picked up painting from her grandfather. In her work, she uses mixed media such as aerosol paint, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, china ink, pencil, and marker, along with the use of coffee, wine and beer as a medium. Her work emphasizes texture, and retains a delicate balance between raw and gritty elements and atmospheric beauty.

All artwork will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit

EXHIBITION: December 15, 2014 – January 16, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artist on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7-9PM < – Join the event.
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Megan Badger.

Meet David Berg

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We are proud to introduce newest member of the Phoenicia Downtown Team Master Baker, David Berg!

Chef David is a passionate baker whose background is steeped in Old World Traditions. He weaves those traditions into stylish desserts, pastries and rustic breads that are as beautiful as they are YUMMY!

David’s dedication to Artisan breads is prodigious and he maintains an old world starter that was created by his mother several years ago from a piece of 200-year-old starter from France! This is the base for his amazing breads, rolls and baguettes that we offer at Phoenicia Downtown.

David also has a fine-dining background and spent more than a decade running his own restaurant and bakery in Santa Monica, California before moving to Houston in 2002. In Houston, he taught at a local culinary school and while he enjoyed a diverse career, David truly enjoys teaching and mentoring young baking hopefuls, he has stated, “My goal as a Master Baker is to teach young people and bring this art back” and behind that maxim our employees are flourishing. Chef David’s affection for instruction is evident; he becomes thoughtful as he discusses the different types of bakers; pastry chefs and bread makers and how he educates and motivates them to enhance their skill set.

David has a long history of shopping at Phoenicia and has always enjoyed the gourmet delights we offer as well as the vast variety of International products. He is a fan of the olive bar and loves our amazing assortment of olives, some he has never seen! He is enthusiastic about all the products Phoenicia has available that he can use to create a unique product line that no one else has; from new and tempting cuisine, to delectable pastries and beyond! He has already introduced a delicious sandwich, the Croque-monsieur and Croque-madame and an incredible Imperial doughnut with yummy fillings! Chef David is eager to give customers the opportunity to experience flavors that they aren’t accustomed to and savor the delights that are rooted in his classic European technique and sprinkled with his incredible imagination!

Chef David is excited by the challenges that he faces, this is the first time he has worked in a market of this kind and the variety of customer services Phoenicia offers is daunting. He is impressed by the level of customer service Phoenicia offers and his desire is to match that standard by teaching his front of house staff about all the awe-inspiring products he is creating and motivating them to make sure all of our customers get individual attention.

David and his wife are proud parents (and grandparents) and his dedication to family eclipses his passion for baking, he beams with pride when he talks about his children and their accomplishments and achievements.

When asked what his Phoenicia Favorite food is, he of course has created a specialty item from Phoenicia’s finest products and his amazing talent…a baguette w/ tabouli and hummus!  Keep an eye on our bakery cases for more items he is creating; bagels and some new breakfast items to appeal to the downtown customers who know that breakfast is the most delicious meal of the day!

So come visit Chef David’s amazing bakery but come early, his magical treats have a tendency to disappear!

Rockets Game-Day Specials

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Where YUMMY! is a slam dunk!

Valid on Houston Rockets home game days, 5-10PM.

$3 Beer

$3 Bayou City Slider
Grilled house-ground chuck burger, sharp cheddar, onion, pickle, applewood smoked bacon & Turkish coffee barbecue sauce on our homemade brioche roll

$3 Zaatar Fries
Zaatar-dusted, hand-cut fries with lemon zest, spicy Moroccan ketchup & garlic sauce for dipping