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MKT BAR’s Saturday Morning Kid’s Variety Show


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Music, magic and more with AndyRoo and David Rangel
June 11, July 13 and August 8

Looking for family-friendly fun this summer? Don’t sweat it. Bring the kids (and the kids at heart) to our first-ever Saturday Morning Kid’s Variety Show series. Events will be geared toward children ages 4 and up, and will take place every second Saturday of the summer: June 13, July 11 and August 8 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Features will include live music, magic and more from local children’s musician AndyRoo—who takes listeners on an adventure through the AndyRooniverse—and Houston-based magician David Rangel.

The event series, sponsored by Sessions Music with a portion of proceeding benefiting ArtBridge Houston, will also showcase special guest performances that aren’t just for kids—they’re by kids. Other activities will include crafts, coloring, drawing, creative writing and YUMMY! cookie decorating.

Attendees who RSVP will receive a free goody bag filled with YUMMY! treats, and door prizes will be provided courtesy of Children’s Museum Houston. Refreshments such as breakfast bites, coffee, tea, juices and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Admission is free with advance registration at AndyRoo.Eventbrite.com, and free customer parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis.

The series is generously sponsored by Sessions Music, a revolutionary, new concept dedicated to helping people of all ages and skill levels achieve their modern and classical music dreams. Through an emphasis on individualized curriculum, performance opportunities, and state-of-the-art technology, Sessions Music provides a novel and superior approach to music education at three conveniently located music studios in the Houston area.

Meet Ahmet Avci


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Ahmet came to the U.S. from Turkey in 2001, hoping to earn a Master’s degree in business and math.They were his favorite subjects and he admits with a grin, “I like math.” With math on his mind, he moved to Florida and lived with a host family for eight months. Ahmet became an integral part of their family and often babysat their nine-year-old son. The boy helped Ahmet navigate his newly-adopted country, learn English and become a fan of baseball. Today, he always roots for the Astros!

With several brothers living in Houston and loving it, Ahmet decided to move. He attended a Christian school with ESL classes, where his primary book was a Bible. The words were very difficult for him to understand and he begged for something simpler to read, like a newspaper. The school’s strategy worked because he is not only fluent in his second language, but seems to have an affinity for languages. Whenever someone from another country comes to Phoenicia’s hot grille line, he eagerly quizzes them on words and phrases related to customer service in their country and can now say “Hello, may I help you?” in many languages. He is often heard greeting a customer in Japanese or naming different toppings in Spanish. He has even learned sign language. Ahmet works very hard to make people feel comfortable at Phoenicia. He wants them to feel as he does, like it’s a second home.

Ahmet has a passion for food, has worked at several pizza restaurants and is quite the expert with pizza dough, kneading, pressing and tossing like an Italian master. He also worked at a Turkish restaurant, where the owner taught him to make exciting entrées, breads, appetizers and desserts. Ahmet then took a chance and opened a restaurant in The Woodlands with his brother. It was a fun two-and-a-half-year adventure, but a desire for change led him to Phoenicia.

When Ahmet first came to Houston, his family took him to Phoenicia’s Westheimer location, where he was thrilled to find so many products from home. As a restaurant owner, he became a wholesale customer and found Phoenicia to be a very friendly company. Luis, Phoenicia’s driver extraordinaire, was one of his first friends in Houston and he often placed orders with Esin, a manager at the Westheimer store, whom he held in high esteem. He believed with so many wonderful people, Phoenicia must be a great place to work. One day, as Ahmet was lamenting his desire for a change, Luis suggested he come to work for Phoenicia. Ahmet loved the idea and went to the store where he finally met Esin. With his warm personality shining brightly in his interview, Ahmet was hired for the hot grille Downtown.

He enjoys educating customers about foods they may not have tried and keeps up with regular customers and what is happening in their world. Everyone is a “cousin brother” to Ahmet. With a positive disposition and eternal smile, he landed the nickname, “Smiley.” When asked how to make an “Ahmet Special” hot grille sandwich, there is no hesitation. “Chicken shawarma with hummus, muhammara, tomato, turnip, cabbage and tzatiki. That’s how it is best!” He also admits the Chicken Pesto from the cold deli is very good, too.

Ahmet manages to bring a bit of Phoenicia home to his four-year-old niece, who loves Ulker Gazoz drinks and eagerly checks his bag daily for the yummy treat. Hoping to someday find a special lady to share his passion for food, family and Phoenicia, Ahmet will happily raise the next generation of Phoenicia shoppers. Come Downtown to meet him and discover all the things that make Ahmet smile.

Mother’s Day Weekend


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Treat Mama to YUMMY! dinner and Weekend Brunch specials guaranteed to make her happy. Dinner highlights include Carrot Ginger Soup and Roasted Salmon, while Pizza with Gold Potato, Roasted Garlic, Brie and Bacon joins MKT Crab Cakes as brunch specials. Mama can also choose classic à la carte brunch favorites such as Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Piperade with Eggs, party-pretty pomegranate mimosas, summer-loving white sangria and more. Little ones can gobble up YUMMY! items from our MKT BAR kids menu including popular Bayou City Sliders, Fish and Chips and more. On Sunday, May 10, Mama will enjoy live music with the Idol Gossip jazz band performing from noon to 3PM.

MKT BAR Mother’s Day Dinner Specials
Available Friday-Sunday, May 8-10
(Regular MKT BAR menu will also be available.)

Appetizer
Carrot Ginger Soup with Champagne $6

Entrée
Roasted Salmon in Parchment $18
With gold potatoes, fennel, tomatoes and green olives

Dessert
Fraisier Cake $7
Vanilla butter cream, fresh strawberries, almond paste and layers of almond cake served with strawberry coulis

MKT BAR Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch Specials
Available Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10
(Regular Weekend Brunch menu will also be available.)

Yum for Mum Pizza $12
With gold potatoes, roasted garlic, brie, bacon and fresh parsley

MKT Crab Cakes $14
On an English muffin with asparagus and hollandaise sauce

Phoenicia In-store Gift Items – Available All Month at Both Locations

Chef-created artisan chocolates

Gourmet spice assortments

Handcrafted housewares including Turkish coffee pots and Polish stoneware

Le Creuset cookware

Cookbooks from around the world

Phoenicia and MKT BAR gift cards in any amount

Champagne

Boutique wines | Bring home the flavors of Italian wine this Mother’s Day with these featured wines:

San Marzano Primitivo: A fresh, fruit-forward red drink with the amazing flavors of Italian cuisine like pizza, pastas and robust soups or simply enjoy by itself.
Kreos Rosé: Dry, styled, berry-filled rosé that is made to be paired with lighter dishes including roasted chicken or salad.
San Pietro Chardonnay: The minerality, crispness and great acidity make this an amazing accompaniment to grilled or roasted fish

Bakery Specials – Available May 3-10 at Both Locations

Raspberry Linzer Torte

Nuns (available in different flavors)

Lemon Mandolines

Fresh Fruit Financier

French Macarons available in different flavors including Passion Fruit, Lemon, Caramel, Coffee, Earl Grey Tea, Raspberry, Chocolate or Vanilla

“Houston Forever” by Mike Unger


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This exhibition features a series of images from around Houston that capture the confluence of new/old and sharp/bright/dull that exemplifies Houston. Unger’s work explores the juxtaposition of color, age, texture, geometry, time and space across a variety of scales. “Houston Forever” is an exhibition of the integration of Houston’s gritty landscape, time and light.

Additional photography can be viewed here

All artwork will be available for purchase. Exhibition organized by Charisse Weston.

EXHIBITION: April 8 – May 28, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artist, Wednesday, April 8, 7-9PM.
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Join the event

Easter Specials


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Easter Specials

Beginning Friday, April 3, 2015, Phoenicia Specialty Foods & MKT BAR will offer YUMMY! Easter food specials and holiday-themed treats all weekend long.

Highlights from the menu include Braised Leg of Lamb, Smoked Salmon Pizza and Challah French Toast for MKT Weekend Brunch, along with classic a’la carte brunch favorites such as Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Piperade with Eggs and more.Toast the occasion with a refreshing Pomegranate Mimosa, Sake Bloody Mary or a bottle of bubbly, complete with live music on Sunday.

Then get hopping on your Easter shopping at Phoenicia Specialty Foods. With YUMMY! Phoenicia-exclusive, limited-edition imported Italian dark chocolate Easter eggs, house-made Challah bread with baked eggs and braided sweet breads, Artisan chocolates and more, Phoenicia is a one-stop Easter shop-til-you-drop spot.

MKT Brunch makes every bunny feel like a V.I.Peep, available Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5 10AM-3PM. Enjoy live music from the talented Boodah and His Painted Jazz Band during brunch from noon-3PM.

Also, savor these Easter specials from Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5:

Green Bean and Chickpea Salad $8
with goat cheese

Braised Leg of Lamb $18
with holiday couscous and grilled kale

Smoked Salmon Pizza $12
with asparagus, capers, lemon zest and dill havarti

Challah French Toast $9 
with caramel pecan sauce

Chiffon Easter Basket Dessert $7
Crispy vanilla bean meringue filled with a diplomat cream topped with spring mixed berries

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

“Grids” by James Radcliffe


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This exhibition features large and small-scale works on paper that explore relationships between line, color, and space. In spite of the presence of geometric repetition, Radcliffe’s works display a spontaneity and sincerity that makes even the smallest piece speak loudly to the viewer. “Grids” is an exhibition of powerful pieces, full of colorful vibrancy and depth.

James Radcliffe is a Houston-based artist currently pursuing an MFA in painting from the University of Houston. He produces his drawings and paintings on found and salvaged supports to add an underlying history upon which his marks elaborate. RadcliffeJames explores abstractions derived from a repetitious mark-making activity which employs color, or the lack thereof, to engage the viewer. Radcliffe has exhibited at Project Row Houses, DiverseWorks, Alabama Song Art Space, and was recently awarded a 2015 Idea Fund Grant.

All artwork will be available for purchase. Exhibition organized by Charisse Weston

EXHIBITION: February 11 – April 4, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, February 11, 7-9PM. Meet the artist at 9PM.
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Join the event

MKT BAR Boot Scootin’ Steak Nights


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Giddy up and GO TEXAN as we circle the wagons to bring you four Boot Scootin’ Steak Nights. Savor great grub with a Texas twang, wash it down with beer and wine specials, and two-step till the cows come home with live country music.

Go Texan Menu

MKT Frito Pie w/ Haig’s Chili $8
ground chuck steak with onions, roasted peppers, fava beans and chickpeas

BBQ Ribs $12.99
with sweet potato salad

Ribeye $12.99
with iron-skillet baked beans and fresh tossed coleslaw

Double-Cut Pork Chop $17
with iron-skillet baked beans and fresh tossed coleslaw

Beer & Wine Specials
Texas beer flights
Select Texas wine offerings

Dessert

Mile High Key Lime Pie $7

Music Line-up

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Broken Spokes 6-9PM
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 – Vinyl Night w/ Guest DJ Mexican Blackbird (classic country) 7-10PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 26 – Vinyl Ranch 5-8PM | Pecos Hank 8-11PM
  • Friday, Feb. 27 – GO TEXAN DAY – Lucas Eason and The Panhandlers 5-8PM | Beta Theater Stand-Up Comedy 9PM

WHCC Choir & Rodeo Clowns will be making surprise appearances throughout the week.

Phoenicia In-Store Specials – All February

Apricot Fried Pie
Texas Pecan Pound Cake
Wafer Banana Pudding

Valentine’s Spotlight: Our YUMMY! Couple


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Meet the cutest, quirkiest couple! They met at a friend’s birthday party, where Nikki Machacek was taking photos and Chris Dunaway was playing in the band. While photographing the band Nikki noticed Chris. She thought he had a cute smile and was wearing braces, which she loved. They talked throughout the night and discovered they had a lot in common, but their fate was sealed when she put a cartoon aardvark “Arthur” plate on her face and Chris thought it was hilarious! Even though they were both dating other people, they felt a connection and soon after began to date. Their first date was an outing to the movie Slumdog Millionaire, and since they both have a passion for indie movies, it was followed by many more movie date nights.

They found a great place in the Heights and moved in together, not knowing that it was owned by her grandmother’s arch enemy! Even with an antagonistic landlord, they managed to “become adults together,” Nikki says with a sweet smile. They adopted a kitty named Slinky, and then another baby kitty named Pumpkin. Nikki convinced Chris to quit smoking and become a vegetarian, and Chris taught Nikki how to parallel park. Even though they have broken up and gotten back together, the love and support they have for each other has brought them back together and made them even stronger. (Of course it may also be a shared passion for music and comic books!)

Nikki and Chris eventually moved into a larger house with two other roommates, and Chris finding himself the only guy in a house full of women. The move allowed them to escape their landlord and gain the space to explore their talents. Nikki is an aspiring artist and Chris plays bass guitar in several popular bands. When they aren’t at work or practicing, you might find them at home, making dinner together. They love to make YUMMY! dinners side by side, as neither wants to cook an entire meal.

Because Nikki and Chris are from small Texas towns, Dickinson and Santa Fe, respectively, they have a deep compassion for a simple, shared life. Nikki declares they are engaged to be married and that they may want to adopt children someday. “First, we’ll probably start with a dog, and then maybe a monkey,” she says with a luminous laugh.

Their love of all things brings them to Phoenicia, where they enjoy many epicurean delights. When pressed for a favorite item, carb love wins out. They can’t live without a MKT BAR pizza.

Come to MKT BAR this Valentine’s and like Nikki and Chris, celebrate all that is love, friendship and pizza!

 

Kid’s Pastry Class and Pizza Party


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Phoenicia Pastry Chef David Berg will teach kids ages 3 and up how to bake and decorate cookies. After class, kids will prepare personal artisan pizzas and enjoy a pizza party, goody bag, and more fun. Includes complimentary MKT BAR cocktails for parents. $40 per child, per class. Limited space available.

For class schedule and to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.com

WHAT: Kid’s Pastry Classes and Pizza Parties
WHERE: Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown
1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green)
Houston, Texas 77010
PARKING: Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.
CONTACT: (832) 360-2222