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New Year’s Eve Soul Celebration


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On December 31st, MKT BAR is ringing in 2016 with a New Year’s Eve Soul Celebration with the live funky sounds of Jordan “Chili Sauce” Donald saxophone and vocoder extraordinaire and DJ Tempty. Delicious MKT BAR bites will be on hand throughout the night, and at midnight, guests can expect Hill Country Chicken & Waffles and artisan pizza paired with a champagne toast. VIP tables will be available and include champagne bottle service, and New Year’s Eve party favors. Ages 18 and up.

COST:
Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase online until December 31st at 6PM.

VIP Table Pricing (purchased online, in advance only, priced per table, doesn’t include general admission)
• 2-3 seat table (1 bottle of bubbles and New Year’s Eve party favors): $100
• 2-4 seat table (1 bottle of bubbles and New Year’s Eve party favors): $100
• 5-8 seat table (2 bottles of bubbles and New Year’s Eve party favors): $200
• 9-12 seat table (3 bottles of bubbles and New Year’s Eve party favors): $300

Please note: VIP Table guests must also purchase general admission tickets separately.
Tickets for entry are not included in the VIP Table price.

General Admission per person
$45 in advance; $55 at the door

New Year’s Day Brunch
Our popular Hill Country Chicken & Waffles is half off all day from 10AM-8PM.

YUMMY! Wonderland International Holiday Festival & Brunch with Santa


Posted in Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR, News

Celebrate global customs and cuisines under one festive roof at Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Saturday, December 12th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at YUMMY! Wonderland. Bring the family to Phoenicia’s downtown location and enjoy a day full of food, crafts, live musical performances and shopping. Join the Houston Fire Department’s Operation Stocking Stuffer and celebrate the spirit of the season with a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children (ages 4-12). Buffet-style brunch, house coffee and juice are included with the ticket price. Seating is first come, first served and brunch will be served from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

YUMMY! Food
The YUMMY! Wonderland buffet brunch features a delicious mix of global dishes served during the holidays, including:

Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
Moroccan Bastilla
Aleppo Roasted Potatoes
Falafel Spiced Hash Browns
Waffles with Cranberry Syrup
Assorted Quiche
Savory Pies
French Pastries & much more

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.

Talento Bilingüe de Houston
The Russian Cultural Center
Theatre Under the Stars’ Humphreys School of Musical Theater students
Awty International School’s International Choir
KINETIC, a fresh, new conductorless orchestra comprised of 16 string players led by Natalie Lin
FLY Dance Company
Houston Rockets games & giveaways, plus a possible appearance by mascot Clutch.
Pancho Claus, The Tex Mex Santa

YUMMY! Crafts
Let your creative side out to play! Families can create memories at hands-on crafting centers including:

Aurora Picture Show flip book craft
Young Makers activity station for making embossed holiday cards, hosted by Houston Makerspace
Cookie Decorating

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 Afghanistab, Bhutan, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Myannar (Burma) and Sudan.

YUMMY! Holiday Wishes
What’s on your holiday wish list? Let Santa Claus know during the celebration. Santa speaks French and English and photo opportunities are available.

YUMMY! Wonderland Performance Schedule

9-11AM – Photo Booth with Santa
11-11:15AM – FLY Dance Company
11:15-11:25AM – The Russian Cultural Center presents Andrey
11:30-11:45AM – Theatre Under the Stars’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre
11:45AM-12PM – YUMMY! Prize Wheel Fun
12-12:15PM – Talento Bilingüe de Houston presents Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico
12:15-12:30PM – Rosewood Thievz
12:30-1PM – Awty International School Children’s Choir
1-1:15PM – Theatre Under the Stars’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre
1:15-1:30PM – YUMMY! Prize Wheel Fun
1:30-1:45PM – Talento Bilingüe de Houston presents Pancho Claus
1:45-3PM – KINETIC The Conductorless Ensemble

Purchase tickets in advance at: http://yummywonderland.eventbrite.com/ 

Join the Event HERE

Get Your Ghoul On! at MKT BAR


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Get ready for an evening of ghostly goodies and festive fun at MKT BAR on Saturday, October 31st from 7PM – 1AM. Nosh on spook-tacular snacks with party potions available at special prices. Partygoers are encouraged to dress up in their best costume for a chance to win prizes and be ready to dance the night away.

Spook-tacular Snacks (included with ticket price)
Roasted Squash Tarts
Assorted “Creepy Crostini”
Pizzas
Veggie Stuffed Mushrooms
Pulled Pork Sliders

Get Your Ghoul On! Potions (available for purchase)
Vampire Blood – Port wine, cranberry & orange juice atop a scoop of Forest Berry gelato topped off with a splash of Topo Chico
Witches Brew Red Wine Sangria – Our spooky spin-off a traditional red wine sangria
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator

Other Treats (available for purchase)
Apple Taffy Gelato
Trick or Treat Candy Bar Crunch Gelato

Live Music
Wonky Power Records presents performances by George West, DJ Klandestino, and Mario Rodriguez 7-10pm
DJ Tempty 10pm-1am

Live Video Projections by Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola

Art Featured by Santos Guerrero aka TKNY

Costume Contest & Prizes

Tickets are available for purchase online.
$12 VIP admission includes light bites & festive fun.
General admission -free ticket- is to enjoy the festive fun.
Halloween-themed drink specials and desserts will be available for purchase.

“Shooting Stars” by Trish Badger Photography


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Witness a collection of live music photography and portraits. “Shooting Stars” is a powerful exhibition from the past seven years, documenting national and international acts as well as the rise of Houston’s vibrant and emerging music scene.

Trish Badger is a Houston-based photographer whose career is built upon an extensive range of portrait, music, commercial and event photography. She has been capturing live music in venues large and small for the past seven years. Her keen eye behind the lens and passion for music have given her the opportunity to document some of the world’s most prestigious musicians, while at the same time being an outspoken champion for Houston’s music scene.

All artwork will be available for purchase. Exhibition organized by Jonathan Bietler.

OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artist on Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:30-10:30PM
EXHIBITION: September 24 – November 29, 2015
COST: Free admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Join the event here.

Noemi: Phoenicia is a home away from home!


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Noemi came to Houston four years ago after living in Waller Texas, a very small town, northwest of Houston. She moved here to be closer to her aunts whom were living here and she hoped a bigger city might provide more opportunities for her 8-year old son. As she began looking for places to work, she came to Phoenicia excited about interacting with different people and cultures; it was hard at first because the food and customs were new to her but after being at Phoenicia over a year, it felt like home. While moving to a large city can be overwhelming, working at Phoenicia provides the comforts that she had living in a small town; regular customers, a warm-homey atmosphere and people who really care about each other. It took a while to reach that comfort level, the customers and their customs were very different from what she was used to but she found it was easier when she identified things that made them the same. Noemi smiles when she thinks about how similar cultures and food are; the pita often reminds her of tortillas from her home country and we laughed as we talked about how many of our wonderful breads, tortillas and pitas are used in lieu a fork and knife!

Noemi is a wonderful ambassador for customers who aren’t familiar with Mediterranean food; her first suggestion to a timid palate is our delicious hummus with fresh pita bread or flat breads with cheese- you can’t go wrong! Noemi always encourages people to try food, she tells them, “When you try it you like it!” You will often find her sampling her favorites like Baklava, Turkish delight, pita bread and the famous Zorab’s Italian Spices with olive oil and yummy fresh bread to very appreciative customers! With so many YUMMY choices at Phoenicia she asks herself daily, “What am I going to eat?” The answer is often Chicken Shawarma and with her favorite bakery a scrumptious fresh fruit tart.

As a manager at Phoenicia she enjoys teaching and managing people to be their best and she flourishes under the responsibility that it brings, she is eager to learn new things and her passion for Phoenicia is always evident, it even spills over to her young son…next to visiting the zoo, her son who would rather come visit Phoenicia than do anything! He visits often and you can be sure he is a good boy with a bright future!

Noemi is very impressed with the wedding cakes that they make in the bakery, she was always afraid of taking big special orders but now it is second nature to her. She attributes much of her confidence to working with Don, he is a great baker and a very kind, understanding teacher, with his gentle guidance she is learning so much and simply having him there makes things easier. While she struggled keeping things neat and organized, as they remodeled the bakery, the outcome was well worth it…the ice cream cakes that Phoenicia now offers in the bakery area are delicious and strawberry cake is her favorite!

Your travels may take you around the globe, but when you are at Phoenicia you are a part of our family and you can bet that Noemi is working hard to make sure Phoenicia is your home away from home!

MKT Stand-up Showcase


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MKT Stand-up Showcase
First Sundays through Summer
June 7 | July 5 | August 2
7 – 8:30PM
FREE

What’s the best way to put Houston comedy on the map? Give comedians the tools they need to make it big. Throw in a few seasoned professionals and you’ve got a night of laughs in the bag.

Hosted by award-winning comic Barry Laminack, this free, monthly showcase features a rotating cast of local comedians bringing their best work to the stage to be recorded in front of a live audience (you!). It’s your chance support our city’s growing comedy scene—all while enjoying specials on our unique selection of craft beers and artisan pizzas.

$3 pints | $16 pitchers | $5 off pizza

August 2
Hosted by Barry Laminack
Featuring
– Dale Cheesman
– Dusti Rhodes
– Bob Biggerstaff
– Kristin Lindner
– Jaffer Khan
– Chase Durousseau

The MKT Stand-up Showcase series culminates with The BETA Bracket, BETA Theater’s audience-judged stand-up comedy competition which kicks off in the fall. To make event-goers laugh, 10 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 $2,000 in winnings.

MKT BAR’s comedy events are brought to you by BETA Theater, whose mission is to incubate world-class talent right here in Houston. Learn more at betatheater.com.

“Armature” by Jennifer McClish


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The exhibition “Armature” features new paintings by MFA University of Houston student Jennifer McClish. Her glossy, vibrant paintings explore the psychological battles between the individual and society through the use of abstraction, layering and texture.

“Armature” is a powerful exhibition that explores love, spirituality and mortality.

McClish graduated from the Memphis College of Art in 2012 with a focus in Drawing and a minor in Art History. Currently, she is pursuing a MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Houston. Her work focuses on narrative and the psychological, exploring the internal battles of the individual and the anxieties that put us in conflict with ourselves and our surroundings. Nineteeth century Symbolist art and literature also influence her work.

OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artist on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: May 30 – July 24, 2015
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Join the event.

Exhibition organized by Charisse Weston.

Father’s Day Weekend


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June 19-21, 2015

Join us for YUMMY! Father’s Day Weekend Brunch and dinner specials, guaranteed to make Dad happy. Father’s Day Weekend Brunch specials include Fajita Pizza with grilled flank steak, peppers, onions, cheese and pico de gallo, along with Pulled Pork Waffles. Dad can also choose from classic à la carte brunch favorites such as Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Piperade with Eggs and our Sake Bloody Mary, beer flights and an impressive selection of draught beer. Dinner highlights include Watermelon and Feta Salad, BBQ Pork Ribs with MKT Potato Salad and California Dream Cake. Little ones can also enjoy YUMMY! items from our kids menu including popular Bayou City Sliders, Fish & Potato Chips and more. On Sunday, June 21, Dad can also enjoy live music with the Jordan Chase Trio performing from noon to 3PM.

MKT BAR Father’s Day Weekend Brunch Specials
Available Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21
(Regular Weekend Brunch menu will also be available.)

Fajita Pizza $12
with grilled flank steak, peppers, onions, cheese and pico de gallo

Pulled Pork Waffle $13

MKT BAR Father’s Day Dinner Specials
Available Friday-Sunday, June 19-21
(Regular MKT BAR menu will also be available.)

Appetizer
Watermelon and Feta Salad $7

Entrées
BBQ Pork Ribs with MKT Potato Salad $14

Fajita Pizza $12
with grilled flank steak, peppers, onions, cheese and pico de gallo

Dessert
California Dream Cake $8
Nine layers of moist chocolate cake filled with chocolate truffle cream, cream cheese mousse, Heath Bar crunch and chocolate cookie crumble

Phoenicia In-store Gift Items – Available All Month at Both Locations
A unique selection of Phoenicia-exclusive items:
– Hand-crafted cigars
– Gourmet spice assortments
– Select global gourmet coffees
– Premium nuts and snacks
– World’s best beer for the world’s best dad
– Phoenicia and MKT BAR gift cards in-store and online

Phoenicia Bakery Specials – Available June 15-21 at Both Locations
– Blueberry Tortes
– Cherry Clafoutis
– Black and White Cookies

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.