A member of the Phoenicia team for 21 years, Ruth has seen a lot of changes in the store during that time. She started at Arpi’s Deli and has worked in many of the departments at Phoenicia. She eventually made her way to manager of the hot grill, where she is happiest. While Ruth has worked with so many great people, her favorite will always be Richard Willis. She loved working with Richard and was sad when he moved to the Phoenicia Downtown location. Ruth feels a family bond with her teammates and considers them her “work family.” Also feeling a bond with customers, Ruth has been their acquaintance for many years, often seeing kids grow up and bringing in their own children!
Ruth grew up in Mexico and remained there after her brothers had moved to Houston. She dreamed of coming to Houston and was so excited when she finally had a chance to move here, right away she began working as a cashier in a Mexican Café but she longed for more. She knew someone who was working at Phoenicia and they were very happy, they talked about their job in the most positive ways and it made her really want a job here but she wasn’t confident in her cooking or her language skills and was afraid it was going to be a challenge. When she finally applied, her desire to work was evident and she was hired, it was her dream come true! Ruth was excited in her new position and went to school to study and learn so she could be a stronger member of the Phoenicia Team.
Though different cultures and languages can sometimes be difficult, Ruth really tries to connect with customers. She is sympathetic to language boundaries and will often use her version of sign language to direct or satisfy a customer’s needs. In her wildest dreams she never thought she would learn so many customs! One thing she notes is that every country and nationality can agree on one thing…delicious food! She laughs as she says that everyone loves Shawarma! Shawarma was the first food she tried at Arpi’s. It is the healthiest sandwich. She smiles sheepishly as she said that on her second day she saw falafel and thought “What is that?!?” she nibbled a bite and fell in love with them! Her love of food is contagious and she wants everyone to share her passion. If she notices that people seem hesitant to try a shawarma she will describe it in ways they may relate to, in fact she often describes it like a burrito! And even though Ruth has worked here for so many years she NEVER gets tired of eating Shawarma!
Ruth dreams have been realized with a city and a job that she loves and she feels it just gets better and better. Ruth loves creating foods and is especially proud of the soup she makes for the hot grille menu, and she positively beams when she says, “I am proud of the job and I am happiest when Mr. Bob is happy!”
Ruth’s eyes sparkle and her smile is huge as she talks about Phoenicia. “Something holds you here”, she comments earnestly. The Tcholakian Family, the customers, her co-workers and Mr. Bob… they make you feel special.
Come experience the food and atmosphere that dreams are made of here, at Phoenicia!
On Saturday, February 13th, all of Cupid’s single and hitched friends can enjoy Cupid’s Cuddle Fest Karaoke at MKT BAR. From 7-10PM, DJ Tempty will spin soulful love tunes, followed by cuddly karaoke emceed by the Rosewood Thievz.
At midnight, all the single ladies (and men) are invited to sing their hearts out in the first annual “#CuddleMe Singles Sing-off” to be crowned “#CuddleFest Karaoke King and Queen.” The Royal couple will close the night with a romantic duet.
Dinner Specials Available Thursday, February 10th through Sunday, February 14th
Crab Bisque $8 (suggested wine pairing – Vilarnau Cava $7.50) Halibut in parchment with potatoes, squash, asparagus and black olive, cherry tomato relish $19 (suggested wine pairing – Fiction Pinot Gris $11) Dry Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with mushroom bread pudding and port reduction $24 (suggested wine pairing – Salento Primitivo $8.50)
MKT BAR Dessert Specials $7
Brittany Lemon Crepe with maple Scotch pastry cream – A zesty lemon crepe filled with a light maple Scotch custard (suggested wine pairing – Meadery Apricots & Honey $6.50) Flourless Raspberry Chocolate Cake with chocolate mousse and a chocolate mirror glaze – $7
NEW! MKT BAR Dessert and Wine Pairing Flight for Two $18
Share a Valentine’s Tasting for 2 which features 4 mini desserts, each paired with wine.
Lemon curd filled in a sweet crust with mirror glaze and rose petals, paired with Arione Moscato Flourless raspberry chocolate cake topped with rich chocolate cream, paired with Rottlan Torra Priorat Almond macaron with fresh raspberry buttercream, paired with L’Conti Blanquette de Limoux Brut A mini éclair filled with creamy vanilla bean custard baked with a decorative red crumble, paired with Lone Birch Riesling
Choose one of the scrumptious dishes from the brunch specials from 10AM-3PM and toast to another year in love with our delicious cocktails, $8 each:
Pomegranate Mimosas Gingerberry Sake Bloody Mary Basil Rita
PHOENICIA SPECIALTY FOODS VALENTINE’S DAY OFFERINGS Available all month
Phoenicia Specialty Foods is your one stop shop for gifts for every type of person in your life: The Foodie, The Kiddos, The Wine & Beer Lover, The Coffee & Tea Addict, The Health Nut and The Sweet Tooth. See Phoenicia’s Valentine’s Gift Guide (PDF) for complete details.
Gift Baskets and Greeting Cards
Artisan Chocolates and Confections
Imported Beer, Wine, Champagne and Bar Accessories
Gourmet Gadgets, Le Creuset Cookware & Home Goods
Grocery Grab-and-Go Prepared Dinners For Two
Grilled Salmon with asparagus and garlic whipped potatoes
Coq Au Vin on butter noodles with pear onions, mushrooms and pancetta
Valentine’s Themed Desserts at the Bakery
Mini Valentine Cupcakes with mousses in various flavors: passion fruit, raspberry, lemon, white chocolate and mint
6-inch Cakes in assorted flavors: raspberry and chocolate charlotte, passion fruit and white chocolate mousse and a cardamom-laced mascarpone cream with strawberries
Fancy Heart Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Valentine Éclairs in assorted flavors: vanilla chocolate, strawberry, lemon, cardamom coffee bean
Strawberry Baba Rums with a spiced Phoenicia tea blend
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.
Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase onlineuntil 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.
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.
The YUMMY! Wonderland buffet brunch features a delicious mix of global dishes served during the holidays, including:
Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
Aleppo Roasted Potatoes
Falafel Spiced Hash Browns
Waffles with Cranberry Syrup
French Pastries & much more
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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 2016-17 season.
Special Phoenicia perks to SPA Performances
You can take part in SPA Houston show perks 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. Gain access to tickets before they are released to the public and receive discounts on select shows.
Laugh, vote, and repeat for another season of The BETA Bracket, BETA Theater’s stand-up comedy competition. Sponsored by MKT BAR, the audience-judged tournament will take place at 10PM every Friday through October 30th. 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 $250, $750 or $3000 in winnings.
Enjoy free admission and MKT BAR food and drinks for purchase.
WHAT: BETA Bracket Stand-up Comedy Competition WHEN: Fridays, beginning August 14 through October 30th at 10PM 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.
Witness the symbolism of flowers, the influence of the African Diaspora and the use of minimalist elements. “Abstract in Youth” is a powerful exhibition that explores the complexities of self-awareness, vanity and the transient nature of youth through portraits, primarily featuring the artist’s family and friends.
Pace studied Fine Arts at the University of Houston-Downtown. He currently lives in Houston and works at the University of Houston-Downtown Library.
All artwork will be available for purchase. Exhibition organized by Charisse Weston.
OPENINGRECEPTION: Meet the artist on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6-9PM EXHIBITION: July 26 – August 19, 2015 COST: Free admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.