The trend of pop up dinners–under the radar cooks and aspiring restaurateurs throwing elaborate feasts in unlikely venues–means you never know where you’ll stumble upon your next great Southern meal. Houstonians will soon be able to peruse the meaty cases at Revival Market, Morgan Weber’s and partner Ryan Pera’s passionately local cafe, butcher, and grocery that sells heritage breed, all-natural pork, lamb, and chicken (raised at Morgan’s farm in Yoakum), locally grown produce, and artisan foodstuffs like barrel-aged sorghum and house made tomato chutney), and then watch the shop transform into a makeshift dinner party.
Revival Market typically serves espresso and pastries, lunch, and prepared foods and house-cured meats from a deli case. “We decided to do a dinner series because most of my day crew has a restaurant background, and we missed doing fine dining,” says chef de Cuisine Adam Dorris. “Preparing these menus keeps our creativity going in the kitchen, and it gives our customers a taste of what professional cooks can prepare with what we sell.”
The themed dinners, held two Tuesdays a month, will seat up to 40 at large, round tables, and serve multi-course menus ($85 per person) that showcase the food of farmers, foragers and artisans in the Gulf Region.
The first dinner on January 15th will showcase market favorites including Heritage Guinea Fowl Roulade with dandelion greens, cauliflower, chili; and Heirloom Freedom Ranger Chicken with chioggia beets, waffle, bourbon syrup. The following dinner on January 29th will be devoted to “wild things from the earth and sea” and serve up Acorn Pappardelle with wild boar ragu, guanciale, bay laurel, smoked goat ricotta; and Locally Raised Rabbit with chard, mustard, cranberry, foie gras, jus. The meals are BYOB, but guests can sip complimentary cocktails made from spirits–distilled nearby of course.