RODEO UNCORKED!® ROUNDUP AND BEST BITES COMPETITION PAIRS GOURMET DISHES AND WINNING WINES AT HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™

FEB. 19, 2018 — HOUSTON — Local food and wine enthusiasts gathered on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds Sunday evening for the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition, which featured dishes from 106 Houston restaurants, chefs, caterers and food trucks paired with winning wines from the 2018 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.

New for 2018, the Best Bites Competition featured five Houston-area food trucks competing for the first-ever title of Trail Boss Grand Champion. Food trucks were also eligible to compete in the People’s Choice Award which was determined by the nearly 6,000 guests in attendance.

The 2018 Best Bites winners are:

Outstanding Showmanship Award

Grand Champion – Brothers Produce

Reserve Grand Champion – Pop Fancy

 

People’s Choice Award

Grand Champion – Killen’s – Beef Ribs

Reserve Grand Champion – Taste of Texas – Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin

 

Tasty Traditions Award

Grand Champion – Ooh La La – Corn Flake Cookie

Reserve Grand Champion – Texas de Brazil – Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Mashed Potatoes

 

Trailblazing Appetizer/Starter Award

Grand Champion – Snooze an AM Eatery – Pork Belly on a Tortilla with Mango Pico de Gallo

Reserve Grand Champion – Brennan’s – Tasso and Grit Dumpling with NOLA Barbeque Shrimp

Third Place – EuraAsia Fusion – Pepper Tuna Crab

 

Lone Star Entrée Award

Grand Champion – Killen’s – Beef Ribs

Reserve Grand Champion – Texas de Brazil – Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Mashed Potatoes

Third Place – Brio Tuscan Grill – Balsamic Braised Beef with Smoked Gouda, Polenta and Brussel Sprouts

 

Two-Steppin’ Dessert Award

Grand Champion – Killen’s STQ – Maple Bacon Bread Pudding

Reserve Grand Champion – Pop Fancy – Cereal Pops

Third Place – Ooh La La – Corn Flake Cookie

 

Rookie Award

 Pop Fancy – Cereal Pops

 

Trail Boss Food Truck Award (new for 2018)

 Breaking Bao – The Hot Jam Bao

 

During the event, each dish could be paired with one of 452 complimentary, champion wines selected from the 2018 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.

This year, the International Wine Competition judging included a record 3,188 entries from 18 different countries, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal and South Africa. The 2018