Celebrity Foodie Judges Give Nara Top Honors in Holiday Contest
HOUSTON (Nov. 10, 2014) – Cool weather and sunny skies greeted attendees at the inaugural Market on the Avenue at West Ave, Nov. 8. The shopping center’s main entry area was transformed into a pedestrian-friendly space, allowing shoppers to easily stroll the collection of food and shopping tents while listening to live music.
West Ave retailers Ann Sacks, Azur West-A Shu Uemura Salon, Q Clothier, Sam and lilli, Jonathan Adler, Langford Market, Poliform, Tootsies, Dr. Roth/Cameo, Rye 51, St. Nicola. Vanity Lounge, Stash, FLOR, Nigro Dermatology and Revolution Studio exhibited their beautiful shops front and center at the marketplace for the day, while Ligne Roset added an additional pop of style with a comfortable lounge area.
West Ave is synonymous with great food and some of Houston’s favorite celebrity foodies served as judges for the Holiday Appetizer Contest. KHOU Channel 11’s Lily Jang, the Houston Chronicle’s Syd Kearney and Zagat Houston’s Marcy de Luna chose Nara’s Bulgogi Korean BBQ Soft Tacos as the top dish. The People’s Choice award was given to Nara’s Chef de Cuisine Jojo Urbano for the tasty bites.
Eddie V’s, Del Frisco’s Grille and Cru also participated in the hotly contested tasteoff. West Ave also hosted a signature pop up cookbook shop from the Junior League of Houston, Erin Hicks, “Small Plates & Sips”, who signed each book, and the Latin Women’s Initiative, “Latin Flavors” was also on hand. Burning Bones Press impressed shoppers by producing wood-plated T-shirts on site at the market.
Citizens for Animal Protection, Natural Pawz, H-E-B, LIQS, Houston Food Bank, Deep Eddy Vodka, Circulo Tequila and Evamor Water also participated in Market on the Avenue. DJ Senega along with J&D Entertainment’s face painter and four- piece band entertained the crowds.
West Ave is located at 2800 Kirby @ Westheimer, one of the most popular corners in Houston. The art deco inspired development captures the spirit of the surrounding neighborhood while offering a contemporary collection of cafés, fine- dining establishments, boutiques, luxury apartment homes and more. For more information visit www.westaveriveroaks.com.