Slowly, but surely my evil plan to turn parts of The Market at Sawyer Yards into a giant outdoor food court is coming together.
If you’re wondering what I’m rambling on about let me remind you. Three years ago when I visited the Eugene Saturday Market in … Eugene, OR., the massive weekly market had a mouth-watering expanse of food vendors. There was even one vendor that served up burritos as I recall, that was tasty enough to fool this Texan into thinking he was at home.
Saturday at The Market at Sawyer Yards, the court is missing and so are the 2 dozen plus hot food vendors I hope to bring there one day. I can promise you this though, you will not go hungry. Here is a small sampling of the food purveyors coming this Saturday.
The Cuban Spot food truck will grace Art Alley by the Site Gallery for the first time. This truck, run by two brother’s of Cuban decent hail from Miami, and bring with them the favorite street foods popular there. I recommend everything, but you can’t go wrong with the Cuban Sandwich.
Walking Art Alley these days, the food exhibitors are not necessarily the usual fair of mason jars of pickled stuff and jams. These folks were curated in by a discriminating group of other hungry exhibitors.
For other hot food ready to go check out Dumpling Haus dumplings. KicPOPS popsicles will cool off any spice, Nisha’s Indian Food, La Petite Patisserie, Kai’s Kookies, Mandarinos Coffee, The Baker’s Man, Chilesquiles, Axel Provisions, Trishna’s Tea, Houston Winery and Straylight Bar. That’s right, a bar! More on these on the website.
Speaking of hot, do not miss Cultured Heat hot sauce. Created by Francesco Conti, Cultured Heat has been the media darling of late, turning up everywhere. It is locally sourced, small batch hot sauce, handmade in The Heights via wild fermentation. The result of preparing their product in this unique way is a clean tasting hot sauce that is vegan, paleo, gluten free, Whole30 compliant, free of vinegar and sugar, and full of healthy probiotics and flavor. This hot sauce is the best I’ve ever had!
Conti is joined by fiancée Mandy Trichell, and the couple can be found at area outdoor markets and lately, I’ve seen their products hitting local shelves like The Heights Grocer at 4525 N. Main St.
The Market at Sawyer Yards is located at 1502 Sawyer St., behind the giant sculpture of the word ART. Get details online. SawyerStreetMarket.com.
For the ultimate date night, plan to visit Houston Vintage Market & Festival 2018 Friday evening for the preview party and fashion show. This event has it all, in addition to performances, find vintage clothing, radios, collectibles, cars, and even airplanes. It is after all at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston’s first passenger airport. Tickets and more at HoustonVintage.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.