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Rodeo Uncorked! and Best Bites Competition

The Rodeo never sleeps! It may still be another eight months away, but plans are underway for the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I’ve talked to Rodeo volunteers and they really do get started this early in advance. While many of the events Rodeo-goers have known to love will be the same, they can expect one thing will be at least a little bit different – all of the venues have undergone a name change. Reliant Stadium, Arena, Center, the Astrodome (yes, the Astrodome!)  and Park now have NRG in front of it.

Information hasn’t been released yet about what to expect at the event that I covered at the 2014 show, the Roundup and Best Bites Competition. This wine and food extravaganza featured over 80 restaurants competing for the coveted Popular Choice Award in the food category (chosen by over 4,000 attendees), while custom-made saddles, chaps and buckles go to the winners of the International Wine Competition.

Houston Community College’s Culinary Department was among the entrants in this year’s competition. Every year that HCC participates, Chef Christy Sykes takes four students with her so they can experience competing against some of the top restaurants in Houston. That exposure can also turn into real internships and job opportunities for students.

Check out the story below.

The team started preparing about a month out before the competition, which was high in charcuterie. HCC was the only educational institution in the mix.

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Bald is Beautiful

This Mother’s Day, some Houston Dynamo fans decided to skip brunch and get their heads shaved for Mom’s special day. But doing that had nothing to do with honoring mothers everywhere (although they’re totally deserving!). It was all about showing support for children with cancer through the annual event, Bald is Beautiful,   sponsored by Dynamo Charities.

Now in its’ sixth year, the Bald is Beautiful campaign seeks to raise money for awareness and research in the effort to find a cure to end childhood cancer by donating money from the event to the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund. All the action happened right before the Houston Dynamo took on Real Salt Lake at BBVA Compass Stadium.

“Dynamo Zone” co-host Jason Simon participated to mark his third time at the event and ended up giving over $600.00. But he wasn’t the only one. Susan Leining, a retired teacher and soccer coach from Santa Fe, Texas, also joined in. Learn more about what inspired her to get involved, below.

In the past, former Dynamo players Mike Chabala and Craig Waibel have spearheaded the event.