Reservations for Fun

Republished by Weddings in Houston

Writer Mauri Elbel

There's no better place to party in style than Houston, a city brimming with dining destinations that boast delicious cuisine, eclectic ambiance and impeccable service. And there's no better excuse for a party...than a wedding! From engagement celebrations to rehearsal dinners to day-after brunches, savor some of Houston's best tasting fare, but caters to the unique needs of your once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

BRENNAN'S

The crown jewel of Texas Creole cuisine and Southern hospitality has a rich and delivers memorable experiences amid a charming New-Orleans-style backdrop. For couples looking for a place to celebrate their upcoming their upcoming nuptials, it's certain a delicious precedence to the life ahead will be set at Brennan's. Bites such as fried green tomato and blue-crab claws, and forever-braised oxtail and dumplings, as well as signature entrees such as Berksire-pork osso buco and Gulf Coast shrimp flamed tableside in cognac, are sure to wow your rehearsal dinner or engagement party guests.

"We've been creating memories for over 45 years," says Brennan's Ivonne Marquez, noting that the restaurant's ballroom, wine room and courtyard patio are the most popular spots for private events. For rehearsal dinner, she suggests a four-course seated dinner and open bar that begins with cocktails and a wedding parade in the restaurant's courtyard as a jazz musician serenades guests. "Day-after brunches are usually casual affaires with menu items such as morning pastries, Eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, mimosas and Bloody Mary's," says Marquez.

Engagement parties can be intimate seated or stand-up dinners featuring passed hors d'oeuvre and food stations, Bridal lunches and showers often feature lighter fare such as salads, complemented by Brennan's mimosas and specialty cocktails. Reserve a table for you and your spouse-to-be and unwind before the big day by dining on Brennan's tableside-prepared dishes and sipping Champagne -- a diversion any engaged couple can raise a glass to!