The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce announced the “best of taste” winners from the 32nd annual Taste of the Town event on Jan. 18.

The best of taste competition includes awards for “Best Appetizer,” “Best Entree” and “Best Dessert,” which are determined by a panel of judges. This year, judges included Cristina Kooker of Great Day Houston; Leanne Akers, a pastry chef with Barry Callebaut Chocolate; Darby Douglas from KHOU Channel 11 and Roshni Gurnani, “Chopped” champion and executive chef at Hotel Derek.

To view the complete list of participating restaurants and businesses as well as the 2018 Taste of the Town, click here.

The final award is The Planet Lincoln People’s Choice Award, which is voted upon by Taste of the Town attendees through an online survey.

The follow competitors received awards:


Best Appetizer
Broken Barrel
1950 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 1900, The Woodlands
281-719-8542
www.brokenbarrelwoodlands.com
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Winning dish: Teriyaki Taco with habanero cream and trinity slaw





Best Entree
Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse
1400 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 180, Shenandoah
281-651-5369
www.avebrazil.com
Hours: Mon.-Tue. 5-9:30 p.m., Wed.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m., Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m., Sat. 4-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.

Winning dish: 21-day aged bottom sirloin steak with creamy parmesan au gratin potatoes





Best Dessert
KICPOPS
*KICPOPS is a pop-up vendor available for catering, special events, festivals and markets in the Greater Houston area.
713-882-5160
www.kicpops.com

Winning dish: Blackberry lavender lemonade ice pop





The Planet Lincoln People’s Choice Award
KICPOPS
*KICPOPS is a pop-up vendor available for catering, special events, festivals and markets in the Greater Houston area.
713-882-5160
www.kicpops.com

Winning dish: All-natural, locally sourced hand-crafted ice pops