Holiday Cocktails, Chef-Created Bar Bites at Houston CityPlace Marriott
Learn how to make seasonal Milk & Cookies cocktail, and Avocado Fries from the SwitcHouse “Plates & Pours” menu.
I visited the new-build Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village this week—a 337-room property managed by Aimbridge Hospitality. The hotel opened in October, and its F&B centerpiece is a streetside bar and restaurant called SwitcHouse, developed by Aimbridge, who have a long track record of success with F&B.
I sampled some of the SwitcHouse menu with Director of F&B Donnie Pearson, Executive Chef Jorge Petterson, Outlet Manager Tiffany Kirk, and Director of Sales & Marketing Kelli Harvey. The SwitcHouse concept features railroad-themed décor—a nod to the hotel’s location in Spring (about 30 minutes north of downtown Houston) and its history as one of the country’s major railroad hubs since the 1870s. The restaurant has an open entrance from the lobby, and is the hotel’s three-meal venue, with 65 seats, including outdoor options, and a 12-seat private dining room.
The food menu created by Petterson is approachable and on-trend, with from-scratch bar bites and familiar entrees with a Texas twist (like smoked beef tenderloin—a top-seller) and a few nods to Petterson’s Peruvian heritage, like the shrimp po' boy (pictured above) which incorporates Peruvian aji amarillo paste into the tartar sauce for an extra kick.
Kirk’s cocktails are inventive, always changing, and right now, seasonal for the holidays (see photos above), including a smooth-tasting SwitcHouse Eggnog, and Milk & Cookies—one of the top-sellers. Also popular on the food menu is Petterson’s Avocado Fries, which are hand sliced, frozen to prevent oxidation, then breaded with panko, fried, and served with chipotle aioli.
In the videos below, Petterson demonstrates how to make his Avocado Fries, while Kirk shows how to make her signature Milk & Cookies cocktail. That drink also can be modified to include cereal milk—warm lavender milk steeped in breakfast cereal, like Frosted Flakes, then strained—which is the version I tasted during my visit.
We’ll have more about Aimbridge’s SwitcHouse and the Houston CityPlace Marriott in an upcoming 2019 issue of Hotel F&B, so stay tuned…
Milk & Cookies Cocktail
1 oz. Cognac
.75 oz. Amaretto
.75 oz. Licor 43
1 oz lavender milk or cereal milk
.75 Holiday Syrup
Method - See video below with Outlet Manager Tiffany Kirk:
How to make SwitcHouse Avocado Fries with Executive Chef Jorge Petterson: