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The Tasting Room Uptown Park is in the Holiday Spirit with New Antipasti Bar

by Jacquari Harris
| December 6, 2017 12:39 am CST

The first course of any meal can set the tone for rest of the dining experience. A light, yet decadent amuse bouche from a French restaurant may set the stage for a four-course extravaganza; while baked chips with a five-layer queso dip can get you in the mood for a fajita party at your neighborhood Mexican restaurant. And when it comes to Italian, antipasti is preferred with cured meats, veggies and a few surprises in between.

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Mussels Provencal

The Tasting Room Uptown Park has been a Houston staple for more than 10 years with its vast wine selection, exclusive Galleria Zip code, and now, a new Antipasti Bar. The Antipasti Bar at The Tasting Room Uptown Park is available during the restaurant’s Social Hour, an after-work social experience offered Monday through Friday from 5p.m. to 8 p.m., where guests can pop imported bottles of wine and consume a colorful assortment of antipasti.

The Antipasti Bar was developed by Executive Chef Alberto Gutierrez and is a great way to start off a meal. A couple of standouts from the Antipasti Bar menu that Gutierrez created include Fruits De Mar, which for you seafood lovers is a combination of shrimp, octopus and crabmeat in citrus vinaigrette. Then there’s the Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with prosciutto di parma and asparagus in balsamic reduction. I’m also a big fan of mushrooms, so I was excited to see the Stuffed Mushroom with goat cheese, garlic, e.v.o.o., balsamic reduction and parsley.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

The Antipasti Bar is only available at The Tasting Room’s Uptown Park location, and if you have a group of four or more, you’ll receive a complimentary antipasti sampler. For more information on the restaurant, visit

The Tasting Room Uptown Park | 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77056 | 713.993.9800