My Top 5: Nutcracker Market’s Wendy Burks

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Photo courtesy of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market

Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. In turn, they share their own favorite things to do in Houston when they’re not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Wendy Burks, chairman of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market.

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Wendy Burks

  1. Urban Harvest Farmers Market – On Saturday mornings I have to get there by 8:30am so I can get fresh eggs. After I get my eggs I check out all the vendors to see what is in season. I always end up with goat cheese from Blue Heron and fresh veggies from Atkinson Farm and Gundermann Acres. After shopping, I head to the food trucks for breakfast tacos from El Topo and amazing quiche from Canopy. Take plenty of water with you because it is H-O-T. I love all the hustle and bustle and enjoy seeing the families, live music, and playing with the dogs that are up for adoption.
  2. Baseball – I love watching our World Champion Astros, the Lamar High School Texans, or West University Little League teams. My favorite baseball player is my seven-year-old nephew Paul Kobza. Nothing better than rooting for the home team. FYI, the best dugout food in Houston is at WULL fields. You can get spring rolls, pizza, and snow cones… the perfect meal.
  3. Wortham Theater – One of the most beautiful theaters calls Houston home. I have always enjoyed going to see performances at the Wortham Theater and am excited to go back and see Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker this holiday season.
  4. SeabrookThis is just a great getaway to be close to the water. Melinda’s Boutique (also a Nutcracker market vendor) is a fun place to shop and then head out to Outriggers on the bay for a shrimp po’boy. They usually have live music and I like meeting friends to enjoy the cool breeze while sipping on a beer or cocktail. 
  5. Brennan’s – We always celebrate Christmas, Easter, and Mother’s Day here. All around, it’s a great restaurant with an excellent menu and penchant for Southern hospitality. I took our boys JC and Harrison here once and Chef Randy Evans brought the boys each chef hats and told them if they used their “restaurant manners” he would take them back to the kitchen to try all the desserts. They both had perfect manners and lots of desserts.

About Wendy Burks

A longtime volunteer, Wendy Burks is chairman of the 38th Annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market.  The 2018 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Cruising into Christmas” happens at NRG Center from Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11, with more than 270 merchants from across the country selling unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, clothing, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, and accessories.

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