Sparrow doesn’t aim to please, Sparrow aims to serve. Good food, that is. The kind of food you want to enjoy with good friends because that’s what food should be about: experiences.
A whimsical and modern homage to the namesake medieval cookshops that serviced the takeaway food needs of visitors and locals, who didn’t have access to kitchens for monetary or safety reasons.
ABOUT CHEF MONICA
Dubbed the “Alice Waters of the Third Coast,” Texas-reared chef Monica Pope has been revolutionizing Houston’s culinary scene since she debuted her first restaurant in 1992. As a high school student, she dreamed of “opening a restaurant and changing the way Houston eats.” Pope shares her passion for connecting local farmers and us, the co-producers, by hosting interactive cooking classes and Pop-Ups in a Field or any beautiful place.
Pope has enjoyed national recognition in the form of a James Beard Award nomination and a spot competing on the 2010 second season of Top Chef Masters on Bravo. She is still the only female Texas chef to be named a Top Ten Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine thanks to her food philosophy, “eat where your food lives”.
Hailed by Travel & Leisure magazine as “one of the most ingenious restaurateurs around,” Pope first learned to cook from her Czech grandmother and went on to earn her Chef’s title from Prue Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London, UK. After working in Europe and San Francisco, she returned home to Houston to open the Quilted Toque, which was followed by a succession of acclaimed restaurants, including Boulevard Bistrot, t’afia and Sparrow Bar + Cookshop.
Pope is the founding chair of Recipe for Success Foundation’s Chefs Advisory Board. She most recently co-founded the organization, I’ll Have What She’s Having, with some badass doctors & chefs to help raise awareness and funds in support of women’s healthcare in the hospitality industry.
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Food is my language—salt is my ingredient.
- Food and Drink
Curated by Chef Monica Pope, ONE Table is a One-Night Experience with One Mission. One Purpose. One Table.
The backyard can be Monica’s or your own but there will always be special drinks, great food, and a seat at one long table. It’s called Community.
starts at $55/person
Salon-Style Sunday Suppers
Create your own private supper and eat it too with the Pope. Gather a group of friends and enjoy a unique dining experience at Sparrow Cookshop. We’ll cook a little and eat together. Available on Sundays only. Minimum 8 and a maximum of 12 people.
starts at $55/person
I cater, my place or yours! I call it Curated Catering because I source locally from the Houston landscape, considering place & season, to create unique menus and experiences.
Build Your Own Cooking Class
Work with Monica to create your own private cooking experience. Whether you are looking for a fun social gathering with friends or want to offer a unique team-building experience for your company, Monica can develop a one-of-a-kind class for you. Classes can be designed around a theme such as Holiday Appetizers or Sparrow Favorites or you can let Monica pick the menu based on what is freshest at the market.
starts at $45/person
Thera+KIDS Cooking As Therapy Classes (Children 4-9)
In collaboration with Thera+Kids and Lori A. Gross, M.A., CCC-SLP, we offer co-treatment cooking sessions providing opportunities to develop and support your child’s social-emotional competencies, executive functioning, listening skills, sensory processing, self-modulation, motor skills and expanding eating preferences.