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Houston Barbecue Festival Returns; Colicchio Cuts Portion Sizes

Plus, Jamie Oliver will cook at the Sydney Opera House, because why not?

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HOUSTON— The third-annual Houston Barbecue Festival has announced its 2015 event: According to Eater Houston, the city's "biggest curated barbecue extravaganza" will take over NRG Park for four short hours on Sunday, April 26. Celebrated barbecue joints like Gatlin's BBQ, Killen's Barbecue, and Louie Mueller Barbecue are among the confirmed attendees; more information here. [EHOU]

NEW YORK CITY— At his namesake restaurant, Top Chef judge/newfound MSNBC correspondent Tom Colicchio is eliminating entrees entirely: Eater NY reports Colicchio & Sons is dropping the traditional appetizer-entree-dessert menu layout in favor of an entirely "mid-sized plates" menu. Colicchio tells Eater's Ryan Sutton that the change reflects both growing food costs and shifting diner expectations: "People's tastes are changing," he says. "It's a younger clientele coming out now. Whether it's from food programming on TV, whatever it is, they want to come in and try many different things." The menu switch is already in effect. [ENY]

SYDNEY— World-saving/malware-sharing chef Jamie Oliver will cook a one-off meal at the iconic Sydney Opera House, the latest in his ongoing effort to encourage children and families to cook. The Daily Telegraph reports Oliver will be on-hand March 29 as part of the site's ongoing "Ideas in the House" series. [Daily Mail]

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