Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings, from crawfish and brews to dining for a cause:
Now through end of August
Daily Summer Happy Hour at Jax Grill
Every day of the week through the end of August, both locations of Jax Grill, 1613 Shepherd, 6510 South Rice, will offer happy hour drink specials, some offered all day. Get deals on everything from buckets of beer, beer-ritas and frozen margaritas to mimosas and frozen bellinis on the weekends. Happy hour times are Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All week long
Houston Black Restaurant Week
Benefiting local nonprofit Blue Triangle, Houston Black Restaurant Week features participating restaurants including Kitchen 713, Ray's BBQ Shack and Etta's Little Kitchen. Restaurants will feature menus at a fixed price, including brunch, lunch and dinner options in the $15-$25 range at casual eateries and in the $35-$45 range for fine-dining establishments. For more details, see our full write-up on the event.
Tuesday, April 25
Dam Good Sips: Tasting Tour at Beaver’s Westheimer
Beaver’s Westheimer, 6025 Westheimer, is hosting its inaugural tasting tour from 6 to 9 p.m. The monthly educational series will guide guests through spirits, wine and brews, with this month’s tour featuring spring-friendly white wines. Tickets are $30 per person and include six beverage selections and appetizers. Seating is limited, with 50 spots available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Chivas Regal Tasting at Reserve 101
Reserve 101, 1201 Caroline, is hosting a Chivas Regal tasting with Texas brand ambassador Miguel Galan at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $20 each and all proceeds will go to The Rescued Pets Movement.
Wednesday, April 26
Spring Pups on the Patio at Cane Rosso in Montrose
Cane Rosso, 4306 Yoakum, will host its next Pups on the Patio to benefit Texas GSP Rescue. Tickets are $10 and include a free glass of wine or beer, plus access to order any of Cane Rosso’s five pizzas named after dogs (including the Zoli, Cassie, Gus, Luana and Palinka pies) for a discount price of $10. The restaurant will make a donation to match 100 percent of the ticket sales from the event.
Retour Wines Dinner at Rainbow Lodge
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, is hosting a wine dinner featuring Retour Wines of Oregon from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Retour Wines owner Lindsay Woodard will lead a vertical tasting of three vintages of Pinot, introduce attendees to two new projects and treat guests to a special rosé. Cost is $145, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-861-8666.
Karbach Beer Dinner at Field & Tides
At 7 p.m., Field & Tides, 705 East 11th, will be hosting a special six-course pairing dinner with Karbach brewmaster Eric Warner ($90 per person, only ten seats available). Guests can enjoy dishes such as Gulf crudo with diver scallop, grapefruit, vanilla and serrano chile, paired with Staycation Session; sous vide pork tenderloin medallions with cane vinegar gastrique and herbed corn pudding, paired with Roll In The Hay; and Alabama stack cake, paired with Kentucky Habit.
Thursday, April 27
Dining Out For Life
Dining Out For Life, the annual nationwide event raising funds locally for AIDS Foundation Houston, will take place at more than 40 participating restaurants around Houston. Guests interested in supporting the cause can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day at restaurants including B&B Butchers & Restaurant, Barnaby’s Cafe, Niko Niko’s and Tacos a Go-Go, where a portion of the proceeds support AFH’s programs and services that help thousands of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.
New World versus Old World Wine Dinner at Ouisie’s Table Restaurant
At 6:30 p.m., Ouisie’s Table Restaurant, 3939 San Felipe, will offer an unusual wine dinner, pitting a selection of Old World (European) wines up against a selection of New World (North American) wines. The New World versus Old World event offers five courses with ten wines. With the exception of the first course (matching a new and old European sparkling), each course is paired with one wine from North America and another from Europe. Cost is $89 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call 713-528-2264.
NFL Draft Party at Pluckers Wing Bar
Beginning at 7 p.m. and running throughout the NFL Draft, Pluckers Wing Bar, 1400 Shepherd, will select specific guests to act as a general manager for an NFL team in the first round. The GM will be tasked with guessing who his or her team will draft, and if the guess is correct, everyone at that Pluckers location will be eligible for a specific food or drink special, available only until the next team’s pick. Specials will go up in value as the draft picks become harder to predict. The fun event will be happening at all Pluckers locations.
Friday through Sunday
CODE 7 Burger at Hopdoddy Vintage Park
To celebrate the opening of its new Vintage Park location, 142 Vintage Park, Hopdoddy is collaborating with Hugs & Donuts on a special, limited-time CODE 7 Burger ($11) — a nod to the code cops use for a coffee and doughnut run — featuring an Angus beef patty, Tillamook Cheddar, Applewood smoked bacon and a fried egg, sandwiched between two Hug & Donuts signature glazed doughnuts. Hopdoddy will only have six dozen of the sweet and savory burgers available each day.
Saturday, April 29
Saint Arnold’s Sixth Ward Block Party
Saint Arnold’s first ever Sixth Ward Block Party will take place at four of the brewery’s favorite places in the Sixth Ward neighborhood – Beaver’s, 2310 Decatur (tapping at 1 p.m.); Darkhorse Tavern, 2207 Washington (tapping at 2 p.m.), Henderson Heights, 908 Henderson (tapping at 3 p.m.) and Liberty Station, 2101 Washington (tapping at 4 p.m). Each will be joining to host a carnival-style celebration, featuring special release kegs tapped hourly, carnival food, games (including inflatable Hungry Hungry Hippos), live music, and eats like corn dogs and fried Oreos. The party goes from 1 to 8 p.m.
Cheese Making Class at Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana
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The Montrose location of Pizaro’s, 1000 West Gray, will be hosting a Cheese Making Class at 10 a.m. During the 90-minute class, guests will learn how to make two styles of cheese: mozzarella from curd and fresh ricotta. They’ll also sample the cheese, enjoy it on a pizza and take some home. Price is $150 per person and the class is limited to ten people. Call 832-742-5200.
Sunday, April 30
Crawfish & Brews at 8th Wonder Brewery
8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas, is hosting its fourth annual Crawfish & Brews event from noon to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy mudbugs alongside 8th Wonder's excellent beer selection, plus great music from Mannie Fresh, The Bright Light Social Hour, Bombon with DJ Gracie Chavez & DJ Act Badd, Havoc Wagon and Dayta. General admission tickets are $15 ($20 at the door), with a Crawfish and Brews Package available for $35 ($40 at the door), which includes two pounds of crawfish, corn and potato and a limited-edition pint glass with three beer tokens.