Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
All week long
Anniversary Specials at Peli Peli
Peli Peli, which opened its first location at Vintage Park in 2009 and has now added three more locations (Galleria, Spring Branch, Downtown), is celebrating its eighth birthday with rotating weekly specials all month long. This week guests can get a free sticky toffee pudding with purchase of entrée at Peli Peli locations, 110 Vintage Park, 5085 Westheimer; a free cupcake at Peli Peli Kitchen, 9090 Katy; and a free sticky toffee cookie at Peli Deli, 808 Travis.
Monday, April 10
Richard Knight Pop-Up at Peli Peli Galleria
Chef Richard Knight (formerly of Hunky Dory and Feast) will pop-up at Peli Peli Galleria, 5085 Westheimer, for a special collaboration dinner with Peli Peli chef Paul Friedman. Guests can enjoy a six-course experience ($55 per person, plus tax and gratuity) featuring British and South African-inspired favorites, with a tentative menu featuring Cornish crab soup, shepherd’s pie and South African nougat ice cream. Reservations can be made between 5 and 10 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to Heifer International to support its mission to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
Wine Luncheon with The Barn at Blackberry Farm at One Fifth
James Beard Award-winning restaurant The Barn at Blackberry Farm will be offering multi-course menus of its Foothills Cuisine at One Fifth, 1658 Westheimer, at 11:30 a.m. The refined, intimate lunch will feature a tasting menu from executive chef Cassidee Dabney, paired with wines by sommelier Andy Chabot. Limited to 25 people only. Cost is $225 per person and includes four plated courses and pairings (tax and gratuity are additional).
Monday and Tuesday
Passover Seder at Houston Marriott Westchase
Guests are invited to join CHAI Learning Center of West Houston for a community Passover seder, conducted in Hebrew and English by Rabbi Dovid Goldstein, and held at Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark. The special meals will be held on Monday, April 10, at 8:15 p.m. and Tuesday, April 11, at 8:35 p.m. Cost is $70 for adults, $35 for children age five to ten and no charge for children under five. Lunches are also available at a cost of $50 per adult and $25 per child. Call 281-589-7188 for details.
Tuesday, April 11
Grand Opening at Tacodeli
Tacodeli, an Austin-born, award-winning taqueria, will open its first Houston location just west of downtown at 1902 Washington, and the first 100 guests will receive free Tacodeli T-shirts. The quick-format neighborhood restaurant will be open daily for breakfast and lunch, with a menu offering more than 40 made-from-scratch tacos.
Thursday, April 13
Dynamic Spain Wine Tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Downtown, 1200 McKinney, will be hosting a Spanish wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be able to experience the unique wines of Spain, ranging from crisp and mineral-tinged whites to classic Rioja and the modern new Spanish reds. Cost is $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 713-658-1995.
Shochu for Dummies at Izakaya
Izakaya, 318 Gray, will be offering a Shochu for Dummies class and a tasting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will cover the history of shochu, a popular Japanese distilled spirit; how it is made from different ingredients — including rice, barley, buckwheat and sweet potatoes — and why different parts of Japan use different ingredients, as guests taste shochu both alone and in cocktails and enjoy food from executive chef Jean Philippe Gaston. Cost is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Registration is limited so reservations are required. Call 713-527-8988.
Thursday through Sunday
Songkran Festival at Songkran Thai Kitchen and Songkran Thai Grill
Both Songkran Thai Kitchen in Uptown Park, 1101-08 Uptown Park, and Songkran Thai Grill in Sugar Land, 2258 Texas, will be celebrating the Songkran Festival, which marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. Each location will offer two special dishes — including the E-Sarn Platter, which includes a green papaya salad with dried shrimp, peanut, Thai chile and lime, curbside beef satay with chile tamarind dipping sauce and sticky rice; as well as Guay-Teaw Ped, a braised duck served with rice noodles, Asian veggies, Thai herb broth and chile garlic vinegar — alongside authentic Thai music and a traditional water ceremony to symbolize the washing away of the old year. Songkran Thai Kitchen in Uptown Park will also have special Thai dance performances with dancers from Wat Buddhavas of Houston.
Friday, April 14
Brunch with the Bunny at Brennan’s of Houston
From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy Brunch with the Bunny at Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith. The holiday event offers photo ops with the Easter bunny, live bunnies on the patio, a room full of Easter goodies, a bunny trail and prix fixe brunch menus for children ($30) and adults ($45 including a complimentary mimosa). Kids can enjoy dishes such as buttermilk shortstacks, fried chicken and pain perdu and spring veggie pasta; while the adult menu features Brennan’s classics like Matagorda Bay grilled oysters and Texas shrimp and grits.
Saturday, April 15
From noon to 6 p.m., French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett, will be adding an adult Easter egg hunt to its usual complimentary Saturday. Susan Doherty of Green Eyed Susan will also be on hand to sell and offer bites of her hand-crafted macarons.
Art-chella Festival at West Elm City Centre
From noon to 4 p.m., West Elm City Centre, 12848 Queensbury #152, will be hosting this creative festival, which combines music, art and food inspired by Coachella. As for the food, vendors include A Cake Maker, offering cupcakes and sugar cookies; Twirl Cotton Candy; Wink by Erica, bringing mini cakes, doughnuts and macarons; and Expensive Taste Catering, offering a nacho bar and non-alcoholic drinks.
Mac & Cheese Festival at Silver Street Studios
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Held from noon to 4 p.m. at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards, Houston’s first-ever Mac & Cheese Festival will be making the city extra cheesy, with two dozen local spots competing to be fan favorite. General admission tickets ($50) include unlimited samples, a vote for Best Mac & Cheese, and five adult drink tickets. VIP ($80) includes all of that, plus quick entry, a choice of shirt and access to VIP areas.
Sunday, April 16
Easter Sunday Brunch
From bountiful holiday buffets and three-course affairs with egg hunts for the kiddos to a brunch with a Cadbury Creme Egg cocktail, check out our top picks for brunching in Houston this Easter Sunday.