All Week Long
Want your little ones to learn something useful for a change over spring break? Sign them up for a kids cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. There are classes Monday through Thursday at noon each day, with themes like dinner delights, Tex-Mex and pasta. The classes are open for children age 9 to 12 and cost between $40 and $45 per child, depending on the class. See the schedule on the Central Market website.
Monday, March 14
Take advantage of Pi(e) Day (get it? 3/14?) by getting a personal pizza from any Your Pie location for just $3.14, and craft beers will also be available for just $3.14. Celebrate Pi Day the best way; eat a pie.
Join Kata Robata at 3600 Kirby for White Day, a Japanese holiday that's all about love. In Japan, Valentine's Day is a day for the ladies to surprise their significant others with gifts, and white day is when the men return the favor for their sweeties. The treats and gifts on this day are traditionally white, just as Valentine's Day is usually red and pink, so Chef Horiuchi will be preparing a traditional white marshmallow treat for dessert.
Azienda Agricola Brigaldara Wine Tasting
For just $13, you can try wines straight from Azienda Agricola Brigaldara in Italy's Amarone region at 13 celsius, 1300 Caroline, and winemaker Antonio Cesari will be there to tell you all about them. There will also be special retail prices during this tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations aren't required, but you're encouraged to join the Facebook event.
Tasting 100 at Blacksmith
This 7 p.m. coffee class at Blacksmith, 1018 Westheimer, will teach you the basics of coffee tasting, including recognizing the nuances off coffee and understanding what gives it those nuances. The class is $80 per person, and you can get tickets on the Blacksmith website.
Tuesday, March 15
Free Cone Day at DQ
Pop into any Dairy Queen for free cone day; every customer can get one free vanilla ice cream cone, and customers are encouraged to make a donation that day to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Latte Art Throwdown
The doors of Revival Market, 550 Heights, will open at 6 p.m. for this foamy competition. There will be coffee, sweets and light bites available for purchase, as well as free beer. If you want to participate, you just have to contribute $5 to the prize pot and show up early to sign-up. The first latte art will be thrown down at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16
Raw Bar Tastings Begin at Izakaya
Every Wednesday and Thursday, you can now find a special raw bar tasting menu at Izakaya, 318 Gray, which features offerings like octopus tentacles with pickled fennel and sweet glaze, or braised daikon and backfin crab cake with crispy bacon. The cost is $75 per person, $90 with tea pairings (part of their new tea service), or $115 with alcohol pairings. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Hay Merchant's Tournament of Beers Kicks Off
Each team in the March Madness bracket will be assigned a beer from the menu at Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer, and, if the team wins, the beer it's paired with will be half off for the rest of the day. You can keep track of the pairings and the winners on the Hay Merchant website and social media, and the celebration lasts as long as the tournament does.
St. Joseph's Day Wine Dinner
Celebrate San Giuseppe's feast day at 7 p.m. at Sud Italia, 2347 University, with true Sicilian fare and wine, such as octopus carpaccio, paccheri pasta with seafood, and grilled lamb chops in a red wine reduction. In honor of the saint, Sud Italia will donate a portion of the event's proceeds to the Houston Food Bank. Cost is $125 per person, and you can make reservations by calling 713-664-7571.
Thursday, March 17
Saint Patrick's Day
It's the most green time of the year! Celebrate St. Patty's Day with help from our handy-dandy holiday event guide, which includes events all week long, such as the annual downtown parade, parade after-parties at popular Houston bars, a practice golf tournament and a Celtic celebration presented by the Houston Choral Society. And, of course, there will be plenty of beer flowing all around town, too.
Classy St. Patty's Day with Saint Arnold
Spend your St. Patty's evening doing something classy; join this craft beer tasting at 5:30 p.m. at Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop South, hosted by Saint Arnold Brewery. For $19, you'll get light bites, a guided tasting and a commemorative glass. See the offerings and pairings on the Hotel Derek website, and RSVP via email.
Chopped Watch Party at Bernie's
Chef Justin Turner of Bernie's Burger Bus is featured on the Food Network's "Chopped," a competitive cooking show, so of course, there's going to be a watch party at the brick-and-mortar, 5407 Bellaire. Happy hour specials will be available from 3 p.m. to close, and the screening starts at 7 p.m.
Tutto Bene Wine Dinner at Laurenzo's
Simonetta Gedda, winemaker at Italy's Tutto Bene winery, will lead this wine dinner at 7 p.m. at Laurenzo's, 4412 Washington. The fare includes sea scallop bruschetta, cheese and herb ravioli in wild boar ragu, and pear with honey blue cheese tarts. Reservations are $75, and you can make yours by calling 713-880-5111.
Guess the March Madness Losers at Pluckers
Visit pluckers.com on Thursday or Friday to build your March Madness bracket and possibly win free Pluckers wings for a year. The catch– it doesn't matter who wins, as long as you pick the correct losers of March Madness.
Friday, March 18
St. Patrick Swayze Day at Flying Saucer
Enjoy $4 Houston beers and discounted Houston beer flights while you enjoy classic Patrick Swayze movies on the big screens at Flying Saucer, 705 Main, from 5 p.m. to close.
Saturday, March 19
Global Southern Skillet Cooking Class
Virginia Willis, a cookbook author, television personality and food blogger, will teach you how to make globally-inspired Southern fare at this 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. You'll make five-spice lacquered pork tenderloin, Italian-style braised grits and greens, and Mexican-style chocolate bread pudding with goat cheese caramel. The class is $70 per person, and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.
Sunday, March 20
Lache Pas Boucherie at Black Hill Ranch
Top-notch Houston chefs from Bernadine's, Ritual and more will be at Black Hill Ranch from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for all kinds of boucherie madness, like hog-slaughtering, butchering demonstrations, Southern cooking demonstrations, delicious food and a grand celebration at 7 p.m. The ranch is in Hockley (about an hour northwest of downtown); follow your favorite maps app to 16124 Becker, then follow the signs to Black Hill Ranch. Tickets are $100 per person, and you can find more details and buy tickets on the event's Brown Paper Tickets page.
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Revival Market's Five-Year Anniversary
Celebrate Revival Market's fifth birthday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 550 Heights with a pig roast, accoutrements, dessert and beer, all included in the $10 admission price. There will be live music to boot. You can also BYOB, if you aren't into the whole free beer thing.
Texas Tiki Disco at Anvil
Fresh on the heels of Anvil's takeover of Lost Lake in Chicago, the classic Houston cocktail bar will celebrate its seventh birthday with the same theme it presented for the takeover: a Texas tiki disco. There will be tropical cocktails, punch bowls, disco ball garnishes and glowing cocktails from 4 p.m. to close. Not only that, but trainee Westin Galleymore will undergo his final test that night: all Anvil bartenders must spend an evening making all of the drinks on the Anvil 100 list for only $1 each. Either one of those would be reason enough to head over to the bar at 1424 Westheimer for spectacular cocktails and celebration.
Family-Style Sundays at Mark's
To help lighten the load of March madness, Mark's American Cuisine, 1658 Westheimer, will be offering special prix fixe, family-style dinners for $65 per person from 5 to 9 p.m. This week's main dish is whole roasted fish, which comes with carefully curated sides. Wine pairings will be available for an additional cost. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 713-523-3800.