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Galveston Restaurant Week
Now through Saturday, you can find deals on prix fixe meals at participating Galveston restaurants, much as you can in town during Houston Restaurant Weeks. Participating restaurants include Gaido's, Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar, Number 13 and many more seaside favorites. Patrons also have the chance to vote for the island's 2016 Restaurant of the Year; you can find voting directions on the website. The event benefits Access Care of Coastal Texas, which provides services to those living with HIV or AIDS.
Citrus Fest at Central Market
Celebrate citrus season with Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, until January 26. You'll find more than 40 different citrus fruits in the store, plus citrus options in every department, including marinated meats and tangy pastries. The unusual citrus varieties include pink lemons, finger limes (also known as caviar limes) and Melogold grapefruit, which is a cross between a standard grapefruit and a pomelo.
Monday, January 18
Valentines for Veterans
Join other Houstonians for a one-of-a-kind party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, where you'll eat, drink and, of course, make Valentine's Day cards for veterans across the country. There's a $10 cover charge, half of which goes toward the evening's featured nonprofit, Expedition Balance. This Houston-based organization helps veterans recover from the trauma of war through yoga, meditation and outdoor excursions, and it will receive a good chunk of the proceeds from the evening's bake sale, raffle and food truck fare. For details, including how to donate items and how to register a veteran whom you'd like to have a Valentine's Day card sent to, visit the Valentines for Veterans website.
Central Market Wine Class
In honor of Central Market's Citrus Fest, this 6:30 p.m. class at 3815 Westheimer is all about pairing wine with citrus. Light, citrusy snacks will be served to accompany the four featured wines, which include Do Ferreiro Albariño and Château Graville-Lacoste Bordeaux Blanc. Some elementary tasting tips and information on wine production will be included in the class. Registration is $25 per person, and you can book your spot on the C.M. website.
Brewing 100 at Blacksmith
Superstar barista John Letoto is bringing coffee education back to Blacksmith, 1018 Westheimer, and this week's 7 p.m. class is an introduction to the art of creating, brewing and tasting coffee. There will be samples of a few coffees provided, and Letoto will give you tips to help you make the coffee you brew at home taste almost like the coffee he makes at Blacksmith. Class space is very limited, so reserve your spot on the Blacksmith website today. Cost is $80 per person.
Tuesday, January 19
Citrus Desserts Cooking Class
Join the cooking school staff at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, at 6:30 p.m. for a crash course in citrus-flavored sweets — another exciting offering of the Citrus Fest. In the class, you'll make Meyer lemon shortcakes with lemon curds, lemon and amaretti semifreddo with raspberry sauce and more fascinating, complex desserts. Registration is $60 per person and can be completed on the Central Market website.
Bordeaux Wine Dinner
With its first wine dinner of the year, Bistro Provence at 13616 Memorial will celebrate Bordeaux by featuring five wines from small wineries in that region. The 7 p.m. dinner has five paired courses, including a Texas quail filled with fruit, beef Rossini with potatoes and a cheese course created with Houston Dairymaids cheese. Reservations are $89 and can be made by calling 713-827-8008.
Thursday, January 21
Think Tart at Central Market
Learn how to make delicious tarts just in time for Saturday's National Pie Day with this 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. You'll create three different kinds of crust and learn the recipes for caramelized onion tarts with olives and anchovies; tomato tarts with prosciutto and goat cheese; and blood orange and almond tarts with polenta crust. Cost is $60 per person, and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.
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Pop-Up Dinner at Glitter Karaoke
Local chef Jonny Rhodes honed his skills at Oxheart before moving on to New York City's Gramercy Tavern and finally The Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington, Texas. He's in the midst of hosting a series of pop-up dinners in Houston, and this bonus dinner takes place at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, at 8 p.m. The menu hasn't been announced, but his Southern-style cooking is bound to be a hit.
Friday, January 22
Kiran's Scotch Dinner
Celebrate Robert Burns Day at Kiran's, 4100 Westheimer, with a seven-course meal featuring a variety of scotch whiskies, including four varieties of Johnnie Walker. Robert Burns was a Scottish poet whose birthday is celebrated in Scotland with elaborate dinners, and this meal will certainly be just as elaborate. Dishes include sherry-infused lobster bisque and bison rib eye with cabbage poriyal, and Mayra Isaia will lead the whiskey tasting. Don't forget to don your traditional Scottish attire for the occasion! Dinner begins at 7 p.m., and you can make your reservations by calling 713-960-8472.
Saturday, January 23
National Pie Day
To celebrate this joy-filled holiday, several restaurants are offering specials on their most delectable desserts. At Urban Eats, 3414 Washington, you can get a free cup of coffee with a chocolate pecan tart or a lemon meringue tartlet. Laurenzo's at 4412 Washington is offering $2 off each slice of its key lime pie or $4 off an entire pie. The Berrie-licious pie (yes, it's the amazing-looking pie in the photo) will be available for $6 per slice or $24 for a whole pie from Genesis Steakhouse at 5427 Bissonnet. Finally, Big Eyed Fish, 908 Henderson, is offering its tart lemon icebox pie for $6 per slice, or you can pre-order a whole pie for $29 at least one day in advance. Keep an eye out for additional pie deals around town.
Sunday, January 24
Pearland Coffee Roasters Celebrates Six Years
Join Pearland Coffee Roasters, 4106 Broadway in Pearland, for an all-out celebration of its six years in business. There will be a bottle share and a bounce house for the kids, plus, The Waffle Bus will be on hand to dole out tasty treats. Don't forget to pick up a bag of delicious beans while you're there.