This Week in Houston Food Events: Christmastime Is Here
If you don't want to cook for Christmas, but you don't want to dine out, check out your favorite restaurant's take-out holiday menu. Hopefully it includes something as scrumptious as this whole roasted duck from Etoile, which is part of their holiday take-out menu.
Photo by Morris Malalkoff
All Week Long
Feast of the Seven Fishes
This four-day celebration spans from Monday through Thursday, and each day will bring with it a new, seven-course meal of all seafood. The feasts, hosted by The Pass & Provisions at 807 Taft, will be prepared by a different pair of all-star chefs every night. Monday's guests are Hugo and Ruben Ortega of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe. Tuesday features Ryan Pera and Bobby Matos of Coltivare and State of Grace, respectively, and Wednesday's guest chefs are Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and Manabu Horiuchi of Kata Robata. The final dinner on Thursday will be the product of Logan Ely and Steve Lamborn, both from The Pass & Provisions, of course. Tickets to the dinners are $125 per person per day, and beverage pairings are an additional $75. Part of the proceeds will benefit the culinary program at Gregory Lincoln Elementary. Call 713-628-9020 to reserve your space.
Monday, December 21
National Burger Day
What could get you more into the yuletide spirit than an enormous, juicy hamburger? To celebrate the most important of sandwiches, visit Laurenzo's, 4412 Washington, where you can enjoy any draft beer at its happy hour price any day this week with the purchase of one of their signature fajita burgers, which are made with outside skirt steak. You can also enjoy a happy-hour-priced beer with the purchase of a burger at Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 5427 Bissonnet, on Friday. Their kosher burgers are made from ribeye, lamb and veal, and be sure to enjoy one for lunch, as the steakhouse is closed on Friday evenings.
Sandy Clause Hawaiian Luau
Celebrate the season with a true Hawaiian luau at MAX's Wine Dive, 4720 Washington, where you'll enjoy a five-course, Hawaiian-themed dinner and five beer and wine pairings. Tickets are $75, and, for an extra $25, you can get the "You Make Me Want to Hula" wine pairing upgrade. The celebration kicks off at 7 p.m., and you can get your tickets on Eventbrite.
Wednesday, December 23
Triniti Anniversary Dinner
To celebrate this year, Triniti at 2815 South Shepherd is having a holiday anniversary dinner, which is a compilation of the restaurant's best dishes from 2015. The menu, which offers several options for each course, includes oysters two ways, sweet potato gnocchi and pulled pork with red wine cremini, rib roast with horseradish onion jam, cider-brined rack of pork and cookies with milk. Dinner is preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m., with seating at 7 p.m. Reservations are $65 and can be made by calling 713-527-9090.
Thursday, December 24
House of Tea's Going Away Party
Longtime Houston favorite Te House of Tea, 1927 Fairview, will be closings its doors for good today, and the management would like to invite all of the customers of the classic hangout spot to come in for one last soiree, plus an opportunity to take home some souvenirs. The party goes from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., so clear your calendar and head in for one last cup of their spicy chai. (Although, you'll still be able to buy it online after the storefront closes, so it isn't a total loss.)
Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Where do we even begin with this crucial, food-centric holiday? Many Houston restaurants are offering special prix fixe meals for Christmas Eve, such as Bistro Provence at 13616 Memorial and Underbelly at 1100 Westheimer, where the four-course dinner will be inspired by "A Christmas Story." If you're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, the Buffet de Noche Buena (a.k.a. Christmas Eve buffet) at Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer, may be just the thing for you. On Christmas day, you'll find plenty more multi-course meals at favorites like Kiran's at 4100 Westheimer and Hubbell & Hudson Bistro at 24 Waterway. We'd love to share all of your options with you here, but they simply won't fit, so be sure to look at our guide to Christmas dining in Houston.
Saturday, December 26
Kids' Gingerbread House Workshop
Bring your wee one (12 and under) to the Four Seasons, 1300 Lamar, any Saturday between now and December 26 for a special child-friendly gingerbread house decorating class at 1 p.m. The admission price of $65 includes your child's beautiful gingerbread house for you to take home, as well as decorating supplies. Adults can also participate for $85 each or $155 per couple. You'll get a special gift if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit a child in need. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 713-650-1300.
Festive Winter Dinner Cooking Class
In this cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, you'll make a cheerful winter dinner to help you forget about any holiday cooking nightmares you've recently experienced. The menu includes beef tenderloin with rhubarb and red wine sauce, carrots with caramelized ginger and rhubarb tarts. Cost is $60 per person, and the class begins at 6:30 p.m. Book your spot on the Central Market website.
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