This Week in Houston Food Events: Escape to Bamboo on the Bayou

Bamboo on The Bayou is a week dedicated to the spirit of Escapism and Aloha.
Bamboo on The Bayou is a week dedicated to the spirit of Escapism and Aloha.
Photo courtesy of Lei Low Bar

From a tikified cocktail crawl to all the tacos you can handle, here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:

Through Saturday, October 22

Bamboo on The Bayou

Bamboo on The Bayou is a citywide, weeklong cocktail crawl that features stops at some of Houston’s most beloved craft cocktail bars, including Anvil Bar & Refuge, Bad News Bar, Lei Low, Double Trouble and Moving Sidewalk. The crawl will showcase a specific tiki cocktail for each day of the week, so guests may experience unique variations of these drinks at each stop, before the faux-tropical week wraps up with a luau-style Bamboo Bash at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top,  3714 Main, and the adjoining outdoor space on October 22 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets to the Bamboo on The Bayou party are $12 per person, ages 21 and up. Participation in the weekday cocktail crawl is self-guided and free to participate.  

Monday, October 17

National Pasta Day

Pasta lovers won’t want to miss these National Pasta Day dining deals around town. Laurenzo's Restaurant, 4412 Washington, will be offering half-off Mama's Sunday Gravy, and Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh, will be offering half-off Mama's Spaghetti and Meatballs.

La Clarine Farm Wine Dinner at The Pass

The Pass, 807 Taft, will be hosting this collaborative dinner along with winemaker Hank Beckmeyer. Guests can dine on six wine-paired courses for $95 (excluding tax and gratuity). Tickets can be purchased by calling the restaurant at 713-628-9020 (option 2).

Tuesday, October 18

Paella Night at Eight Row Flint

Continuing the Tuesday night dinner series, Revival Market charcutier Andrew Vaserfirer will be preparing the final paella night at Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale. Inspired by the early paellas that were cooked outdoors over wood-burning fires in Valencia on the Eastern coast of Spain, each paella will be cooked in a clay vessel on a live-fire grill. Vaserfirer will be making his own Andalusian sausage with a selection of seafood — mussels and shrimp — and rabbit, a classic Spanish tradition. All food service begins at 5 p.m. and will be served until they sell out. The regular menu is always available as well.

Clown Shoes Beer Dinner at The Pass

Guests are invited to a Clown Shoes Beer Dinner at The Pass, 807 Taft, on Tuesday, October 18. The dinner features six courses with six Clown Shoes beer pairings for $75 a person (tax and gratuity not included). The event has limited seating and is a ticketed event. Tickets are non-refundable but can be transferred to another diner. To purchase, call 713-628-9020 (option 2).

Wednesday, October 19

9th Annual Zest in the West Food & Wine Zestival at Château Crystale

Guests can sip wines alongside more than 20 artisan foods and restaurant tasting stations at Zest in the West’s Grand Zesting, held at Château Crystale, 2517 South Gessner, from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $65 for general admission (or $70 if purchased at the door, while supplies last).

Wine Dinner with Master Sommelier Brian Cronin at Backstreet Cafe

Worldwide, there are only 230 master sommeliers, and Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd, will be hosting one of them. Brian Cronin served as wine director at such acclaimed restaurants as Charlie Trotter's, Gary Danko and Aqua before becoming the national education manager for Palm Bay International. During this special dinner, Cronin will guide guests through a tasting of some of Palm Bay’s incredible wines paired with chef Hugo Ortega’s food. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and costs $118 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For reservations, email

Thursday, October 20

The Chloe Family of Wines Dinner at Bistro Provence

Chloe Wines is coming to Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, to be part of an evening of French dining and fine wines. Beginning at 7 p.m., guests will dine on wine-paired dishes such as seared duck breast with blackberry reduction and lamb roast provençale with traditional ratatouille. The menu is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity, with a $40 per person deposit required. Call 713-827-8008 for reservations

Iron Sommelier at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa

At the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa, 111 North Post Oak, beginning at 6 p.m., Houston’s finest sommeliers will be put to the test for the title of Iron Sommelier in a fundraiser benefiting The Periwinkle Foundation. Now in its eighth year, wine chair Sean Beck and sommelier chair John Clutterbuck will host the evening, which showcases the expertise of 13 sommeliers while guests mingle and taste hand-selected wines. Competitors include Rachel DelRocco of Camerata at Paulie’s; Evan Turner of Helen Greek Food and Wine; and Travis Hinkle of the Treadsack Restaurant Group. Tickets are $200 in advance and $225 day of. For more information, visit or

Friday – Saturday

Afternoon Tea at Ouisie’s Table

Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe, invites weekend guests and Houston’s own social set to join in a dignified salute to the Battle of Trafalgar on both Friday and Saturday afternoons, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Besides a selection of more than a half dozen teas, Afternoon Tea participants will also be presented with a selection of tea sandwiches, including slow-cooked chicken salad, pimento and cheese, and cucumber, dill and cream cheese, smoked salmon canapes, deviled eggs, and sweets including slices of lemon or chocolate tart, pecan shortbread cookies and housemade catheads and biscuits. The cost for Afternoon Tea is $35 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. For an additional $5 per glass, guests may order port or wine, and for an additional $7 per glass, champagne will be served. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 713-528-2264.

Feel the taco love at Tacolandia.
Feel the taco love at Tacolandia.
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography

Saturday, October 22

Tacolandia at Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park

The second annual Tacolandia, the Houston Press's outdoor taco-sampling event, will be held at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine, from 4 to 7 p.m. This year’s lineup includes taco all-stars like El Real Tex-Mex, Gerardo’s, Hugo’s and Stoked Tacos & Tequila. Tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance (or $40 day of if still available) and include unlimited samples from Tacolandia vendors, with beer and cocktails available to purchase. VIP tickets are available for $75 (or $80 day of if still available) and include one hour earlier admission (3 p.m.), unlimited food samples, access to the Jumper Maybach VIP lounge with complimentary beer and cocktail samples and access to VIP restrooms. The event will be held rain or shine, and all guests must be 21 or older with valid identification.

Sunday, October 23

Amberfest at Under the Radar Brewery

Under the Radar Brewery, 1506 Truxillo, will host AmberFest, benefiting the Texas Center for the Missing, from noon to 6 p.m. The Oktoberfest celebration will feature amber beer to bring awareness to the Houston Regional Amber Alert, plus food trucks, live music, a raffle and children’s activities. Tickets are on sale for $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and include two beer tokens and a pint glass. Non-alcoholic tickets (and minors over 12) are $10 and include two non-alcoholic drink tickets (locally brewed root beer and apple soda), and a Yeti Sunshine shaved ice. Kids under 12 are free.  

Wine Dinner Under the Stars at The Barry Farm

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace will host a Wine Dinner Under the Stars at The Barry Farm in Needville beginning at 5:30 p.m. Chef Antoine Ware has prepared a six-course menu featuring farm-fresh ingredients, such as chicken liver mousse on crostini with pickled vegetables, whole-roasted lamb with smashed sweet potatoes and garlic rosemary sauce, and chocolate molten cake for dessert! Each course is paired with a specific wine. Tickets to the event cost $100 and include dinner, wine, tax and gratuity, and can be purchased online on the Harold's reservations page or by calling the restaurant at 713-360-6204.  

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Related Locations

Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006


Lei Low Bar

6142 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009


Moving Sidewalk
Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

308 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002


4412 Washington
Houston, TX 77007


Tony Mandola's

1212 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX 77019


The Pass
Eight Row Flint

1039 Yale
Houston, TX 77008


Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77019


Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079


Ouisie's Table

3939 San Felipe St.
Houston, TX 77027


The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

111 N. Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024


The Water Works - Buffalo Bayou Park

105 Sabine St.
Houston, Texas 77007

Under the Radar Brewery

1506 Truxillo St
Houston, TX 77004

The Barry Farm

Oberrender Rd.
Needville, TX 77461


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