This Week In Houston Food Events: It's Galveston Food & Wine Festival Week
First up this week, grab some fish and chips at J.D. Woodward's pop-up at Moving Sidewalk.
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Monday, April 13
Chef J.D. Woodward's Fish & Chips Pop-Up At Moving Sidewalk
Following his successful Steak Night pop-up last week, J.D. Woodward of the forthcoming Southern Goods returns to his old stomping grounds for a Fish & Chips Night at Moving Sidewalk. Happy Hour specials will be in effect the entire night, including dollar beers, cheap shots and six-dollar classic cocktails. Food available while supplies last, so get there early. 306 Main. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14
Copain Winery At Sonoma Wine Bar
Mike Lucia, assistant winemaker of Copain Winery, is in town and visiting Sonoma Wine Bar in The Heights. Six wines and light bites will be available for sampling. The tasting fee is waived if you purchase six bottles. Go here for more details and to RSVP. 801 Studewood. 6 to 8 p.m. $20.
Wednesday, April 15
McPhearson Cellars Wine Dinner At Tony Mandola's
Tax Day got you down? Well, this should make you feel better. There's a four-course dinner paired with McPhearson Cellars wines tonight. They've been making wine in Texas for over 40 years. As Tony Mandola said, "Consider this an incentive to get your taxes filed early!" Courses include Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with 2012 McPherson Roussanne Reserve and Honey Lacquered Stuffed Texas Quail paired with 2012 McPhearson Sangiovese. Call 713-528-3474 for reservations. 1212 Waugh. 7 p.m $59 plus tax and gratuity.
Tax Day At Boston Market
In honor of Tax Day, Boston Market is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on individual meals. This includes their new Slow Braised Pulled Pork which is also available alongside their rotisserie chicken. This offer applies to dine-in and carry-out purchases and no coupon is required. Various locations. $7.29 to $10.99.
Thursday, April 16
Southern Goods Pop-Up At Ladybird's
The chefs of forthcoming Southern Goods, Lyle Bento, JD Woodward and Patrick Feges, are cooking up a sneak preview of the menu. SweetWater Brewing beers are $4.20 all night. Live music is by The Mallet Brothers Band. 5519 Allen. 6 to 10 p.m.
Brooks Wines At 13 Celsius
Brooks Wines from Willamette Valley were featured in the documentary American Wine and are the result of organic and biodynamic farming. Winemaker Chris Williams will be pouring his favorites at 13 Celsius. No reservations necessary. 3000 Caroline. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $13.
National Eggs Benedict Day At Ouisie's Table
In honor of National Eggs Benedict Day (yes, there's apparently a day for everything), Ouisie's Table will have three different types of Eggs Benedict available to order at discounted prices. There's Traditional (poached egg, ham and Hollandaise sauce on an English muffin), Birds In A Nest (poached egg in a nest of crispy shredded potatoes over ham) and Crabcake (replaces the ham). Ouisie's serves cheese grits and fresh fruit alongside. For information and reservations, call 713-528-2264. 3939 San Felipe. 7 to 11 a.m. $13 to $15.
Guest Bartender Series At Yellow Rose Distilling
Yellow Rose Distilling's guest bartender series continues. This week features Akiko Dulaney of Sanctuari Bar at Triniti. Visitors will enjoy a special $6 signature cocktail that features Yellow Rose's whiskeys. The series runs through May and leads up to a competition on May 28 where each featured mixologist will compete to win donations to their favorite local charity. The tiny admission fee includes five Yellow Rose samples. 1224 North Post Oak. 4 to 7 p.m. $7.
Friday, April 17
Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival Kick-Off
Tonight is the first public event of the Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival, The Premium Wine Tasting and Pairing at Pier 21. There will be over 30 premium wines to sample. Attendees will get a sneak preview of forthcoming restaurant BLVD Seafood, as they're providing hors d'oeuvres to go along with the wine. Get more details here and your tickets here. 2100 Harborside, Galveston. 6 to 8 p.m. $90 or $150 VIP (includes early access to Saturday's Grand Tasting).
Sixth Contenders Dinner At Kipper Club
The Contenders Dinners feature highly regarded sous chefs from notable restaurants and are always a great meal at a reasonable price. This one showcases the talents of Brandon Soverall of Triniti, Kenten Marin from Holley's, Carlos Herrera from the Houston Dairymaids, Abe De Leon of Down House and Sarah Schnitzer from Pax Americana. Complimentary beer is provided but you can BYOB as well. Diners will receive an email with the address of where to park and be transported to the dinner location by shuttle. Get your tickets here. Two seatings at 6:30 and 9 p.m. $65
Saturday, April 18
Make Your Own Mexican Breakfast At Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen
Sylvia Caesares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen will teach attendees how to make many great Mexican breakfast dishes, including huevos rancheros, gorditas, chilaquiles and refried beans. Best of all, you'll learn how to make both flour and corn tortillas from scratch. Buy tickets here.1140 Eldridge. 1 to 4 p.m. $60.
Alsace Wine Tasting At French Country Wines
Charles Baur Vineyards owner Arnaud Baur is leading a free wine tasting at French Country Wines. The family-owned winery is located in the village of Eguisheim in the southern portion of Alsace, also called the Haut-Rhin or upper Rhine river valley. (The wines will also be featured at a pairings dinner at Bistro Provence on Tuesday, April 21.) 2433 Bartlett. 5 to 7 p.m. Free.
Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival's "The Grand Tasting"
The Grand Tasting is the premier event of the Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival. It's being held at Pier 21 and Roxy Roca is providing the live music. Wine connoisseurs will fill their wine "passports" with stamps as they taste wines from around the world. Samples from some of Galveston's best restaurants will be available as well. Featured wines will be available to purchase and take home. The ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass and over 100 wines will be available to sample. Get more details here and go here to buy tickets. 2 to 5 p.m. $60 or $150 for a VIP ticket that gains entrance and hour early and also gets you into Friday's Premium Wine Tasting event.
Ocean Grille's dinner during the Galveston Food & Wine Festival will likely be one of chef Randy Evans last dinner collaborations before he relocates to San Antonio.
Photo by Phaedra Cook
Ocean Grille / Chef Randy Evans Collaborative Dinner
This may be one of the last events in our area where we'll get to see chef Randy Evans for a while. Evans consulted on the menu at Ocean Grille and tonight, in conjunction with the Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival, they're holding a special dinner. Courses are paired with Long Meadow Ranch wines. Check out the menu and pairings here. To make a reservation, call the restaurant at 409-974-4508. 1228 Seawall, Galveston. 6:30 p.m. $75 plus tax and gratuity.
Paul's Kitchen/Riondo's Ristorante Collaborative Dinner
Paul Miller and chef Paul Lewis of Paul's Kitchen collaborate with Riondo's Ristorante as part of the Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival. Call Riondo's Ristorante at (409) 621-9595 to make a reservation. 2328 Strand. $65.
Sunday, April 19
FARMacy 2015: A Day of Food-as-Medicine
FARMacy Houston is presented by dietician Naturally Nourished and a "food as medicine" workshop. It aims to connect the community with fresh, local produce purveyors and other local vendors. Guests will learn about the harmful effects of industrialized farming and processed foods while learning about therapeutic foods. The event includes Chef Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop is doing a demo and tasting. A percentage of proceeds will benefit FARM Houston, a non-profit seed bank promoting urban empowerment through gardening. Visit this link for tickets and more information. $35 to $85.
Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival Brunch
The final event of the Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival Brunch features executive chef Lance Fegen of Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar. He'll cook his favorite coastally-inspired brunch items for this event at the Hotel Galvez & Spa. Dishes are paired with champagnes and wines from the festival. Book your brunch reservation via Open Table or by calling 409-515-2145. 2024 Seawall, Galveston.
Gourmet Night At University of Houston Hilton
It's the 42nd Annual Gourmet Night, the premier event of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the the University of Houston. This year's theme is, "Gloriumpious Gourmet: An Evening with the Chocolatier." The evening begins with a Willy Wonka-themed cocktail reception. Afterward is a five-course dinner with wine pairings, entertainment and silent auction. This student-run event showcases the next generation of hospitality professionals. Proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction benefit the college's educational and scholarship programs. Tickets include valet parking, reception, dinner and entertainment. RSVP here. 4800 Calhoun. 6 p.m. $275 and up.
Early Alert: Thursday, April 30
Dining Out For Life
Forty restaurants and counting are supporting AIDS Foundation Houston in this single-day event which raises funds locally to help provide care to almost 6,000 men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Houston and the more than 90,000 people throughout the state of Texas who receive educational resources provided by AFH. Locate a participating restaurant near you here.
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