This Week in Houston Food Events: Japanese, Wine and Crawfish Festivals
This week, enjoy classic TV shows right along with a classic TV dinner from The Hay Merchant. It will be just like the old days—or like brand new fun for the younger crowd.
Photo by Julie Soefer
Monday, April 11
T.V. Dinner Mondays
Today, The Hay Merchant at 1100 Westheimer kicks off its new remedy for the Monday blues: TV dinner Mondays, featuring old-school shows on the big screens and classic TV dinner meals like salisbury steak with broccoli rice casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots and a brownie. The twist, of course, is that the dishes are made-from-scratch, not frozen, and use top-notch ingredients, like meat from 44 Farms. The dinners will be available from 5 p.m. until they're out every Monday.
Learn About Latte Art at Blacksmith
This 7 p.m. class at Blacksmith, 1018 Westheimer, will teach you everything you need to know about making latte art yourself, starting from square one. The class size is extremely limited, so be sure to book your space on the Blacksmith website early. Cost is $150 per person.
Tuesday, April 12
Counter Intelligence Starring Ziggy Gruber
Today, the deli-related podcast Counter Intelligence will begin a six-part series starring Ziggy Gruber of Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen, 2327 Post Oak. If you bring in your phone and show an employee that you've downloaded one of these episodes, you can get a free rugalach to munch on while you learn all about how Ziggy makes his famous deli fare.
SeaSide Poké Pop-Up
From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Lincoln Bar at 5110 Washington will host a poké pop-up by SeaSide Poké, an eatery that is, for now, catering and pop-up only, although it appears that it has plans to open a brick-and-mortar in the future. Poké is a Hawaiian-style salad that often contains small slices of raw tuna tossed with onions and seaweed, but the menu offers much more than traditional poké. There will be spicy poke, vegetable poke with brussels sprouts, and non-poké appetizers and desserts. Check out the Facebook event for the full menu.
HAYOP Series at Boheme (updated 4/11/16 at 2:20 p.m.)
Filipino chef Yana Gilbuena continues her two-month kitchen residency at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview, this week. Each Tuesday from now until the end of May, she'll be taking over the kitchen at Boheme for a snout-to-tail menu that uses almost every part of locally sourced meats.
These special menu items will be available à la carte from 5 to 9 p.m., so no reservations are required. While this event was originally à la carte, it is now a prix fix menu with two seatings, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, and you can find the menu on the Facebook event.
Wednesday, April 13
Houston Watch Co. Turns One
From 4 p.m. to close, Houston Watch Co. at 913 Franklin will be celebrating its first birthday with drink specials on whiskey, beer and wine, as well as a raffle for fabulous prizes.
Malbec Tasting at Underbelly
Join Catherine Masonneuve of Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve winery in the wine bar at Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, for this malbec-only wine tasting. There will be special retail prices, and light bites will be provided.
360 Degrees Vanishing Social
This is the last week that Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview, will host socials from 6 to 10 p.m. with artist Selven O'Keef Jarmon, whose upcoming installation, "360 Degrees Vanishing," will be on display at Art League Houston this fall. A portion of the proceeds from these socials will go toward funding the installation. Admission is free, there will be live music and food will be available for purchase.
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars Dinner
Lynn Penner-Ash of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars will host this 6:30 p.m. dinner at Ibiza, 2450 Louisiana, which includes six paired courses, such as braised short rib with cardamom-cheese polenta and heirloom cherry tomatoes paired with Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013. Cost is $125 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 713-522-0004.
Quick & Easy Indian Food
Join cookbook author Shubhra Ramineni at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, for this cooking class in straightforward Indian dishes, such as basmati and peas rice infused with cumin, red lentil stew and easy shrimp curry. Her cookbook will also be available for purchase (and autographs, we're sure). The class begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65 per person; you can make your reservation on the Central Market website.
Wednesday through Friday
Thai New Year
Ring in the Thai New Year with Songkran Thai Kitchen, 1101 Uptown Park, and Songkran Thai Grill, 2258 Texas in Sugar Land, as they present special, festive dishes created by chef Jett Hurapan just for the occasion. While you're there, be sure to soak up the sounds of traditional Thai music and watch a water ceremony, which symbolizes the washing away of the new year. On Friday at 6 p.m., Songkran Thai Kitchen will also host a Thai dance performance as part of the celebration.
Thursday, April 14
Galveston Food & Wine Festival Kicks Off
Between Thursday and Sunday, Galveston Island will become a foodie mecca with the arrival of the annual Galveston Food & Wine Festival, which is plumb full of wine tastings, dinners and even a champagne run. You can find the full calendar and details on the festival website. Be sure to check out local restaurants for great specials, too.
Wine Tasting and Dinner at Brasserie Max and Julie
At this seven-course meal at Brasserie Max and Julie, 3415 Montrose, you'll find the makers of six different wines presenting their wares alongside top-notch fare, such as monkfish filet with juniper berry red wine reduction over leek salad and oysters with endive and apple slaw. Reservations are $105 per person and can be made by calling 713-524-0070. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 15
Wine from the Land Down Under
This 5:30 p.m. wine tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 5839 Westheimer, exclusively features wines from Australia and New Zealand from a variety of locations and vintages. Seasonal light bites will also be served. Check out the wine menu on the website, and call 713-780-7352 to book your spot.
Saturday, April 16
West End Brew Run
The inaugural West End Brew Run has many of the things that we love (beer, crawfish, etc.) and one thing that we aren't so into (running). However, if you're like us and aren't super down with running, take heart; you can participate in the run by walking, too. The run starts and ends at The West End, 5320 Westheimer, where there will be live music and a crawfish boil all day. Make sure to register online by April 14, but if you miss the registration, you can still hang out with the participants at the pub. Proceeds will benefit Achilles International Houston, which seeks to enable people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics.
Kemah Boardwalk International Wine Festival
This massive wine tasting in the Event Plaza at Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp in Kemah, features wines from 32 wineries, as well as light bites and live music. The music begins at 1 p.m., and wine tasting is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. If that doesn't sound like quite enough fun to you, check out the Boardwalk FantaSea Wine Cruise from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., which is plenty of time to mingle with the winery owners and wine makers that will be on board. Tickets range from $55 for just the tasting (purchased in advance) to $105 for both the cruise and tasting. Visit the festival website for more details and to purchase tickets.
Sud Italia's Anniversary
Wish Sud Italia at 2347 University a happy anniversary by making reservations for this evening; you'll be rewarded with complimentary prosecco all evening as a thank-you for making Sud Italia a success.
Saturday and Sunday
Japan Festival Houston
This weekend-long event highlights all things Japanese, including music, martial arts, taiko (traditional drums) and, of course, plenty of delicious Japanese food! Admission is free, and the festival is in Hermann Park at 2601 Hermann Park. Don't miss the tea ceremonies in the Japanese Garden and, if you're into cosplay, be sure to check out the cosplay contest, too.
Sunday, April 17
Galveston Rotary Club Crawfish Boil
It's time again for the Galveston Rotary Club's crawfish boil; the sixth annual event is from noon to 4 p.m. at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Boulevard in Galveston, under the big white tent near Discovery Pyramid. Admission is free, and crawfish plates are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. There will be activities for the kids, as well as live zydeco music. You can purchase tickets in advance by calling 409-763-5326.
St. Francis Crawfish Festival
The 15th Annual Crawfish Festival at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, 5100 Dabney, takes place from noon to 7:30 p.m. There will be live zydeco music, carnival rides, games, beer and, of course, plenty of crawfish at this family-oriented festival. Admission is free, but proceeds from purchases at the festival will go to the school's scholarship fund.
Bands on the Bayou
Every Sunday from now through May 29 (except Mother's Day), the patio at Brenner's on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, will transform into a backyard party on the bayou, complete with brews, bands and bites, including drink specials. Live music will be provided by a different band each week from 3 to 6 p.m.; this week features the Play It 4ward.
Robert Irvine LIVE! at The Grand
As part of the Galveston Food & Wine Festival, chef Robert Irvine will face unforeseen cooking challenges during this 4 p.m. event at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office in Galveston. There will be a meet-and-greet after the show, as well as a limited-seating seminar before the performance. Call The Grand's box office at 409-765-1894 or visit the website to purchase tickets, which range from $25 to $200 each.
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