This Week in Houston Food Events: National Negroni Week (UPDATED)
The Grand Tasting at the close of the 2016 Wine & Food Week is sure to be spectacular. Check out this dish from last year's event.
Photo courtesy of Wine & Food Week
All Week Long
Wine & Food Week
The theme for the 12th annual Wine & Food week is "A New York State of Mind," but Houston-area restaurateur Tony Vallone is this year's honoree. There are events all week long to celebrate food and drink, but the big three are the H-E-B Vine Walk at Market Street in The Woodlands on Thursday; Sips, Suds and Tacos on Friday; and the Grand Tasting on Saturday at The Woodlands Marriott Waterway, 1601 Lake Robbins. Check out the Wine & Food Week website for a complete listing of events, admission prices and more information.
National Negroni Week
From Monday through Sunday, many Houston-area bars and restaurants will take part in this week of charity events. Participating businesses will each create a specialty negroni and donate a portion of the proceeds to a charity of their choice. Negroni Week participants in Houston include Backstreet Café, 1103 South Shepherd, which will send its donations to the Periwinkle Foundation (a charity that beverage director Sean Beck has long volunteered with) and Grand Prize Bar, 1010 Banks.
Tuesday, June 7
Tacolicious Tuesday Cooking Class
This 6:30 p.m. cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will take your taco game to the next level by teaching you how to make lazy salsa, orange salsa, guacamole and three kinds of tacos. Reservations are $65 per person and can be made on the Central Market website.
Wednesday, June 8
Monthly Wine Tasting at Rainbow Lodge
The June edition of the monthly wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. at Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, features French Malbecs – yes, you read that correctly! The fare includes confit chicken wings, house-cured and smoked pork loin, and Texas peach clafoutis with vanilla cream. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 713-861-8666. Cost is $35 per person, and only cash will be accepted at the door.
Shrimp Five Ways Cooking Class
You'll learn five methods to perfectly cook shrimp during this cooking class at 6:30 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. The recipes include fried shrimp toasts; shrimp and avocado salad with grapefruit vinaigrette; and roasted shrimp with preserved lemon. Cost is $65 per person, and reservations can be made on the Central Market cooking school website.
Lucille's Goes Italian Wine Dinner
Southern restaurant Lucille's, 5512 La Branch, will host an evening of Italian food and wines – with a Southern twist, of course! The meal includes braised oxtail lasagna; whole smelt with pistachio pesto and smoked paprika oil; and sous vide squid stuffed with house-made Italian sausage. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $95 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 713-568-2505.
Landry's Annual Chef Series: Grotto
Each year, Landry's, Inc. hosts a series of chef-oriented dinners at several of its Houston-area restaurants. Each dinner features an elaborate prix fixe meal and the opportunity to meet the chef and discuss the food. This week's chef is Ricky Cruz, and the dinner will be at 7 p.m. at Grotto, 4715 Westheimer. The menu includes Peruvian-style snapper ceviche, cioppino and grilled beef tenderloin with head-on shrimp and angel hair pasta, all served alongside wine pairings. Cost is $95 ($80 for Landry's Select Club members), and reservations can be made by calling 713-622-3363.
Although chef Chris Williams specializes in Southern fare, he's branching out this week with an Italian wine dinner at Lucille's.
Photo by the Epicurean Publicist
Thursday, June 9
Part & Parcel Grand Opening
From 5 to 9 p.m., celebrate the grand opening of Part & Parcel, the bar and patio at newly renovated The Whitehall, 1700 Smith, with $3 drinks, live music and giveaways, plus free menu tastings for registered VIP's.
Glitter Karaoke Weekly Pop-Up
This week's pop-up dinner at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, features chef David Guerrero of Andes Cafe, an authentic South American restaurant. Food is available from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and reservations are required.
Friday, June 10
Loire Valley Wine Tasting
This 5:30 p.m. wine tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 5839 Westheimer, exclusively features wines from France's Loire Valley. Attendees will sample three wines of each varietal, including sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, pinot noir and cabernet franc, plus two muscadets and one rosé wine. Reservations are $75 per person and can be made by calling 713-780-7352.
All About Salmon Cooking Class
Diane Morgan, a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, will lead this 6:30 p.m. cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. She'll teach how to pick, prepare and cook salmon. Recipes include brown butter-seared salmon with smashed potatoes, low-tech sous vide salmon with sorrel butter and salmon a la Plancha with citrus-dill-vodka marinade. Reservations are $70 per person and can be made on the Central Market website.
East End Table at Finca Tres Robles
The East End Table project hosts pop-up dinners in unusual locations around the East End, like this one at 7 p.m. at Finca Tres Robles, 257 North Greenwood. Chef Jeremy Goodwin is using locally sourced seafood and produce grown right on the East End farm. Tickets are $100 per person, but there are discounts available if you buy multiple tickets. A portion of the proceeds will go to supporting cultural projects in the neighborhood.
Saturday, June 11
Local Love & For The Love of Food Trucks Festival
This event combines local food trucks with local vendors for a one-stop, feast-and-shop destination, as well as live music, artists and local breweries. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be given to local charities Project One LoVE, which raises awareness and funds for foster children, as well as Friday Harbour, which provides lodging to those undergoing cancer treatments in Houston. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Concrete Cowboy, 5317 Washington. To buy tickets or look at the food truck and vendor lineups, visit the Eventbrite page.
European Saturdays at Somerset Green
In celebration of the Queen of England's 90th birthday, Somerset Green, 7002 Old Katy, is hosting a celebration of all things British, such as food, drinks, beer tastings and door prizes, plus model home tours. The event goes from 2 to 5 p.m., and you can RSVP on the Somerset Green website.
100 Men Who Cook
Fathers will show off their cooking prowess at this fundraising event put on by the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston as they form teams with a son, daughter or another youth to compete for the "People's Choice Awards." Of course, the event is also open to the public. Attendees will get free samples, as well as access to cooking demonstrations, a health fair and kids' activities. The competition goes from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline, and you can find all of the details on the Eventbrite page. Updated 6/6/16, 5:23 p.m.: This event has been cancelled.
Friends for Wishes Wine Tasting
This wine tasting doubles as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at its Houston-area offices at 12625 Southwest Freeway in Stafford. The event includes wine, food and a commemorative glass, plus live music. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for a $50 minimum donation.
Saint Arnold's 22 Anniversary Party
Time flies when you're having fun, and the folks at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons, have been having fun for the past 22 years. To celebrate this milestone, the brewery is throwing an enormous party from 5 to 10 p.m., complete with live music, commemorative glasses, a beer-pouring championship, food trucks, live T-shirt printing and, of course, beer! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. Plus, be sure to check out the rare cellar tastings on Sunday, June 12 that are also part of the anniversary celebration.
BBQ, Beer and Bingo!
Visit the Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway, for an evening of barbecue, Saint Arnold beers and plenty of bingo. There's also iced coffee from Katz Coffee and fabulous bingo prizes, courtesy of Bering's Hardware. Entry begins at 6 p.m., and the first round begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for members and $45 for non-members. Register in advance on the Houston Arboretum website.
Sunday, June 12
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano 35th Anniversary
Celebrate 35 years of Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano, 14795 Memorial, with a cocktail party hosted by chef and owner Carmelo Mauro. The party includes live music, dancing, complimentary light bites, wine and a free valet service. RSVP by calling 281-531-0696.
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