Monday, November 16
Bear Dalton of Spec's is hosting another wine class at l'Alliance Française at 7 p.m., and this one focuses on cabernet sauvignon and other cabernet-based blends from California, especially the Napa Valley. The class will touch on the history of cabernet, how it's blended, how it's made and which foods go best with it. The class includes 15 wines, and bread and cheese will be served. The cash price is $100, and you can reserve a spot by calling 713-854-7855.
Tuesday, November 17
Vintage Point Wine Dinner
This wine dinner at Aura Brasserie, 15977 City Walk in Sugar Land, features four wines from Vintage Point, a collective of over 20 wineries from California and beyond. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and Higher Ground's Pinot Noir, and the courses include a consommé of duck with wild mushroom truffle ravioli and a stuffed veal loin with sage and sweetbreads. Cost is $75 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 281-403-2872.
This cooking class at Cuchara, 214 Fairview, will teach you how to make three kinds of tamales: classic chicken with green salsa, sweet cajeta with walnuts in corn husks and costeño with cheese in banana leaves. You'll leave the class with a dozen tamales, as well as the recipes for each, and dinner and drinks are included in the $100 cost. The class space is limited, so be sure to make your reservations soon by calling 713-942-0000. Class begins at 7 p.m.
How to Cook A Turkey
Join Revival Market's co-owner Morgan Weber and Chef de Cuisine Vincent Huynh for a class on cooking and carving turkeys. You'll learn a few methods for cooking the bird, as well as how to make a rich pan gravy. You'll also get recipes for sides and a coupon for 15 percent off your holiday turkey purchase from Revival, which is located at 550 Heights.The class is $110, and begins at 7 p.m. Call 713-880-8463 to make a reservation.
Wednesday, November 18
Louis Jadot Burgundy Dinner
This southern Burgundy dinner kicks off with an educational talk at 5:45 p.m. at Table, 1800 Post Oak, where you can learn all about these savory wines for an additional $20. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m., and the dinner itself begins at 7 p.m., which is $150 per person. Food pairings include a roasted beet salad, oeuf meurette with poached eggs, bacon, caramelized onions and mushrooms, and a slow-roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes. A portion of the proceeds will go to the French American Chamber of Commerce Houston, and you can make reservations by calling 713-439-1000.
Italian Wine Meets Mexican Cuisine with Shared Colors
The Shared Colors dinner at Caracol, 2200 Post Oak, blends sommelier Sean Beck's knowledge of Italian wine with chef Hugo Ortega's Mexican cuisine prowess. The festivities will kick off at 7 p.m. with a reception featuring tostadas and other light bites, followed by lime-cured Gulf oysters, fried pork ribs, wood-grilled ribeye with cauliflower puree with cheese and black truffles and more. Each course has between one and three pairings, and you can make your reservations by calling 713-622-9996. $140
Thursday, November 19
Kosher Wine Tasting at Genesis Steakhouse
This kosher wine introduction features five kosher wines from Israel, New Zealand and California paired with kosher foods, such as teriyaki grilled chicken skewers, tuna poke on won ton crisps, beef carpaccio crostini and Swedish meatballs. Jason Goldstein, founder of Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar, will be leading the educational dinner at 5:30 p.m. at 5427 Bissonnet. Call 713-665-2222 to make reservations. $35
This party celebrates the six restaurants of the Azuma Group: Azuma Sushi, Izakaya, Kata Robata and Soma Sushi. The latter will be hosting the dinner at 4820 Washington from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $43.19 and include dishes from each restaurant, cocktails, beer, wine, sake and live entertainment. Sponsors include Asahi, Chameleon, Ketel One, Mexcor and Republic. Guests will also get a $20 gift card to an Azuma restaurant when they arrive.
Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Dinner at Bistro Provence
Every year, French wine enthusiasts celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau, when the first shipment of new wine leaves France and, upon its arrival elsewhere, is sampled to see what new flavors are present in this year's batch. Chef Cedric Vernin and owner Genevieve Guy of Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, will host this wine dinner in honor of the holiday, which kicks off at 7 p.m. with an amuse bouche and the Beaujolais Nouveau 2015. Other courses include a chicken liver mousse cake with fresh tomato sauce, chicken with crawfish sauce and a praline tart made by Vernin, who is also a trained pastry chef. Reservations are $69 and can be made by calling 713-827-8008.
32nd Annual Beaujolais Festival
If you'd rather have a full-on party for the Beaujolais celebration, visit Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. You'll find French fare and, of course, French wines, along with a live, cabaret-style performance by Ô de mon Chéri. The event is hosted by the French Chamber of Commerce, Houston, and you can purchase tickets online. Entry is $80.75 standard admission, $148.75 for V.I.P.
Pop-Up Dinner at Glitter
This week's pop-up feast at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, features Toowan Tran of the Casian King Food Truck, a Cajun-meets-Asian truck with everything from edamame and egg rolls to poboys and fries. The menu for this pop-up includes King's gumbo with Casian crackers, barbecue shrimp with a French-style baguette and roast beef poboys with gravy. The party goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and don't forget to test your karaoke skills while you're there.
Friday, November 20
Tiny Boxwood's Birthday Bash
You can get a free chocolate chip cookie from Tiny Boxwoods during their birthday celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you haven't tried one of their massive, chocolatey cookies, know that they are not to be missed.
Saturday, November 21
Thanksgiving Food Pairings Wine Tasting
Owners Phyllis Adatto and Tim Smith of French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett, will host their weekly free wine tasting from noon to 6 p.m., but there's a bonus this week; from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., they'll offer their thoughts on how to pair your Thanksgiving dishes. They'll even have a traditional Thanksgiving meal laid out so that you can sample the wines with a bite of turkey or pie. The event is free, and no reservations are required.
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Wine for a Cause at MAX's
Dogs are more than welcome at MAX's Wine Dive, 4720 Washington, this Saturday to enjoy gourmet dog treats and a doggie play area. Their humans are also welcome to enjoy live music, picnic-style eating and, of course, plenty of wine. Wine flights will be $12 or three for $30, and $3 of every retail bottle of wine sold goes to Friends for Life animal rescue and adoption organization. The event begins at 2 p.m. and goes all day long.
James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner
This beverage-paired dinner at Quattro, 1300 Lamar, features five of Houston's celebrity chefs, each of whom will create a course of the meal. The featured chefs are Robert Del Grande of RDG + Bar Annie, Maurizio Ferrarsese of Quattro, Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi of Kata Robata, Hugo Ortega of Hugo's and Caracol, and Marie LeNotre of the Culinary Institute LeNotre. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, then an afterparty with a photobooth, raffle prizes and more. Reservations are required and can by made by calling 713-276-4700. $150
Sunday, November 22
Blues and Brews at Brenner's
Every Sunday evening between now and November 29, you can catch live blues music on the patio at Brenner's on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, plus featured cocktails and brews, such as $5 Stella Artois, $6 Cazadores Reposado Margaritas and more. Small bites will also be available. For information, call 713-868-4444. Must be 21 or older. 3 to 6 p.m.