This Week in Houston Food Events: Wine Dinners & Festivals Galore
This week includes the multi-day Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair.
Photo by Phaedra Cook
Monday, April 6
Steak Night At Moving Sidewalk
Chef J.D. Woodward returns for one night to his former home turf to serve up some juicy steaks and hearty potatoes. A vegetarian option is available as well. There are happy hour prices at the bar all night and dollar beers. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and is available while supplies last. 306 Main. $16 plus tax and gratuity for steak dinner.
Sake Tasting Dinner at KUU
Get to know sake and enjoy a 10-course tasting dinner alongside. Certified Sake specialist Martin Koleff of World Sake Company, along with Sommelier Ricky Cheung and Executive Chef Adison Lee, will discuss the nuances of sake and which food pairs perfectly. Some of the sakes served are not even available in the United States yet. Please call 713-461-1688 to reserve your seat. 947 Gessner. 6:30 p.m. $138.
Tuesday, April 7
White Truffle Dinner at Américas River Oaks
Cordúa Restaurants Executive Chef David Cordúa is hosting a seven-course White Truffle Dinner in conjunction with Roederer Truffles. Cordúa Beverage Director James Watkins is pairing each course with wines from the Massolino family vineyard in Alba (Piedmont, Italy), where the rarest of White Truffles are found. Cordua won the recent Houston Truffle competition back in January with a Truffle Twinkie. If you missed out on it then, you'll have another chance to try it tonight. RSVP via email here. Payment is required upon reservation. 2040 West Gray. 6:30 p.m. $185.
Wednesday, April 8
The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Kicks Off Tonight
Official ambassador of Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali wines, Luciano Castiello, is hosting this year's kick-off dinner. The theme is "La Dolce Vita" and there will be a five-course Italian dinner at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Chefs from some of Houston's top restaurants including Arcodoro, Coppa Osteria, Radio Milano, Ristorante Cavour and Quattro are participating. Only 43 tickets remained as of press time. Get them here. 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land. 6:30 - 9 p.m. $150.
Batanga and Flor de Caña rum join forces on a pairings dinner Tuesday evening.
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Flor de Caña Rum Dinner At Batanga
Flor de Caña regional manager Samuel Fitch is hosting a rum dinner. It's also a chance to check out some dishes by new executive chef Rishi Singh. Flor de Cana Rum expressions in four year, seven year, 12 year, 18 year and even the 25 year will be served. There are five courses with five pairings. Email your reservation request here or call (713) 224-9500. 908 Congress. $75 plus tax and gratuity.
Walk-Around Pinot Noir Pairings At Rainbow Lodge
This casual tasting features four Pinot Noir from Germany, Oregon, Chile and California paired with small bites of Rainbow Lodge's fine fare. The food tastings includes Sorghum Glazed Pork Brisket and Orange Blossom Treats. Call 713-861-8666 for reservations. 2011 Ella. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $35.
Thursday, April 9
Caribbean Pop-Up At Glitter Karaoke
Chef RaeAndrea Hudson of Kouture Kuisine Catering and Events is cooking for a pop-up at Glitter. She promises there will jerk and curry on the menu and that sounds good to us! 2621 Milam. 8 p.m.
Guest Bartender Series At Yellow Rose Distilling
Yellow Rose Distilling's guest bartender series continues. This week features Michael McMullin of Boheme Café & Wine Bar. 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.
Martell Cognac Dinner at Mockingbird Bistro
This four-course cognac dinner begins with a reception and passed hor d'oeuvres. Dishes served include Chicken & Duck Liver Mousse with Pickled Fennel, Balsamic Glaze and Pain au Levain paired with Martell Caractere and Apple Tarte Tatin, Maple Glace, Cognac Caramel Sauce paired with Martell XO for dessert. For reservations, please call 713-533-0200. 1985 Welch. 6:30 p.m. $125 plus tax and gratuity.
The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair "On The Rocks" Bartender Challenge
The popular annual cocktail competition is sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka this year. There's a big prize involved, as the winning bartender gets $1,500 and second place gets $500. Also, that person's drink will be named the official cocktail of the 12th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair. It will be served at the Grand Tasting, Sip & Stroll and Bistro Brunch. It all happens at The Club At Riverstone. Buy your tickets. 18353 University, Sugar Land. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $40.
Friday, April 10
Pearland Crawfish Festival Starts Today
Get hot, fresh crawfish and a variety of Cajun dishes at the Pearland Crawfish festival. This year's location is the Pearland Parks & Recreation Grounds. The event benefits several charities: the Pearland ISD Education Foundation, Pearland Parks Foundation, Pearland Arts Organizations and The Houston Blues Society. The organizers promise that this year there will be plenty of crawfish and servers--rain or shine. New for the festivities this year: iguana races. There are also armadillo races, a carnival, arts and crafts vendors and eating contests. Visit the web site for tickets and more information. 4141 Bailey, Pearland. $21 three-day pass at the gate. Kids 12 and under and military personnel in uniform are free.
One Fine Affair
This is the kick-off event of Wine Fair Cy-Fair weekend and hosted at La Hacienda at the Northwest Forest Conference Center. The event features "fine wine, fine food and a mighty fine time." The ticket price includes will receive a keepsake glass collectible gift from Reach Unlimited Inc., a group that helps people with disabilities and the beneficiary of the fundraiser. The event is limited to 200 attendees, so buy your tickets online ASAP. Boots, suits and bling are encouraged! 12715 Telge, Cypress. 7 - 10 p.m. $100 to $175.
Get To Know Italian Wines At Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Taste your way through 15 Italian wines (if you can) at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Small bites will be provided as well. View the entire list of wines here. Call 713-780-7352 for reservations. 5839 Westheimer. 5:30 p.m. $85 plus tax and gratuity.
Wine Or Whiskey? Pick Your Seminar
The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair continues with a tough choice between wine or whiskey. The World Whiskey Tour seminar examines the differences in offerings from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and Japan. In The Hidden Gems wine seminar, Jessica Sanders of Drink Well in Austin will look at hot trends in the wine industry, including sherry, Italian grape varietals thriving in unexpected places and affordable dessert wines. Only about 20 tickets remained for each as of press time, so hurry to get yours. Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $50 to $75.
Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Grand Tasting
The Grand Tasting in the big, elegant Sugar Land Marriott ballroom features beverages of all kinds and dozens of small bites from area restaurants. It's the 12th anniversary of the event and there will be a big silent auction. Secure your tickets here. Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $150.
Saturday, April 11
Blood Bros. BBQ Beats + Brews At Liberty Station
Get to Liberty Station early for their limited number of "Brontosaurus Ribs". Even if those run out, there is still brisket, pork ribs, pork sausage, smoked boudin and potato salad to be had. 2101 Washington. Noon to 5 p.m.
Brenner's on the Bayou 6th Annual Wine Festival
VIP ticketholders gain entry to the Moët & Hennessey Lounge showcasing reserved wines, champagne and light bites from top chefs and sommeliers. There will be dozens of wines available to taste at the event. Chefs from Brenner's on the Bayou, Brenner's Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony's and Grotto will serve light bites that pair with the wines. Landry's Select Club members and VIP ticket holders will receive early admission at 2:30 p.m. Buy your tickets online. 1 Birdsall . 3 to 6 p.m. $65 to $125.
Wine Fair At Cy Fair Festival
A celebration of wine happens today at Cypress Village Station in Cypress, Texas. The fair features more than 250 wines, 30 food sampling stations and 50 craft beers. Participants include Hanan's Cafe Coffee Shoppe & Eatery, Black's Market Café, Drew's Pastry Place and many more. The event benefits Reach Unlimited, which helps people with disabilities. The event runs through Saturday. 21 and over only. Buy tickets here. 25222 Northwest Freeway, Cypress. $25 or $75 for VIP.
Meatless Enchiladas Class at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen Vegetarians and meatless dish lovers: Sylvia Caesares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen is teaching a meatless enchilada class. Learn how to make Enchiladas Rojas, Enchiladas Enfrijoladas, Spinach Enchiladas, rice and Quick Refried Black Beans. Buy tickets here. 1140 Eldridge. 1 to 4 p.m. $60.
Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Sip & Stroll
Spend Saturday afternoon at the Sip & Stroll at the historic Imperial Sugar factory. This year, there's a new outdoor beer garden featuring more than 100 beers from 25 different breweries and live music by the Platinum Players. This is in addition to the dozens of restaurants, vineyards and distilleries providing food and drink sample to make sure you don't go hungry or thirsty. Buy tickets here. 3 Sugar Creek Center, Sugar Land, 1 to 4 p.m. $65.
Wine & Cheese Class with Houston Dairymaids at 13 Celsius
Houston Dairymaids founder Lindsey Schechter is visiting 13 Celsius for a tasting of the fabulous cheeses sourced from all over Texas. 13 Celsius is taking care of the wine pairings for each. It's an ideal class for novices, as they will explore the basics of wine, the proper way to taste, identifying characteristic smells, how to interpret a label and how to pair wine and food. Spots are limited, so call (713) 529-8466 or email for reservations ASAP. 3000 Caroline. 1 to 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 12
It's the wrap-up event of the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair: the Bistro Brunch. It features Bloody Marys, Mimosas and small bites from many different restaurants. The event is held at Sugar Land Town Square. Kelly Dean of Jazz Houston will provide the serenades. Buy your tickets here. 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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