This Week in Houston Food Events: Wine Not?
Seems like there's a national holiday for every food these days, doesn't it? Celebrate National Escargot Day with a snail pizza from Bistro Provence.
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Monday, May 23
De Proef Collaboration Series Beer Tasting
Visit Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 705 Main, at 6:30 p.m. to participate in this beer tasting, which features brews made by De Proef and various collaborators, including Port Brewing, Surly Brewing and Hair of the Dog Brewing. Light bites will also be served. Tickets are $27 for U.F.O. Club members, and $32 for the general public; call 713-228-9472 for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Tuesday, May 24
National Escargot Day
Celebrate all things snail at Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, with all-day escargot specials, including Pizza Nonni with snails and escargot poppers, which are deep-fried snails served with spicy red sauce. Of course, you can also partake in traditional escargot, if you'd prefer.
Beer and Brass at Saint Arnold
Join the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's brass quintet for a brew and invigorating drinking tunes, such as jazzy brass band numbers and classic drinking polkas, at 6 p.m. at Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons. The $35 cost of admission includes unlimited beer and finger foods, plus the opportunity to mingle with the R.O.C.O. musicians between sets. Visit the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra website to purchase tickets.
Cooking from the Soul at Harold's
This five-course meal at Harold's Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, 350 West 19th, includes roasted quail with mirliton (chayote squash) and blue crab casserole, crispy whole snapper and Gulf shrimp with hush puppies and jambalaya, and whole roasted cochon de lait, or suckling pig, with accoutrements. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65 per person, or $85 per person with beverage pairings. Reserve your seat on the Harold's website.
Bramble is pairing its rustic, honest cuisine with a Bordeaux wine dinner this week.
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Bordeaux Wine Dinner at Bramble
This 6:30 p.m. wine dinner at Bramble, 2231 South Voss, will pair the culinary talents of chef Randy Rucker with six different Bordeaux wines from a variety of vintages and wineries. The fare includes lightly corned and roasted duck with braised radishes and spiced jus, braised beef shank with root vegetables and foie gras, vanilla and sorghum milkshakes. Cost is $125 per person, and you can make your reservation by calling 832-819-0322.
Risotto Cooking and Art Class
This cooking class at White Plate Art, 4318 Kyle, not only will teach you how to make two varieties of risotto from northern Italy but will also guide you through the creation of your own piece of Italian-style artwork. The risottos are saffron and parmesan risotto and wild mushroom risotto cooked with red wine, and the class is B.Y.O.B. Cost is $75 per person, and reservations can be made on the White Plate Art website.
HAYOP Series at Boheme
Filipino chef Yana Gilbuena continues her two-month kitchen residency at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview, this week. Each Tuesday 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. While this event was originally à la carte, it is now a prix fixe 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 call 713-529-1099 for reservations and details.
Wednesday, May 25
Bollo Woodfired Pizza is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Wednesday, May 25.
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Bollo's One-Year Anniversary
To celebrate the restaurant's first birthday, Bollo Woodfired Pizza at 2202 West Alabama will be offering a variety of $1 specials throughout the day, including $1 margherita and pepperoni pizzas from 5 to 6 p.m., $1 bellinis from 5 p.m. to close, and $3 Karbach pints from 5 p.m. to close, with the first 50 customers receiving a commemorative glass. Additionally, you can get a Caesar or mixed greens salad for just $1 during lunch all week with the purchase of a pizza.
Sauvignon Blanc Tasting at 13 celsius
As part of the Experiment in Terroir series, 13 celsius at 3000 Caroline presents this tasting of five sauvignons blancs that exhibit the characteristics that each of their respective terroirs are known for. The regions that the wines hail from include France, New Zealand, Slovenia and South Africa. Bottles of the featured wines will be available after the tasting for special retail prices. The tasting is from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $25 per person; reservations are not necessary.
Rosé Tasting at Hunky-Dory Tavern
Join sommelier Michael Peltier on the patio at Hunky-Dory Tavern, 1801 North Shepherd, at 5:30 p.m. for this French rosé tasting that features six rosés from a variety of different wineries. The $35 admission price includes light bites created by chef Richard Knight.
Thursday, May 26
Weekday Grilling Class at Central Market
Join the cooking school staff of Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, for this 6:30 p.m. class on quick, easy and delicious recipes to cook on the grill. The menu includes grilled fish tacos with napa cabbage slaw, smoked paprika-rubbed steak sandwiches with gorgonzola butter and grilled pound cake with fresh berries and brandy cream, plus some perfect grill-friendly sides like grilled corn with herbed butter. Cost is $65 per person, and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.
Pop-Up with Chef Arash Kharat at Glitter
Chef and social media maven Arash Kharat's pop-up dinners at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, are always a hit, and this week's edition is sure to be the same. Food will be available at 8 p.m., and reservations are required; send an email to Glitter to book your spot.
Friday, May 27
Pub Night at Saint Arnold Brewery
During Pub Night, Saint Arnold Brewery at 2000 Lyons becomes a bar from 5 to 9 p.m. for your drinking and hanging-out pleasure. Even better, Houston Dairymaids representatives will be on hand to provide beer-and-cheese pairing flights for $12 a pop. There's no cover and access is strictly 21 and up.
Sunday, May 29
The elegant white dining room of The Durham House is going to change personalities when it is home to a get-down-and-dirty crawfish boil along with Brash Brewing.
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Brash Crawfish Boil at The Durham House
Brash Brewing and The Durham House, 1200 Durham, have joined forces to put together an incredible crawfish boil from 10 a.m. until the crawfish runs out. Draft beers will be $5, and food and cocktail specials will be available for purchase. Crawfish will be $6 per pound or $25 for an all-you-can-eat pass.
Bands on the Bayou
Every Sunday from now through June 5, 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 Space Rockets.
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