Saint Patrick's day is right around the corner. And whether you're going to drown yourself in a vat of green beer this Saturday or wait like a proper Irish-wannabe until next Wednesday itself for your corned beef and hash fix, we've put together a guide to all the best St. Paddy's events, parties and specials around town. You can thank us by leaving us a pot of gold at the end of the next rainbow you see. (Do leprechaun jokes ever get old? Not in March, they don't.)
If wine -- not green beer -- is more your speed (as well as drinking said wine without living in fear of getting savagely pinched for accidentally omitting green from your outfit), then you can learn to be a "badass" of your very own courtesy of Max's Wine Dive. Starting on March 16, the wine bar on Washington will host Wine Teaching Tuesdays. Jacob Fairchild, Max's wine manager, will be leading the classes every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The first class will be on "Bad Ass Blends" and costs $35 a person. Reservations can be made by calling 713-880-8737.
You'll recall that we recently participated in a Geeks Who Drink pub trivia night over at the Maple Leaf, which we found both pleasantly challenging and an excellent excuse to get buzzed on a weeknight. An even better excuse is coming up, though: the Geeks Who Drink's first-ever themed trivia night. Harry Potter fans should make plans for Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Maple Leaf Pub, when the Quiz-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named will kick off. It costs $5 per player (with a max of six players per team), but the grand prize for first place is $300. And, yes, the kids can come too -- and will probably beat all of the adults handily.
In non-alcohol-related proceedings (hard to imagine, right?), Houston's farmers markets will have some exciting changes in the coming months. Up first, the miniature but mighty farmers' market in Discovery Green on Sunday afternoons is now being run by Urban Harvest. It's a small step forward, but an important one, in the consolidation of the city's markets into a greater whole -- which would not only benefit the farmers and ranchers who sell their produce, but the public who buys it. In honor of this change, the Discovery Green farmers market will have a celebration on Saturday, April 3 (which happens to coincide with Earth Day). Regular market hours will also be held the next day from noon to 4 p.m.
In other news, the newest farmers' market in the mix -- the Highland Village Farmers Market on Suffolk Drive -- is ushering in Spring by hosting seven of Houston's most popular chefs throughout April and May. Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the market starting on April 17, a different chef will create several dishes based on ingredients they've purchased at the market that day. The chefs will not only demonstrate how to cook these dishes, but will also answer any questions and help visitors pick the best produce. First up in the rotation is Benjy's executive chef, Dylan Murray. The "7 Chefs in 7 Weeks" series runs through May 29.
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