Big Brew, the nation's second largest craft beer festival, is coming to Houston from October 20 through October 26. The week-long celebration will feature more than 1,000 craft beers from more than 40 Texas breweries along with a different event each day. Kick off the party with one of three beer dinners; America's & Southern Star Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Americas River Oaks at on Monday, October 20; Witchcraft Tavern Provision Co. & Karbach Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Witchcraft Tavern on Tuesday, October 23; or RDG + Bar Annie & Saint Arnold Brewing Co.'s Beer Dinner at RDG + Bar Annie on Wednesday, October 22. On Thursday, October 23, the weekend fun starts at the George R. Brown Convention Center with The Great Match, a food and beverage pairing event from Houston's top culinary talent. Friday, October 24 brings a Texas Brewery Showcase and Houston Pub Crawl and Saturday, October 25 is the Big Brew Grand Tasting Session and Beer Snobs VIP Zone. The weekend closes out with the 8th Wonder Brewston Brunch -- a three-course brunch and beer pairing -- at Shula's downtown on Sunday, October 26.
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Head to the Fredericksburg location of the Messina Hof Winery on Thursday, October 23 for the winery's Go Texan Bison Dinner. The decadent event starts at 6 p.m. and features a three-course, wine-paired menu alongside live music. Expect dishes like bison osso buco and port-infused chocolate cupcakes. Be sure to purchase tickets ($70) in advance, as seating is limited.
The Health Museum's third annual Passport to the World: International Wine & Food Pairings event will also be held on Thursday, October 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Health Museum. The evening's gastronomic grandeur features more than 30 wines from around the world, food pairings from chef David Cordúa, and special guest sommeliers Christian Varas and Antonio Gianola. The event will also feature pop-up shops, cork pulls, and live entertainment. Tickets are $150 ($125 for museum members) with proceeds benefiting The Health Museum's education programs.
Join award-winning pastry chef Rebecca Masson and a grand lineup of amazing chefs at the 10th and final Sweet and Savory event benefiting Lucky Dog Rescue on Sunday, October 26. "The Last Bite" event, held at 5226 Elm, features a multi-course dinner alongside wine, cocktail, and beer pairings from renowned chefs and beverage masters -- including nationally acclaimed chef Brandon Baltzey, sommelier Antonio Gianola and master mixologists Robin Berwick and Ryan Rouse, among others. Tickets are $150 per person (or two for $275) and may be purchased on the the Lucky Dog Rescue website. Buy fast, as the seating is limited to 125 lucky attendees and Rebecca's previous Sweet & Savory events have sold out completely.
Smashburger is opening up its 17th location in Deer Park at 8015 Spencer Highway. To celebrate, the restaurant will host a ghoulishly-fun event on Wednesday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Halloween celebration will feature games, giveaways and -- most importantly -- FREE Classic Smashburgers. Guests are encouraged to come in costume for the chance to win $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates in the costume contest, where winners will be chosen by CBS Radio, 100.3 FM DJs and Smashburger staff.