Man's best friend needs a night out on the town! On Wednesday, July 31, spoil your pooch at Whole Foods' Yappy Hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Whole Foods on Kirby will be providing toys, treats and water for your dogs as they mingle on the patio, and the Market Food Truck will be on hand with food and drinks available for purchase. The event itself is free, and it's a great opportunity to socialize your animals and socialize yourself halfway through the work week. Whole Foods notes that there are fans on the patio, so don't worry about being a sweaty mess.
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If you want to improve your knife skills (in the kitchen, people), Sur la Table is hosting a knife skills and sharpening class. Sur la Table hosts a number of cooking classes throughout the year, but any good cook will tell you that it's important to learn the basics first. The class will take place at the River Oaks location on Thursday, August 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required, and the cost for the class is $100. Instructor Brian Wilson promises to teach "the fundamental cuts for vegetables (mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne)" as well as how to keep your fancy knives sharp. Included in the cost of the class is a 3.5-inch paring knife (an $89 value) and a sharpening stone (worth $79.95). A snack will be served, but you might have to dice it yourself.
Learn how to treat your lovah real nice at UrbanCHEF's Breakfast in Bed cooking class. Unfortunately, you will have to get out of bed to attend, as the class will be held at UrbanCHEF in Upper Kirby. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, UrbanCHEF staff will teach you how to prepare French omelets, blueberry pecan pancakes, brown sugar bacon, smoked salmon canapes and cantaloupe granita. Tickets are $75, and ladies, I recommend you send your husbands while you go get a mani/pedi. His incentive will be that he gets to eat what he cooks at the end of the class and the longer he can keep you in bed...you know.
Did you know that eight different bat species can be found in the Houston area? EIGHT. You can see them all (maybe) on a bat walk led by Cullen Geiselman at the Arboretum on Saturday, August 3. The tour will start at 7 p.m., and visitors will be able to track bats not only with the naked eye, but also using an "ultrasonic bat detector." Geiselman will also be discussing common bat myths (they will not fly into your hair and get tangled). So what does any of this have to do with food? The event is called "Wine and Cheese and Bats," which means that you'll get some sustenance and a good buzz going before you head out in search of tiny winged creatures who may or may not be related to vampires. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $30 for Arboretum members.
Because I love anything that mixes athletics and alcohol, I'm super excited about this upcoming 5K Viva la Run hosted by Luke's Locker and Brooks Running. The 5K "fun run" on August 6 will be untimed, because the point is to have a blast not to win, and it will end with a party at Local Pour featuring lots of margaritas. I've also been told that though the run starts at 7 p.m., you don't need to be there right at the start time. In fact, some people start drinking before the run, so they show up a little late. Registration is $15 and includes the run, a shirt, food and a margarita at Local Pour. You can register at Luke's Locker or at 6 p.m. at the corner of Allen Parkway and Shepherd, where the race will begin. Also exciting: Brooks Running has gathered some cool stuff for giveaways including margarita shakers. Olé!