Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary events:
Celebrate National Burger Month at CURRENT, the newly opened contemporary restaurant inside The Westin in The Woodlands, 2 Waterway. During the month of May, guests can sink their teeth into the Current Burger – with white cheddar, Meyer lemon aioli, peppered bacon, arugula, balsamic reduction and a brioche roll – while quenching their thirst with a special craft beer pairing, all for $19.
Also celebrating National Burger Month is Radio Milano, 800 Sorella. Chef Jose Hernandez will be spotlighting a new menu item, the Juicy Lucy. Diners and bar guests alike can indulge in a Peroni and this sinful burger with a melted core patty filled with Redneck Cheddar and jalapeños, topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato and onions. The burger and beer pairing is priced at $20.
PESKA Seafood Culture, 1700 Post Oak, has launched a new happy hour, offered every Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m (live music performances Wednesday-Friday). Chef Omar Pereney's new menu features hand-crafted cocktails, an assortment of shared plates – think daily tostadas and tacos, peel-and-eat shrimp and snow crab fingers, plus a special seafood platter that pairs succulent bites with bubbles. All of the items are priced between $4 and $12 and the platter is available for one ($14), two ($27) or four ($52) persons, and is paired with a glass of champagne or prosecco.
This month, iPic Theaters, 4444 Westheimer, is partnering with chef Luca Manfè, winner of MasterChef season four and the mind behind The Lucky Fig. Chef Manfè’s chicken milanese sliders, made with crispy chicken, pickled red onion, fig marmalade, stout mustard and garlic buttered brioche buns, will be available in iPic Theaters locations nationwide. And just in time for National Craft Beer Week, iPic will offer local craft beers during the entire month of May. Beers will include Houston favorites like the Buffalo Bayou 1836 Copper Ale or the Saint Arnold Elissa IPA.
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The Durham House, 1200 Durham, will be hosting winemaker John Lockwood for a very special four-course dinner with pairings created by executive chef Mike McElroy on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Enjoy wines of character, distinction and finesse alongside dishes such as tea smoke lamb tartar and Cajun boar loin with shallot, beets, local cream and house-aged butter. Cost is $85 per person.
On Thursday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., Evelyn’s Park will be putting on a new home showcase in Bellaire that will feature delicious food truck cuisine along with drink pairings at each home. There will be a complimentary shuttle bus service, leaving from the Bellaire United Methodist Church parking lot, 4417 Bellaire, that will take guests between the four homes as they enjoy the night’s festivities. Reserve 101 will be serving specialty cocktails at its pop-up whiskey bar, and other spirit providers will be present as well. The food trucks featured are Scratch Food Truck, It’s a Wrap!, Java Road and Mobile Bistro. Tickets cost $100 per person, with all proceeds benefiting Evelyn’s Park (ticket price includes food, drinks and live music).
Empty Bowls, the international effort to fight hunger implemented in Houston to benefit the Houston Food Bank, will be holding a unique lunch on Saturday, May 14, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a minimum $25 donation, attendees receive a simple lunch of soup and bread provided by Whole Foods Market, and then select a bowl from 1,500-plus one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bowls donated by Houston-area ceramists and craft artists. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and the world. There are also larger bowls available at a higher price (lunch also included). Live music and artist demonstrations throughout the day. Guests can get a sneak peek at this year’s amazing array of bowls and a chance to purchase them at the preview party, also held at the HCCC, on Friday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy light bites from Whole Foods, beer from Silver Eagle Distributing, wine and water, and craft camaraderie. Dress is casual. Tickets are $50 per person and space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online.
To commemorate its ten-year anniversary, the Recipe For Success – an organization that combats childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food – is hosting a series of Delicious Alchemy events. On Thursday, May 19, The Banquet invites a few lucky guests to gather at The Dunlavy, 3422 Allen, for a ten-course banquet prepared by ten iconic chefs, including chefs Bryan Caswell, Charles Clark and Monica Pope. Tickets are $2,500 and limited to 100 guests. On Friday, May 20, "The Art of Food" aims to “tickle all your senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch” through a silent art auction, poetry readings, beer and wine tastings, and small bites from chefs like Kaz Edwards of Uchi, Jean-Philippe Gaston of Izakaya, Richard Kaplan of Weights+Measures, Ronnie Killen of Killen’s Steakhouse, Claire Smith of Shade and Mike McElroy of Durham House. The event will be held at the corner of Polk and Main in downtown Houston, 1201 Main. Tickets are $150 suggested donation for general admission. VIP tickets are a suggested donation of $250 and include early admission, an exclusive salon with a private truffle and caviar bar, special wines and Stella Artois beer. On Sunday, May 22, a Sunday Streets afternoon along White Oak Bayou filled with music, food and friends will pay homage to the kind of shared community meals – pancake breakfasts, spaghetti suppers, chicken dinners, church picnics and block parties — upon which the towns and cities across America were built. Check out the Rolling Green Market, and bring a picnic lunch to share at community tables. The event is from noon to 4 p.m., and other than the cost of bringing a picnic lunch to share, it’s free. For more information, visit the Recipe For Success web site.