Join Backstreet Cafe, 1103 S. Shepherd, in exploring North Greece with a family-style wine dinner featuring special guest sommelier Evan Turner. Held on both Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m., the dinners will showcase 10 diverse regional wines paired with Greek dishes, including octopus carpaccio, collard green dolmades, and lamb "riblets," to name a few. Cost is $110 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by emailing BackstreetSpecialEvents@gmail.com.
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On Thursday, April 30, more than 40 area restaurants will be participating in Dining Out For Life, the nationwide fundraising event benefiting local AIDS service organizations. Locate a participating restaurant near you, dine out, and a percentage of your sale will go toward this great cause.
On Saturday, May 2 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Lobby Lounge of Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, will be hosting a Kentucky Derby Watch Party featuring classic cocktails with a Texas twist. Enjoy Local Mint Juleps ($12 each), featuring Texas' own Herman Marshall hand-crafted Texas Bourbon whisky from Dallas County served in the traditional pewter cups. The hotel will also be sabering bottles of GH Mumm, the champagne sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, during the party.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fun, interactive El Jimador tequila class and dinner at El Big Bad, 419 Travis. On Tuesday, May 5 starting at 6 p.m., two representatives from El Jimador will be on hand to talk about their award winning tequilas and guide you through a a flight of blanco, reposado and añejo tequilas. There will also be a fresh welcome cocktail and a build your own street taco bar with lots of munchies. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance.
Tickets to the 5th annual Houston Beer Festival -- held on June 13-14 in Hermann Square Park, 900 Hermann Square -- are now on sale. Under new management and new ownership, the festival is focusing on giving its customers the best experience ever by featuring more than 20 bands on three stages, offering craft beer samples from 65 breweries as well as food vendors and additional entertainment. Ticket options ($35 for a one-day pass) include various options for beer sampling, VIP access and a music only passes over the course of two days. There is a limited number of early bird offers, so act fast to snag the best deals.