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Fat Tuesday is upon us. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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Monday, Febuary 16
Wine Class: Vintage Focus on Bordeaux 2006
Spec's fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is teaching a class with a lineup of 12 Bordeaux all from 2006. Dalton writes that the "vintage was initially under-rated by the press and has been ignored for the last several years. While 2006 is not a "Great Vintage," it is a "Classic Vintage" that is now coming into its own as the wines emerge from the dumb stage." The class is meeting at L'Alliance Française, the French cultural center in Houston. Reserve your spot by calling To reserve your spot, call 713-854-7855 and ask for Susan. 427 Lovett. $100 cash or check / $105.26 credit card. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Febuary 17
Deadline for the Fourth Annual Bento Contest
This is the fourth year that the Consulate-General of Japan In Houston has sponsored this event. Every year, competitors from various walks of life submit photos of the beautiful bentos made at home. Semifinalists will be selected from the photo contest and go head-to-head this Sunday in making bentos on-the-fly with provided ingredients. Details about how to enter the competition are here.
Bravado Spice Fat Tuesday Takeover
Bravado Spice is going to work some food magic at Royal Oak on Fat Tuesday. The menu features Voodoo Wings with creole hot sauce butter, Ghost Pepper and Blueberry Red Beans and Rice, Gumbo Z'Herbes w/ Fried Kale and much more. Of course there will be King Cake, too--specifically King Cake Bread Pudding. 1318 Westheimer. 4 p.m. until sold out.
This week has two different events featuring lady bartenders and Prohibition bar manager Lainey Collum is participating in both.
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography
Wednesday, Febuary 18
Updated 2/18/2015: A Discount Today Means A Gift Tomorrow At Mama Fu's
In honor of the 2015 Lunar New Year (the biggest celebration of the year in many Asian cultures), Mama Fu's Asian House at 1574 West Gray will offer $10 off all dine-in or online purchases of $20 or more today. As an added bonus, those who enroll in Mama Fu's free guest loyalty program, the Funatics Club will receive a surprise gift if they return tomorrow for Lunar New Year's Day.
Prohibition Guest Bartender Series
Prohibition Supperclub bar manager Lainey Collum is hosting Double Trouble's Robin Berwick for a Tiki takeover. It's sure to be a night of punch and girl power. This is the first in Prohibition's new guest bartender series that will be happening every Wednesday night for the next several weeks. 1008 Prairie.
$1.99 Fish Tacos at Berryhill
Select Berryhill Baja Grill locations are offering fish tacos for $1.99 instead of the normal $3.99 in observance of Lent. The offer is valid today for Ash Wednesday, then every Friday until April 3. The locations at 1717 Post Oak, 5110 Buffalo Speedway, 9595 Six Pines in The Woodlands, Memorial City Mall and the original at 2639 Revere are honoring the deal. The price is good for the original fish taco or the grilled one.
Friday, Febuary 20
A Easy Lenten Lunch At Holley's
Holley's Seafood Kitchen & Oyster Bar is making it easy to observe Lent with $22 seafood specials at lunchtime on Fridays from today through April 3. Chef Mark Holley is also serving up his Southern Bouillabaisse full of Gulf shrimp, clams, mussels and "seafood sausage." There's a classic Whole Red Fish Courtbouillon. Call 713-491-2222 for reservations. 3201 Louisiana. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Febuary 21
Learn How To Make Enchiladas
It's not called "Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen" for nothing. Chef-owner Sylvia Casares will lead students through making border-style enchiladas, including Enchiladas Enfrijoladas, Enchiladas Verdes and Cheese Enchiladas with Home-style Chile Gravy. She'll even go over making the classic sides of rice and beans. Classes include a meal with a drink and dessert. Buy tickets here. 1140 Eldridge. 1 to 4 p.m. $60.
Foreign Correspondents Preview At Kipper Club
Get a glimpse into what P.J. Stoops has planned for his forthcoming Thai restaurant. Bonus: Austrian wines are featured, which should pair really well with the food. Diners will be sent the address on where to go park after registration and be transported by shuttle to the dinner location. Two different seating times are available. Buy tickets here. 6:30 p.m./9 p.m. $100.
Sunday, Febuary 22
Lady Bartenders Take Over And Turn The Tables at Moving Sidewalk
Who normally walks around bars in skimpy outfits with shots? Women. Who normally carry around the tubs of beer? Women. Well, what happens when all of the bartenders and most of the patrons are women? A night of fun that will challenge the status quo. An all-star group of Houston lady bartenders is making the drinks, including Monique Mickley (The Pass & Provisions, Kristine Nguyen (Julep), Kandi Stevenson (Canyon Creek), Eileen Aguirre (Holley's), Danielle Skapura (Mongoose vs Cobra), Lindsay Rae (Poison Girl/Little Dipper), Akiko Hagio (Triniti), Linda Salinas (Liberty Station), Julie Rogers (last seen waiting tables at Coltivare), Sheridan Fay (El Big Bad), Lainey Collum (Prohibition), Crystal Wells (a possible final appearance for the former Clutch City bartender, as she's realizing a lifelong dream of joining the Houston Fire Department). Christa Havican (Pernod Ricard local rep) has got the tequila-Jello shots covered. 306 Main. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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