Monday, December 15
Growers Champagne Tasting at Julep Life the fancy life at Julep tonight! Taste nine different growers' Champagnes and have all the oysters you can eat for $50. Champagnes include Vincent Carre Premier Cru Brut Marne and Pierre Gimonnet Cote des Blancs "Special Club." Contact Julep ASAP for more info. 4 to 7 p.m. $50
3rd Annual Tom Bawcock's Eve At Double Trouble
Tom Bawcock's Eve is traditional in Mousehole, Cornwall, but Houston has its own rendition of the event. It honors the legend of Tom Bawcock who saved the village by fishing during a severe storm This is the third year that chef Richard Knight (formerly of Feast and currently part of the Kipper Club pop-up dinners) has led the celebration at Double Trouble. Historic cocktails like Cornish Tin Miner's Punch, Mulled Cider & Mahogany will be served. At 9 p.m., enjoy a shadow puppet show of The Mousehole Cat, narrated by Knight and performed by The Shadow People. 3622 Main, Suite D. 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 16
The Best Way To See Christmas Lights? Ride The Wave
Why drive around in some sporadic pattern to try and find great Christmas lights when The Wave will chauffeur you? Meet at the benches at Market Square Park and when you return, take advantage of specials at nearby restaurants Batanga (20% off food), El Big Bad, Fusion Taco, Hearsay Gastro Lounge or Niko Niko's. Enjoy holiday treats as you tour Discovery Green, River Oaks and Woodland Heights. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drink, but glass is not allowed. Kids four and under are free if they can sit in a parent's lap. Buses are first-come, first-seated and will make several stops to allow guests to take photos. $5 from each ticket sale benefits Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Buy tickets here. The tour is offered again December 17, 18 and 23. Start at 301 Milam. 6 p.m. (Buses will start leaving at 6:30 p.m.) $32.64 after Eventbrite fee.
Holiday Cocktail Class At Yellow Rose Distilling
Bartender Houston Farris is giving a holiday mixology class at Houston's own whiskey and vodka producer, Yellow Rose Distilling. Spaces are limited and the class is expected to be a small group. Everyone will leave not only with newfound knowledge on how to make cocktails but their own Yellow Rose Distilling Rocks glass, too. Buy tickets here. 21 and over only. 1224 N. Post Oak #100. 6 p.m. $35
Wine Tasting At Crú With Author Erin Hicks
Erin Hicks, author of Houston Small Plates & Sips and Houston Classic Desserts, among other cookbooks, will be at Crú Food & Wine Bar for a signing. Complementary wine will be available and there will be special by-the-bottle and glass pricing as well. RSVP by calling 713-528-9463. 2800 Kirby. 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17 Build a Better Doghouse--With Gingerbread!
Houston-area chefs will compete in the gingerbread doghouse competition. Paul's Kitchen is hosting the event. The competitors will include Brooklyn Athletic Club. Proceeds benefit Lucky Dog Rescue, a Houston area fostering organization. Email to RSVP. Kids 12 and under are free! 2502 Algerian Way. $25.
Delicious Mischief Texas Cookbook Release Party
L.A. Bar (next to the original Rajun' Cajun on Richmond) hosts the release party for John Demers' new cookbook. He's the longtime host of the Delicious Mischief radio show on Talk 1370AM. Copies will be available for purchase and Demers will be on-hand to sign them. Happy hour-priced cocktails, half-price bottles of wine and light bites will be available. 4302 Richmond. 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 18 Holiday Pop-Up and Shop at Glitter Karaoke
Benji's On Washington executive chef Mike Potowski and chef du cusine Maria Gonzalez will be cooking a pop-up diner at Glitter Karaoke and there's also a holiday gift shop pop-up! Check out the adorable wares of Cultured Critter Collective, featuring whimsical creatures of all kinds in paintings, handcrafted figures and more. You might just finish your shopping list while you're here. 2621 Milam. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, December 19
German Beer Dinner at Kipper Club Test Kitchen
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Meet at the address below, be transported to a secret location by bus and enjoy a collaborative beer dinner with Chef Adam Yoho of Otto's in Fredericksburg. Dinner will have five courses, including dessert and a modern German perspective. Dishes include Rabbit Two Ways and Strube Ranch Wagyu Sauerbraten. There's a 6:30 p.m. and a 9 p.m. seating. Buy tickets here. Meet at 1808 N. Shepherd. 6:30 p.m./9 p.m. $85.39 after Eventbrite fee.
Saturday, December 20
Oysters & Pint Pairings At D&T Drive Inn
Every Saturday in December, casual bar D&T is offering a dozen oysters for $18 per dozen or $22 paired with with a Moylans Dry Irish Stout. Only a few Saturdays left to go! 1 p.m. until sold out or 1 a.m., whichever comes first. 1307 Enid.