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This Week in Houston Food Events: A Week for Wine-O's, Plus Father's Day!

All Week

Through Saturday, Bistro Provence at 13616 Memorial will celebrate all things rosé with 50-percent off many top-notch bottles, as well as daily food specials to pair with the wine. Not a fan of rosé? Other wines will also be discounted throughout the week.

Tuesday, June 14

The Burger Bar Cooking Class

Head over to Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, at 6:30 p.m. to take part in this cooking class that will teach you how to make your own gourmet burger bar, including blue cheese burgers, Southwest turkey burgers, manchego-stuffed pork burgers, beer-battered onion rings and jicama slaw. The cost is $60 and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.

Shellfish Cooking Class

Learn the fundamentals of cooking shellfish in this 6:30 p.m. class at Well Done Cooking Classes, 2811 Airline. The dishes taught include mussels with blue cheese and white wine sauce, oysters Rockefeller, and how to boil lobster for soups. Cost is $79 per person, and you can make your reservation on the Well Done website.

Wednesday, June 15

Villa Maria Wine Dinner at Ouisie's

This 6:30 p.m. dinner at Ouisie's Table, 3939 San Felipe, features wines from New Zealand's Villa Maria winery, as well as the guidance of Gordon Russell, a winemaker who began his career there. There will be six courses of food with pairings and the cost is $75 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 713-528-2264.

Landry's Annual Chef Series: The Oceanaire 

Each year, Landry's puts on a series of chef-hosted dinners at several of its Houston-area restaurants. Each dinner features an elaborate prix fixe meal and the opportunity to meet the chef and discuss the food. This week's chef is Trevor White, and the dinner will be at 7 p.m. at The Oceanaire, 5061 Westheimer. The menu includes a grand oyster tasting, poached king crab, char-grilled octopus and seared Chilean sea bass, all with wine pairings. Cost is $95 ($80 for Landry's Select Club members) and reservations can be made by calling 832-487-8862.

Domaine Vordy Wine Dinner at Frank's

The folks at Frank's Americana Revival, 3736 Westheimer, teamed up with French County Wines to host a Domaine Vordy wine dinner at 7 p.m. Helene and Didier Vordy will be there to discuss the wines, which are only available for retail in Texas through French Country Wines The fare includes ahi tuna tartare, roasted leg of lamb and grilled peaches with honey and ricotta for dessert. Reservations are $65 per person and can be made by calling 713-572-8600.

Backstreet Cafe Wine Dinner

Special guest Telmo Rodriguez will introduce attendees of this 7 p.m. wine dinner at Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd, to a variety of Spanish wines from wine regions around that country—all of which are from his vineyards. The fare includes sautéed mussels with stone fruit, spice-rubbed quail with wild mushroom risotto, and coffee-crusted grilled ribeye with blackberry and violet reduction. Cost is $105 per person, and reservations can be made by emailing the café.

Thursday, June 16

Perfect Pairings: Wine & Speed Dating

This 7 p.m. event at Batanga, 908 Congress, is hosted by Zoosk, an online dating service. Attendees will have a blast with speed dates, as well as a three-month trial to Zoosk, a tasting of Banfi wines, tapas, and relationship tips from an expert. Did we mention that it's all completely free? Register on Eventbrite and get ready to fall in love—with the wine, at least!

Champagne Dinner at Monarch

Champagne lovers, rejoice–this one's for you. Get ready for an evening of Moët Hennessy champagnes served alongside top-notch fare like Maryland soft shell crab, Black Hill Ranch pork carnitas with goat's milk ricotta tamales and lemon pudding cake. It's all happening at 7 p.m. at Monarch Restaurant, 5701 Main. Cost is $135 and reservations can be made by calling 713-527-1800.

Pop-Up Dinner at Glitter Karaoke

This week's pop-up dinner at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, features chef Chris Loftis of Killen's Steakhouse and pastry chef Karla Espinosa of KUU. The fare includes smoked pork schnitzel with pickled red cabbage, bone marrow with oxtail fried rice and boozy popsicles in flavors like prickly pear with mezcal. Food will be available from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and reservations are required.

All Weekend Long

Firefighters' BBQ Cook-Off & Festival

This weekend-long festival helps to raise funds for firefighters in need while also creating fun for the whole family. There are margarita and chili contests on Friday, plus bloody mary, dessert and barbecue contests on Saturday. There will also be vendors, live music, a washer tournament and more. Admission is $10 at the gate for a weekend pass, and kids three and under get in free. It's at the Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds, 7902 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, and you can find more info on the event website.

Friday, June 17

Asian Rolls Cooking Class

Dorothy Huang, cookbook author and cooking instructor, will lead this 6:30 p.m. cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. Attendees will make a variety of rolls, including crisp spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce, baked spring rolls with mustard sauce and sesame dessert spring rolls. Cost is $65 per person and reservations can be made on the Central Market website.

Perfect Roasted Chicken Cooking Class

This 6:30 p.m. couples' cooking class at Well Done Cooking Classes, 2811 Airline, will teach you and a friend how to make an excellent, three-course meal, including kale salad with parmesan cheese croutons, whole roasted chicken and roasted cauliflower with chardonnay-glazed carrots. Best of all, it's BYOB–and they've got booze for sale, too. Cost is $79 per person, and you can make your reservation on the Well Done website.

Live Music at Berryhill Post Oak

The Galleria-area location of Berryhill Baja Grill, 1717 Post Oak, is kicking off live music Fridays, which will continue throughout the summer. The tunes begin at 7 p.m. and there will be food and drink specials, too.

Saturday, June 18

Beer and Chips Art Festival

Drink beer, eat chips and look at locally-made art from noon to 8 p.m. at 11 Below Brewing, 6820 Bourgeois. The chips are free, and so is looking at the art, but you're on your own for the beer. Admission is free.

Honey Moon at Houston Arboretum

The full moon in June is known as the honey moon, so the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway, is celebrating that and National Pollinator Week with a honey tasting! There will be booze, bites and coffee, as well. Attendees will learn about bees and then head out for a nighttime hike under the honey moon. This event is for ages 16 and up only and kicks off at 8 p.m. Cost is $30 for arboretum members and $45 for the general public.

Sunday, June 19

Father's Day

It's that time of year again– time to toast dads around Houston with all kinds of food-related festivities. Does your dad like to grill? Take him to Brenner's on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, for their afternoon-long backyard cookout. Maybe he's into wild game? Check out the special wild game menu at Ouisie's Table, 3939 San Felipe. Or, maybe your dad prefers a good scotch to a good steak. Take him to Reserve 101, 1201 Caroline, for their Macallan Scotch tasting at 6:30 p.m. For more ideas for all of the dads in your life, check out our guide to Father's Day dining in Space City.

MIXT&PE at Grand Prize

This cocktail event at Grand Prize Bar, 1010 Banks, fuses booze and music in unexpected ways. Bartenders Lindsay Rae of Grand Prize and Marie Zahn of Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. will create cocktails based on the sounds of Nikki Lane and The Cramps from 8 p.m. to midnight.