Kick off the weekend with authentic tamales at Arnaldo Richards' Picos.EXPAND
Kick off the weekend with authentic tamales at Arnaldo Richards' Picos.
Photo by Nick de la Torre

Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: A Tamalada & a Whiskey Brunch

Tamalada Brunch @ Arnaldo Richards’ Picos
Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
3601 Kirby

In addition to the first-ever tamale-making demonstration by Executive Chef Arnaldo Richards, enjoy the restaurant's 2nd Annual Tamalada Brunch. The $20 per person brunch event includes all of Picos’s authentic tamales, paired with salsas, traditional accompaniments and delicious moles from the seven regions of Mexico. Additional offerings include champurrado, a traditional corn and chocolate beverage; and atoles, a thick corn hominy drink flavored with strawberry or guava. Reservations are suggested and can be made online or by calling 832-831-9940.

Sip & Cycle: Whiskey Brunch @ Around the Corner
Saturday, noon to 3:30 p.m.
1510 Hutchins

Bring your bike to make your way from Cottage Grove to Midtown, Med Center, Third Ward and EaDo on this 12-plus-mile sip & cycle. Riders will enjoy three drinks, plus small brunch bites at each stop along the way. Stops include Down the Street, Around the Corner and Axelrad Beer Garden. Food pairings will be provided by Etta’s HTX and Hugs & Donuts. Tickets are $37 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Almeda Yards Thanksgiving Project. 

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner @ Quattro
Saturday, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
1300 Lamar

James Beard’s Event of the Year features a multi-course beverage-paired dinner created by five of Houston’s top chefs – Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro; Robert Del Grande of Bar Annie & RDG; Manabu Horiuchi (Chef Hori) of Kata Robata; Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s Restaurant, Backstreet Café & Caracol; and Marie LeNôtre of the Culinary Institute LeNôtre. Enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and after party in the Lobby Lounge complete with a celebrity chef photo booth and raffle. Cost for the dinner is $150 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Pi Pizza Truck’s Free Pizza For Life Party @ Johnny’s Gold Brick
Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.
2518 Yale

Pi Pizza Truck is turning four. And you know what that means...its anniversary Tattoo & Free Pizza Party is back! Local tattoo artist Gabriel Massey will be on hand to give 12 lucky raffle winners a tat that will earn them Pi Pizza for life. But if you’re not looking for any sweet ink, you can still join the party for free pizza (while it lasts), a pizza-throwing costume, drink specials from Buffalo Bayou Brewery and Jameson, and some sick DJ sets. Raffle tickets for the chance at a tattoo are available for free at Bernie’s Burger Bus, Blacksmith, Fat Cat Creamery, Hugs & Donuts, FYHA Headquaters, Johnny’s Gold Brick and the truck itself.

November Wine Dinner @ Bistro Menil
Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m.
1533 West Alabama

Bistro Menil’s November Wine Dinner will celebrate Italy’s longstanding reputation as a leader and innovator in wine culture with outstanding wines from Corsica and Italy. Enjoy a three-course feast, with pairings including fritto misto with 2014 Domaine Vetriccie Corse; red wine-braised lamb shank with 2010 Corte Alla Flora Loggiato IGT Toscana (Super Tuscan); and warm pecan tart with 2014 Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superior Rive di Farra Di Soligo. Cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-904-3537 for reservations. 

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