Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
Monday, March 27
National World Whisky Day at Izakaya
Beginning at 5 p.m. and offered through closing, Izakaya, 318 Gray, will be hosting an evening of fun, games and all kinds of whisky joy. Specials include a $5 beer and shot rodeo throwback, a number of Japanese and Thai whisky flights and cocktails, and $10 spins at the wheel. Here’s how that last one works: You spin the wheel and the number that comes up dictates a whisky pour. It may be one that normally costs $12, or it may be one that normally costs $40. No matter what the number is, it will be a win-win spin.
Domaine Katsaros Wine Dinner at Helen Greek Food and Wine
Helen Greek Food and Wine, 2429 Rice, will be hosting an exclusive wine dinner (25 seats only) with Domaine Katsaros, featuring a seven-course feast for $125 per person. Special guest Evripidis Katsaros studied in Bordeaux and Burgundy and then trained at the acclaimed wineries of Domaine Roulot and Domaine Georges Roumier before returning to Greece to take over the family estate, Domaine Katsaros.
Tuesday, March 28
Pups on the Patio Kick-Off at Cane Rosso Montrose
Cane Rosso (“red dog” in Italian) has long been a supporter of dog rescue groups. As such, the Montrose location, 4306 Yoakum, will be kicking off its Pups on the Patio series, in which it hosts a guest dog rescue group from Texas for a night of pizza and pups, while also raising awareness and funds for the group. Guests can purchase a $10 ticket upon entry, and each ticket affords the guest one glass of beer or wine, as well as a discount on some of Cane Rosso’s most popular pizzas (any of those named after Cane Rosso's owner's current or former dogs will be marked down to $10 for ticket-holders). At the end of the night, the total ticket sales are tallied, and those dollars are donated directly to the dog rescue group. In addition, Cane Rosso matches the ticket sales dollar for dollar. This Tuesday’s party, held from 6 to 9 p.m., will benefit Weimaraner Rescue of Texas, which will be in the house with adoptable dogs to meet and greet.
All-Tequila Dinner at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, will match four courses with tequila. Dinner features a corn tortilla topped with roasted pork and mole sauce, lump crab and corn soup, a grand sampling of South Texas mesquite-grilled meats and tres leches; and drinks include a special tequila flight, two kinds of margaritas and a dessert tequila drink. Cost is $55 per person, plus tax and 20 percent gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 713-334-7295.
Wednesday, March 29
Whole Hog Butcher Demo and Beginner's Charcuterie with Felix Florez at Ritual
From 5 to 7:30 p.m. go whole hog with Felix Florez, co-owner of Ritual, 602 Studewood, and owner of Black Hill Meats. Guests will learn to break down a whole hog and the process of aging charcuterie to receive maximum flavor, take home charcuterie and receive appetizers. Tickets are $65.
Champagne Tasting & Education at Beckrew Wine House
Beckrew Wine House, 2409 West Alabama, will be hosting its first wine education event from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with a tasting featuring the basics of Champagne. Chris Paul, owner of Houston's Café Rabelais, will host the event. Cost is $65 per person and includes five Champagnes, noshes and education. Reservations are required and the class is limited to 12 people.
Thursday, March 30
10th Anniversary at Sonoma Wine Bar Upper Kirby
Sonoma Upper Kirby, 2720 Richmond, is turning ten, and it's celebrating with a party on the patio from 5 to 9 p.m. Expect live music, a $25 wine tasting from a lineup of 50-plus bottles, a wine sale and the Cousins Maine Lobster and Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream food trucks.
Saturday, April 1
Spring Wine Event at Le Mistral
Held in the al fresco patio between Le Mistral and Rouge Wine Bar, 1400 Eldridge, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Spring Wine Event will pair two glasses of wine (Domaine de Souvio Rose Bandol and Pierre Bovis Châteauneuf du Pape) and a traditional chicken provençal entrée. Entertainment will be provided by The Chris Bitten Project, and cost is $15 for adults and $7 for kids. In addition, the restaurant will launch its new spring menu, featuring dishes such as prawns flambéed with pastis and halibut filet a la plancha.
4th Annual Houston Whiskey Festival at Bayou City Event Center
Whiskey lovers won’t want to miss this whiskey festival, held at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight, from 6 to 10 p.m. Sip bourbon, rye, blended scotch and more, hit the cigar lounge, and attend seminars from master blenders and distillers. Tickets are $65 for general admission and include samplings of a wide range of whiskeys and spirits, an event program and pen, entrance to seminars and gourmet hors d’oeuvres (while supplies last). Designated driver and VIP tickets are also available and all tickets will be sold online only. Cocktail dress and blazers are required (business attire at minimum).
Sunday, April 2
5th Anniversary Street Food Carnival at Underbelly
Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, is celebrating five years of “reppin’ Houston with love” by throwing a street food carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. In true Houston fashion, partygoers can taste street foods from around the globe, with Southern barbecue brisket, Mexican discada tacos, Indian vindaloo pani puri, Korean-style whole hog ssam and Vietnamese banh trang tron (shrimp and rice paper salad), plus complimentary popcorn, cotton candy and sno-cones. Guests can also expect carnival games, including ring toss, balloon darts, a dunk tank featuring Underbelly managers and a Chris Shepherd “hug booth.” Tickets are $45 and include five food tickets and three game tickets (kids under 12 are free).
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