Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
Monday, October 23
$1 Pizza Night at Cane Rosso Montrose
The Montrose location of Cane Rosso, 4306 Yoakum, is turning one year old, and it's celebrating with a pizza party from 5 to 10 p.m. Get $1 margherita and marinara pizzas and focaccia bread, along with $5 house cocktails all night (the dollar pizzas are limited to one per person, dine in only; all other pizzas will be available regular price).
Tuesday, October 24
Outdoor Cooking Series at Eight Row Flint
Every Tuesday in October from 5 to 7 p.m., chef Paul Lewis is taking over the outdoor grill at Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale. Lewis will prepare a Thai dish featuring Chiang Mai-style sausage with Thai-spiced head-on prawns, crispy jasmine rice, spicy green chile dip and persimmon som tum salad.
Wednesday, October 25
Hirsch Vineyards Wine at The Pass & Provisions
The Pass & Provisions, 807 Taft, is hosting an "Evening with Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards Wine Dinner" beginning at 6:30 p.m. The vineyard has been growing fruit and making site-specific wine since David Hirsch first planted Pinot Noir and Riesling in 1980, and Jasmine Hirsch took over her family's winery as general manager in 2015. Six courses with pairings cost $250 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased by calling 713-628-9020 (choose option 2 to speak to the host). Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable.
“Around The World” Wine Dinner at Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse
Beginning at 7 p.m., Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, 5865 Westheimer, is hosting an exclusive five-course “Around The World” wine dinner. For $55 per person plus tax and gratuity, guests can enjoy five unique wines from New Zealand, Argentina, Portugal and California paired with Chama's traditional dishes. A certified sommelier will be on site to discuss the wines and answer any questions. Reservations are required. Call 713-244-9500.
Thursday, October 26
Culinary Stars at the Houston Chronicle
Allison Cook’s "Top 100 Restaurants" list will be celebrated at the Houston Chronicle’s fourth annual Culinary Stars celebration, held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Houston Chronicle building, 4747 Southwest Freeway. Guests can mix and mingle with top Houston-area chefs while enjoying eats from more than 30 restaurants alongside wines from 20 different estates. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP.
Friday, October 27
The Lucky Rice at The Astorian
The Lucky Rice festival will be held at The Astorian, 2500 Summer, from 8 to 10 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP). The annual feast showcases the city’s top Asian and Asian-influenced chefs and mixologists, with chef Paul Qui hosting and popular spots like Underbelly, Mala Sichaun and Les Ba’Get providing the bites. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Houston Food Bank in a continuing effort to support those in need of relief from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Tickets are $88 for general admission and $150 for VIP.
Saturday, October 28
Chefs Unmasked at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Seven celebrated and award-winning chefs will come together for Chefs Unmasked, a curated culinary event benefiting the Houston Hospitality Employee Relief Fund. The charity dinner and cocktail masquerade party will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, from 7 to 10 p.m., with celebrity chefs including Richard Sandoval, Michael Mina, Hugo Ortega, Chris Shepherd, Alejandro Di Bello and Danny Trace. Tickets are $250 per person.
Saturday and Sunday
Kingwood Monster Margarita Festival at Kingwood Town Center
Held at Kingwood Town Center, 8 North Main, beginning at noon, the Kingwood Monster Margarita Festival will feature food tucks, vendors, live music, salsa dancing lessons, costume contests, craft beer and wine tastings, mariachi bands and a monstrous selection of margaritas and tequilas. General admission tickets are $10 and include a complimentary margarita, with VIP tickets available for $25.
Sunday, October 29
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Depressed Cake Shop at Underbelly
Held at Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer from 2 to 5 p.m., the 4th annual Depressed Cake Shop brings together a massive lineup of local bakers and chefs, including Jody Stevens of jodycakes, Adam Doris of Presidio and Martha DeLeon of Pax Americana, for a bake sale in order to raise awareness depression and mental illness. All proceeds will be donated to The Montrose Center and NAMI Greater Houston.
Second Anniversary at State of Grace
In celebration of its second anniversary, State of Grace, 3258 Westheimer, is gearing up for a major culinary celebration. Held from 4 to 7 p.m., guests can expect a high-intensity oyster shucking competition starring an array of guest chefs from Houston’s top restaurants (including Terrence Gallivan of Pass & Provisions, Graham Laborde of Killen’s, Ryan Lachaine of Riel and Erin Feges of the forthcoming Feges BBQ, to name a few), plus oysters and passed bites prepared by the State of Grace kitchen. Tickets are $35, with drinks available for purchase. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, proceeds from the anniversary fête will benefit Houston Food Bank to help further support its hurricane relief efforts; and a silent auction showcasing exclusive sports memorabilia will be on site to help raise money for Harvey flood victims.