Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings, from 11 courses of meat to blue plate specials:
B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington, is giving meat lovers a way to experience the ultimate meat-centric dinner party. Available for advance reservations Monday through Friday after 6 p.m., the restaurant is offering private, 12-course meat tastings and wine pairings in its Butcher Shop (11 courses of meat plus dessert). Guests have the rare opportunity to taste and compare the flavor components of B&B’s exclusive cellar cuts while learning about meat and the dry-aging process and enjoying cherry-picked wine pairings. The dinners are available for a minimum of eight people and a maximum of 16, with a cost of $225/person for the meat tasting and $295/person with the wine pairing. Contact Kristin Bogart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-862-1814 for more information or to book your spot (B&B recommends calling at least a month prior to ensure your desired date).
From matzo balls and stuffed cabbages to brisket and charoset, Kenny & Ziggy’s is taking care of your Passover needs. Locals can place orders, available for pick-up at the original Kenny & Ziggy’s location, 2327 Post Oak, now through Monday, April 3. For out-of-towners, a five-person “Passover in a Box” is also available for shipping through FoodyDirect (orders must be placed by March 30). Both deli locations will close at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 10, and reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12.
On Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer, will be kicking off its new single-region dinner series by celebrating Jalisco, the birthplace of tequila. The dinner will feature tastes of the region paired with cocktails and tastings of Gran Centenario Tequila, which specializes in rustic, small-batch tequila made from longer-aged agave (ten- to 12-year-old plants). Dishes include pozole blanco, achiote-rubbed and wood-grilled lamb of the Tapalpa area and buenelos, sugarcane and honey fritters with mango and cactus fruit. Cost is $86 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-524-7744 for reservations.
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During the month of April, several Houston-area restaurants will participate in the "Blue Plate Special," The Thread Alliance's fifth annual month-long campaign encouraging Houstonians to take a stand against child abuse. Participating restaurants — including spots like Axelrad Beer Garden, Brennan’s of Houston, Café Azur and Ragin' Cajun — will offer guests a "blue plate special," raising awareness and donating either a percentage or flat dollar amount to The Thread Alliance.
To celebrate five years of “reppin’ Houston with love,” Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, will be throwing a globally inspired street food carnival on Sunday, April 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. Partygoers will be treated to 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 and 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). The restaurant has also announced a special multi-course dinner with Blackberry Farm on Sunday, April 9.
Our 15th annual Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is right around the corner, held on Tuesday, April 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station, 2000 Edwards. More than 40 local spots will be offering tastings, including Charivari, Field & Tides, The Fish, Peli Peli Kitchen, Prestige Oyster and Radio Milano, alongside wine and cocktail samplings. The event will also feature the 6th Annual Iron Fork Chef Competition, with this year’s showdown pitting Underbelly’s Gary Ly against Lyle Bento of Southern Goods. Tickets are $55 for general admission and include access, unlimited sampling and entertainment. VIP tickets are $95 and include early admission at 6 p.m.
And don't forget to mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Houston Press BrewFest, an indoor/outdoor beer-sampling event and festival held at Silver Street Station on Saturday, May 20. Tickets officially go on sale today at 10 a.m. (with early bird pricing using the code BREWS17 available now through 9 a.m.) Please keep in mind, attendees must be 21+ with a valid ID.