Upcoming Houston Food Events: Spring Fling at Upstairs

Check out the open house and get a complimentary tasting at Upstairs.
Check out the open house and get a complimentary tasting at Upstairs.
Photo by Julie Soefer
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Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings, from jazz and juleps to a complimentary spring fling tasting:

On Tuesday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invites guests to Jazz & Juleps at Bayou Bend, 6003 Memorial. Hit the museum’s historic River Oaks estate for an evening of mint juleps, a twilight stroll and New Orleans jazz from the Boomtown Brass Band; and get private access to the first floor of Ima Hogg’s mansion. Tickets are currently available for $35 and include admission and a drink ticket, with additional refreshments for sale by credit card at the bar.

The 2017 Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair begins on Thursday, April 6, and runs through Sunday, April 9. Tickets start at $150 for one-day passes and $325 for three-day passes, with events including Thursday's Boiling Point (Cajun crawfish boil) dinner, hosted by chefs David Bancroft, Bryan Caswell and Edward Lee, Friday’s ultimate Grand Tasting and an all-you-can-indulge Sip & Stroll on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check out our full scoop on the event.

Upstairs offers an array of bar bites, from sriracha chicken wings and smoked salmon dip to mushroom pizzas.EXPAND
Upstairs offers an array of bar bites, from sriracha chicken wings and smoked salmon dip to mushroom pizzas.
Photo by Julie Soefer

Hungry’s is hosting a complimentary Spring Fling Tasting and Open House on Thursday, April 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at its new bar, Upstairs, 2356 Rice. During the inaugural event, guests can experience a selection of bar bites, wine and beer, and refreshing cocktails made with house-infused spirits and fresh-squeezed juices while checking out the space. There will also be a chance to win a variety of door prizes, ranging from gift cards to dinner for four. RSVP (21 and up only) is required as space is limited. The event and tasting is free. Upstairs’ regular bar bites and drinks menu items are available for purchase.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, owner Sylvia Casares of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 1140 Eldridge Parkway, will be rolling tortillas and showing attendees how to make a trio of meatless enchiladas. Learn to make Crystal City enchiladas using spinach, enchiladas Morelia with salsa roja and queso fresco and enchiladas Sarita with squash. As part of the class, everyone will also learn the secrets of Sylvia’s Texas Two Step – not a dance but a creative way to prepare tortillas before rolling. The cost for the hands-on class is $64 per person and includes all materials, the class and a meal. To register, visit sylviasenchiladas.com or call 713-334-7295.

On Monday, April 10 at 11:30 a.m., James Beard Award-winning restaurant The Barn at Blackberry Farm will be offering multi-course menus of its Foothills cuisine at One Fifth, 1658 Westheimer. The refined, intimate lunch (limited to 25 people only) will feature a tasting menu from executive chef Cassidee Dabney, paired with wines by sommelier Andy Chabot. Cost is $225 per person and includes four plated courses and pairings (tax and gratuity is additional).

On Monday, April 10, chef Richard Knight (formerly of Hunky Dory and Feast) will pop up at Peli Peli Galleria, 5085 Westheimer, for a special collaboration dinner with Peli Peli chef Paul Friedman. Guests can enjoy a six-course experience ($55 per person, plus tax and gratuity) featuring British and South African-inspired favorites, with a tentative menu featuring Cornish crab soup, shepherd’s pie and South African nougat ice cream. Reservations can be made between 5 and 10 p.m. at pelipeli.com/RSVP. A portion of the proceeds will go to Heifer International to support its mission to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Guests are invited to join CHAI Learning Center of West Houston for a community Passover seder, conducted in Hebrew and English by Rabbi Dovid Goldstein, and held at Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark. The special meals will be held on Monday, April 10, at 8:15 p.m. and Tuesday, April 11, at 8:35 p.m. Cost is $70 for adults, $35 for children age five to ten and no charge for children under five. Lunches are also available at a cost of $50 per adult and $25 per child. Call 281-589-7188 for details.

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