This Week in Houston Food Events: Menu of Menus Is Here

Now in its 15th year, this year's Menu of Menus lineup features samples from over 40 area restaurants.
Now in its 15th year, this year's Menu of Menus lineup features samples from over 40 area restaurants.
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From a wine and food affair to a block party for Astros Opening Day, here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:

All week long

Peru Relief Efforts at Kata Robata and Izakaya

Kata Robata chef Masaru Fukuda, who grew up in Peru, approached management about providing aid to the country after the weeks of devastating rain that have affected more than half a million in and around the nation’s capital, Lima. As such, Kata Robata, 3600 Kirby, and sister restaurant Izakaya, 318 Gray, will be offering two daily specials for lunch and dinner all week long, with a portion of each sale (all money above the actual cost of the ingredients) donated to the National Institute of Civil Defense of Peru through the United States Embassy of Peru.

Monday, April 3

Astros Opening Day Block Party at Lucky’s Pub

Lucky’s Pub, 801 Saint Emanuel, will host its annual Opening Day Block Party before the Houston Astros take on the Seattle Mariners, with the party kicking off at 11 a.m. The street will be line with Astroturf as guests get in on the fun, featuring giant beer pong and Jenga, a lineup of food trucks including The Burger Joint and Sticky's Chicken, autographed memorabilia, a photo booth, drink specials and crawfish boils.

Tuesday, April 4

National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day at Bistro Provence

Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, is celebrating National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day by offering the iconic dish as a lunch special ($12). The bistro’s version features sliced chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and gruyere, roasted and then topped with more cheese.

Jazz & Juleps at Bayou Bend

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston invites guests to Jazz & Juleps at the Museum’s historic River Oaks estate, Bayou Bend, 6003 Memorial, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will feature private access to the first floor of Ima Hogg’s mansion, mint juleps, a twilight stroll, and live music from the Boomtown Brass Band. Tickets are $35 and include admission and one drink ticket, with additional beverages available for purchase by credit card.

Menu of Menus Extravaganza at Silver Street Station

The 15th annual Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is so close we can taste it. Held from 7 to 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station, 1501 Silver, hungry locals will get a taste of unlimited food samples from over 40 restaurants, alongside wine, beer and cocktail samplings. This year’s restaurant lineup includes top spots like Boheme, Beaver’s, Field & Tides, Krisp Bird & Batter, Peli Peli Kitchen and Pepper Twins. Don’t miss the Iron Fork Competition, as the riveting gastronomic cook-off is pitting Lyle Bento of Southern Goods against Gary Ly of Underbelly. Advanced tickets are $55 for general admission and include entrance and unlimited food, wine, beer and beverage sampling. VIP tickets, with one hour early access, are $95.

Thursday, April 6

Spring Fling Tasting and Open House at Upstairs

Head Upstairs, 2356 Rice, for the inaugural Spring Fling from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. While touring the open house, guests can experience a diverse selection of bar bites, wine, beer and refreshing cocktails, made with house-infused spirits and fresh-squeezed juices, plus win a variety of door prizes, ranging from gift cards to dinner for four. RSVP is required as space is limited (guests 21 and up only). The tasting and open house is free, with the full menu available for purchase.

Joy the Baker Signing at Blue Willow Bookshop

Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial, will host popular blogger and cookbook author Joy Wilson (a.k.a. Joy the Baker) as she debuts her newest cookbook, Joy the Baker Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days. Wilson will be discussing and signing books from 7 to 9 p.m. In order to go through the signing line and meet her, purchase the cookbook from Blue Willow Bookshop and get a signing-line ticket to indicate your place in line.

The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair offers tastings, dinners, classes and sip-and-strolls.EXPAND
The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair offers tastings, dinners, classes and sip-and-strolls.
Photo courtesy of Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

Thursday through Sunday

Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

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

Friday, April 7

Il Giardino Debut and National Beer Day at Hotel Granduca

Hotel Granduca Houston, 1080 Uptown Park, is launching its alfresco dining venue, Il Giardino, on National Beer Day. To celebrate, the luxury hotel invites guests to an intimate evening, featuring a four-course meal paired with Italian craft beer from Birradamare, beginning at 7 p.m. Dishes include salted cod mousse beignet, hand-rolled fusilli pasta and Barolo-braised lamb ossobuco. Cost: $75 per person, plus tax and service, and reservations can be made at 713-418-1104.

Saturday, April 8

Second Anniversary at 11 Below Brewing Company

Join 11 Below Brewing Company, 6820 Bourgeois, in celebrating its second birthday with live music, food trucks and plenty of beer. After aging in Yellow Rose Distilling rye and bourbon barrels for eight months, the brewery will be cracking open its Big Mistake barrels. General public access is from 1 to 6 p.m., with free admission; and VIP access (tickets required) will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meatless Enchiladas Class at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen

From 1 to 4 p.m., Sylvia Casares will be rolling tortillas and showing attendees how to make a trio of meatless enchiladas at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 1140 Eldridge. The class ($64 per person including a meal) will showcase Crystal City Enchiladas using spinach, Enchiladas Morelia with salsa roja and queso fresco and Enchildas Sarita with squash. To register, visit sylviasenchiladas.com or call 713-334-7295.

Sunday, April 9

Houston Barbecue Festival at NRG Park

Held at NRG Park (Green lot) from 1 to 4 p.m., the fifth annual Houston Barbecue Festival returns, with unlimited samples from Houston’s best barbecue joints and pitmasters. This year’s lineup includes spots like Blood Bros. BBQ, Brooks’ Place BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, El Burro & the Bull, Killen's Barbecue, Lenox Bar-B-Que, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Pappa Charlies Barbeque, Tejas Chocolate Craftory and The Pit Room, to name a few. Tickets start at $50 for general admission and be warned: the first four festivals sold out before the day of the event.

Fishful of Soul at Bernadine’s

Bernadine’s, 1801 North Shepherd, is celebrating Spring with a Fish Fry and Funk Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Chef Graham Laborde will be frying up catfish and sides, as DJ Alex Larotta from Fistful of Soul will be spinning classic funk and soul from the Gulf Coast. Reservations are available but not necessary (on-line at treadsack.com/bernadines or by phone at 713-864-2565).

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