Upcoming Houston Food Events: Houston's First Mac and Cheese Festival

Houston, we have a mac and cheese fest.
Houston, we have a mac and cheese fest.
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Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings, from a mac and cheese festival to Thai New Year:

Bosta Kitchen, 1801 Binz #130, has introduced a new promotion for Sunday nights. Every Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. (or until the special runs out), Fried Chicken Sundays will feature a half bird combo (five pieces with two sides, two biscuits and gravy) for $18; a whole bird combo (ten pieces with three sides, four biscuits and gravy) for $32 and Cloud 10 Creamery pints for $11. Side choices ($5 to $6 à la carte) include brussels sprouts and bacon, mushroom mac and cheese, forked mashed potatoes, corn elotes, green beans and lemons, coleslaw and house salad. Orders can be reserved by calling 713-533-9560.

Izakaya, 318 Gray, will be offering a Shochu for Dummies class and tasting on Thursday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will cover the history of shochu, a popular Japanese distilled spirit that is typically weaker than whisky but stronger than sake; how it is made from different ingredients — including rice, barley, buckwheat and sweet potatoes — and why different parts of Japan use different ingredients, as guests taste shochu both alone and in cocktails and enjoy food from executive chef Jean-Philippe Gaston. Cost is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Registration is limited and reservations are required. Call 713-527-8988.

Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan are bringing in three female winemakers for two dinners at The Pass, 807 Taft, this month. On Thursday, April 13, guests are invited to An Evening with the Makers of Ryme and Petrichor. Margaret Foley, grower/producer of Petrichor Vineyards along with her husband, Jim, and Megan Glaab, winemaker for both Petrichor and Ryme Cellars with her husband, Ryan, will be on hand as guests enjoy the five-course, seven-wine menu ($150 per person, plus tax and gratuity). And on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m., The Pass will host a dinner with winemaker Maggie Harrison of Antica Terra. The five-course, nine-wine dinner costs $200 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased by calling 713-628-9020 (choose option 2 to speak to the host).

Celebrate the traditional Thai New Year at Songrkan Thai Kitchen and Songkran Thai Grill.
Celebrate the traditional Thai New Year at Songrkan Thai Kitchen and Songkran Thai Grill.
Photo courtesy of Songkran Thai Kitchen

The Songkran Festival, which marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year, is the most famous in Thailand. As such, both Songkran Thai Kitchen in Uptown Park, 1101-08 Uptown Park, and Songkran Thai Grill in Sugar Land, 2258 Texas, will be celebrating from Thursday, April 13, through Sunday, April 16. Each location will offer two special dishes — the E-Sarn Platter, which includes a green papaya salad with dried shrimp, peanut, Thai chile and lime, and curbside beef satay with chile tamarind dipping sauce and sticky rice; as well as Guay-Teaw Ped, a braised duck served with rice noodles, veggies, Thai herb broth and chile garlic vinegar — alongside authentic Thai music and a traditional water ceremony to symbolize the washing away of the old year. Songkran Thai Kitchen in Uptown Park will also have special Thai dance performances with dancers from Wat Buddhavas of Houston.

Held at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards, Houston’s first-ever Mac & Cheese Festival will be making the city extra cheesy on Saturday, April 15. From noon to 4 p.m., more than two dozen local spots will compete to be fan favorite, as guests sample and sip the day away. General admission tickets ($50) include unlimited samples, a vote for "Best Mac & Cheese" and five adult drink tickets. VIP ($80) includes all of that, plus quick entry, a choice of shirt and access to VIP areas.

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, 24 Waterway, will host its next Beer Dinner featuring Founders Brewing Co. on Wednesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. Sip All Day IPA and Founders’ seasonal release, PC Pils, upon arrival; then enjoy a five-course dinner paired with five of Founders’ most popular ales, stouts and more. Cost is $89 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 281-203-5641.

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