Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
Spooky Treats at Ooh La La Dessert Boutique
Ooh La La Dessert Boutiques, 23920 Westheimer, 20155 Park Row, 770 West Sam Houston Parkway North, have Halloween goodies in the bakery cases, from spooky shortbread cookies and bat cupcake truffles to candy-clad pies and mummy cupcakes.
All through November
“Heart of Gold” Initiative at Hungry’s
Benefiting Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Hungry's annual "Heart of Gold" dinner menu will run during the entire month of November at both locations, in Rice Village, 2356 Rice, and Memorial, 14714 Memorial. For each $25 prix fixe, three-course dinner menu sold, $4 will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The Heart of Gold menu is available only during dinner hours, from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
No Shave November at Monnalisa and Milano Bar
Throughout November, Hotel Sorella, 800 Sorella, and in-house bars Monnalisa and Milano Bar, will be supporting No Shave November by donating 20 percent of sales from specialty, fundraiser-driven cocktails ($10) to the American Cancer Society. Sip on Manly Margaritas, Long Island Goa-Teas and Mustache Mules.
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Chocolate Party at Cacao and Cardamom
Chocolate lovers, witches and goblins are invited for a Día de los Muertos chocolate party at Cacao and Cardamom, 5000 Westheimer, from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can decorate a chocolate skull with edible glitter, frosting and sprinkles for $20. Call 281-501-3567 or purchase a ticket online. Walk-ins are welcome until supplies last.
Outdoor Cooking Series at Eight Row Flint
For the last Tuesday in October, chef Paul Lewis is taking over the outdoor grill at Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale, from 5 to 7 p.m. 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, November 1
World Vegan Day at Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café
Both the Rice Village and CityCentre locations of Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café, 2420 Rice, 707 Sorella, are celebrating World Vegan Day by offering two vegan crepe options: “The Vegan,” a savory crepe with Portobello mushrooms, black bean puree, corn salsa and chipotle sauce, and “Berry Agave,” a sweet crepe filled with apples caramelized in agave syrup, strawberries and blackberries. Guests can enjoy these vegan options for under $10 (and vegan batter is available upon request for any additional crepe).
Update: The Jam Jam event has been cancelled due to World Series excitement. Ticket holders will receive a full refund.
Courtyard Social: Jam Jams at Brennan’s of Houston
Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith, will support the Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund with a special Courtyard Social: Jam Jams. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Courtyard will feature a selection of culinary and musical “jams” with jambalaya (accompanied by all the fixings) in addition to live music by PF & the Flyers. Tickets are $100, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the relief fund.
A Very Brash Tasting at Mongoose Versus Cobra
From 6 p.m. to midnight at Mongoose Versus Cobra, 1011 McGowen, locals are invited to taste Brash Brewing's barrel-aged Hammer Smash Face alongside Jameson's Caskmates. See how barrels that have been used to age beer can impart some of the beer's flavor to whiskey, in much the same way that whisky barrels can work on beer. The side-by-side tasting will cost $11, and feature a six-ounce pour of Hammer Smash Face and a one-ounce pour of Caskmates.
Day of The Dead Benefit Dinner at Xochi
Xochi, 1777 Walker, will host a Day of The Dead Benefit Dinner, raising money for Mexico earthquake relief, beginning at 7 p.m. The night will feature Xochi eats — think shrimp a la diabla, slow-roasted duck leg in mole negro and Day of the Dead bread pudding — paired with a tremendous array of Mexican wines, mezcal and sotol. Cost is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity ($50 for every person goes to relief). For reservations, call 713-400-3330.
Thursday, November 2
Royal Deviled Eggs at Ouisie’s Table
Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe. is launching a royal purple deviled egg menu item, with beet-pickled devil eggs, offered both as a plate (four for $8) and as an addition to its classic Cobb and Caesar salads (both $18). The eggs are available for lunch and dinner and will remain on the menu indefinitely.
Friday, November 3
High Tea Launch at Radio Milano (available daily)
Hotel Sorella and Radio Milano, 800 Sorella, are celebrating the arrival of fall with the launch of a modern high tea service, featuring teas from renowned French-based Dammann Frères. The afternoon indulgence will be available daily from noon to 4 p.m. at the second-level Lobby Lounge at Hotel Sorella, with patio seating overlooking the district green also available. The 12-item tea menu includes an extensive assortment of traditional choices, from English Breakfast to Chamomile to Earl Grey and Vert Jasmin; and the teas will be offered along with bites— think crudités, grilled cheese, smoked salmon and dill, madeleines and crème brûlée — available in three-, four- and six-course menus and priced at $25, $35 and $45 per person, respectively. Bar Manager Brandon Hernandez has also crafted a 1950s-inspired cocktail component, consisting of six botanically themed cocktails for $12 each. For reservations, call 713-827-3545.
The 2017 Fall Soirée at the Monarch School and Institute for Neurological Differences
The Monarch School’s Life Academy will be hosting its annual Fall Soiree at 6 p.m. in The Monarch Center, 2815 Rosefield. The fundraising pop-up dinner will feature a four-course menu that has been crafted by the culinary team with the help of local chefs and culinary community partners, providing the learners with the opportunity to showcase the skills they have been learning in class and obtain real-world employment experiences in a safe environment. Partners for this year's event include MOD Pizza, Bravado Spice, Fuel Bombs and Lil’ Emmas Seafood. Tickets can be purchased for $70 per person, and the event serves as a fundraiser for the program.
Katy Wine Fest at Gallery Furniture
Taking place at Gallery Furniture, 7227 West Grand Parkway South, from 7 to 11 p.m., the 12th annual Katy Wine Fest will offer wine tastings, light bites from several Katy and West Houston eateries, live musical entertainment and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting The Brookwood Community and the Brookwood Center for Learning. Tickets are $60 ($75 day of) for general admission, $25 for designated driver and $150 for VIP.
Saturday, November 4
Craft Beer & BBQ Festival at Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen
Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen, 4526 Research Forest, will be hosting its next Craft Beer & BBQ Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Five breweries will join to pour two of the most rare, limited-time-only and sought-after beers each, and the kitchen will be dishing out its signature slow-smoked barbecue, including dry-aged beef ribs. Tickets for craft beer tasting (including a 5-ounce tasting glass) are $45 per person at the door, and the barbecue will be sold separately.
The Greater Houston Food Truck Festival at the Hobby Event Center
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Head to the Hobby Event Center, 9906 Gulf Freeway, for a massive all-day food truck festival. The event will be kid-friendly from 1 to 8 p.m., then adults-only until 2 a.m. Attendees can expect a bouncy house, snow cones and ice cream, adult-friendly beverages and plenty of food trucks. Tickets are $10 or free from 1 to 4 p.m. with an RSVP.
Sunday, November 5
A Taste of Things to Come: Kitchen Takeover at Underbelly
In anticipation of the "I'll Have What She's Having Benefit Dinner," which will bring together an all-female cast of chefs and industry professionals to raise funds in support of women’s health care this spring, a series of A Taste of Things to Come pop-up dinners will take place throughout the fall. The next event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, as past and current chefs reunite to raise funds for the uninsured female patients of Legacy Community Health. Chef Erin Smith of Feges BBQ, chef de partie Madalyn Lester and pastry director Victoria Dearmond will team up to present the three-course dinner. Tickets are $60 per person.