Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:
The Capital Grille, 5365 Westheimer, 840 West Sam Houston Parkway North, has launched its annual Wagyu & Wine event, available now through Sunday, November 19. For $25, guests are invited to the lounge to experience three wagyu burgers, paired with one of three hand-selected wines from the esteemed Wagner winemakers, typically only available by the bottle. This year’s burger selections including one with Havarti, fried egg and crisp onions; a caramelized onion burger featuring Jarlsberg and mozzarella cheese and shallot mayo; and a cheeseburger topped with applewood smoked bacon and Vermont cheddar; pairings include Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands); and Emmolo Merlot (Napa Valley).
On Tuesday, October 17, beginning at 7 p.m., Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, is hosting a special evening featuring France’s women of wine. The five-course dinner will toast four of France’s greatest women winemakers in the business today – featuring their own wines in a pairing with the French Provence menu. The cost per person is $78 plus tax and gratuity. An advance payment of $40 per person via Paypal is required to reserve a seat. Call 713-827-8008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field & Tides, 705 East 11th, will be hosting a Eureka Heights Beer Dinner on Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m. Guests can indulge in five beer-paired courses — including scallop poke with Buck Bunny cream ale, andouille-stuffed quail with Wicket Awesome, and seven-layer carrot cake with Moo Caliente — for $90 per person. Call 713-861-6143 or email email@example.com.
Now in its tenth year, Zest in the West will take place at Château Crystale, 2517 South Gessner, on Wednesday, October 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. The experience brings together foodies, craft beer buffs and wine enthusiasts as West Houston's finest restaurants compete for the Best of Zest Culinary Awards. The Grand Zesting features a silent auction, wine pull and big board benefiting the West Houston Leadership Institute.
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Celebrated chef Richard Knight will be popping up for "The Last Supper," a pre-apocalyptic soiree for the soon to be undead on Saturday, October 21, at 6 p.m. Held in the the parking lot next to We Olive, 249 West 19th, the ghoulish dinner is the perfect pregame for the Houston Zombie Walk’s 7th annual Houston Halloween Festival. Tickets are $100 per person and include entry to the festival (5 to 10 p.m.) and a Halloween themed five-course, family-style dinner with drink pairings.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the 2017 Houston Press Tacolandia. The third annual taco sampling event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine. This year’s lineup of taco purveyors includes Hugo’s, Alamo Tamales, La Calle, Peska and Los Tios, to name a few. Tickets are $35 in advance ($45 day of) and include unlimited samples of authentic and modern, street-style tacos; VIP tickets are $75 in advance ($80 day of) and include unlimited samples, one hour early entry, access to a VIP lounge and restrooms and four drink tickets. All guests must be 21 and up with a valid I.D.
The Pass & Provisions, 807 Taft, is hosting an Evening with Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards Wine Dinner on Wednesday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. The vineyard has been growing fruit and making site-specific wine since David Hirsch first planted pinot noir and riesling in 1980, and Jasmine Hirsch took over her family's winery as general manager in 2015. Six courses with pairings costs $250 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased by calling 713-628-9020 (choose option 2 to speak to the host). Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable.
On Saturday, October 28, seven celebrated and award-winning chefs will come together for Chefs Unmasked, a curated culinary event benefiting the Houston Hospitality Employee Relief Fund. The charity dinner and cocktail masquerade party will take place at Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, from 7 to 10 p.m., with celebrity chefs including Richard Sandoval, Michael Mina, Hugo Ortega, Chris Shepherd, Alejandro Di Bello, Adam and Danny Trace. Tickets are $250 per person.