Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2603 La Branch
It's that time of week again -- Food Truck Friday! And this time St. John's Fire food truck will be rolling into the parking lot outside the Houston Press office. Come get your spice on with St. John's signature fiery items, such as the fried crawfish mac and cheese balls served with a jalapeño ranch sauce, or the Cajun egg rolls (also featured on Cooking Channel's "EAT St.") with shrimp, crawfish, tasso ham, spinach, the "holy trinity" (onions, bell peppers and celery) and a guava mustard sauce for dipping. Nosh on some hot and spicy seafood grub for lunch. You know you want to.
Funky Brunch @ Funky Chicken Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 181 Heights Blvd.
Even though National Pancake Month is February, Funky Chicken has decided to celebrate early with a Funky Brunch this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Funky Chicken will serve a brunch menu featuring fried chicken and Funky pancakes, aka waffles. The menu includes plain chicken & waffles, mashed potatoes and chicken gravy-topped chicken & waffles, chicken fingers and waffles, a biscuit sandwich with either a combination of chicken sausage, scrambled eggs and cheese, chicken fingers and cheese, or scrambled eggs and cheese. If you're feeling really hungry, order a Funky Brunch Platter complete with scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, a biscuit with gravy, and fries or mashed potatoes (whichever way you prefer your spuds). Each dish will be priced a la carte.
Yaga's Chili Quest and Beer Fest @ Galveston's Historic Strand District Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 23rd St. and Strand St., Galveston
Head to The Strand in Galveston for a day of chili and beer sampling at Yaga's Chili Quest and Beer Fest on Saturday. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the public is invited to sample the chili creations from more than 80 teams in this year's Chili Cook-Off competition. And from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., the public can sample beers from breweries including Alaskan Brewing Co., Real Ale Brewing Company, Southern Star, Saint Arnold, Goose Island, Karbach and many more. Saint Arnold will offer a flight of beers from the Bishop's Barrel series. VIP tickets for the beer tasting are sold out, but you can still purchase chili tasting tickets for $10, beer tasting tickets for $32.50, or combo tickets for both the chili and beer tastings for $37.
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Reserve 101's 6th Anniversary Party @ Reserve 101 Saturday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. 1201 Caroline St.
Reserve 101 has been in Houston for six years and wants everyone to celebrate on Saturday. During the anniversary party, Reserve 101 will offer $6 drinks and $6 bites. Choose from an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Dark & Stormy, Moscow Mule, Champagne Cocktail and Hemingway for the drink options. Food selections include flatbreads topped with fig and pancetta, pepperoni and feta, or chicken and pineapple, the B.A. Pretzel and chicken quesadillas. The whiskey bar will also have bottles of its new barrel-aged cocktail, Vieux Carre. According to the Facebook event page, the folks at Reserve 101 have aged it in a bourbon barrel for three months.
Marathon Cheering Breakfast @ Skeeter's Mesquite Grill Sunday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 5529 Weslayan
As the marathon runners reach mile 12 in the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday, they're going to need lots of encouragement -- by that point they're almost halfway done with the race! So, Skeeter's Mesquite Grill invites spectators to cheer on the runners at the tents set up outside the restaurant. As you encourage and cheer for the runners passing by, Skeeter's will serve you a breakfast buffet with omelets, breakfast tacos, hot chocolate and coffee from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Each year, Skeeter's sets up a cheering station, and this year is special because a few employees from the Adair Family Restaurants, and friends and family of owner Gary Adair, will be running in the race. The manager of Skeeter's in Sugar Land, Ciro Arriga, along with corporate chef of Adair Family Restaurants, Roberto Ozaeta, and the director of business development, Ronnie Hallanberger, will be participating in this year's marathon.