The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Cracking Cheese and a Chili Cook-Off

Street Food Festival @ Whole Foods Market Friday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. 701 Waugh Dr.

All of the Whole Foods Markets in Houston will host a "Street Food Festival" this weekend, but the Montrose Whole Foods Market will celebrate New Orleans-style. On Saturday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., James Nelson of Bravado Spice Company will compete in the New Orleans-themed Hot Sauce Throw Down against Whole Foods Market team members. Nelson and the Whole Foods Market crew will create dishes with New Orleans hot sauce and attendees will get to taste each creation to determine the winner.

The Street Food Festival lasts throughout the weekend, but on Saturday each of the participating Whole Foods Markets will partake in a simultaneous cracking of 85-pound Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese wheels. Fun fact: Whole Foods Market (as a company, not just in Houston) holds the Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Parmesan Cheese Wheels Cracked Simultaneously" during last year's event. Stop by any Whole Foods Market in Houston, Sugar Land or Katy to sample some street food and cheese, as well as hot sauce creations at the Montrose Whole Foods.

Food Truck Friday Festival @ Montrose H-E-B Friday, 5-9 p.m. 1701 W. Alabama

Go get something to eat at the H-E-B in Montrose's Food Truck Friday Festival after work today. H-E-B's food truck, Fork in the Road, will be joined by Sweets by Belen, Snow Cone Angels, Churrasco To Go, Les Ba'Get, Flip 'n Patties, H-Town StrEATs and more. Along with these food trucks, you'll be able to taste product samples from H-E-B's Texas-Made Primo Picks. Jon McConnell will provide live music beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Pub Night @ Saint Arnold Brewery Friday, 5-10 p.m. 2000 Lyons Ave.

Don't miss this month's only Saint Arnold Pub Night tonight, which will feature the most recent releases in the Bishop's Barrel series. Saint Arnold will let you purchase bottles of the Bishop's Barrel No. 6 -- a rare opportunity on Pub Nights. The tour hall will be transformed into a bar from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. for you and your friends to enjoy Bishop's Barrel No. 6 and No. 5 on tap, Divine Reserve No. 8 by the bottle, Endeavour on cask and '13 Pumpkinator. Pair any of these with food from the kitchen, including fried fish po-boys.

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Menchie's Food Truck Grand Opening Party Friday, 7-9 p.m. 512 W. 19th

It's finally here! The Menchie's Frozen Yogurt food truck is up and running and will have a grand opening party tonight from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Head out to 512 West 19th Street to enjoy froyo dispensed from the truck. This is the first frozen yogurt truck to hit the streets of Houston, so you don't want to miss out on its debut night. Maybe you'll be the lucky customer to win a free food truck party for 100 people. How cool is that?

Houston Chili Cook Off @ Eleven XI Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 607 W. Gray

While the weather is not quite as chilly as it was earlier this week, it's still going to be cold enough to enjoy piping hot (and spicy) bowls of chili during the Houston Chili Cook Off, hosted by Houston Young Professionals, at Eleven XI. Tickets cost $5 if purchased in advance and $10 at the door. Sample the chili recipes from the competing teams while you enjoy drinks from Day of the Dead Beer and KAH Tequila. Judging takes place at 1 p.m., so stick around to see if your favorite chili wins.

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