Cooking Class with Tory McPhail @ Brennan's of Houston Friday, 6:30 p.m. 3300 Smith
Brennan's of Houston will host Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander's Palace, tonight at 6:30 p.m. for a special cooking class demonstration along with Brennan's executive chef Danny Trace. The duo will prepare a three-course meal for $150 per couple. For the first course, guests will watch McPhail and Trace prepare barbecued Vegetable Salad complete with a tasting of slow-smoked and grilled vegetables atop spicy farm greens and goat cheese all tossed in barbecued lemon vinaigrette. Next, guests will savor in Louisiana Tur-duck-hen featuring layers of turkey, duck and chicken with smoky tasso and brie; it's all encased in a crispy crust. For dessert, both chefs will prepare Candied Texas Tomato Galette featuring MoonDog Farm tomatoes with strawberry sangria, balsamic caramel and elote ice cream.
Bayou City Outdoors Farmers Market Bike Ride @ Onion Creek Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon 3106 White Oak
Hop on your bike and ride around Houston this Saturday with the Bayou City Outdoors crew and visit local farmers markets. Everyone meets at Onion Creek by 8 a.m., then the group of bikers will start peddling down to the first stop. Bring a backpack to fill up with all of the items you buy at the markets (you will visit two or three) and don't forget a bottle of water because this is a 12-15 mile bike ride that lasts for approximately three hours. But, don't worry, you won't be racing around town; it's a leisurely ride to get produce and local products at the farmers markets. After the ride, stick around for lunch at Onion Creek.
Oktoberfest Houston @ Northwest Mall Parking Lot Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. 9500 Hempstead Highway
Oktoberfest Houston returns this Saturday at the Northwest Mall. Dress in your lederhosen and head to the parking lot for a variety of festival activities, such as giant Jenga plus chicken dance and best dressed contests. German beers available include Paulaner Weiss'n Oktoberfest, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, and Warsteiner Dunkle; Texas beers include Karbachtoberfest, Saint Arnold's Santo and Oktoberfest, as well as Fort Bend Oktoberfest. Other libations include Woodchuck Cider, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat and Spiced Banana, as well as wine options -- Copa Di Vino Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Tickets cost $20 for adults and include entrance into the festival plus a commemorative cup; tickets cost $10 for children 15 years and under -- they will also receive a commemorative cup, obviously not to be used for beer. Children 5 years and under get in for free. Purchase a VIP ticket for $100, which includes a commemorative cup, complimentary beer, water and food, plus access to a private seating area next to the music stages.
Oktoberfest @ Topgolf Houston West Saturday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 1030 Memorial Brook Boulevard
For a spin on an Oktoberfest celebration, Topgolf Houston West is hosting an event on Saturday afternoon giving you a chance to sample from more than 20 beers. Purchase a $35 ticket to the first annual Topgolf Oktoberfest and receive eight 3-ounce samples of beer, a souvenir Topgolf mug shot glass and one serving of grilled brats and tater tots. The evening also includes a live polka band and a few contests for best German accent, best duo and best lederhosen.
1 Year Anniversary @ Fielding's Wood Grill Friday to Sunday, all day 1699 Research Forest, The Woodlands
Fielding's Wood Grill has been in business for one year and wants to celebrate with a selection of anniversary specials. The menu has been available all week, so make sure to visit the Woodlands restaurant this weekend before they aren't available anymore. Start with the Anniversary Salad featuring Wood Duck Farm tomatoes and Dallas Co. fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, passion fruit essence, toasted pine nuts and sea salt, then move on to the filling Texas Akaushi Burger featuring a seven-ounce patty topped with an onion saffron marmalade, Italian fresh shaved black summer truffles and parsley leaves on a brioche bun. And what kind of celebration would be complete without dessert? Make that two desserts. For those over 21 years, order the Hazelnut Crunch Shake featuring Mill King Family Cream milk and Grand Marnier mascarpone ice cream. There's also a coconut panna cotta topped with mint pineapple salsa and toasted coconut.
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