The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Fundraisers, Wine Tastings & a Pop-Up

FM 903 Pop Up Bakery @ Triniti Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2815 S. Shepherd

Yes, this pop-up bakery has occurred every Saturday since November 2, but that doesn't mean it's not one of the best things to do this weekend. Spend the morning or afternoon in the lounge at the restaurant munching on fresh baked goods, such as cinnamon rolls, cookies, eclairs and miniature holiday pies. Don't forget to grab some baked goods and homemade products to take home. Pastry chef Samantha Mendoza has created jams and pâté, brioche, sourdough and bags of chocolates. Thanksgiving is less than a week away, so share some of these splendid treats with your friends and family during the holiday. Plus, the brioche bread loaf is perfect for making French toast. Save it for family members coming into town on Thursday.

Fall WINEfest @ The Tasting Room -- Uptown Park Saturday, 12-3 p.m. 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd.

You have the option to purchase a general admission ticket for $10 or a VIP ticket for $25 during the Fall WINEfest at the Uptown Park location of The Tasting Room on Saturday. A general admission ticket allows you to sample three wines, served with pineapple Thai chili-glazed shrimp skewers over jasmine rice. A VIP ticket lets you sample seven wines, served with tuna tartare with avocado, crispy shallots and a sesame soy dressing. The weather is supposed to be cool this weekend, so sit on the patio, listen to live music, and enjoy the wine samples and food.

Q for a Cause II @ Cottonwood Saturday, 12-6 p.m. 3422 N. Shepherd Dr.

Cottonwood has opened its doors for celebrity cook John Mueller to take over the kitchen and put his hand to brisket, handmade sausage, beef ribs and BBQ side dishes during the Q for a Cause II fundraiser event benefiting Mayor Annise Parker's "Housing Houston's Heroes" initiative, which provides a permanent home for homeless Houston veterans. Last February, Mueller came to Houston for the first Q for a Cause event and sold nearly 1,000 pounds of meat, resulting in $7,500 raised for Houston veterans. Now, he is back to cook twice that amount. In addition to the BBQ, the day will include live music, a silent auction, sales of T-shirts and other merchandise, all proceeds of which will be donated to the organization. Cottonwood will also serve cocktails, wines by the glass, Lone Stars for $2 and a variety of beers on tap. Mayor Annise Parker will attend.

Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tasting @ French Country Wines Saturday, 3-6 p.m. 2433 Bartlett

French Country Wines will offer its usual Saturday wine tasting this weekend from noon until 6 p.m.; however, from 3 to 6 p.m., the winery will offer Thanksgiving dishes as pairings to the wines. The best part? It's free. Sample French wines with traditional foods served on Thanksgiving Day, including turkey, sides and even desserts. If you enjoy the wine, purchase it and bring it to your Thanksgiving table.

Typhoon Food Truck Fundraiser @ My Food Park HTX Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 800 Hwy. 6 S.

One of the newest food parks, My Food Park HTX, will hold a food truck fundraiser benefiting the victims of the typhoon that recently struck the Philippines. Each of the food trucks will donate a percentage of its revenue to Unicef; the food park will also accept extra donations for Unicef. Come out to the park from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday to enjoy food from Phamily Bites, Flippin Patties, Musubi, Zeapod Cakery, Muiishi Makirritos, Happy Endings and Kurbside Eats. No Label Brewery will be onsite serving complimentary beer and Caphin Coffee will serve complimentary coffee; The Booth Pimps will provide music throughout the day. Bravado Spice will also be in attendance on Sunday.

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