Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
The Lucky Rice Houston Feast The Astorian
Friday, 8 to 10 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP)
The Lucky Rice festival returns to Houston with the city’s top Asian and Asian-influenced chefs and mixologists, including bites from Underbelly, Mala Sichaun and Les Ba’Get. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Houston Food Bank in a continuing effort to support those in need of relief from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Tickets are $88 for general admission and $150 for VIP.
Montrose Pub Crawl
Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Now in its 11th year, Montrose’s signature Halloween party — dubbed “Vampire Mardi Gras” and “Satan’s Fourth of July” — has become a cult classic. The night combines a traditional pub crawl with the spirit of trick-or-treating, as costumed party-goers make their way through 12 restaurants and bars between Dunlavy and Montrose on Westheimer, including spots like Brasil, Doc’s Motorworks, Poison Girl and Stone's Throw. As always, there’ll be no covers and no tickets, with drink specials running all night long and a portion of drink sales going to the Houston Area Women’s Center.
Heights Fright Night Halloween Party
Saturday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.,
Northern Heights bars — including Big Star Bar, D&T Drive Inn, Eight Row Flint, Johnny’s Gold Brick, Lei Low Bar, Presidio, Rehab on the Bayou and Southern Goods — are back for another epic Halloween Fright Night, with complimentary shuttles running continuously between the bars from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests are invited to get into costume and enjoy drink deals and Halloween happenings, and those who hit all eight stops will receive a special treat.
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Depressed Cake Shop at Underbelly
Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
The 4th annual Depressed Cake Shop brings together a massive lineup of local bakers and chefs for a bake sale in order to raise awareness of depression and mental illness. The all-star lineup includes Jody Stevens of jodycakes, Adam Dorris of Presidio, Martha De Leon of Pax Americana, Victoria Dearmond of One Fifth and Underbelly, Cherry Pie Hospitality's Susan Molzan and plenty more, and all proceeds will be donated to The Montrose Center and NAMI Greater Houston. That same day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., locals can pick up beer can chickens to go at The Hay Merchant. The smoked bird will be offered with street corn and black beans for $20 cash, and the money raised will help Chris Shepherd's sports medicine trainer, Chris Slocum of Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, get back on his feet after he lost his home to Harvey.
Second Anniversary at State of Grace
Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m.
In celebration of its second anniversary, State of Grace is throwing a major culinary celebration. Guests can expect a high-intensity oyster shucking competition starring an array of guest chefs from Houston’s top restaurants (including Terrence Gallivan of Pass & Provisions, Graham Laborde of Killen’s, Ryan Lachaine of Riel and Erin Feges of the forthcoming Feges BBQ, to name a few), plus oysters and passed bites prepared by the State of Grace kitchen. Tickets are $35, with drinks available for purchase. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, proceeds from the anniversary fête will benefit the Houston Food Bank to help further support its hurricane relief efforts; and a silent auction showcasing exclusive sports memorabilia will be on site to help raise money for Harvey flood victims.