Expect an epic risotto throwdown at the 12th International Risotto Festival.
Expect an epic risotto throwdown at the 12th International Risotto Festival.
Photo by Carla Soriano

Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Get Creamy, Dreamy Risotto

Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:

King's Kolache Pop Up a King’s BierHaus
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon (or until sold out)
2044 East T.C. Jester

Kolache lovers can head to the Heights hotspot for some early morning deliciousness. The bierhaus will serve bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary specials in addition to a variety of freshly baked, hand-rolled kolaches featuring real sausages, gourmet cheeses and made-from-scratch jams. Some of the flavors include three cheese, jalapeño and smoked polish sausage, spicy kielbasa and cheddar, reuben with thousand island, sweet cream cheese with strawberries and apple strudel.

Saint Arnold Galveston Pub Crawl
Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.
Beginning at Fisherman’s Wharf, 2200 Harborside

Saint A is bringing its fan-favorite pub crawl back to the island. Crawlers will start at Fisherman's Wharf, where they can pick up their punch cards between 2 and 3 p.m. Stops along the way include Brews Brothers, Stuttgarden Tavern, Murphy's Irish Pub, Molly's Pub/Old Cellar Bar, O'Malley's Stage Door Pub, Tsunami and finally, Yaga’s Café, where the pint glass prizes will be awarded and the after-party will begin at 6 p.m. As always, designated drivers are eligible for the award and encouraged to attend.

A Taste of Cy-Fair at Bridgeland Lakeland Village Center
Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m.
10615 Fry

A Taste of Cy-Fair will celebrate the Cypress-Fairbanks community with bites from more than 40 restaurant stations — with local spots including Brooks’ Place BBQ, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar and d’Vine Wine Bar — plus beer, wine, a market and live music. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids under 12 years old, and proceeds from the event will benefit Cy-Hope, with funding flagged for Cy-Fair Hurricane Harvey victims and recovery efforts.

Second Semi-Annual Blind Tasting Competition at Anvil Bar & Refuge
Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
1424 Westheimer

The final step in Anvil’s extensive, months-long training program tasks trainees with tasting 50 spirits and correctly identifying 47 of them; and for the second time, the bar has opened up this educational sparring match to Houstonians who want to give it a try and those who want to watch. Around 50 entrants will be accepted at $70 per person, done in traditional Anvil “Break-Even” style, i.e. just enough to cover cost of pours and labor for the event. Both bar professionals and spirits enthusiast are welcome, excluding Anvil Bar & Refuge staff members who have completed training; and entrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis in person at the bar. Competitors will compete in a first round with 20 pours selected from a list of 80 spirits and liqueurs, with ten finalists advancing to a more difficult final round with eight additional pours. 

International Risotto Festival at The Houston Design Center
Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m.
7026 Old Katy

The 12th International Risotto Festival features an afternoon of Italian foods along with fantastic wines, plus music, entertainment, exotic cars, a charity auction, activities for kids and designer showroom tours. Some of Houston’s top chefs will be competing in the blind tasting including Tiago Almeida of Quattro at The Four Seasons, Jon Buchanan of Third Coast, Bryan Caswell of Oxbow 7 and Scotty Campbell of DR Delicacy, along with others. Tickets are $85 for general admission or $175 for VIP, and this year’s event will benefit the Casa de Esperanza. 

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