Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
23rd and Strand
The tenth annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest will kick off with a party at Yaga’s Café, 2314 Strand, on Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, the festivities include beer and chili tastings, a 5K fun run, washer tournament, merchant walkabout and Jackpot Margarita Contest, with vendors opening at 10 a.m. and chili sampling beginning at noon. Get tickets for $12 to $40.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (gumbo); 3 to 6:30 p.m. (whiskey)
2613 1/2 East NASA
Gumbo cooks and whiskey aficionados will want to head to floating bar and grill, Barge 295, as it hosts two back-to-back events this Saturday. Things kick off with its first annual Gumbo Cook-Off, featuring scratch-made pots of creole magic, at 11 a.m., and the fun continues with the Whiskey & Cigar Social beginning at 3 p.m. Barge will team up with some of biggest names in whiskey and bourbon, pairing reps with cigar shops for an afternoon of sipping and puffing.
Sunday, beginning at 7 a.m.
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Wake up early and cheer on the runners at a Marathon Watch Party at Urban Eats. The neighborhood spot will be serving a menu of artisan breakfast sandwiches, pastries and free coffee refills to help everyone stay warm, with its full brunch menu at 10 a.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m
1950 Hughes Landing
Guests are invited to enjoy a five-course dining experience at the "Chef's Table" Dinner Series at Broken Barrel. Observe and learn while drinking wine and enjoying chef Hilda Ysusi’s newest dishes for $80 per person, including 20-percent gratuity and tax. Call 281-719-8542.
Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Rustic Houston will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with a special MLK Monday Brunch offering. Guests can expect a live performance from Max Finn at 12:30 p.m., along with kitchen’s family-style “jam + toast” brunch. Dig into shareables like cheese and fruit, country baked eggs, butchershop skillets, hot chicken and Challah French toast for $16.95 per person.