Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
A Taste Through History at Eight Row Flint
Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Bourbon enthusiasts can head to the ice house to join Old Forester master taster Jackie Zykan for a fun and informative taste through bourbon history. Cost is $15 per person. Eight Row will also be hosting an Ugly Sweater Contest on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Brunch Showcase at Bisou
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bisou and Houston-based fitness brand Accel Lifestyle are teaming up for a Brunch Showcase, featuring specialty dishes and cocktails at the trendy River Oaks District brunch spot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit bisourestaurant.com or call 713-955-3855 for reservations.
Tamale Festival Houston at Navigation Esplanade
Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.
Head to the East End to partake in tamale season at the 9th annual Tamale Festival Houston. The family-friendly event will feature local tamaleros and tamaleras showcasing smells and tastes of the East End’s vibrant culture, plus live music and fun. Tickets are $10 for general admission.
Holiday Extravaganza at Montrose Cheese & Wine
Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.
Goodnight Hospitality will be decking the halls of its entire block of Westheimer with celebrations at both Biscuit and Montrose Cheese & Wine. Check out the holiday gift sale featuring its entire collection of ornaments at Biscuit, 1614 Westheimer; then head over to Montrose Cheese & Wine for a raclette party on the patio, plus complimentary gift wrap for all the holiday wine, cheese and culinary gifts. Guests can get 20 percent off all retail until 2 p.m. and 20 percent off all 12-pack cases all day. Receive a $20 gift card for every $100 gift card purchased in store (offer valid through Christmas Eve).
Sunday Supper with Dominique Macquet at 13 Celsius
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Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m.
13 Celsius is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a series of 13 events this December. This Sunday is the first of three Sunday Suppers, this time with a five-course seated dinner from chef Dominique Macquet. The meal will be paired with wines from the 13 Celsius cellar, with all French wines from the region of Bordeaux. Tickets are $126+. See the entire list of anniversary events online.