The Grape Stomp is one of the returning highlights of the Houston Italian Festival.
The Grape Stomp is one of the returning highlights of the Houston Italian Festival.
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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Celebrate Food and Culture at the Houston Italian Festival

Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:

Every Monday, all month long through October 29, customers who order through the Grubhub app and use the promo code TXMONDAY on any order of $15+ will receive $7 off. One redemption limit per diner.

The Burger Joint, 2703 Montrose, is in the Astros Playoff Spirit, offering playoff ready food items throughout the playoff run, including the Crush City Dreamsicle Shake and The Back to Back Burger (free range buffalo, goat cheese, baby arugula, onion jam, charred chili aioli). The Montrose location is known to be a favorite of Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Tony Kemp.

I'll Have What She's Having and the Shades Of Blue Project are hosting a “Happy Birth Day” dinner at The Dunlavy, 3422 Allen, on Monday, October 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Supporting minority women with postpartum depression, the multi-course dinner will feature local, seasonal cuisine with hand-crafted, alcohol-free beverage pairings and tickets are $150 per person. The lineup of chefs include Jane Wild (The Dunlavy), Jill Bartolome (AQUI) and Dawn Burrell (Kulture Restaurant), with bar stars Kris Sowell (Deep Eddy Vodka, Ladies of Libation Consulting), Kehlen Scott (Anvil Bar & Refuge) and Lindsay Heffron.

The Italian Cultural & Community Center will host the 40th Houston Italian Festival from Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14 on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose. The 2018 theme for Festa Italiana is “One Community, Many Cultures,” celebrating the diversity of Houston and Texas as a whole with festival features pasta eating contests, grape stomps, activities and cooking classes for children, wine and craft beer tastings, and everything from film screenings and Italian language classes to DJ Italia performances and marionette puppet shows. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under; and free Thursday all day and Friday until 4 p.m. Discounted admission tickets and reservations for festival activities and food and beverage packages can be bought on Eventbrite. Hours are Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Thursday, October 11, culinary stars from around the country will gather at Third Coast Restaurant, 6550 Bertner, to prepare a special dinner as part of the James Beard Celebrity Chefs Tour. Third Coast Executive Chef Jon Buchanan and his staff will play hosts of a dinner, with guest chefs including JBF Award Winners Michael Mina and Hugo Ortega, Kevin Gillespie and Mike McKinney. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and passed canapes, followed by a seated, five-course dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $175. 

The Great Texas Mac & Cheese Festival will take place in Galveston’s Saengerfest Park, 2314 Strand, on Saturday, October 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Highlights include a Kid’s Mac & Cheese Cooking Contest, tastings prepared by local chefs, The Greatest Cheesy Chef Challenge and public judging, and The Great Noodle Skadoodle, a carb-loaded stroll along The Strand. General admission is $12.

Learn how to roll enchiladas at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen.
Learn how to roll enchiladas at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen.
Photo by Troy Fields

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 1140 Eldridge, will hosting a South of the Border Enchiladas class on Saturday, October 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. The class will cover favorites like the Mexico City (chicken with salsa verde); the Morelia (enchiladas rojas with queso fresco and onions); the Hidalgo (grilled pork enchiladas with salsa verde); and the Puebla (chicken with mole poblano). Cost is $64 per person and includes all materials, the class and a meal. To register, go online or call 832-230-3842. 

On Wednesday, October 17 the 11th annual Zest In The West will be held at Chateau Crystale, 2517 South Gessner, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will bring in over 150 world renowned wines and highlight and West Houston’s top restaurants and chefs. Tickets range from $65 to $200.

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