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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Sippin’ Santa at Lei Low

Hit Sippin’ Santa at Lei Low for holiday-themed cocktails and cheeky nostalgic decor.
Hit Sippin’ Santa at Lei Low for holiday-themed cocktails and cheeky nostalgic decor. Photo by Randy Schmidt

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

Now through Friday, December 21, Peli Peli, 5085 Westheimer, 110 Vintage Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch, will be running a "Bobotie for Blankets" blanket drive for Houston's homeless. Drop off a new or used blanket at any fine-dining location and you'll receive the restaurant's most popular appetizer, bobotie. The Peli Peli team has a goal of collecting at least 1,000 blankets, which they will then drop off to shelters around Houston. Gloves and socks will be accepted as well.

On Tuesday, November 20, Third Coast, 6550 Bertner, will host a Winter Cocktails Tasting Series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sommelier David Cook will share his personal favorites — think Apple-Spiced Island Tea and Maple Bourbon Old Fashioneds —alongside festive light bites. Tickets are $55. 

On Wednesday, November 21, enjoy a Friendsgiving BBQ, Bourbon, and Beer event at Mongoose Versus Cobra, 1011 McGowen. Beginning at 4 p.m., chef Ara Malekian of Harlem Road Texas BBQ will be offering up smoked meats to accompany some great drink specials and eats like jerk rubbed chicken wings, pulled pork grilled cheeses and brisket nachos with bourbon BBQ sauce.

The Pass, 807 Taft, will host its third annual Cru Beaujolais Dinner on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21. Guests can enjoy a pairing of six courses with wines from six different Crus. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $180 per person. The restaurant will also be hosting a Gigantic Beer Dinner on Wednesday, November 28, featuring six beers and five courses of food for $75 per person.

Turkey Day is right around the corner, coming up on Thursday, November 22. Check out our 2018 Thanksgiving Day Dining Guide for a list of restaurants offering family-friendly buffets, traditional turkey plates with all the fixin's and extravagant holiday prix fixes.

Daiquiri Time Out, 2701 Market (Galveston), will transform transform itself for the holidays, with its Miracle on The Island opening up on Friday, November 23 and running through Tuesday, December 25. Expect nostalgic holiday décor and a signature cocktail menu with new cocktails like the “Snowball Old Fashioned” and “Christmas Carol Barrel.” Launching on Sunday, November 25, rum and tiki bar Lei Low Bar, 6412 North Main, will embrace the holiday season with Sippin’ Santa at Lei Low, featuring over-the-top nostalgic holiday and Polynesian décor, an opening night performance from LA’s Surf Band Par Avion, and Sippin’ Santa’s signature cocktail menu with cocktails like the “Kris Kringle Colada” and “Mele Kalikimaka.” Both locations will join locations around the country in selling holiday mugs featured on the signature cocktail menu with 10-percent of all sales donated to Action Against Hunger.

click to enlarge Celebrate Hanukkah with Houston's finest matzo ball soup. - PHOTO COURTESY OF KENNY &  ZIGGY'S
Celebrate Hanukkah with Houston's finest matzo ball soup.
Photo courtesy of Kenny & Ziggy's
Hanukkah is around the corner (beginning the evening of Sunday, December 2 and ending Monday, December 10, and Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak, 5172 Buffalo Speedway, is covering your catering needs with Hanukkah and Festival of Lights menus. Both menus feature offerings to feed six to ten people or fewer, with some popular dishes which can be ordered individually, from latkes and matzo ball soup to stuffed cabbage, brisket, kasha varnishkas, fried kreplach and sweet noodle kugel. To order, call 713-871-8883 or print the order form and fax it in (call to confirm receipt). All orders must be made at least 48 hours in advance.  
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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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