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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Seasonal Flavors and Holiday Tamales

Lupe Tortilla's new seasonal menu features Pumpkin Spice Pancakes finished with roasted pecans and a dollop of whipped cream.
Lupe Tortilla's new seasonal menu features Pumpkin Spice Pancakes finished with roasted pecans and a dollop of whipped cream. Photo courtesy of Lupe Tortilla
Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:

For a limited time, Lupe Tortilla locations will be adding tasty seasonal offerings to its menu, including Pumpkin Spice Flan with caramel sauce; breakfast-only Pumpkin Spice Pancakes made with pumpkin puree-infused batter and topped with roasted pecans, powdered sugar and whipped cream; and the Cranberry Rita, made with Sauza Silver, Cointreau, hand-shaken mix and cranberry spice syrup and topped with sugared cranberries and a lime wedge.

Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood and Steaks, 4611 Montrose, will be offering Thanksgiving dishes with a Cajun twist on Friday, November 23. Reimagined dishes and specials include a Thanksgiving Turkey Po’boy with all the fixin’s, Turkey Day Enchiladas served alongside black beans and rice; and the Bloody Danton, made with its signature dark roux.

Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith, will be hosting a Holiday Brunch with Santa ($35 per child, price TBA for adults) on Saturday, December 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include a two-course brunch with a dessert bar, photos with Santa, and a keepsake ornament for the adults and interactive ornament for children. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 713-522-9711. 

On Saturday, December 1, the entire family can enjoy a special brunch with Santa at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown, 1001 Austin. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting MKT Bar and taking photos with the little ones. Guests can also expect Yuletide brunch specials like gingerbread chicken and waffles, children’s holiday cookie decorating kits, classic holiday cartoons on the big screen and a visit from the Houston Fire Department for its Operation: Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive. New unwrapped toys encouraged. The event is free and open to the public, with options to purchase food.

click to enlarge "Tis the season for tamales, which you'll definitely find at the 8th annual Tamale Festival Houston. - PHOTO BY DOOGIE ROUX
"Tis the season for tamales, which you'll definitely find at the 8th annual Tamale Festival Houston.
Photo by Doogie Roux
Tamale Festival Houston returns on Saturday, December 1, taking place at Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels, from noon to 8 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with live music, good times, cold drinks, festival eats and plenty of tamales. Tickets are $6 pre-sale, $10 regular and $75 for VIP. The event is rain or shine.

On Tuesday, December 4, guests are invited to an Absentee Wine Dinner with the wines of Arnot Roberts at The Pass, 807 Taft. The evening runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $175 per person.
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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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