Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:
Now through the end of February, all locations of JINYA Ramen Bar will be offering its newest Chef’s Special. The flavor-packed bowl is prepared with chicken broth, spiced beef meatballs, bean sprouts, green onion, bok choy, seasoned egg, JINYA original chili seasoning and freshly-made thick noodles.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, will be offering its monthly prix-fixe charity dinner, with December’s funds benefiting Abandoned Little Angels, a Houston organization that works to give food, clothing, medicine, medical equipment and financial support to orphans and disabled children in Vietnam and other countries. The four-course, multi-choice dinner costs $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, from which $7 will go to Abandoned Little Angels. Similarly, there is a special brunch menu on Saturday and Sundays. This three-course meal sells for $29 per person plus tax and gratuity and provides $4 to the program for each one sold.
On Wednesday, December 5 — aka Repeal Day — Whiskey Cake, 23139 Grand Circle, 18840 Gulf Freeway, will feature food and drinks specials from 5 p.m. to close at all locations, along with ‘30s speakeasy-inspired fun and entertainment. Get $5 classic cocktails including an Old Forester Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour and Sazerac, plus select $5 bar bites including Short Rib Poutine, Duckitos, Mini Local Board, Dips and Spread Trio and Wagyu “State Fair” Corn Dogs.
Fluff Bake Bar’s chef Becky Masson will be popping into Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, for its Thursday Night Pop-Up on Thursday, December 6. Expect something tasty, sweet and holiday-inspired from 8 p.m. on.
The Tomball German Christmas Market returns to Old Town Tomball, 201 South Elm, on Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9. Guests can expect 200+ street and holiday vendors, German-inspired festival food and drink, polka dancing, live music and entertainment, and plenty of family-friendly fun throughout the weekend. Hours are Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
On Saturday, December 8, Sylvia Casares will share the ancient art of tamale making with a hands-on class, held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 1140 Eldridge. The three-hour Tamale 101 Class will tackle the whole process of making pork and chicken tamales, down to wrapping them in corn husks and steaming them, then sitting down to eat. Cost is $64 per person. Register online or call 832-230-3842. Additional classes will be held on Tuesday, December 11 and Saturday, December 15.
Scotch lovers can learn and sip the good stuff at the 100 Years of Scotch tasting event with Glenfiddich and Balveniet at Down House, 1801 Yale, on Wednesday, December 12, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $39 and include tastes and bites.
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