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This Week in Houston Food Events: Celebrate The Morning After with Brunch

Expect French toast, bacon, Bloody Marys, and more a.m. favorites at our annual The Morning After brunch event.
Expect French toast, bacon, Bloody Marys, and more a.m. favorites at our annual The Morning After brunch event. Photo by Eric Sauseda
Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings

All week long

'Passport United Kingdom' at Central Market

Now through Tuesday, October 2, Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will host its Passport event, with this year’s theme being ‘Passport United Kingdom.’ Stop by the market to find traditional products and dishes along with hundreds of new items from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; and look out for fun events from cooking classes to tastings. 

Tuesday, September 25

Register to vote at Eight Row Flint

Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale, is partnering with news source The Skimm and local realtor Rachel Thompson to encourage Houstonians to vote, no matter their preference or party. At No Excuses Vote 2018, locals can register to vote (6 to 8 p.m.) while grabbing treats from tacos to frozen gin and tonics.

Wednesday, September 26

Ramen Tatsu-Ya and Truth BBQ Collaboration at Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Ramen Tatsu-Ya
, 1722 California, will collaborate with TRUTH BBQ’s Leonard Botello IV on a special bowl of ramen, available from 5 p.m. until sold out at the ramen shop (show up early for your best chance at getting a taste). The Smoked Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen is composed of pit-smoked shoyu, a slab of brisket, ajitama and menma, made with Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s signature, 70-hour tonkotsu broth. Guests in line will be treated to a complimentary 8th Wonder Brewing beer, while supplies last.

“Know Your Fisher” dinner at Monica Pope’s Cookshop

The Gulf Restoration Network will host a “Know Your Fisher” dinner at Monica Pope’s Cookshop, 4009 Roseland, at 6:30 p.m. With food from chef Pope, the focus of the night will be the conversation about fisheries, with Galveston-based fisherman Buddy Guindon providing all of the fish for the event and telling the story about how the fish was caught. Tickets are $60, which include dinner and wine, and reservations will be capped at 25 to keep the atmosphere intimate.

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Pairing Dinner at Piggy’s Kitchen and Bar

Head to Piggy’s Kitchen and Bar, 3412 West Lamar, for a four-course meal and Brooklyn Brewery beer pairing, offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy dishes such as shrimp ceviche with blood orange ginger sauce, oven-roasted chicken skins with Gruyere and sautéed chanterelles, and chocolate-drizzled candied bacon (full menu TBA). Tickets are $50 and seats are limited (all tickets must be purchased in advance online).

Fall Wine Dinner at Rainbow Lodge

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, will host a seated, coursed Fall Wine Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will feature the wines of Revana Family Vineyards and cost is $149 plus tax and gratuity. 

click to enlarge Top Houston chefs will offer their unique takes on a classic at the 34th annual Caesar Salad Competition. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAESAR SALAD COMPETITION
Top Houston chefs will offer their unique takes on a classic at the 34th annual Caesar Salad Competition.
Photo courtesy of the Caesar Salad Competition
Thursday, September 27

Voter Registration and Industry Night at The Hay Merchant

Every Thursday night, Hay Merchant hosts Industry Night (10 to 11:30 p.m.) for members of the food and beverage community, offering free food, drink specials and camaraderie with industry friends at the end of a busy shift. As many industry professionals aren’t registered, personnel will be onsite to register people to vote. A second event will be held on Thursday, October 4.

Caesar Salad Competition at Hilton University of Houston

The 34th Annual Caesar Salad Competition will take place on Thursday, September 27 at the Hilton University of Houston, 4450 University, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event will feature 20 of the area’s top chefs offering twists on the classic dish alongside wine and beers and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased through PayPal for $40 per person.

Pizza Making Class at Coppa Osteria

Coppa Osteria, 5210 Morningside, is hosting Pizza Making Classes every Thursday in September. Each class will be limited to 10 guests, offering an intimate and interactive “pizza making” experience in Coppa’s Dough Room and paired with a three-course pizza dinner. Cost is $40 person and the class will begin at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 713-522-3535.

French Spirits Discovery Dinner at Bar Boheme

Bar Boheme, 307 Fairview, will host chefs David and Michael Cordúa for the launch of their YUM DMC pop-up dinner series, with a five-course French Spirits Discovery dinner at 7 p.m. Hosted in Boheme's private dining space, the event will feature doughnut holes made with chicken liver mousse and smoked paprika, baklava lamb ribs, Sugar-cane filled shrimp, petite filet and Vietnamese coffee creme brûlée. Each course will be paired with a cocktail made with French spirits such as Grey Goose, Gabriel Boudier gin, Trois Rivieres rum and Bache Gabrielsen cognac. Tickets are $78 and include dinner, drinks and a cocktail reception that starts at 6:30 p.m.

Smith Story Wine Dinner at Brennan’s of Houston

Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith, is hosting a Smith Story Wine Dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy dishes such as razor clam boil, tasso belly and boudin blanc, lamb cassoulet and poached pear and Creole cream cheese galette alongside wines from the family-owned California cellars. Cost is $146.14 per person including tax. 

Thursday through Sunday

Karbachtoberfest at Karbach Brewery

Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach, continues its annual German festival, Karbachtoberfest, open to the public on Thursdays through Sundays through October 7. Guests can expect live music, stein hoisting competitions, keg tappings, Karbachtoberfest on tap, German-style eats, and plenty of fun. Admission to the music tent is $10 on Thursdays and Fridays and $20 on Saturdays. Sundays are family days, offering kid-friendly activities like face-painting (Sundays are also Kar-bark-toberfest, so feel free to bring the pup). 

Friday, September 28

Pinot Noir Tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Downtown

Guests are invited to join Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Downtown, 1200 McKinney, as its sommeliers highlight some of the best Pinot Noirs around today alongside bites like pheasant rollatini, Texas Wagyu osso buco and wild mushroom tart. Selections include wines from the classic Pinot Noir regions of Burgundy and Sonoma, plus a few under-the-radar producers. Cost is $75 per guest and the tasting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Call 713-658-1995 or book online.

Saturday, September 29

The Morning After Brunch Event at Bayou City Event Center

Our annual bottomless brunch event, The Morning After, will be held at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The epic afternoon will feature endless brunch bites from over 25 Houston-area restaurants, including brunch favorites from Max’s Wine Dive and Bosscat Kitchen & Libations to Snooze and Peña’s Donuts & Diner, plus cocktail and beer sampling and boozy juice and bubbly bars. Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 day of) for general admission and $65 in advance ($75 day of) for VIP.

TacoWorld at Guadalupe Plaza Park

The team behind the Tamale Festival Houston have announced TacoWorld, a family-friendly taco festival held at Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels, from noon to 10 p.m. Guests can expect DJs, pop-up shows, cooking demos, a best taco competition, and plenty of Mexican eats. General admission tickets are $10 pre-sale ($15 at the gate) and $95 for VIP, including a free taco buffet from 2 to 5 p.m., non-alcoholic beverages, and access to the Dollar Bill Bar featuring boozy beverages for just a buck. Value passes are $29 pre-sale and include event admission, a TacoWorld koozie, and four drink tickets valid for margaritas, beer or soda (not available day of).

A Taste of Cy-Fair at Lakeland Village Center

The second annual Taste of Cy-Fair will take place at Lakeland Village Center, 10615 Fry, from 5 to 8 p.m. (4 p.m. for VIP). Organized to help Cy-Fair families and friends affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, last year’s event nearly 50 restaurants, over 100 different wines and around 30 different participating breweries, and this year’s event is expected to be even bigger. Guests can enjoy all-you-can-indulge-in eats, wines and beers alongside live music, a craft market and a silent auction. General admissions tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under, with VIP tickets available for $80 (access to VIP areas, premium bites, select beer and wines, gift bag). All event proceeds will benefit Cy-Hope to assist with its mission to help Cy-Fair residents in need.

Sunday, September 30

Southern Smoke outside Blacksmith and The Hay Merchant

The annual Southern Smoke Festival and MS Society fundraiser will be held outside of Blacksmith and The Hay Merchant at 1018 Westheimer, 1100 Westheimer and 1415 California from 4 to 8 p.m. (3 p.m. for VIP). Ten visiting chefs hailing from all over the country will join to represent some of the best restaurants and barbecue in the nation, including Aaron Franklin, Daniela Soto-Innes, and local stars like Chris Shepherd and the HOUBBQ Collective. Launched in 2015 to support the MS Society in honor of Shepherd’s friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola, the Southern Smoke Foundation has expanded to include a year-round emergency assistance fund for people in the food and beverage industry, inspired by the success of last year’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Tickets are $200 for general admission, $350 VIP (includes early entrance and VIP lounges), and $1,000 Super VIP (only 20 tickets sold, includes a culinary tour with the chefs on Friday night, September 28).
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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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