Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
Monday, December 24
Christmas Eve Elf Dinner at Georgia James
Georgia James, 1100 Westheimer, is carrying on Underbelly’s tradition of a themed Christmas Eve dinner, with this year’s theme featuring food from the movie Elf. Guests can enjoy courses from “Spaghetti Dinner” to “Beef and Cheese” and “Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and Syrup Coffee Cake” ($75 for adults and $35 for children). Seatings are at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and costumes are encouraged.
Tuesday, December 25
2018 Christmas Day Dining Guide
‘Tis the season of holiday cheer, wining and dining, and giving yourself the gift of not cleaning up any dishes whatsoever. From splurge-worthy holiday feasts to family-friendly brunches, check out our 2018 Christmas Day Dining Guide.
Drink the Tree at The Rustic
The Rustic, 1836 Polk, will be open for holiday cheer from 5 p.m. to midnight on Christmas Day. Guests can come pop the tops off $3 Fireman's No. 4 from Real Ale Brewing Company and enjoy the beers alongside a special holiday menu. Live music by The Powell Brothers starts at 7 p.m.
High End Whiskey Break Even Bottle Christmas Day Celebration at Conservatory
Celebrate the season with Conservatory, 1010 Prairie, as it shows locals its appreciation by throwing a Break Even Bottle party. From 11 a.m. to midnight, guests can sip 1.25-ounce pours of high-end, limited release bottles (one per person per bottle), including Blanton's, Aberlour A'bunadh, Elijah Craig 23 Yr and more.
Wednesday, December 26
Boxing Day Pajama Party at Tea + Victory
Celebrate the day after Christmas for a day of games and hanging out in your jammies at Tea + Victory, 2030 East T C Jester, featuring plenty of year-round and specialty Saint Arnold beers and a special Boxing Day menu. And don’t forget to bring a canned good or non-perishable item for the Houston Food Bank.
Pappy Day at Eight Row Flint
Pappy Day returns to Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale, on Wednesday, December 26. For the third year in a row, the local hangout will sell its entire allocation of Pappy Wan Winkle at cost. Prices will range from $6 for one-and-a-half ounce of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year to $30 for one-and-a-half ounce of Pappy 23. The event begins at 2 p.m., and everyone that walks in the door will be given a wrist band and a number, based on arrival time. The bar will limit of one Pappy per person to spread the Pappy love around.
Wednesday, December 26 through Tuesday, January 1
Brunch at Weights + Measures
Brunch your way out of 2018 and into 2019 with a series of brunches at Weights + Measures, 2808 Caroline, held on Wednesday, December 26 straight through to Tuesday, January 1. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations suggested.
Friday, December 29 through Monday, December 31
Close Out 2018 at The Hay Merchant
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The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer, will be closing out 2018 by offering $3 beers on Saturday, December 29 through Monday, December 31. All drafts will be $3 all day long.
Saturday, December 29
Kolache Saturday at Revival Market
Get ready for Kolache Saturday at Revival Market, 550 Heights, when the neighborhood cafe and market will be serving up four flavors — kielbasa and cheddar, chicken sausage, spiced apple and cream cheese, and citrus marmalade with sweetened goat cheese. Get them from 8 a.m. until sold out for $2.75 a pop.