Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
All month long
Cupcake of the month at Ooh La La
Ooh La La, 23920 Westheimer, 20155 Park Row, 770 West Sam Houston Parkway North, is kicking off the year off with a limited time, sweetly spiced special: the Chai Tea Cupcake, featuring a spiced chai tea cake topped with vanilla buttercream. Jumbo cupcakes are $3.75 each or $39.95/dozen.
Wednesday, January 9
Pasta and Wine Night at Night Heron
Night Heron, 1601 West Main, has announced a new riveting Wednesday Night special for 2019, serving up one of sister concept Coltivare’s most popular dishes: the spaghetti with black pepper. Get the deceptively simple yet ultra dreamy bowl of pasta alongside a glass of wine for $15 every Wednesday night from 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 10
Beer & Brass at Saint Arnold
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons, welcomes ROCO Brass Quintet for its annual
Beer & Brass event from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening will feature craft beers, tasty bites from Saint Arnold, and traditional beer hall music. Tickets are $35 ($10 for kids 12 and under).
MAAL Wine Dinner at Américas
Head to Américas, 2040 West Gray, for a MAAL Wine Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. For $59.95 per person, guests can enjoy wine-paired courses including empanada, char-grilled Spanish octopus, pork tenderloin al pastor, chimichurri petit filet and chocolate truffle cake.
Friday, January 11
PPK Pop-Up at Kirby Ice House
Peli Peli Kitchen is revamping its menu, focusing on real-deal Peri Peri chicken and seafood. While the new menu will not be ready until Monday, January 14, the team will be popping up and showing off its goods at Kirby Ice House, 3333 Eastside, every Friday in January from 5 to 9 p.m. Get a taste of peri peri wings, peri peri quarter chicken and flat fries with jerky (biltong) seasoning from PPK’s new chef and operator, Ryan Stewart.
Saturday, January 12
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
Join Bayou City Outdoors for a free farmer’s market bike ride, beginning with the delicious aroma of a leisurely coffee at Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak, at 8 a.m. After the caffeine kicks in, the ride will cruise through markets to shop for everything from fresh produce, sauces, and jams to freshly-baked bread. The 12 to 15 mile ride lasts about three hours, so bring plenty of water and don’t forget a backpack to carry your goodies home.
Hops n' Hot Sauce Festival at SpindleTap Brewery
Test your spice tolerance at the 2019 Hops n' Hot Sauce Festival at SpindleTap Brewery, 10622 Hirsch, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Along with a variety of seriously spice offerings, expect craft beers, food trucks, live music, a kids zone and the third annual Hot Pepper Eating Contest. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for kids under 12.
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Wine Class: Madiera 102 at Public Services Wine & Whisky
Public Services Wine & Whisky, 202 Travis, is hosting a Madiera 102 wine class from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The class will move beyond the basics of Madeira, showcasing more unusual styles and plenty of old vintage bottlings while going deeper into the history and production process. Cost is $75 per person. After class, get Madeira cobblers extremely old Madeiras at cost for happy hour.
Cocktail Making at Lucienne
Master the art of cocktail making and mix it up with chef Jose Hernandez bar-side at Hotel Alessandra’s Lucienne, 1070 Dallas. The mixology series continues in January with a spotlight on Alkkemist and Gabriel Boudier gins, taking place each Saturday of the month from 3 to 4 p.m. Guests can nibble on a menu of light bites including smoked salmon, tuna tartare, mimosa egg and crab cakes while learning about the history, origins and varieties of gin, and then get hands on experience with three classics: Bees Knees, Martini and Spanish Gin & Tonic. Cost is $75 per person and the class is limited to eight guests (21-and-up only). To reserve, email firstname.lastname@example.org.