Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
All week long
Valentine’s Day at Dandelion Cafe
This week Dandelion Cafe, 5405 Bellaire, will offer seven days of Valentine’s Day themed, made from scratch sweet treats and eats, a limited-edition feature dish created by chef JC Ricks — duck confit benedict with heart-shaped biscuits (available during brunch hours), plus specialty champagne cocktails in addition to their regular coffee, juice, wine and craft beer options. Customers can pick up retail items in-store or pre-order by the dozen by calling 832-988-9210.
Sweet 16 Anniversary at Grimaldi's Pizzeria
In honor of Grimaldi's Pizzeria's Sweet 16 anniversary, the pizza joint will offer a complimentary Grimaldi's famous cannoli (fried pastry filled with sweet ricotta cheese and chocolate chips) with a pizza purchase (one per table). The offer is available at all five Houston locations.
Monday through Friday
Guest Chef Finale at Treebeards
Treebeards is continuing its 40th anniversary celebrations with a special Guest Chef Finale — partnering with Houston’s first James Beard award-winning chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie’s and Poitín Bar + Kitchen’s talented chef Dominick Lee — to create two limited-edition dishes for Treebeards guests. Now through Friday, February 15, Del Grande presents his take on a Southern classic with his Texas Style Smothered Chicken ($10.95). Chef Lee will be up next week, serving Barbecue Shrimp & Grits ($12.95) from Monday, February 18 through Thursday, February 28.
Monday, February 11
EggHaus X BB's Tex-Orleans at EggHaus Gourmet
EggHaus Gourmet, 2042 East TC Jester, is teaming up with BB’s Tex-Orleans to bring you its first-ever Crawfish Croissant, a freshly baked EggHaus croissant stuffed with BB’s famous crawfish étouffée (crawfish tails smothered in a spicy homemade red roux with celery, onions and bell peppers). The treat will be served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and available on the EggHaus menu throughout April for $7.
Tuesday, February 12
Outdoor Cooking Series at Eight Row Flint
Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale, continues its Outdoor Cooking Series with a Mardi Gras Celebration. Chef de cuisine Marcelo Garcia will serve up blackened catfish po-boys with gumbo ($15) from 5 p.m. until sold out.
First "Toasty Tuesday” at Nobie's
Get a sneak peek of new tiki concept The Toasted Coconut at sibling establishment Nobie's, 2048 Colquitt. Nobie’s chef Martin Stayer and bar director Sarah Troxell will present some items they're working on for the new concept from 5 to 11 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13
Galentine’s Day at Mongoose Versus Cobra
Bring your gal pals to Mongoose Versus Cobra, 1011 McGowen, for a special Galentine’s Day event from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition to drink specials and locally made chocolates, the bar will have yellow roses to gift your besties and fun movies all night long.
Thursday, February 14
Valentine’s Day Celebrations
The Rustic, 1836 Polk, will be hosting a Single Awareness Day bash on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, featuring Jim Beam cocktails and live music by the Whiskey Daniels Band. Bumble will also be onsite helping singles make connections with fun icebreakers and speed dating games. The fun starts at 6 p.m.
Bowl & Barrel, 797 Sorella, is inviting local singles to ditch their dates this Valentine’s Day. On Thursday, February 14, bring a picture of an “ex” to shred and you’ll receive complimentary passed hors d’oeuvre, including stuffed ‘shrooms, tomato caprese skewers, buffalo chicken meatballs and more.
Pluckers Wing Bar will bring back its infamous Anti-Valentine’s Day celebration, which features $1 Bud Lights and 75-cent wings all night on Thursday, February 14 at all Texas locations.
Looking to celebrate your sweetheart with a romantic dinner? Check out our guide for the lowdown on the Where to Dine in Houston This Valentine’s Day.
Saturday, February 16
Saint Arnold Mardi Gras Pub Crawl on White Oak
Saint A’s fan-favorite pub crawl will bring a Mardi Gras twist to the bars along White Oak, beginning with a punch card pickup at Little Woodrow’s, 2631 White Oak, between 2 and 3 p.m. Stops on the list include BB’s Tex-Orleans, Bobcat Teddy’s, Public House, Christian’s Tailgate and, finally, Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak, where those who finish will be rewarded with a commemorative pint glass and after-party at 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 17
Rodeo Clown Roundup at Karbach Brewing Co.
With rodeo season just around the corner and to celebrate, Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach, is hosting its annual Rodeo Clown Roundup. The event starts with a 5K/10K at the brewery beginning at 8 a.m. Runners are encouraged to wear their best western or clown outfit and will receive a bandana, commemorative koozie and two beer tokens at the finish. At 1:30 p.m, Texas country music artists will take the stage, with live performances and plenty of beer throughout the day. Early bird tickets are $30 and VIP tickets are $90.
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Cochon555 at Four Seasons Hotel Houston
The epic nose-to-tail culinary event Cochon555 returns to Houston, held at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, at 5 p.m. Dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating buyers about the agricultural importance of eating heritage breed pigs (some of which are on critical watch lists), the event will feature five local chefs, each presenting a tasting menu featuring one whole heritage breed pig. Tickets are $130 for general admission and include tastes of extravagant culinary creations, endless rounds of beverages, and a vote for your favorite bite of the day. VIP tickets are $200 and include an extra hour (4 p.m. entry) to enjoy the event without lines, plus special dishes, bourbon from the Punch King competition and reserve wines.
Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition at NRG Center
Kick off the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, held at 6:30 p.m at the NRG Center. Guests can sample signature dishes from around 100 of Houston's top restaurants and culinary institutions alongside a selection of more than 450 award-winning wines from the 2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. Tickets start at $165.