Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
All month long
"H-Town Originals" with chef Ryan Lachaine at Antone's Famous Po' BoysAntone's Famous Po' Boys, 4520 San Felipe, 2724 West TC Jester, continues its "H-Town Originals" celebrity chef campaign, in which a different local celeb creates a signature sandwich to benefit a charity of his or her choice each month. For February, Riel chef/owner Ryan Lachaine has teamed up with Legacy Restaurants chef Alex Padilla to create the Pizza Sub, with proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry. The Pizza Sub ($8.95) features salami, provolone, pepperoni, mozzarella, house-made marinara and Italian herbs on toasted white bread from Bread Man Baking Co., and is available all month long.
Westheimer Crawfish Crawl with Underbelly HospitalityUnderbelly Hospitality is celebrating Houston’s favorite season (that’d be crawfish season, obviously) with a season-long Crawfish Crawl. Now through the end of May, grab your Crawfish Passport at an Underbelly Hospitality restaurant, get it punched with any crawfish purchase and work your way up to win prizes. Mudbug options include peel-and-eat Viet-Cajun crawfish during Sunday brunch at One Fifth, 1658 Westheimer; chef's strip topped with crawfish every Wednesday at Georgia James, 1100 Westheimer; peel-and-eat crawfish every Thursday at UB Preserv, 1609 Westheimer; and a crawfish dish on the menu every day at The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer. Prizes range from free pork dumplings at UB Preserve (5 punches) to a baller board for four at Georgia James (700 punches). The person with the most punches will receive the Grand Champion prize, a trophy and Tour of Houston for two at UB Preserv.
Tuesday, February 11
Anniversary Menu at Verandah Progressive Indian RestaurantFor lunch and dinner, Verandah Progressive Indian Restaurant, 3300 Kirby, will be offering a specially-created ala carte anniversary menu, offering both new dishes and some of the most popular from chef-owner Sunil Srivastava’s ever-changing tasting menus during the year. For each meal sold that day, Verandah will be donating 10 percent of the proceeds to Second Servings of Houston and its mission to redirect surplus food from food businesses to the people who really need it.
Sweets for the Sweet: A Fine Chocolate & Drink Pairing Event at Public Services Wine & WhiskyGuests are invited to join Houston Food Finder and eight top Houston chefs, pastry chefs, chocolatiers and bakers for a sweet and savory night featuring Callebaut and Barry Callebaut chocolate. Each is being paired with a beer, wine or spirit selected by sommelier and cicerone Justin Vann and his staff at Public Services Wine & Whisky, 202 Travis, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 (plus tax and online ticketing fee).
“Meet the Producers” at the Italian Cultural & Community CenterThe Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford, will host the first 2020 edition of the wine series “Meet the Producers” at 7 p.m. The evening will feature a presentation and conversation with Lorenzo Marotti Campi, the owner of Italy’s Marotti Campi winery, while guests sample wines from the vineyard. Tickets are $30 for ICCC members and $35 for non-members.
Wednesday, February 12
Monthly Wine Tasting at Rainbow LodgeRainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, is hosting its next monthly wine tasting, featuring the wines of Mexico in a “sip and stroll” style tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy four wine tastes and four bites for $38 when booked online in advance.
Grey Goose Vodka Class at Brasserie du ParcBrasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar, is joining up with France’s famed Grey Goose Vodka for an evening of sipping, supping and learning. Beginning at 7 p.m., guests are invited to join Grey Goose’s area ambassador, Nate Raffell, for cocktails, a three-course, family-style dinner and an interactive discussion about the intricacies, making and many styles of Grey Goose Vodka. The cost is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 832-879-2802. Space is limited.
Thursday, February 13
Chocolate & Champagne Tasting at Cacao & CardamomCacao & Cardamom, 5000 Westheimer, and Camerata are teaming up for a Chocolate & Champagne Tasting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Chocolatier Annie Rupani will lead guests through the chocolate-making process while Camerata wine director Chris Poldoian discusses the different styles of sparkling wine, from Champagne to pétillant-naturel to Lambrusco. Guests will take five different single-origins chocolates as well as some of C&C’s signature chocolate pieces. Tickets are $65.
Galentine’s Day at City Acre BrewingCity Acre Brewing, 3418 Topping, will be hosting a Galentine’s Day party, complete with the return of an adorable Li'l Sebastian-style miniature horse for photo and petting ops, on Thursday, February 13 from 4 to 10 p.m. The event is free to attend, with an optional VIP package (all-you-can-eat access to the breakfast foods buffet, two drinks of your choice, VIP areas and lines, Galentine’s Day swag) for $32.95.
Valentine’s Day DiningFrom decadent, prix fixe meals for two to a la carte affairs complete with chocolate and bubbly, Houston restaurants are ready to bring the love this Valentine’s Day. Check out our Houston Valentine’s Day Dining Guide and make your reservations now.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash & Wine 101 Class at Radunare Italian American
Radunare Italian American, 2520 Research Forest, will be hosting an Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash & Wine 101 Class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Promising “no cards, no flowers and no chocolates,” Radunare welcomes the dateless, to singles and couples who have had enough of the V-Day cliché. Special guest Andrew Adams, former owner of The Corkscrew, will lead a Wine 101 Class, presenting five Italian wines alongside Italian appetizers and bites. Cost is $29++ per person.
Friday and Saturday
A Date with Chocolate at Cacao & Cardamom
Cacao & Cardamom, 5000 Westheimer, will also be hosting A Date with Chocolate chocolate-making classes on Friday, February 14 (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday, February 15 (4 p.m.) for $199/ticket.
Saturday, February 15
Mardi Gras Brunch at B&B Butchers & RestaurantB&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington, is hosting a festive, Mardi Gras-themed brunch in the upstairs dining room and rooftop patio from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can kick off the first weekend of "Fat Tuesday" celebrations with dueling pianos, face painting, New Orleans-inspired brunch dishes (i.e. Crawfish Etouffee Omelet, Cajun Boudin, Duck and Andouille Gumbo, etc.), specialty cocktails by Beam Suntory and festive swag. Call 713-86-1814 to reserve a table.
Houston Oaks Wine & Food Classic at The Clubs at Houston OaksThe Clubs at Houston Oaks, 22602 Hegar, will host a day of wine tasting, seminars and food from noon to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. VIP) at the inaugural Houston Oaks Wine & Food Classic. The event will feature more than 60 world-class wineries alongside boutique spirits, gourmet bites, seminars about wine and wine-related knowledge, and a lineup of live music. Grand Tasting Pass tickets are $175, with VIP tickets for $250.
Shred Your Ex Party at Bowl & BarrelBowl & Barrel, 797 Sorella, will be honoring all of Houston’s solo flyers with a Singles Awareness Day celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. At its annual Shred Your Ex party, guests are invited to bring a picture of their “ex” to shred, earning complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres when they do.
Sunday, February 16