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This Week in Food Events: Celebrate One Year With "The Cats"

Tuesday, December 9

Toys For Tots Holiday Drive at Mr. Peeples Sip a holiday cocktail, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and visit with Santa Claus and the U.S. Marines during Mr. Peeple's Second Annual Toys For Tots drive. 6 to 9 p.m. $20 donation or one new toy.

Wednesday, December 10

Get A Free Crème Brûlée Today

Dine at any La Madeleine Country French Café today and you will receive a free mini Gingerbread Crème Brûlée.

Thursday, December 11

Celebrate Three Years of Piqueo Latin/Peruvian restaurantPiqueo's third anniversary is today and to celebrate, they're making two suckling pigs for guests to enjoy with their compliments. Live music will be provided by DJ Jay. 13215 Grant Road #1800, 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, December 13

Fat Cat Creamery's One Year Anniversary Celebration

Believe it or not, Fat Cat Creamery is already a year old and they're throwing a celebration. There will be host of treats including special "mini" ice cream sandwiches and Earl Grey soft serve. Pi Pizza Truck, The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library and Cat Lady Chic author Diane Lovejoy will be on-hand for the celebration. Live music from 3 to 5 p.m. will be courtesy of Chance and the Hunters and The Cats are providing free beer from Saint Arnold Brewing Co. The party will be held in the parking lot. 1901 N. Shepherd. 2-6 p.m.

Learn To Cook a Nöel Feast

Culinary Institute LeNôtre is hosting a hands-on Noël en France cooking class. Learn how to make Oysters Rockefeller, Roasted Faisan Perigourdine (Pheasant), Roasted Chestnuts with Yukon Gold Mash, and Nöel Petit Pains (small Christmas gingerbread). In addition to the lesson, you will receive a chef toque, recipe cards, a to-go serving of the prepared dish, a glass of French wine and a certificate of completion. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 7070 Allensby $70.

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Explore Texas Wineries On the Holiday Trail

This is the last weekend to participate in the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail holiday tour. Tickets include two specially-selected wine tastings with a paired appetizer sample at each winery on the trail. If you get your ticket stamped at six of the participating trail wineries, you'll also receive a commemorative keepsake crystal wine glass. You have both today and tomorrow to visit all seven participating wineries, which include Bernhart Winery, Peach Creek Vineyards and Messina Hof. Buy tickets here. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $30 per person or $50 for two, plus tax.

Alamo Drafthouse's Cartoon Cereal Party: The Holiday Edition

Relive the fun of getting up on Saturday mornings, having a bowl of cold cereal and catching your favorite cartoons. This is better than what you may be used to. The Vintage Park Alamo Drafthouse location provides unlimited bowls of sugary cereal and no one is going to yell at you about eating it. (Hey, at least it's fortified with vitamins.) This time around features holiday episodes of Animaniacs, Batman, X-Men: The Animated Series and more. Yes, you can even wear your jammies. Buy tickets here. 114 Vintage Park Blvd. 10:30 a.m. $5

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