When chefs get together to make the best use of a whole, heritage-breed pig, the results can be delectable. A hint as to what Houston Cochon 555 guests are in for next weekend: these charcuterie boards were made by winner East Side King in Austin at the competition last fall.
When chefs get together to make the best use of a whole, heritage-breed pig, the results can be delectable. A hint as to what Houston Cochon 555 guests are in for next weekend: these charcuterie boards were made by winner East Side King in Austin at the competition last fall.
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography

This Week In Food Events: Cochon 555 Rolls Into Town

Monday, February 2

Pisco Celebration Week At Latin Bites

Today begins a week-long celebration that leads up to Pisco Sour Day on Saturday, February 7. Latin Bites is kicking off the celebration by introducing three new Pisco Sour flavors: Coca leaf liquor (yes, from the very same greenery that cocaine is made from, but this one won't make you crazy), blackberry and guanabana. They still have the passion fruit and the traditional lime ones, too. All are $7 for happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. There's also an "I ♥ Pisco backdrop" that guests take photos with and post with hashtags to win prizes. Check Thursday's and Saturday's listings for other activities.

Wednesday, February 4

Crafting Communities at eT Craft Burgers & Beer eT Craft Burgers & Beer is hosting its first quarterly beer and burger pairing event at the new Cypress location. Among the new items revealed: a seasonal burger and eT's brand-new wine program. All of the proceeds benefit Cy-Hope, a non-profit organization that partners with schools to offer mentoring, tutoring, scholarships, food and empowerment to kids and their families. Get tickets here. 19841 Northwest Freeway. 5-9 p.m. $20 online/$25 at the door.

Taste Belgian Chocolate at the Callebaut Bus

Doesn't a chocolate bus sound like the best kind? Callebaut's is on tour and stopping at three locations in Houston. Visitors get a taste of this Belgian chocolate and learn how it's made. Here's the schedule:

  • Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, 9-11 a.m.
  • Sweet Bar, 800 Town & Country Blvd Ste. A120, Noon-2 p.m.
  • Urban Eats, 3414 Washington, 4-6 p.m.

Author's Note: This event is sold out SALO Filipino Pop-Up Feast

There are only ten tickets left to this, so act quickly if you want to attend. Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown is hosting the SALO Filipino Pop-Up Feast. This tour, featuring chef Yana Gilbuen, is "a gathering for adventurous diners who dare to explore regions of the amazing 7,107-island Philippine archipelago through food beyond adobo and lumpia. Dinner will be served on banana leaves and eaten old-school sans utensils (kamayan)." A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ARK: Advancement for Rural Kids to build a school in an area in Yana's hometown, Visayas, Philippine, which was struck by Typhoon Haiyan. Buy tickets here. 1001 Austin. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $50.

Thursday, February 5 Live The Peruvian Life At Latin Bites Continuing with their week-long celebration of pisco, Latin Bites is recreating a Lima-Peru nightlife atmosphere complete with live Peruvian music and street food like anticuchos (Peruvian style beef heart skewers) and picarones (doughnut like pumpkin and sweet potato fritters) made by Manos Sabrosas. Sweets by Belen is serving pisco tres leches.

Friday, February 6

Author's Note: This event is sold out Jester King Beer Dinner at The Pass & Provisions

Provisions is putting on a five-course dinner paired with some special beers from popular Austin brewery Jester King. Call 713-628-9020 for details. 807 Taft. 8:30 p.m. $75.

Cochon Chef's Course Dinner at Américas

The Cochon 555 Tour stops in five cities each year and it's Houston's turn. The festivities are getting kicked off with a big "Swine & Line" (pork and seafood) dinner at Américas River Oaks. Four guest chefs -- Adison Lee of KUU, Kiran Verma of Kiran's, Kevin Bryant of Eleven:Eleven and Mark Holley of Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar -- are joining David Cordua for a feast paired with German wines. More details are available here. Call 832.200.1492 to make a reservation. 2040 West Gray. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $125.

Saturday, February 7

"Liquor Before Beer" Tour with The Wave and Hotel Icon

Tour Houston's first legal distillery and tasting room, Yellow Rose Distilling, then visit local breweries Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company and Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Thanks to this team-up with The Wave jitney service and Hotel ICON, you don't have to drive or even go home right away. Purchase the tour on its own or opt for the cushy package that includes a room, breakfast and valet parking at Hotel ICON. Buy tickets for the tour only here or visit this page to reserve the hotel package. $50 (tour only) or $349 plus tax and gratuity (hotel package).

Cochon 555 Large Format Feast At Killen's Steakhouse

The Cochon 555 weekend in Houston continues with a pairings dinner at Killen's featuring pairings by St. Francis Winery. Winemaker Katie Madigan and vineyard manager Jake Tyrrell will be on-hand to discuss their Sonoma wines. This dinner also marks the debut of the "Cochon Private Dining" series, which will ultimately highlight "10 of the nation's top chefs who are reinventing the steakhouse culture and will celebrate source-driven chefs, prominent winemakers and humanely certified protein." More information and the ticket purchase link is here. 2804 S. Main, Pearland. 7-9:30 p.m. $125.

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day at D'Amico's

Just in case you needed an excuse to eat creamy, cheesy pasta, D'Amico's Italian Market Café in Rice Village is celebrating National Fettuccine Alfredo Day by offering this classic dish for just $10 (normally $13.99) today. Add chicken for an additional $2, shrimp for $4 or crab for $6. It's a top seller at the little Italian eatery, which prides itself on making its pasta daily. 5510 Morningside.

National Pisco Sour Day at Latin Bites

Capping off the week-long celebration is the traditional toast to Pisco Sour Day by a representative from the Peruvian Consulate in Houston. All guests will get a free sample of a pisco sour cocktail.

Sunday, February 8

Cochon 555 Competition

It's here: the main event of the Cochon 555 tour. Five Houston chefs will battle it out to see who can make the best use of the most parts of a locally-raised, heritage breed pig. The competing chefs are Erin Smith of host restaurant Main Kitchen at the JW Marriott; Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse; Brandi Key of Coppa Osteria and Punk's Simple Southern Food; Marcelo Garcia of Coltivare; and Mark Decker of Down House. Other featured chefs are Randy Evans of Southern Son consulting (formerly of Haven) and Justin Yu of Oxheart, as well as butcher Andrew Vaserfirer of Revival Market. Tickets and more information are available here. 806 Main. 5 p.m. (4 p.m. entry for VIP ticket holders.) $125/$200 VIP.

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