This Week In Food Events: Happy Valentine's Week!

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Monday, February 9

Malbec Class With Bear Dalton

Spec's fine wine buyer Bear Dalton will guide attendees through a tasting class and lecture on Malbec. The class is at the Wine School at l'Alliance Française. Malbec will be traced from its homeland in the southwest of France to its new territories in Argentina, Chile and the United States. Pairing Malbec with food will be covered as well. Twelve wines are on deck and the the tasting will conclude with a couple of hundred-plus-dollar-a-bottle icon wines (one from France and one from Argentina). Call 713-854-7855 and ask for Susan to make a reservation. Pay with cash to avoid a credit card fee. 427 Lovett. 7 p.m. $60

Tuesday, February 10

A Philanthropic Dinner At Prohibition Featuring A Top Name In Gourmet Foods

Founder Ariane Daguin of D'Artagnan is coming to town and Prohibition Supper Club & Bar's chef Ben McPherson has quite the idea for a five-course dinner. D'Artagnan was one of the first companies to source high-end ingredients-- like jamón, foie gras and pâté--from outside the United States and ship them to chefs across the country. McPherson and guest chefs Jon Gross of Uchi Houston, Mark Cox of Mark's American Cuisine, Ryan Hildebrand of Triniti Restaurant, and Ryan Savoie of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, are using D'Artagnan products for the Feast & Be Philanthropic Valentine's dinner benefitting the Houston Food Bank. 1008 Prairie. Buy tickets here. $125.

(In case you missed it, you can check out an interview with former bad boy McPherson here.)

Wednesday, February 11

Monthly Wine Event At Rainbow Lodge: Valentine's Edition

Rainbow Lodge is making an early date for Valentines Week possible. Visit and try these wines in a sip-and-stroll setting: Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, Miner Viognier Hourglass, HG III and John Anthony Cabernet. Each is paired with a small bite. Call 713-861-8666 to reserve your spot. 2011 Ella $45.

Chateau Les Valentines Wine Sampling

French Country Wines is offering a free tasting from an appropriately named place: Chateau Les Valentines. It's a small winery in Provence. Crackers and Houston Dairy Maid cheeses are available to snack on. Also for the occasion, the winery will have boxes of Valentine chocolate for sale from Chocolat du Monde. Sip, shop and save time. 5-7 p.m. 2433 Bartlett.

Thursday, February 12

Bubbles and Truffles Tasting at Cacao & Cardamom

Cacao & Cardamom has partnered with Moët & Chandon Champagnes for a night of learning, fun, and fine champagnes. The event will include tastings paired with Cacao & Cardamom chocolates, specifically from their Aphrodisiac chocolate collection. There will be a discussion on the history of Champagne and how chocolate became associated with Valentine's Day. Four rosès will be poured: Moët & Chandon Rosé, Veuve Clicquot Rosé, Ruinart Rosé and Moët & Chandon Nectar Rosé Impérial. Buy tickets here. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65

Sugar & Spice Pop-Up At Glitter Karaoke

The Midtown club is hosting a Valentine's-themed pop-up with pastry chef Dory Fung (Houston Country Club) and chef Dawn Burrell (Simply Delicious catering). Also, Godiva spirits will be featured throughout the evening. 2621 Milam. 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Friday, February 13

Hunky Dory Preview Dinner

It's finally here: the long-awaited preview of Richard Knight's next restaurant after Feast. The opening of Hunky Dory is around the corner and Kipper Club is ready to give attendees a glimpse into what food will be on the menu. There are two seatings: 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Guests will park their cars in a designated location and be transported to dinner a short ways away by shuttle bus. As of Friday, February 8, there were about 25 tickets left, mainly for the 9 p.m. seating. Act quickly if you want to go. Get tickets here. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $100.

Saturday, February 14

Check out our picks for the Top 20 Most Romantic Restaurants In Houston.

Also, check out Brooke Viggiano's giant master list of places offering a special Valentines Day dinner!

Valentine's Pizza & Cookies For Kids at Phoenicia Valentine's not just for goo-goo-eyed grownups. Valentine's Day is also about silly paper Valentines with cartoons on them. At Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown, chef David Berg will work with children aged 8-12 as they decorate their own own personal artisan pizzas and enjoy a pizza party, goody bag, and more. In case parents need an incentive, it includes a complimentary MKT BAR cocktail for them and the class ends by 1 p.m., leaving plenty of time for grownup date night. Buy tickets here. 1001 Austin. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $55.

Sunday, February 15

Ouisie's Packs Up "Miss Ruby": Have a Drink On Her

Well, maybe not "on" her, but near her. Every year around Thanksgiving, Ouisie's Table hangs up the 56-year-old debutante dress. The dress stays up until Valentine's Day. Come say goodbye to Miss Ruby and toast her with a complimentary "Red Dress" Champagne cocktail. Call 713-528-2264 for reservations or visit the web site. 3939 San Felipe.

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