This Week In Food Events: It's Beaujolais Time

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Tuesday, November 18

Chocolate and Charity With The Houston Texans

Cacao & Cardamom, the Galleria-area shop known for its luxurious exotic chocolates, is hosting an event benefiting the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation. Players for the Houston Texans, as well former Houston Texans player and ambassador Pitts himself, will sell as many of chocolatier Annie Rupani's candies as they can to raise money for the foundation. The Foundation provides musical education for youth through activities such as taking kids to performances of the Houston Symphony. 5000 Westheimer, Suite 602. 7 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19

Nickel & Nickel Wine Dinner at Table on Post Oak

Come hungry. This is a six-course dinner, each paired with one of the wines from Nickel & Nickel or one of its sister brands, like Far Niente. Some of the dishes served include Corn-Poblano Stuffed Quail and a Lavender Panna Cotta for dessert. Send an email here for reservations. 1800 Post Oak Blvd, Ste. 6110. 6:30 p.m. $125 plus tax and gratuity.

Thursday, November 20

Get to Know South African Food and Wine

Here's a heads-up for folks in far Northwest Houston and Tomball: there's a wine dinner happening near you. Peli Peli is hosting a seven-course dinner of their notable South African cuisine alongside wines of Môreson Winery, Lynx Wine Farm and Nitida Wine Farm. Wines from South Africa have grown in regard and sophistication over the past few years and this is a great opportunity to get to know them. Call 832-259-2448 for reservations. 110 Vintage Park Blvd Ste P, Bldg J. 6:30 p.m. $125 plus tax and gratuity.

November Beer Dinner at Rudyard's Pub

Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Co. makes a wide range of highly-rated beers. Here's your chance to try five of them, served alongside a seasonal dinner. The beers to be poured are: Goose Island 312 Pale Ale, Honkers ESB, Muddy Imperial Stout, Sophie Farmhouse Ale and Rambler IPA. Make your reservation ASAP as seating is limited. Call 713-521-0521 for your reservation. 2010 Waugh. 7 p.m. $50-$55 plus tax and gratuity.

Bistro Provence's Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner

Next week marks the annual pouring of the new beaujolais. Many people think that this is always is to be drank young, but in actuality, many beaujolais are meant to be aged a few years. Bistro Provence will pour not only a 2014 vintage, but selections from 2011 and 2012 as well. Food pairings of this four-course dinner will include duck confit over mashed potatoes and roasted lamb shoulder with prunes. Call 713-827-8008 for reservations. A $40 Paypal deposit is required. 7 p.m. 13616 Memorial Drive. $65 plus tax and gratuity.

Saturday, November 22

Small Business Saturday with iBurn Hot Sauce

Thanks to Houston chilihead haven iBurn for reminding us that Small Business Saturday is at the end of this month. They'll be encouraging Houstonians to support spicy businesses in their own backyard  by offering samples from 1893 Salsa, Big Daddy's Hot Sauces, Cin Chili, Gulf Coast Urban Farms, Hurricane Salsa, and Salsa Maya. Click here to register at Eventbrite. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Which Wine Goes With Turkey?

French Country Wines has wine tastings almost every Saturday between noon and 6 p.m. However, the next one focuses on what to drink for Thanksgiving. From 3 to 6 p.m. only, bites of traditional Thanksgiving dishes--from turkey to desserts--will be paired with the wines to help you decide what to serve for the holiday. 2433 Barlett St. 3 to 6 p.m. Free.

Sunday, November 23

Eat tamales to your heart's content and wash them down with a cold No Label brew. Texas Tamale Company has paired with No Label Brewery to host the first Texas Tamale Festival. For a very reasonable ticket price, attendees will get to try five different types of tamales: features unlimited access to five signature flavors of tamales handcrafted by the Texas Tamale Company; beef, chicken, pork, spinach, and black bean. The event is at No Label's brewing facility in Katy and you can buy tickets on their web site.   Kids are welcome with their parents or guardians. 5351 1st St., Katy. noon to 4 p.m. Kids under 2: Free. Kids 2-11: $5 Age 12 and up: $10. 

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