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This Week In Food Events: Tequila, Tamales and So Much More

This week is full of fun and relaxing events, so there is no excuse to not take bit of time for yourself in between the holiday madness. We hope to see you at Tequila & Tamales Event this Wednesday! There's also a patio stroll with a slew of craft beers, a nine-course farm dinner under the stars, a whiskey tasting for charity and more.

Tuesday, December 2

Pancake Tuesdays Start at Ouisie's Table

Every Tuesday in December, Ouisie's Table will offer special holiday pancake breakfast. The flavors are peppermint, blueberry, cinnamon and pomegranate. If you're not feeling that festive, don't worry: you can still get buttermilk. The breakfast comes with two eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. It sounds like a fine and filling way to start a December morning. 3939 San Felipe. 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. $17 plus tax and gratuity.

Taste Whiskey & Help Homeless Dogs

Reserve 101 will host a special Wild Turkey whiskey tasting with associate distiller Eddie Russell, the son of master distiller Jimmy Russell (who has been at Wild Turkey for 60 years, the longest tenure of any master distiller in the industry). Attendees will try five different Wild Turkey expressions, including Wild Turkey 81, Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit and Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Guests will also sample Reserve 101's very own private bottling of Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve, which was hand-selected by Reserve 101's owners at the distillery in Kentucky. The event is a mere $20 per person and all proceeds are donated to Lucky Dog Rescue. 1201 Caroline. 6:30 p.m. $20.

Wednesday, December 3

Houston Press Tequila & Tamales at The El Cantina Superior

Guess what? We're having our own food event this week! Join us for our Tequila & Tamales shindig. The first 250 attendees will vote for which they think is the best. Will El Big Bad will successfully defend the Best Margarita title they earned last year? Who will earn top marks for their tamales? Along with El Big Bad, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, Radical Eats, Texas Tamale Company and Los Tios are also competing and El Jimador tequila will be on-hand as well. Attendees must be 21 or older. 602 Studewood. 6 to 9 p.m. Free.

Friday, December 5

Cold Moon Dinner at Ronin Cooking

Have dinner nestled under the trees at a real farm in this first of two nine-course dinners. (There's another one tomorrow night if you can't make this one.) The folks at Ronin Cooking will give you a tour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner follows promptly at 6 p.m. After dinner, be guided down a candlelit path to a garden, where dessert and coffee will be served as the moon rises. Check the weather before you go and dress appropriately. BYOB. Rain or shine. Confirmation email with address sent after purchase. Buy tickets here. Bryan, TX. $103.49 (including Eventbrite fee).

Saturday, December 6

Be a Home Mixologist for the Holidays

This is the final of Julep's holiday cocktail classes. Alba Huerta and Kenny Freeman of Julep teach guests how to make three of favorite classic cocktails in this class called "How To Make Drinks For Your Holiday Party". Stations will be set up for the students to allow them to get hands-on experience. Snacks will be provided and students will take home recipes and a bottle of housemade syrup. There are 32 spots available per class. Buy tickets at Julep (no phone orders). 919 Washington. $120. 4 to 6 p.m.

Shopping Day at Yellow Rose Distilling

The local whiskey distillery that started near Tomball before moving into town is hosting a market featuring holiday gifts especially geared for guys. Wares on display include "man cave" art from Esperson Gallery, camp shirts from Gardner Landry and men's skin care products from J. Paul. As far as whiskey goes, reserve and specialty products not available in stores, as well as gift box options, will be available. Guests will have opportunities to tour the facility and sample Yellow Rose's bourbons, whiskeys and vodka. 1224 N. Post Oak. 4 to 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 7

Light Bites and Craft Beers at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen

Six well-regarded craft beers will be paired with light bites created by Tony Mandola's chef Samuel Beier. If the weather permits, this "sip and stroll" will be held not only in the private dining room but will extend to the lovely patio as well. Beers and pairings include Karbach's "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out" with hot Creole sausage and Moa's Imperial Stout with a stout float for dessert. Military personnel receive a $10 discount with ID in honor of Pearl Harbor day. Purchase tickets here. 1212 Waugh Drive. 3 to 5 p.m. $30.53 online (including Eventbrite fee) or $35 at the door.

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