This Week in Food Events: Valentines for Veterans and Meet Houston's Youngest Executive Chef

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Monday, January 19

5th Annual Valentines for Veterans Say "thank you" to a veteran with a valentine. The public is invited to come to Saint Arnold Brewery to help make valentines for those who have done so much for us. Baked goods will be available for purchase. There will also be auction items to benefit Expedition Balance, a Houston-area organization that supports combat veterans facing emotional trauma. Area food trucks Blood Brothers BBQ and Taco Nuts will be on-hand to serve anyone with a hungry tummy and are donating 5 percent of their proceeds to the cause, too. 2000 Lyons. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 ($5 from each entry fee goes to Expedition Balance).

Watch These Shucking Chefs Chefs will do anything for bourbon. Today, they're throwing down at Julep to see who can shuck 24 oysters the fastest. A mix of industry professionals and even some customers have accepted. (Each will compete in their own category: chefs vs chefs, customers vs customers, etc.) Competing chefs include Julep's own Adam Garcia, Underbelly's Chris Shepherd, Seth Siegel-Gardner of The Pass and Provisions, Morgan Weber of Revival Market and Coltivare, Kenten Marin of Holley's, Eric Laird of Liberty Kitchen & Bar and Philippe Gaston of Kata Robata. Stakes are high. The winning chef gets a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 20 year. Aim true, y'all. It's open to the public and oysters (to eat, not shuck) are $1 each, as they are every Monday at Julep. 1919 Washington. 6 p.m.

The Woodlands Berryhill 10th Year Anniversary Week Begins The Montrose franchise location of Berryhill Baja Grill may have closed last week, but others are going strong. The one in The Woodlands is, in fact, celebrating its 10 year anniversary. A seven-day birthday party starts today, with various $10 specials offered through the week. Today and Saturday, it's $10 for ten tamales. On Tuesday and Thursday, get four fish tacos for $10. For Wednesday and Saturday, the special will be two Margaritas - frozen or on the rocks - for $10. On the final day of the birthday celebration, Sunday, Jan. 25, all of the daily specials will be offered. There will also be live music and giveaways. Opens at 9 a.m. daily. 9595 Six Pines.

Wednesday, January 21

Get A Preview Of Peska Seafood Culture at Recipe House Peska Seafood Culture is about to open with the youngest executive chef in Texas in the kitchen. 20-year-old Omar Pereney is a culinary prodigy who began cooking professionally at 12, hosting his first TV food show at 15 and teaching at Le Cordon Bleu at 18. The event is being held at Recipe House in the Montrose and benefits Recipe For Success, an organization that seeks to combat childhood obesity by educating kids about food. The four-course preview dinner includes wine. Buy tickets here. 4400 Yupon. 6:30 p.m. $99 plus tax and gratuity.

Burgess Wine Cellars Dinner at Triniti Steve Burgess, of the family owned and operated Burgess Wine Cellars, is spending an evening at Triniti. His vineyard, located on the slopes of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, was a pioneering concept of mountain side wineries that produced vintages evoking the French concept of terroir. The six-course dinner by chef Ryan Hildebrand will be paired with Burgess's flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Unlike many wine dinners, you get to choose the time of this one, as Burgess will stop by your table to talk about his wines as you enjoy your meal. Dishes include almond crusted kobe, porcini tagliatelle and quail au vin en croute. Reserve your table here. $160 plus tax and gratuity.

Thursday, January 22

Eat Tamales, Drink Beer and Help Kids It's another event at Saint Arnold, but this one helps children with serious diseases and their families. The Periwinkle Foundation is having their annual Hops & Hot Tamales membership drive. The organization, among other things, sponsors fun camps for the kids that allow their parents to have a week to catch up life. Your entry fee includes annual dues to Friends of Periwinkle. 2000 Lyons. 6 to 9 p.m. $25 (Young Friends ticket for those under age 35), $35 or $50 for couples

Friday, January 23

Italian Wine Dinner at Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano Learn about and taste Italian wines. After a reception with hors d'oeuvres, Chef Carmelo Mauro will guide guests on a tasting tour through Italy. The five-course meal is paired with Beni di Batasiolo Barolos and Cormons' Vino della Pace wines. Among the dishes are Garganelli with Spinach and Prosciutto as well as Beef Medallions with Porcini and Cognac. 14795 Memorial Drive. 6:30 p.m. $100 plus tax and gratuity.

Saturday, January 24

Kiran's Annual Single Malt Scotch Dinner As she does every winter, chef Kiran Verma is pairing her signature elegant Indian dishes with a variety of single malt Scotches. Here are just a few examples of what guests can look forward to: Lamb Tenderloin Roti Wrap with Aloo Mattar Paneer Curry paired with The Glenlivet 18, and Lobster Bisque with Garlic Naan alongside Aberlour 12. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 713-960-8472. 4100 Westheimer. 6:30 p.m. $145 plus tax and gratuity.

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