Tuesday, January 13 Notable Napa Winemaker Comes To Vallone's Robert Foley, previously named as "winemaker of the year" by Food & Wine magazine and called an "ultra-cult" vintner by The World of Fine Wine, is visiting Houston and his wines will be showcased at a special five-course dinner. Wines poured include the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a vintage awarded 96 points by Wine Advocate. Call 713-395-6100 for information and reservations. 947 Gessner. 7 p.m. $195 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Wednesday, January 14 Learn The Traditional Way Of Making Mezcal Join The Pastry War as they host a round table discussion with Mezcal Vago's Judah Kuper and Aquilino García López as well as David Suro of Suro Spirits. The topics will include the traditional methods used in small-batch mezcal production. The discussion runs until 5 p.m., but all Mezcal Vago and Siembra Spirits will be half-off until 6:30 p.m. Attending the discussion itself is free. 310 Main. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Follow-Up With A Mezcal Dinner Make plans now to head to Cuchara after the roundtable discussion at The Pastry War. The two places are joining forces for a pairings event featuring Mezcal Vago. It's called the "Seven Moles" dinner. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 713-942-0000. 214 Fairview. 6:45 p.m. $95 plus tax and gratuity.
Thursday, January 15 A Spirited World Trip At Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar Much like chef Holley's own cuisine, the beverages served at this event hail from around the world. Seven different spirits representing Scotland, Japan, Ireland and Canada will be paired with the dinner courses. Some of the highlights include three types of oysters that are each paired with a different Scotch and pan-fried quail with a sweet potato waffle, wilted, creamed mustard greens, sorghum-Satsuma syrup, a fried quail egg and spiced pecans. Capping off the evening is a Chai-Honey Old Fashioned served alongside dessert. Call 713-491-2222 for more information and reservations. 3201 Louisiana. 7 p.m. $125 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Bourbon Dinner at Charivari Charivari joins forces with the maker of Belle Mead Bourbon, Greenbrier Distillery, for a four-course dinner. Call Charivari at 713-521-7231 to reserve your spot. The food will be paired with straight white whiskey, straight rye bourbon and straight sherry cask-aged bourbon. An interesting fact: Greenbrier Distillery, located in Nashville, was once larger than Jack Daniels. It was also the first distillery owned by a woman at the turn of the last century. 7 p.m. $79 plus tax and gratuity.
Art and Tequila Creations at the Houston PressArtopia Preview Party Get a sneak peak of this year's Artopia at 1919 Wine & Mixology. While you're there, enjoy cocktails with Circulo Tequila crafted by the Houston Press's "Best of Houston--Best Bartender" winner Andres Chapa. Entertainment will include live music, live painting by Micah Simmons and entertainment by magician Michael Carducci. 21 and up only. 2737 Virginia. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free.
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Saturday, January 17 Believe it or not, Reserve 101 is seven years old and they're celebrating their senior status with a bourbon barrel-aged cocktail called "Get Off My Lawn." It's made with Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Aperol & Drambuie and aged four months. There will also be $7 Old Fashioneds with Makers Mark 46. Proceeds from this particular cocktail will benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. 1201 Caroline. 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday, January 19 5th annual Valentines for Veterans Veterans need love, too. 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% of their proceeds to the cause, too. 2000 Lyons. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 ($5 from each entry fee goes to Expedition Balance).