What do a nice dinner and these oil drums have in common? Stay tuned to find out.
What do a nice dinner and these oil drums have in common? Stay tuned to find out.
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This Week in Houston Food Events: Beer With Chocolate and Wine With Truffles

All Week Long

Citrus Fest at Central Market

Celebrate citrus season with Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, until  Tuesday, January 26. You'll find more than 40 different citrus fruits in the store, plus citrus options in every department, including marinated meats and tangy pastries. The unusual citrus varieties include pink lemons, finger limes (also known as caviar limes) and Melogold grapefruit, which is a cross between a standard grapefruit and a pomelo.

Tuesday, January 26

It's Just Lunch at Revolve

This party at Hotel Derek's Revolve Kitchen + Bar is presented by matchmaking service It's Just Lunch, so if Valentine's Day's rapid approach has you feeling lonely instead of lovey, come out and enjoy food, music and a fancy raffle, with prizes like It's Just Lunch memberships, hotel stays at the Derek and more. The party is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and admission is free.

Winter Wine Dinner at The Tasting Room

Peli Peli's chef Paul Friedman is coordinating with chef Michael Pellegrino at The Tasting Room, 1101 Uptown Park, for a wine dinner that will help chase away your winter blues. The six-course meal includes prawn bisque, oxtail mieliepap, and roasted bone marrow with ahi tuna tartare and foie gras. The cocktail hour kicks off at 7 p.m., and the whole evening costs $135 per person. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, January 27

Oil Barrel Dinner at Ouisie's

The people at Ouisie's Table, 3939 San Felipe, know that, while low oil prices sound great to most of the country, they can hit many Texans right where it hurts – the wallet. To help ease the pain, Ouisie's is offering an Oil Barrel Bargain Menu on Wednesday nights. This prix fixe menu changes every week, but it's always a three-course meal with choices like prime rib or snapper and lemon icebox pie or black magic cake. The best part is that the whole meal costs only as much as oil's lowest barrel price for the week prior, so you can add what you'll save on this dinner to the chunk of change you've been saving at the pump.

Fun with Phyllo Cooking Class

Do flaky phyllo pastries fill you with culinary envy? Learn how to make them yourself at 6:30 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. In this cooking class, you'll create herbed goat cheese and roasted pepper pastries, Moroccan pie with chicken and almonds, phyllo packets filled with salmon and artichokes, and baklava roll-ups. Cost is $60 per person, and you can sign up on the Central Market website.

Tequila Dinner at Hugo's

This 7 p.m. dinner at Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer, will feature cocktails made from Casa Noble Tequila, including passion-fruit palomas,  shared colors margaritas with fennel, and West Texas Walkabouts with vermouth, praline liqueur, bitters and allspice. The fare consists of ceviche, a catch-of-the-day stew, quail with peanut mole, and chocolate hazelnut bombon with mandarin sauce. Reservations are $70 per person and can be made by calling 713-524-7744.

Peli Peli on Restaurant Startup

CNBC's series Restaurant Startup recently featured Houston's Peli Peli, so, of course Peli Peli is holding a watch party at 9 p.m. when the episode airs. It's not at the restaurant, though; Peli Peli has rented out ballroom space in The Westin at 5060 West Alabama, and the event is free. There's no word on whether or not you'll get any of the restaurant's delicious fare at the screening, but we'll hope for the best.

Thursday, January 28

Beer and Chocolate Pairings

Head to Spec's at 2410 Smith at 6 p.m. to learn about pairing chocolates with beer – and just in time for Valentine's Day, too. Pairings include candied grapefruit peels dipped in dark chocolate and served with Clown Shoes Space Cake Double IPA, as well as ancho chile sope de chocolate with Unibroue La Terrible. Reservations are $35 and can be made by calling 832-660-0250.

Rainbow Lodge Wine Dinner

In the first installment of its monthly wine dinners, Rainbow Lodge at 2011 Ella will host Stephanie Cuadra from Querciabella Wines, who will present six different Tuscan wines from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages. The six-course meal includes elk carpaccio with duck egg aioli, braised rabbit sugo with polenta and venison medallions with fois gras crema fritta. Reservations for this 6:30 p.m. dinner are $145 per person, and you can make yours via email.

Saturday, January 30

National Croissant Day

Celebrate National Croissant Day with free – you guessed it – croissants at all La Madeleine locations around town. Just mention the offer and get yourself a warm, flakey, buttery twist from bakery heaven totally free of charge.

Groundhog Beer Festival

Head over to Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen, 4526 Research Forest in The Woodlands, to celebrate Groundhog Day the best way – by sampling some excellent winter and springtime seasonal brews, that is. For $15, you'll get a commemorative stein and beer samples from local favorites such as Saint Arnold and 8th Wonder, as well as craft beer kings like Sierra Nevada and Ballast Point. The festival is from 1 to 4 p.m., and the restaurant will be serving its regular menu to accompany the delicious brews.

Jail Break Wine Tasting at MAX's

From 3 to 5 p.m., MAX's Wine Dive at 4720 Washington will host a wine tasting featuring Prisoner Wine Company. For $35, attendees will get six tastes plus light bites, and there will be special offers on retail bottles of Prisoner wines. Call 713-880-8737 to make your reservation.

Sunday, January 31

Wine and Truffles at Quattro

Chef Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro, 1300 Lamar, created an entire six-course menu in which each course features everyone's favorite fungus: truffles. The offerings include poached egg with shaved truffle, tagliolini al tartufo, and aged, salt-crusted prime tenderloin. Each course is paired with a matching wine, and the entire meal begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $90 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 713-276-4700.

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