This Week in Houston Food Events: Charity Food Events & Easter Sunday

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Monday, March 21

Bishop's Barrel 13 Celebration at Hay Merchant

When you buy a Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 13 from Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer, you'll be entered into a drawing for an opportunity to buy one of six limited-edition crates of the first dozen Bishop's Barrels. They're adorned with the Saint Arnold and Hay Merchant logos and signed by Saint Arnold founder Brock Wagner, as well as brewer Aaron Inkrott. The crates go for $150, and the drawing will be at 7 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.

Meet the Brewer at Spec's

Brewmaster Rudi Ghequire from Brouwerij Rodenbach and Brouwerij Boon in Belgium, who is also known as the "Father of Sour Beers," will host an extra-special tasting of beers from those two breweries at 6 p.m. at Spec's, 2410 Smith in Midtown. Space is limited for this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime event, and you can make your reservations by emailing Joey at Spec's.

Easter Pairings Class at Central Market

The Central Market beer and wine experts will guide you through this class on the best wine pairings for your Easter meal. The featured wines are French, Spanish and Italian, and you'll also learn how each wine is made and what makes it unique. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. at 3815 Westheimer, and reservations are $10 per person.

Good France Wine Dinner

This annual event at 6:30 p.m. at Kris Bistro, 7070 Allensby within the Culinary Institute LeNôtre, begins with a wine conference in the Crump Ampitheater by Sylvain Jean, head winemaker of Louis Bernard Winery, which is followed by a four-station dinner created by chef Cedric Gavoille. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Gaston LeNôtre Scholarship. Cost is $155 per person all-inclusive, and reservations can be made on Open Table.

Wednesday, March 23

Little Black Suit Cocktail Fundraiser

Between March 19 and 23, when you drop off three or more business-like women's clothing items or accessories at participating CityCentre businesses, you'll get free admission to this charity cocktail event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets for a $30 suggested donation. The event includes light bites, cocktails and beers, and fabulous giveaways from Elaine Turner, Seasons 52 and Alvin Gee Photography. Elaine Turner herself will make a guest appearance, and there will be a mannequin styling contest with a grand prize from Hotel Sorella. You can purchase your ticket in advance online or at the event.

360 Degrees Vanishing Social

Every Wednesday from now until April 13, Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview, will host socials from 6 to 10 p.m. with artist Selven O'Keef Jarmon, whose upcoming installation, "360 Degrees Vanishing," will be on display at Art League Houston this fall. A portion of the proceeds from these socials will go toward funding the installation. Admission is free, and food created by pop-up dinner chef Yana Gilbuena will be available for purchase. Live music will be performed by Josh Zulu.

The Tasting Room Kingwood's Fourth Anniversary

To celebrate the restaurant's fourth year in business, The Tasting Room at 1660 West Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood is hosting a special four-course meal with wine pairings, of course, for $84. The fare includes roasted bone marrow with shallot and currant confit, tuna two ways and espresso-crusted sirloin. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and you can make your reservations by calling 281-361-0044.

Thursday, March 24

Texas-Style Purim Party

Celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim with Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 5427 Bissonnet, which is hosting a Texas hoedown with a barbecue buffet, live music and dancing at 6 p.m. There will be specially themed drinks, and Western costumes are encouraged. Admission is $80 per person and $25 for children 12 and younger.

Bud Light Gives at Houston Food Bank

Team up with Bud Light to give back to Houston through volunteering from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall. After the volunteer shift, you'll be rewarded with an after-party, courtesy of Bud Light, from 8 to 9 p.m. in the food bank parking lot. There will be live music and complimentary food truck fare for volunteers. Register via the Bud Light website.

Uncorked Keels & Wheels

At this charity event from 7 to 10 p.m. for Boys & Girls Harbor, top Houston chefs are assigned a classic automobile or boat at the event, which they then pair with a wine and an hors d'oeuvre for attendees to sip and savor. There will also be a live auction, a silent auction and appearances by radio host Sam Malone and honoree Mickey Gilley. Tickets are $75 in advance, which can be purchased on Eventbrite, or $100 at the door of the Wynden Event Center, 1025 South Post Oak Lane.

Añejo's First Birthday

Join Añejo's first anniversary celebration with margaritas, food and live music from 7 to 10 p.m. at 1180-1 Uptown Park. Make sure to book your place in advance on the Añejo website.

Friday, March 25

Cooking with Herbs at Central Market

In this seafood-centric cooking class, you'll learn how to put your green thumb to good use by cooking with fresh herbs. The menu includes seared sea scallops with lemon herb butter sauce, herbed polenta and herb ice cream. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, and costs $65 per person. Make your reservations in advance on the Central Market website.

Saturday, March 26

Easter Wines and Prizes at French Country Wines

Visit French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett, from noon to 6 p.m. to take advantage of free wine tastings that will help you find the perfect wine for whatever will be on your table on Easter Sunday. Plus, when you make a purchase, you can pick a plastic egg from the shop's Easter basket, which will contain anything from a sweet treat to a sweet coupon for your next purchase.

Sunday, March 27

Easter Brunches, Lunches and Other Feasts

If you don't want to cook for Easter, there are plenty of options for dining out in Houston this Easter Sunday. Visit our Easter dining guide for a nearly complete round-up of the best Easter eats.

Helen's First Annual Greek Crawfish Boil

If your Easter feast starts to wear off, you can visit Helen Greek Food & Wine, 2429 Rice, from 5 to 10 p.m. for a big, fat Greek crawfish boil. Meals are $30 per plate, which includes two pounds of mudbugs, a half pound of lemon potatoes and a small Greek salad. There will be special deals on beer and wine, as well as free beer from 8th Wonder Brewery while supplies last.

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