This Week in Houston Food Events: ¡Cinco de Mayo!

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Tuesday, May 3

Tamal Class with Cuchara

Learn to make top-notch tamales with Ana Beaven of Cuchara at this 6:30 p.m. cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. The menu includes chicken with green salsa tamales, vegetarian tamales wrapped in banana leaves and sweet tamales with cajeta and walnuts, and you'll take a few home with you to enjoy later, too. Cost is $70 per person, and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.

HAYOP Series at Boheme

Filipino chef Yana Gilbuena continues her two-month kitchen residency at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview, this week. Each Tuesday from now until the end of May, she'll be taking over the kitchen at Boheme for a snout-to-tail menu that uses almost every part of locally sourced meats. While this event was originally à la carte, it is now a prix fixe menu with two seatings, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, and you can call 713-529-1099 for reservations and details.

Wednesday, May 4

Culinary  Movie Series – Waitress

As part of its monthly series of film screenings, Culinary Institute LeNôtre will screen Waitress, a film about a young woman who works in a small-town diner, at 1:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m in the Crump Amphitheater. The screening is free, as are soft drinks and popcorn.

Oysters and Mezcal at La Fisheria

Learn more about both oysters, mezcal and pairing the two at 6:30 p.m. at La Fisheria, 213 Milam, as you taste eight oyster preparations and four mezcals. Cost is $49, and seating is limited, so reserve your spot by calling 713-802-1712.

Antica Terra Wine Dinner at Killen's

Winemaker Maggie Harrison of Oregon's Antica Terra winery will join chef Ronnie Killen for this five-course meal at 7 p.m. at Killen's Steakhouse, 6425 Broadway in Pearland. The menu includes smoked pork short ribs with dried strawberry glaze, habanero baked bean purée and cauliflower slaw, as well as miso dry-aged wagyu strip steaks with wagyu powder, black currant gastric and king trumpet mushrooms. Cost is $175 per person, and seating is extremely limited, so make your reservation ASAP by calling 281-485-0844.

Thursday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo

This is Houston, so the number of Cinco de Mayo events happening all week is positively overwhelming. Highlights include Saint Arnold's Santo de Mayo events, which feature a Montrose pub crawl on Saturday and several parties around town this week, as well as a margarita competition at Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop South, and a dinner at Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, that shows off some French-inspired Mexican food. Of course, there are also many traditional Cinco de Mayo parties, complete with food and drink specials, that will be hosted by local eateries, such as The Pastry War, El Patio, Sylvia's, Doc's Bar & Grill, Batanga and Arnaldo Richards' Pico's. Our advice? Check out the Facebook pages of your favorite restaurants and bars if you're looking to find the perfect Cinco de Mayo party near you.

Houston Whisky Extravaganza

From 7 to 9:30 p.m., you'll be able to taste some of the best whiskies in the work at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West Loop South. Tickets are $150, which includes unlimited whisky tastings, fare and a fancy cigar to enjoy when you get home, and must be purchased in advance. Be advised that there is a dress code; no denim is allowed.

Domaine Quiot Evening at Bistro Provence

Jean-Louis Smy and Kevin Metivier of the Domaine Quiot winery in France will host this 7 p.m. wine dinner at Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial. The fare includes duck leg with lavender sauce, as well as sautéed lamb Avignonnaise with French peas. Cost is $85 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 713-827-8008.

All Weekend Long

Houston Polish Festival

You'll find plenty of pierogi, golabki, bigos and kielbasa at the tenth annual Houston Polish Festival, hosted by Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 1731 Blalock. There will also be freshly made desserts, live music and traditional dances. It's $5 for adults and free for children and seniors, and runs 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday, May 7

Empty Bowls Houston at Archway Gallery

From now through May 31, visitors to Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, can donate $25 or more to receive a handmade bowl donated to the initiative by a local artist, which they can use to eat a freshly made bowl of soup donated by Whole Foods Market. The donations will go to benefit Empty Bowls, a program of the Houston Food Bank.

Treadsack's Real Ale Casks

A few months ago, the Treadsack team visited Real Ale and added some special ingredients to casked versions of a few of their beers. Now, those casks are ready, and they're being unveiled at various Treadsack restaurants throughout this month. Today, you'll find Lost Gold IPA with bourbon oak chips, orange peel, and mosaic and lemon-drop hops at Johnny's Gold Brick, 2518 Yale.

Julep Derby Day Party

It's time for the second annual Kentucky Derby party at Julep, 1919 Washington, which includes a viewing of the derby, traditional derby cocktails, plenty of oysters, food from B&B Butchers, derby apparel trunk shows, live music and raffle prizes. The party goes from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and costs $20 per person, or $60 for a group of four. If you're not sure how to get appropriately spiffed up for the event, check out Julep's free class in bow-tie technique at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, which includes cocktails made with Maker's Mark.

Mother's Day Wine Tasting

This edition of French Country Wines' free Saturday wine tasting is all about Mom, with a variety of wines that your mom will adore, plus, Susan Doherty of Green Eyed Susan will be on hand selling (and giving out samples of) freshly made macaroons. If you forgot to pick up something nice for Mom, this is a good way to pick the perfect last-minute gift. The tasting is from noon to 6 p.m. at 2433 Bartlett.

Katie Chin at Macy's

To celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and to promote her new cookbook, Katie Chin will be giving a talk that includes cooking demos and other culinary tips at 2 p.m. at Macy's at the Galleria, 5135 West Alabama. Chin was a co-host of Doule Happiness on PBS and has written multiple best-selling cookbooks, and copies of her latest book, Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook, will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free, but you must register in advance.

Heights Block Party

Visit some of your favorite eateries and bars in The Heights from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. to participate in The Heights' block party, including D&T Drive Inn, Town In City Brewing Co., Southern Goods, Big Star Bar, Johnny's Gold Brick, Down House, Lei Low Rum & Tiki Bar, and re:HAB Bar On The Bayou. Each location will have live music, games, contests, prizes and food specials, and you'll get a special prize if you hit each spot participating in the block party. To make things convenient (and safe), there will be free shuttles running between each location during the entire party. 

Other Kentucky Derby Watch Parties

You can watch the Kentucky Derby at a few Houston bars and restaurants, such as Vinoteca, the bar at the Four Seasons, which is hosting a watch party from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1300 Lamar that includes traditional derby day cocktails and bourbon balls.

Sunday, May 8

Mother's Day

A number of Houston restaurants are offering specials and prix fixe, multi-course meals for Mother's Day. Check out our Mother's Day 2016 dining guide for a complete list of all the ways you can treat Mom to a nice meal today. Of course, since it's a Sunday, don't forget to look into the brunch options as well as dinner options.

Cousins Maine Lobster Takes Over Wooster's Garden

At 6 p.m., the kitchen at Wooster's Garden, 3315 Milam, will be the staging ground for the cooks of Cousins Maine Lobster, one of Houston's most beloved food trucks. The menu for this pop-up includes lobster Caesar salad, fried clams with fries, lobster BLTs and lobster scampi. 

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