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This Week in Houston Food Events: Citrus Fest Begins

Monday, January 11

DR | Delicacy Truffle Chef Charity Challenge

Want to see some of Houston's best chefs make incredible dishes using fresh black truffles direct from Spain? You can find them doing just that from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Astorian, 2500 Summer. Your $150 general admission ticket comes with tastes of the 20 dishes, plus access to the complimentary wine bar and chocolate station. The $250 V.I.P. tickets come with even more perks, and you can reserve both here. The grand prizes for the winning chefs are, you guessed it– truffles.

Tuesday, January 12

Kids Eat Free at Pollo Tropical

Parents have another reason to head to Pollo Tropical this year; every Texas location is offering one free kid's meal with the purchase of an adult meal at any time on any Tuesday. The child must be 12 years old or under and must be present to receive a free meal. The restaurant has also unveiled a new $3.99 one-quarter chicken platter with rice and beans, which you can get any day of the week.

Pre-Madonna Prima Donna Dinner

You can usually find excellent dining packages at Quattro, 1300 Lamar, before major concerts at the nearby Toyota Center, and the Madonna concert is no exception. You can get $6 valet parking with your purchase of the $39 dinner buffet offer, and, if you bring your ticket back to Quattro's neighboring wine bar Vinoteca after the show, you'll get a free glass of wine. Call 713-276-4700 to make your reservation.

Cognac Dinner at Étoile

Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen of Bache-Gabrielsen Cognac joins chef Philippe Verpiand of Étoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, for a unique, four-course cognac cocktail dinner at 7 p.m. The menu includes duck paté, pork prime rib and apple lasagne flambé and smoked sage sidecars made with 7-year-old V.S.O.P. The dinner is $98 per person, and you can make your reservations by calling 832-668-5808.

Wednesday, January 13

Citrus Fest Begins at Central Market

Celebrate citrus season with Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, from today until 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. There will be a tour and sampling session beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 14 to celebrate the festival. It's self-guided, so register on the website and show up whenever you'd like.

Thursday, January 14

Citrus Cooking Class at Central Market

This class helps kick off Central Market's citrus fest by teaching you how to make a citrus-infused weeknight dinner. You'll make a citrus seafood cocktail, Moroccan chicken cutlets with clementine sauce, Singapore citrus slaw and pomegranate-orange fruit crisp. The class kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the market, 3815 Westheimer, and costs $60 per person. Make your reservation on the C.M. Cooking School website.

Friday, January 15

Preserving Citrus Class at Central Market

Award-winning cookbook author Cathy Barrow, A.K.A. Mrs. Wheelbarrow, will lead this multi-part class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, on cooking and preserving citrus. She's a canning expert, and she'll give you advice on preserving food and using what you've canned. She'll also teach you how to make a freshly cooked meal of Thai citrus salad, Vietnamese duck breast with salty bergamot caramel sauce, lemonade syrup and citrus curds, which can be used to make lemon curd squares on shortbread. Her books will be available for purchase, and she'll happily autograph them after the class. Reserve your space for the 6:30 p.m. class on the C.M. website for $65.

Saturday, January 16

Carb Up for the Houston Marathon

Runners and people who just adore carbs can load up for a little less this weekend at the Big Eyed Fish, 908 Henderson, and Laurenzo's, 4412 Washington. On Saturday, the former restaurant will have its linguine shrimp pasta available for $18, which is $5 off the menu price, and sausage or chicken can be substituted for the shrimp. Laurenzo's deal lasts all weekend long; they'll be offering a free house or caesar salad with the purchase of a pasta entree. 

Seafood 101 at Central Market

Donny Vorady, seafood manager at Central Market, will take this cooking class on a tour of the grocery's seafood market before he leads a class in the proper preparation of a variety of seafood. You'll learn how to perfectly cook shrimp with garlic cream sauce, snapper en Papillote, basque steamed clams, grilled scallops and roasted salmon. Spots are $60 per person and can be reserved on the Central Market website. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. at 3815 Westheimer.

Sunday, January 17

Blacksmith by Night

Join guest chef David Cordúa of Americas (and a few other Houston favorites) at Blacksmith, 1018 Westheimer, for an after-hours version of the adored coffee haven. At 5:01 p.m., Blacksmith will open with a special pop-up menu of a la carte dishes, including smoked tuna tacos, coq au vin wings and a mushroom and foie gras cappuccino. The evening is B.Y.O.B., and there will be one-time-only coffee and tea pairings available for purchase. Reservations are not required.
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Alexandra Doyle