This Week in Houston Food Events: Crawfish Fests Around Town

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Monday, March 28

BFM Cask Invasion at Hay Merchant

Owner Jérôme Rebetez of Swiss brewery BFM and five of his beers are taking over the casks at Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer, beginning at 5 p.m. These casked beers include four variations on the brewery's popular 225 saison, including dry-herbed with sage, rosemary and oregano or aged with wine grapes. 

Tuesday, March 29

SALO Series at Boheme

Filipino chef Yana Gilbuena kicks off a two-month kitchen residency at Boheme, 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. These special menu items will be available à la carte from 5 to 9 p.m., so no reservations are required.

Sautéing and Herb Pan Sauces Class

Learn how to make easy, savory pan sauces with the cooking school staff of Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, in this 6:30 p.m. cooking class. You'll also learn how to use fresh herbs to their fullest potential. The menu includes basil scallops with spinach fettucine and green beans with chile and mint. Cost is $65 per person, and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.

Wednesday, March 30

Last Oil-Barrel Menu Night at Ouisie's

Since February, Ouisie's Table at 3939 San Felipe has been presenting oil-barrel specials on Wednesday nights; that is, a special three-course menu that costs only as much as a barrel of oil. With oil prices rising, the price of the dinner is also increasing, so it's time to say good-bye to the special offerings. This is the last evening that Ouisie's will have the prix fixe oil barrel menu, and, since the prices have gone up, this week's menu will include wine pairings with each course.

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, there will be live music and food will be available for purchase. 

Frank Family Vineyards Wine Dinner

Disney-executive-turned-winery-owner Rich Frank will be at Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, to host a four-course wine dinner featuring his California-grown wines. The fare includes truffled lamb tartare, seared squab with pickled strawberries and sweet potato gnocchi, and blue cheese cheesecake with poached dried plums. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and reservations are $145 per person, which you can make via email.

Comforting Curries Class

In this 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, you'l learn how to make three varieties of curry with Kody McHenry, an instructor at the C.M. cooking school. You'll also make the best-ever basmati rice, naan and avocado lassi to go with the curries. Reserve your spot for $60 on the Central Market website.

Thursday, March 31

Korean Classics Cooking Class

Nicole Routhier, author of several Asian cuisine cookbooks, will host this cooking class at 6:30 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. The menu consists of Korean favorites like bulgogi, quick cucumber and daikon pickles, and pajon, which are onion and shrimp pancakes with vinegar dipping sauce. The cost is $65 per person, and you can make your reservation on the C.M. website.

Friday, April 1

Blue Plate Special Begins

This charity initiative benefits The Thread Alliance, an organization that seeks to prevent and end child abuse. Participating restaurants, such as Brennan's, MAX's Wine Dive and Triniti, will feature a "blue plate special" and donate a portion of the proceeds from those meals to the charity; basically, you can eat well and do good simultaneously. Learn more about the Blue Plate Special initiative and see a list of participating restaurants on the Thread Alliance website.

Sullivan's Supports Kids' Meals

All month long, Sullivan's Steakhouse at 4608 Westheimer will offer a special $44 prix fixe meal to benefit Kids' Meals, a meals-on-wheels program for preschool-age children in Houston. For each meal sold, Sullivan's will donate $5 to the organization and help provide steady meals to impoverished children.

Jensen Chronicles Pop-Up Dinner

The latest installment of the Jensen Chronicles pop-up dinners is here; chef Jonny Rhodes will host this 6 p.m. dinner at the St. Joseph House, 3307 Austin. The five courses include barbacoa with caramelized tomato and cucumber preserves, as well as heirloom tomato and coriander tarts with green tomato ice cream. Cost is $77 per person; wine pairings are additional. Reserve your seat via Eventbrite.

All Weekend

Kemah Crawfish Festival

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can head down to the Kemah Bridge on 3rd Street to take part in the Kemah Crawfish Festival, where you'll find crawfish for just $3.99 per pound, as well as other delicious festival food and drinks. Admission is $8, and kids 12 and under are free. It's from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit the festival website for more details.

Bridgeland Barbecue Cook-Off

It's time for the seventh annual barbecue cookoff in Bridgeland! From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., attendees can sample the entries, participate in a jalapeño-eating contest and browse an exhibit of new and classic cars. The event takes place at Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl.

Saturday, April 2

Jax Bar & Grill Crawfish Boil

From 1 to 4 p.m., Jax Bar & Grill at 1613 Shepherd will be hosting a crawfish boil as a benefit for the Casa de Esperanza, a children's shelter. Attendees will receive two pounds of crawfish with corn and potatoes for $35 per person, and additional pounds will be available for purchase. Beers will also be specially discounted for the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance via Brown Paper Tickets.

Beer and Oysters Cooking Class

Learn how to serve perfectly prepared oysters with top-notch beer pairings at this 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. The menu includes oysters Rockefeller, barbecue oysters, fried oysters and Vietnamese-style oyster stew, and among the beers are Murphy's Stout and Lagunitas Daytime. See the full menu and reserve your spot on the Central Market website. Cost is $70 per person.

Sunday, April 3

Biscuits and Brews at Fluff Bake Bar

Starting this week, Fluff Bake Bar at 314 Gray is hosting a weekly celebration of buttery biscuits and delicious brews from noon until they're sold out. Each week will feature a different beer; this week's feature is Saint Arnold's Bishop's Barrel No. 9, a bourbon-barrel-aged version of Pumpkinator.

Bands on the Bayou

Every Sunday from now through May 29 (except Mother's Day), the patio at Brenner's on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, will transform into a backyard party on the bayou, complete with brews, bands and bites, including drink specials. Live music will be provided by a different band each week from 3 to 6 p.m.; this week features The After Party.

Crawfish Boil at Bramble

Head over to Bramble, 2231 South Voss, for the restaurant's first annual crawfish boil from 3 to 7 p.m. Attendees will get three pounds of crawfish for just $15, and there will be brews from 8th Wonder Brewery. The Dyrty Byrds will be providing live music to liven up the party. 

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