Monday, May 25
“Nicky’s Week” Fundraiser at RA Sushi
There is no better week to enjoy the festive atmosphere at RA. RA Sushi’s Highland Village and CITYCENTRE locations will donate 100 percent of sales of a certain menu items and beverages to St. Jude. The special Nicky’s Week menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Sesame Garlic Chicken, Garlic Citrus Yellowtail and a variety of select beverages. Thanks to community support, no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for anything—including treatment, travel, housing or food—so that they can focus on helping their child live. The fundraiser runs through this Sunday, May 31.
Tuesday, May 26
Fourth Annual La Vie en Rosé at Bistro Provence
This annual event by Bistro Provence owner Genevive Guy features five rosés paired with a five French Provence courses. The wines will be the drier, “bigger” styles of rosé currently in favor, not the sweeter ones that were trendy in decades past. Special guests Tim Smith and Phyllis Adatto, owners of French Country Wines, will introduce each of the wines. Pairings include Domaine Maubernard Rosé Bandol 2014 with Honey and lavender duck magret and Gueissard Rosé “G” 2014 Bandol with Chocolate and Basil Tart with Strawberry Coulis. 13616 Memorial. 7 p.m. $65 plus tax and gratuity. Paypal deposit required. Call 713-827-8008 to make a reservation.
Wednesday, May 27
Bordeaux Dinner at Holley’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
A six-course dinner by chef Mark Holley that incorporates French, Mexican and Creole influences is paired with Bordeaux wines from Domaine de Chevalier. Courses include Escargot Pot Pie with Morels, Ramps and Fiddle Head Ferns alongside Clos de Lunes, Lune Blanche, 2013 and Skate Wings Barbacoa with Domaine de Chevalier Rouge. Reservations are required. Call 713-491-2222 to make yours. Seating is limited. 3201 Louisiana. 7 p.m. $99 plus tax and gratuity.
Thursday, May 28
Bartender Competition at Yellow Rose Distilling
Well, this is it! Eight weeks of guest bartenders has led up to this moment: a head-to-head competition to see who has the best cocktail that features Yellow Rose whiskey. Each mixologist is competing to win donations to their favorite local charity. The competitors include James Watkins of Cordua Restaurants, Akiko Dulaney of Sanctuari Bar at Triniti and Kimberly Paul of Etoile Cuisine et Bar. 1224 North Post Oak. 4 to 7 p.m.
Free Burgers at eT Craft Burgers & Beer
Celebrate National Hamburger Day at eT Craft Burgers & Beer. Be one of the first 100 customers on May 28 to mention the secret phrase—“I love National Hamburger Month”—at the register and your burger is free. 19841 Northwest Freeway. 11 a.m. until gone.
Casa Siete Leguas & Casa San Matias Tequila Dinner at Picos
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos is hosting a four-course pairings dinner featuring tequilas from family-owned distilleries Casa Siete Leguas and Casa San Matias. The event starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before dinner begins and the guest speaker is brand ambassador David Grapshi. 3601 Kirby. 6:30 p.m. $75 plus tax and gratuity.
Celebrate National Ardbeg Day at Reserve 101
The 200th anniversary of Ardbeg distillery is Saturday, May 30 and Reserve 101 is one of about 20 venues across the U.S. hosting events to celebrate all things Ardbeg. Reserve 101 is hosting a complimentary, informal Ardbeg tasting and Ardbeg Perpetuum Release Party. Stop by to sample the 2015 limited edition release of Ardbeg Perpetuum, matured in bourbon and sherry casks. There are only 1,100 cases worldwide and after today, Reserve 101 will offer it for $25 a shot. 1201 Caroline. 7 to 9 p.m. Free.
Peruvian Wine Dinner at Charivari
Charivari’s chef Johann Schuster has traveled to Peru four times, visiting wineries and pisco distilleries. Tonight is a dinner that features some of the first Peruvian wines he tried: Santiago Queirolo, Intipalka and Santiago Queirolo. Pairings include a light Malbec with a lamb slider wrapped in very fruity, slightly tangy cocoa nibs from Peru processed by local chocolate maker Tejas Chocolate as well as a Tannat with moulard duck and Tacu Tacu. Call 713-521-7231 for reservations. 2521 Bagby. 7 p.m. $75 plus tax and gratuity.
Saturday, May 30
D & T Drive Inn Anniversary Party
It’s D&T’s second anniversary and Feges BBQ is helping them celebrate with a pig roast. D&T’s Head Chef Mara Serna will be cooking up traditional sides of baked beans and coleslaw along with a selection of delectable pickled vegetables. 1307 Enid. 12:30 p.m. until all gone.
Farm to Market Dinner in Brenham
Ready for a weekend road trip? Chef Brian and Amanda Light of Ronin Cooking are making a multicourse meal with ingredients all sourced within 50 miles. The meal will be served family-style at the community table of a restored railroad warehouse in historic downtown Brenham. It’s also the home of Home Sweet Farm Market. The menu will be sourced within 50 miles and the story of your food given by chef Brian and farmer Brad Stufflebeam of Home Sweet Farm. Visit this web site for tickets and more information. 307 South Park Street. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
June 1 through June 7: Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands
Wine & Food Week runs from June 1 through June 7 this year and includes the H-E-B Wine Walk on Market Street on June 4 and Sips, Suds & Tacos on June 4. The big event is the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase on Saturday, June 6, where 50 chefs will compete for the National Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Award. Chef Robert del Grande will be inducted into the Wine & Food Week Hall of Fame. Visit the web site for more information.
June 7: Curry Crawl Chef Showdown
The event at STRAITS in CityCentre features fiery curries created by 10 competing chefs from across the city and a portion of the ticket prices go to charity. This year’s fundraiser will benefit Spaulding for Children, which helps build and sustain strong, nurturing families for children who have endured abuse, neglect or abandonment. Competing chefs include Jonathan Levine of Jonathan's the Rub, Jose Hernandez of Radio Milano, Greg Lowry of Pour Society, Brittany Eaden of The Tasting Room and Michael Sanguinetti of Commonwealth. Come ready to taste the curries and cast a vote for your favorite. Visit this web site for tickets. 800 Sorella Court. 4 to 7 p.m. $55.