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This Week in Houston Food Events: Fourth Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

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It's American Craft Beer Week at Flying Saucer, 705 Main, which means that you can get sweet deals on unusual beers all week long. Monday features New Belgium with $3 Fat Tire and Lips of Faith flights, Tuesday showcases Avery with $3 White Rascal and special Demon series releases, Wednesday's brewery is Odell with lots of specials, Thursday features Sierra Nevada with $3 Hop Hunter and a Hoptimum cask, and Friday goes to Saint Arnold with $3 Amber Ale and a variety of Bishop's Barrels.

Tuesday, May 17

First Responders' Luncheon at MAX's

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., first responders in uniform or with valid IDs can eat free at MAX's Wine Dive, 4720 Washington. Attendees will receive two bison or chicken sliders with MAX 'n' cheese, green beans and dessert. This event is hosted by Prison Break Tattoos.

Tomato and Wine Dinner

Chef Frédéric Perrier of Aura Brasserie, 15977 City Walk, has some top-notch, homegrown tomatoes that he would love to share with you at this 6:30 p.m. wine dinner. Every one of the five courses features tomatoes, from oven-dried tomato tarts with basil pesto to tomato and tuna tartar. For dessert? Tomato sorbet with candied tomatoes. Paired wines accompany each course, and the cost is $79 per person. Call 281-403-2872 to make your reservations.

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 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 18

Australian Wine Tasting at 13 celsius

Join Tim Smith of Tim Smith Wines in Australia's Barossa region for this 6 p.m. wine tasting at 13 celsius, 3000 Caroline, which includes five red and white wines that will be available for a special discounted retail price after the tasting. Cost is just $13 per person, and reservations are not required.

Justin Yu Makes Steak at Anvil

From 6 to 8 p.m., you'll find Justin Yu of Oxheart at Anvil, 1424 Westheimer, serving steaks, mashed potatoes and corn to the first 100 people in line. Plates are $20, and it's first come, first served. There will be awesome drink specials, too, including small pours of some very expensive and unusual wines, as well as six martini varieties and special pricing on brandies.

Beni di Batasiolo Wine Dinner

This 6:30 p.m., five-course meal at Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, will showcase wines from Beni di Batasiolo winery, which has produced wine in Italy's Piedmont region for more than a century. The fare includes crispy veal sweetbreads with porcini risotto, grilled swordfish with heirloom tomatoes and espresso-rubbed lamb with eggplant caponata. Cost is $110 per person, and you can send an email to Marc of the Rainbow Lodge to reserve your spot.

Foxen Vineyard Dinner at Brennan's

Dick Doré, co-founder of California's Foxen Vineyard, will lead this five-course wine dinner at Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith. The vineyard specializes in a minimalist approach to winemaking, including small-batch production and sustainable farming practices. The fare for the 6:30 p.m. dinner includes pan-fried poussin with sturgeon caviar and grilled Marble Ranch wagyu flank steaks. Reservations are $150 per person and can be made on the restaurant's website.

Thursday, May 19

Midtown Barbecue's Grand Opening

Updated 5/19/2016, 2:10 p.m.: The event listing below for Midtown Barbecue's grand opening had the wrong start time and information and has since been corrected. We apologize for the error. 

Celebrate the opening of Midtown Barbecue, 2708 Bagby, starting at 9 p.m. with complementary sips and bites from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as other festivities. The restaurant is a joint effort from former Corner Table chef Eric Aldis and pitmaster Brett Jackson, who will get their raw materials from Black Hill Meats.

Carnaval de 51Fifteen

To celebrate the opening of 51Fifteen in the new Saks Fifth Avenue, 5175 Westheimer, the restaurant and lounge is holding a Brazilian-style carnaval night. The party is from 7 to 11 p.m. and includes live music, a silent auction, cocktails and light bites. Tickets are $75, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Dec My Room, which decorates hospital rooms for long-term patients.

Glitter's Pop-Up Dinner

This Thursday's weekly pop-up dinner at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, features chef Ben McPherson of Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, and the menu includes catfish corn dogs with green tomato chowchow and Captain Crunch tres leches. Food will be served from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and you can RSVP via email.

All Weekend Long

Raw Food Weekend at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa

Attendees of this weekend retreat will spend all weekend enjoying raw food meals, such as zucchini noodles with sunflower-papaya-mint dressing and hemp hearts, as well as shiitake sushi with parsnip-pistachio and umeboshi-miso sauce. The retreat, at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Road in Montgomery, also includes raw food demonstrations. Cost is $1,200 for the weekend, but you can purchase a day pass for just $200. To reserve your spot, call 936-647-1383.

Saturday, May 21

Domaine des Hospitalières Tasting

This free wine tasting at Zoya Tommy gallery, 4102 Fannin, features wines from the Domaine des Hospitalières winery in Burgundy. Steve and Stephani Hari, owners of the winery, will be there to guide you through the 7 p.m. tasting. Reservations are not required.

Sunday, May 22

Houston Barbecue Festival

The Fourth Annual Houston Barbecue Festival will rage from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Green Lot at NRG Park, located at the corner of Lantern Point and Westridge. General admission tickets, which cost $60, include unlimited samples from some of Houston's most beloved barbecue joints, such as Roegels, Pappa Charlies, Gatlin's, Feges, Killen's, etc. Basically, most of the best Houston pitmasters will be there, and so should you. Visit Eventbrite for tickets and more details.

Unicorn Squad's Dessert Wine Pop-Up

The folks at Public Services Wine & Whisky, 202 Travis, have amassed more dessert wines than they know what to do with, so they decided to call pastry chefs Karen Man of Oxheart and Jillian Bartolome of Common Bond and host a dessert pop-up. From 2 to 8 p.m., you can purchase their top-notch desserts and a glass of equally top-notch dessert wine to go with it for a special at-cost price to help Public Services clean out their stash of dessert wines.

Bands on the Bayou

Every Sunday from now through June 5, 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 Blue Grooves.

Wooster's Bier Fest

From 4 to 9 p.m., Wooster's Garden at 3315 Milam will celebrate all things hoppy, malty and yeasty with free samples from some top breweries, such as Founders, Lagunitas, Avery, Stone and Dogfish Head, not to mention local favorites like Saint Arnold and Karbach. A few restaurants will be on hand to cure your munchies, too, including Holley's Seafood, Luna y Sol and Cousins Maine Lobster. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.
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Alexandra Doyle