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This Week in Houston Food Events: It's A Good Week For Whiskey

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National Pizza with Everything (Except Anchovies) Day

All week long, Laurenzo's at 4412 Washington is celebrating this slightly bizarre holiday with a special pizza offer; when you order a pizza, you can get a draft beer at happy hour pricing any time of day. Just make sure to leave off the anchovies!

Monday, November 9

Robb Walsh Book Signing at JCI

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robb Walsh, a James Beard Award winner, will be signing copies of his new cookbook at JCI Grill, 701 Town and Country. The Chili Cookbook contains not just Texas-style chili recipes, but also Hungarian goulash, vegetarian chili and more. JCI will also be offering half-price chili during the book signing so that you can enjoy chili while you read about it.

John Besh Book Signing

If you want a cookbook double header, go see chef John Besh at the Kinkaid Schol, 201 Kinkaid School Drive, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. He'll be signing copies of Besh Big Easy: 101 Home-Cooked New Orleans Recipes, which is an accessible cookbook of southern Louisiana cooking. The event is part of the school's annual book fair, but the public is welcome.

High Roller Whiskey Tasting

If you're interested in a taste from a $32,000 bottle of scotch, you can have one for just $1,500, and the Federal Grill at 510 Shepherd will throw in a multi-course dinner with it. You'll get to sample one of only 50 bottles of Glenfiddich 50 Year Old whiskey, as well as four other rare, single-malt whiskies. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., and you can make reservations by emailing the Federal Grill.

Holiday Cocktail Lounge Pop-Up

Michael Neff of NYC's Holiday Cocktail Lounge is coming to Reserve 101 at 1201 Caroline for a pop-up bar sponsored by Beam Suntory. You'll find $8 cocktails made from Knob Creek Bourbon, Maker's 46, Laphroaig 10 year and more. A portion of the proceeds from drink sales will go to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue, and drinks will start slinging at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 10

Latte Art Throwdown At Revival

Helen Doan of Revival Market dreams of opening a coffee and Vietnamese-American food trailer, so her fellows are hosting this latte art throwdown to benefit her Kickstarter campaign. All baristas are welcome to participate at Revival, 550 Heights, and sign-up begins at 6 p.m. The competition begins at 7:15, and the winner takes home a bottle of Eight Row Flint Bourbon. You'll also get a sneak peek of Doan's fare for the trailer while you watch those baristas work.

Wednesday, November 11

Veteran's Day

There are a lot of specials and freebies today in celebration of our veterans, and here are a few we're excited about: Grub Burger Bar at 799 Town and Country has a special caramel apple shake for this day only, and proceeds from that shake will go to Operation Homefront. If you bring a valid military I.D. to Grub, you'll get that shake for free, plus half off your meal. Veterans can also get a 15 percent discount at Pollo Tropical with a valid I.D., and Antone's is offering free sandwiches at both of its recently remodeled locations.

Diwali Festival Celebration at Kiran's

From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can visit Kiran's at 4100 Westheimer for a three-course prix fixe feast in celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. The dinner is $45 for adults, $25 for children and free for kids under five. While you're there, check out the fall cocktail specials, including Kiran's Spiced Apple with SoCo and Crown Regal Apple, as well as pumpkin martinis.

Rainbow Lodge's Monthly Wine Tasting

It's time for the monthly casual wine tasting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, and this month's features wines from the Rhone region. Light bites will also be served, including toasted sunchokes with proscuitto and braised rabbit with wild mushrooms. Make your reservations by calling 713-861-8666. Cost is $35 per person.

Umami Dinner with Chris Shepherd and Hori

Three years ago, chefs Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and Hori of Kata Robata met for a Umami dinner at Kata Robata, but this time, Hori will venture to the Underbelly kitchen at 1100 Westheimer for an evening of Japanese-inspired fare. Wine, beer and sake pairings are included with the $200 price tag, plus a one-of-a-kind experience with two of Houston's most revered chefs. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 14

Celebration Seabrook

This all-day festival includes eight live bands, a kids' zone with a bounce house and Bugs on Wheels, a traveling exhibit from the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Area restaurants will be serving up food, and several food trucks will be present as well. Drinks will be available for purchase, and a street artist will be completing an enormous painting of a pelican throughout the day. The festival will take place at 1106 Main in Seabrook from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MasterChef Junior Casting Call

If you've got a young cook between the ages of eight and 13, bring him or her to the Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a chance to  appear on Season 5 of MasterChef Junior. Make sure you pre-register your child first, complete and sign the application, and bring a cute apron so that he or she can look good.

Tamales 101 Cooking Class at Sylvia's

Sylvia Casares, chef and owner of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen at 1140 Eldridge Parkway, is hosting her fall cooking classes again this year, and this one features pork and chicken tamales. The class includes a full meal of the foods cooked in the class, cheese enchiladas, dessert and a margarita or other drink of your choice. Sign up for this class and future classes. 12:30 to 3 p.m., $65.

Our Tacolandia Festival

At Buffalo Bayou Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can sample unlimited tacos as well as check out the cash bars and live music. This taco festival at 105 Sabine is brought to you by the Houston Press– you're welcome– and tickets are $30 in advance. Buy your tickets ahead of time, because once it's sold out, it's sold out. VIP tickets are $75 and include early entry at 3 p.m., complimentary booze and fancy VIP bathrooms. Guests must be 21 or older.

Sunday, November 15

Miss Ruby Returns to Ouisie's

The red dress that signals the holiday season returns to Ouisie's Table, 3939 San Felipe, for her 20th season adoring the wall. Miss Ruby, as she is known, also brings some special holiday cheer; by mentioning her 20th anniversary in the next two weeks, you can get a free side of red velvet cake, and be sure to try the cocktail that's named after her, too.

Blues and Brews at Brenner's

Every Sunday evening between now and November 29, you can catch live blues music on the patio at Brenner's on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, plus featured cocktails and brews, such as $5 Stella Artois, $6 Cazadores Reposado Margaritas and more. Small bites will also be available. For information, call 713-868-4444. Must be 21 or older. 3 to 6 p.m.

Houston Corks & Forks

This benefit dinner for The American Cancer Society at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, 1008 Prairie, will bring together some of Houston's favorite chefs, including Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack of Prohibition, Greg Lowry and Matt Lovelace of Pour Society, Chris Loftis of Killen's Steakhouse and Austin Simmons of Hubbell & Hudson, for a cooking contest judged by the attendees. There will also be plenty of wine, a silent auction and Prohibition-era-style whiskey tastings. VIP tickets are $200 and include early admission at 4 p.m., while regular tickets are $125 and will get you in at 5 p.m.

Wine and Duck Dinner

This winner pairs two French powerhouses– French Country Wines and Georges Bistro, 219 Westheimer– for an evening of food and fare from the southwest of France. This four-course meal features duck in each course, such as duck confit pate, seared fois gras and slow-roasted duck. Each course has a wine pairing, including several Malbec wines. Cost is $95, and seating begins at 6 p.m. Make your reservations by calling 832-831-0921.
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