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This Week in Houston Food Events: It's Menu of Menus Time!

Monday, March 30

Cheese Tasting At Revival Market

Drop by Revival Market and for a complimentary cheeses paired with beer, cider and honey. 550 Heights. 5 to 7 p.m.

"In Pursuit Of Balance" Wine Event at The Parador

Wine initiative group "In Pursuit Of Balance" is hosting a walk-around tasting at The Parador. It features Pinot and Chardonnay producers who create food-friendly wines that reflect the natural character of where they're grown. Participating restaurants include Backstreet Cafe, FT33, Mark's, Pappas, Pass & Provisions, Pax Americana, Sonoma Wine Bar and Underbelly. Get tickets here. 2021 Binz. 6 to 9 p.m. $115.

"Phone-Free Zone" Night at Piqueo & Mezzanotte

Gerry and Adriana Sarmiento's restaurants are getting a lot of positive response to their deal: turn in your electronic device for a meal unhampered by calls and social media and get a 20-percent discount on your entire bill. It's being offered again tonight. Reservations are strongly recommended and you can make them via Open Table or just call Italian restaurant Mezzanotte at (832) 717-7870 or Latin restaurant Piqueo at (281) 404-4190. They're located in the same shopping center at 13215 Grant in Cypress. 5 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

Houston Press Menu of Menus

It's been months in the making and now Menu of Menus is finally here! It's held at Silver Street Station where you can sample food and drink from several Houston area restaurants. The highlight of the evening is the Iron Fork Competition where undefeated chef Kevin Naderi of Roost and Lillo & Ella will try to successfully defend his title from new contender Randy Rucker of forthcoming Bramble. Chef Randy Evans is the host and the competitors will be judged by Phaedra Cook, restaurant critic for Houston Press, Eric Sandler, contributing writer for Culturemap Houston and Whole Foods Bellaire team leader Kelly Nelson. Get your tickets asap. 1500 Silver Street. 7 to 10 p.m.

Cooley Irish Whiskey Tasting at Reserve 101

Cain Fitzgerald of Cooley Irish Whiskey is visiting Reserve 101 and hosting a tasting. Their spirits include Greenore and Tyrconnell. 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to Lucky Dog Rescue. Buy your tickets here. 6:30 p.m. $20

Half Price Oysters at Holley's

It's National Oyster on the Half Shell Day and Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar is known for its stellar raw and baked ones. Today during happy hour and dinner, they're offering them half-price. The baked ones include Oyster Diablo, NOLA-Style Charbroiled Oysters, Baked Oyster "Yvonne" and Oyster Granite. There's also a selection of raw seasonal ones. 3201 Louisiana. 4 to 10 p.m.

Chanin Wine Tasting at Sonoma In The Heights

Winemaker Gavin Chanin of Chanin Winery in Santa Barbara County is visiting. Event attendees will get to try at least four wines with light bites on the side. Both new releases and single vineyard selections are included. The $20 tasting fee is waived for those who purchase three bottles or more. Call 713-864-9463 for reservations. 801 Studewood. 6 to 8 p.m. $20.

Hirsch Vineyards Wine Dinner at Pappas Bros.

Hirsch Vineyards' Pinot Noir grapes are so highly revered that in addition to making its own wines, they supply Littorai, Lioco, Williams Selyem and Kistler with grapes as well. This multicourse dinner will highlight wines from the Hirsch Vineyards' library and is part of the In Pursuit of Balance initiative that promotes dialogue around the meaning and relevance of balance in California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Jasmine Hirsch, director of sales and marketing will discuss the wines. Courses include Suckling Pig Pressé with ginger, apricot, cauliflower, cranberry bean, onion jam and hearts of palm. View the complete menu and pairings here. Call (713) 780-7352 for reservations. 5839 Westheimer. 7 p.m. $275 plus tax and gratuity.

Wednesday, April 1

Champagne Dinner At Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

If you adore Champagne, this is the dinner for you. This four-course meal features pairings ranging from GH Mumm Cordon Rouge to Jouet Belle Epoque. Courses include Duck Confit and Seared Breast with Pickled Honeydew and Chocolate Genoise Pudding with Gingersnap, Candied Pear and White Chocolate Gelato. Call (713) 622-1010 for reservations. 4224 San Felipe. 6:30 p.m. $115 plus tax and gratuity.

Fool Your Tastebuds At French Country Wines

For April Fool's Day, French Country Wines is hosting a blind tasting to see if they can fool your taste buds. Five wines, with the labels hidden, will be poured into dark glasses. Partakers will then be asked to identify the wines by type and region. Those who name all five correctly will be placed in a drawing for a free bottle of wine. The rest just got to taste a bunch of free wine samples, which sounds pretty smart. 2433 Bartlett. 5 to 7 p.m. Free.

Batanga's Second Anniversary Party

To celebrate its second birthday, Batanga is having a party on their extensive patio. The free food includes roasted pork and paella and there will be live Latin music. RSPV is required, so click here to take care of that. 908 Congress. 6 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

Guest Bartender Series At Yellow Rose Distilling

Yellow Rose Distilling debuts its guest bartender series and the first is James Watkins of Cordua Restuarants (Churrascos & Americas). Visitors will enjoy a special $6 signature cocktail that features Yellow Rose's whiskeys. The series runs through May and leads up to a competition on May 28 where each featured mixologist will compete to win donations to their favorite local charity. The tiny admission fee includes five Yellow Rose samples. 1224 North Post Oak. 4 to 7 p.m. $7.

Saturday, April 4

Kipper Club Kosher-Style Seder Dinner With Hunky Dory and Eric Sandler

It's the first day of Passover and Richard Knight of forthcoming restaurant Hunky Dory has teamed up with Culturemap Houston's Eric Sandler for a kosher-style Seder meal. Knight is cooking and Sandler will guide guests through the ritual and ceremony of the Passover tradition. It will promises to be an engaging experience that tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt and celebrates the arrival of spring. There will be no leavened ingredients, pork, shellfish or courses that mix milk and meat. Note that unlike most Kipper Club dinners, you'll need to find your own way to the location. Parking is limited, so carpooling or other means of transportation sounds like a good idea. Buy tickets here. 4400 Yale. 7 p.m. $100.

"Liquor Before Beer" Tour with The Wave and Hotel Icon

This tour, in partnership with The Wave jitney service, starts at at Hotel Icon then heads to Yellow Rose Distilling. Next, head to Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and then go to Saint Arnold Brewing Company for more tours and tastings. Attendees get souvenir from each stop. There's an optional package from Hotel ICON that includes a room, breakfast and valet parking. Buy tickets for the tour only here or visit this page to reserve the hotel package. Departures are at 11 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. $50 (tour only).

Grown-Up Easter Egg "Hunt" At French Country Wines

It's wine tasting day at French Country Wines, but there's a twist for Easter. Every person who makes a wine purchase that day will get to grab a plastic egg from a large basket. Inside the egg is a prize, which can be anything from a nice bite of chocolate to a discount off a future purchase of wine. 2433 Bartlett. Noon to 6 p.m.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Day at Bistro Provence

It's National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day (who knew?) and French restaurant Bistro Provence in the Energy Corridor-area is celebrating by offering it on the day's specials for only $11. Their version is a sliced chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and gruyere, roasted and then topped with more cheese. For reservations, call (713) 827-8008. 13616 Memorial. Noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.

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