Monday, April 4
Monday Brunch at The Burger Joint
This week, The Burger Joint, at 2703 Montrose, is kicking off Monday brunch with a special brunch menu that includes a burger Benedict, French toast, chicken-fried chicken, micheladas and more. The brunch offerings will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday.
EIEIO Wine Dinner at Hubbell & Hudson Bistro
Join winemaker Jay McDonald, owner of EIEIO Winery, for this 6:30 p.m. wine dinner at Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, 24 Waterway in The Woodlands. The fare includes smoked sturgeon and pork belly with crispy sushi rice and salsa verde, as well as crispy guinea fowl with braised lentils and foie gras sherry demi-glace. You can find more details and watch a video about the winery on the Hubbell & Hudson website, and you can reserve your place at the dinner by calling 281-203-5641. Cost is $165 per person.
Tuesday, April 5
Free Lemon Madeleine Cookies
To kick off the lemon festival celebrated in the south of France, La Madeleine is offering free lemon versions of its namesake cookies all day at every location; no purchase is necessary to get your treat.
SALO Series at Boheme
Filipino chef Yana Gilbuena continues her two-month kitchen residency at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, 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.
Jazz & Juleps at Bayou Bend
Just the idea of jazz, cocktails and fine art all in one place is making us feel classier already. From 6 to 8 p.m., you can relax in a stylish garden tent on the lawn at MFAH's Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial, while sipping mint juleps and listening to a live jazz performance by Swing Rendezvous. Tickets are $35 and include one drink and access to Ima Hogg's elegant mansion-turned-art-museum. There will also be a cash bar in case one mint julep isn't enough.
Houston Press Menu of Menus 2016
It's here, y'all! Be sure to attend our Menu of Menus at Silver Street Studios, 1501 Silver. It's presented by Stella Artois, and more than 40 Houston-area restaurants will be in attendance to let you sample their delicious fare. This year's Iron Fork Chef Competition will pit Jean-Philippe Gaston of Izakaya against Lyle Bento of Southern Goods, and your ticket will include food, drinks, live music performances and access to the cooking competition. There are a range of ticket options, so check out the website for more details and to purchase tickets. The event is from 7 to 10 p.m., and V.I.P. access begins at 6 p.m.
Bollinger Family Wine Dinner
Join Cyril Delarue, U.S. commercial director of Bollinger Family Wines and a member of the family, is the guest speaker at this 6:30 p.m. wine dinner at La Table, 1800 Post Oak. Cost is $149 per person, and you can book your spot on the La Table website.
French Wine Dinner and Tasting With Jean-Philippe Marchand
Burgundy-based winemaker Jean-Philippe Marchand will co-host this wine dinner at Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, alongside Tim Smith and Phyllis Adatto, owners of Houston's French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett. The fare at the dinner includes escargot and frog legs cassolette, traditional beef stew and poached pear with chestnuts and meringue. Reservations are $95 per person and can be made by calling 713-827-8008. Can't make the dinner but want to try the wine? Marchand is also hosting a free tasting at French Country Wines from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 6
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.
Stuffed Pasta Class at Central Market
Almost nothing will impress your friends like making your own pasta, and this 6:30 p.m. cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will teach you how. You'll create manicotti with marinara sauce, spinach and ricotta ravioli with gorgonzola cream sauce, and tortellini with sage butter sauce. Cost is $65 per person, and you can make your reservations on the Central Market website.
Clown Shoes Beer Dinner
Join Phillip Thomas of Clown Shoes brewery for this beer dinner at 7 p.m. at The Durham House, 1200 Durham. The fare includes white barbecue pork and waffles, as well as pork belly risotto with rose thyme, Meyer lemon and fried lavender quinoa. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased on the Durham House website.
An Evening in Naples Dinner
Tony Vallone of Vallone's, 947 Gessner, has put together a five-course, four-wine dinner dedicated to Naples and its cuisine, and he'll be delivering a lecture about the region as well. The cost is $95, and you can book your reservation by calling 713-395-6100.
Wednesday through Sunday
Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
For five days during the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, Sugar Land will become a hub for foodies and oenophiles alike. There are events each day, including a bartenders' challenge, a grand tasting, a sip and stroll, and more. Visit the event website for event details, ticket options and locations.
Thursday, April 7
Vintage Vault Night
Vintage style will reign supreme at this charity shopping event for The Women's Home, which takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Cottage Shop, 811 Westheimer. There will be vintage styling experts, a D.J. spinning the hottest tracks – on vinyl, of course! – and retro-inspired refreshments provided by Ella's Little Kitchen and Topo Chico. Admission is free.
Pop-Up Dinner at Glitter
This week's pop-up dinner at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, features chef Paul Friedman of Peli Peli, Houston's most renowned South African restaurant. The dinner goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and it's come and go as you please.
Saturday, April 9
Punk's Crawfish Boil
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Punk's Simple Southern Food, at 5212 Morningside, will be throwing its second annual crawfish boil with all-you-can-eat mudbugs. Admission is $27 per person, but kids under 12 eat for free. Brews from Buffalo Bayou Brewing will also be available.
Weekly Wine Tasting at French Country Wines
This edition of the weekly wine tasting at French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett, will feature special guests Caryl and Jan Panman, owners of the Château Rives-Blanques winery in France. The tasting is free and takes place from noon to 6 p.m.
Brenner's on the Bayou Wine Fest
From 3 to 6 p.m., the grassy knoll behind Brenner's on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall, will transform into a world-class wine festival featuring more than 40 wines available for sampling and light bites created by top Landry's chefs. There will also be live music provided by Music by Midstream. General admission tickets are $65 presale and $75 at the door, and V.I.P. tickets are $125. Visit the event website to purchase tickets.
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Cool you Bieber Fever at Quattro
Chef Maurizio Ferrarese at Quattro, 1300 Lamar in the Four Seasons, is at it again with a great pre-concert dinner package for anyone who is seeing Justin Bieber at the Toyota Center tonight. For just $39, you'll get your pick from the top-notch buffet and parking at the hotel, as well as a free drink after the concert. It's close enough to walk to the concert comfortably, and, considering parking rates in downtown, this deal is a steal. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 713-276-4700.
Sunday, April 10
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 Matt Cline Band.