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This Week in Houston Food Events: Nothing Pairs Better With Wine Than Barry

All Week Long

Great American Pie Month

All month long, you'll find classic American-style pies around town to celebrate this scrumptious holiday. Mark's American Cuisine at 1658 Westheimer will have a new pie every week, such as shaker lemon, bourbon pecan and blackberry lime, as well as suggested wine pairings for each.

Monday, February 15

Rebecca Masson's "Dinner with My Friends"

The Sugar Fairy is hosting a series of savory dinners featuring some of her most esteemed colleagues, and the premiere of the series will be the product of chef Brandi Key's culinary expertise. She's known for her work with Clark Cooper Concepts, which includes top Houston eateries like SaltAir Seafood Kitchen, The Dunlavy and Coppa Osteria. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at Rebecca Masson's dessert paradise Fluff Bake Bar, 314 West Gray. Cost is $95 per person, and you can make reservations by calling 713-522-1900. 

Côte d'Or Wine Class with Bear Dalton

Join Spec's fine wine buyer Bear Dalton at 7 p.m. at l'Alliance Française, 427 Lovett, for an overview of wines from Burgundy's Côte d'Or. Winemaking techniques will be discussed, as well as classifications. The class includes tastings of six whites and ten reds, including three grand cru wines, as well as a selection of bread and cheese to accompany the wine. The cash price is $120 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 713-854-7855. 

Coffee Brewing 200: More About Brewing

John Letoto of Blacksmith, 1018 Westheimer, has been hosting a series of classes to help you further your coffee education. Brewing 200 will delve further into the art of brewed coffee, including tasting tips, troubleshooting, and information on brewing devices and techniques. There will be a few hands-on demonstrations. Tickets are $80, and you can purchase yours on the Blacksmith website.

Tuesday, February 16

Sautéing and Pan Sauces Class at Central Market

This basics cooking class will train you in the art of making your new best friend: the pan sauce. The menu includes peppered tuna steaks with brandy sauce, chicken provençale, filet mignon with mushroom and wine sauce, and caramelized pineapple flambé. The class kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, and reservations are $65 per person. You can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.

Wednesday, February 17

Barry Manilow Pre-Concert Dinner

Before you hear Barry Manilow's dulcet tones, head over to Quattro, 1300 Lamar, for a $39 buffet dinner, plus special $6 valet parking. You'll also get a free glass of wine before and after the show with your concert ticket. The parking alone is an excellent deal, and you can enjoy the free post-concert drink while all that pesky downtown traffic clears out. Make your reservations by calling 713-276-4700.

Thursday, February 18

National Drink Wine Day

Celebrate this momentous occasion with some of Houston's favorite wine bars. MAX's Wine Dive and The Tasting Room will be offering happy hour pricing until 6 p.m. at each location, including $5 wines by the glass and half-off other select wines. The Tasting Room Uptown Park, 1101 Uptown Park, will be offering happy hour pricing from open until close.

Friday, February 19

"I & U / 1,2 1,2" Opening Reception at MKT Bar

The works of artist Santos Guerrero, a.k.a. TKNY, will be on view from today until April 17 at MKT BAR inside of Phoenicia, 1001 Austin, and the opening reception is tonight from 8 p.m. until midnight. The party will include George West with DJ FREDster and The ARE. Special fare will be available for purchase, including ceviches and micheladas. 

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Saturday, February 20

Casa de Esperanza Young Professionals Chili Cook-Off

Help raise money for the Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, a shelter that provides residential, medical and psychological care to children who have been abused or neglected. This event includes chili tasting, free beer, live music, raffle prizes and treats from Chocolate Wasted ice cream parlor. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at Cottonwood, 3422 North Shepherd. Admission is $30 for young professional members or $40 for the general public. Purchase your tickets on the charity's website.

Artist Reception at Urban Eats

Crystal Murley's art has been shown at Urban Eats, 3414 Washington, since the start of this year, so it's high time to have her fabulous artist's reception at the restaurant. The celebration is from 3 to 5 p.m. and includes complimentary beer, wine, champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Murley attended the University of Houston, and her favorite mediums are prints, photography, silk screen and jewelry design.

Turkish Indulgence at Central Market

Join Sibel Bayhan and Hande Bulut of The Raindrop Turkish House, a cultural institution for Turkish-Americans, as they lead this 6:30 p.m. cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. You'll learn how to make Turkish lentil soup, meatball kebabs, shepherd's salad, pilaf and semolina cake. As a bonus, the art of Ebru, which involves painting on water and transferring the art onto paper, will be demonstrated after the class. Reservations are $65 per person and can be made on the Central Market website.

Saturday and Sunday

Houston Tea Festival

The first annual Houston Tea Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the University of Houston Clear Lake's Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area. The festival includes talks, workshops, tastings, pairings, shopping, live music, children's activities and much more. Passes range from $10 per day in advance to $100 at the door for a weekend-long V.I.P. pass, and you can check out the Eventbrite page to find the best ticket option for you and more details about the event.

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