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This Week in Houston Food Events: Open Season for King Cakes

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Tuesday, January 5

Central Market Quick Kitchen Class

This cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will give you tips on how to put meals on the table quickly. You'll learn how to make crisp chicken with sherry vinegar sauce, broccoli with hot bacon dressing and more. The class begins at 6:30 p.m., and registration is $60 on the Central Market website.

Wednesday, January 6

Kings' Day at Bistro Provence

Kings' Day, or Epiphany, centers around the three wise men of Christian tradition whose arrival in Bethlehem to greet the newborn Jesus is commemorated on this day. The French have traditionally celebrated this holiday with kings' cakes, from which the king cake of Mardi Gras parties later developed. These French cakes are crown-shaped, puffed and filled with almond paste, and you can buy them by the slice at Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, all day. If you're feeling really festive, you can order a whole one in advance to take with you by calling 713-827-8008.

Epiphany of Wine

In French tradition, French Country Wines at 2433 Bartlett will be celebrating Epiphany from noon to 6 p.m. with a free wine tasting and, of course, slices of kings' cake. The French king cake, la galette des rois, is the somewhat less extravagant ancestor of Louisiana's flamboyant circular pastries. Both versions have a tiny baby (formerly made of porcelain, but today's versions are plastic) baked inside, and the lucky person who finds the baby in his or her slice will receive a special prize from the wine shop.

Thursday, January 7

Beer and Brass

Every year, a magical combination takes place around this time. Members of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra will head over to Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2200 Lyons, and perform selected music for brass quintet. The $35 admission fee includes open taps and free-flowing bites. The concert is 21 and up, although minors will be allowed with a parent or guardian. Purchase your tickets on the ROCO website.

Saturday, January 9

Jonny Rhodes's Pop-Up

Local chef Jonny Rhodes earned his stripes at Oxheart and Caracol, and he's just returned from New York City, where he spent time at Gramercy Tavern. He's put together a pop-up dinner to show off his skills at Rachel's, 421 San Jacinto, and, although he's spent time up north, the menu looks like a true Southern crowd-pleaser. Dishes include smoked candied yam and chicken sausage, poached duck eggs with mushroom foam, wood-smoked duck breast and golden milk ice cream with mint powder and caraway granita. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs about $75 per person. Reserve your seat on Eventbrite.

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