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This Week in Houston Food Events: Time for the Houston Margarita Festival

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Berryhill's Final Taco of the Month

The last of Berryhill's monthly tacos is here, and it's called the Mother Clucker. It's filled with some Houston favorites like fried chicken, roasted tomato salsa, pico de gallo and, of course, queso. You can find it at any Berryhill location, and while you're there, pick up a seasonal turkey tamale to go with it.

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The Woodlands Restaurant Week

This charity event for the Montgomery County Food Bank parallels the Houston Restaurant Weeks very closely; for each restaurant week entrée purchased from a participating restaurant, between $1 and $3 will be donated to the food bank, which turns every donated dollar into three and a half meals for those in need. Participating restaurants include Robard's, Schilleci's and Grotto, and you can find the whole list on The Woodlands Restaurant Week website.

Thursday, November 5

Sanctuari Bar Turns One

The popular Sanctuari Bar at Triniti is throwing a birthday party for itself, which is the perfect reason for you to celebrate, too. The greatest, most popular cocktails from the last year will be featured all evening at happy hour prices, so grab some friends and reserve a table in the lounge by calling 713-527-9090. If you do that, you can get a bottle of Ruinart champagne at half price, so start dialing.

Saturday, November 7

Houston Margarita Festival

Ever wanted to try a pumpkin spice margarita? You can at this year's fourth annual Houston Margarita Festival at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby, where you'll find 20-plus flavors of margarita, as well as a variety of food options and live music. There will be a crowd-favorite best margarita competition and a salsa dancing competition determined by volume of the audience's applause, which are open for entry, and it's all going to a good cause; many local charities donate volunteers to help organize the festival, and, in return, they receive a share of the profits. Tickets start at $25, and you can buy them on the margarita festival website. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Houston Cellar Classic

More than 100 wines and more than 1,000 vinophiles will gather in The Tasting Room, 1101 Uptown Park, from 1 to 5 p.m. for the 12th annual Houston Cellar Classic. The event includes a cooking competition in which quite a few of Houston's top-notch chefs will create dishes inspired by a Diageo-Moët Hennessy wine. The grand champion leaves with a three-day vacation to Napa, plus a lot of perks. Attendees will get up to 60 wine samples, food and crystal stemware with the $75 admission price, and the $200 VIP tickets have plenty of additional perks. Visit the Cellar Classic website for tickets and more information.

Chiles Rellenos 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 peppers stuffed with beef, chicken or cheese. 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.

Sake Class at Kata Robata

Blake Lewis, general manager of Kata Robata and sake specialist, will lead this sake tasting and class, in conjunction with Alan Chen, State Sake Specialist at Glazer's Distributors. The class will take place on the new, enclosed patio at Kata Robata, 3600 Kirby. Chef Manabu Horiuchi will create light fare to accompany the approximately half-dozen high-end sakes featured in the class. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 713-526-8858. 4 p.m., $65

Sunday, November 8

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.

TUTS' Vine & Dine

This annual charity dinner at Reef, 2600 Travis, serves as a benefit for TUTS's educational programs, and also serves to get patrons well-acquainted with some of the best chefs in town. Rebecca Mason of Fluff Bake Bar, Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner of The Pass & Provisions and Kaz Edwards and John Gross of Uchi are part of the team helping to make this feast a night to remember. Five wineries will be featured during the 6:30 p.m. champagne reception and 7 p.m. dinner, including Chandon Sparkling Wines and Stewart Cellars. Individual tickets are $500, and ticket packages range from $5,000 to $15,000. Visit the TUTS website for more details or to purchase tickets.
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