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This Week in Houston Food Events: Underbelly Becomes Korean Fried Chicken Dinner House

All Week Long

Killen's Steakhouse Turns 10!

To celebrate a decade of excellent steaks, Killen's Steakhouse, 6425 West Broadway in Pearland, will have a week of specials and special events. On Monday, Ronnie Killen himself will be hanging out with customers, and, on Tuesday, ten of the Saint Arnold's Bishop's Barrel beers, which have been cellared for some time, will be available. Wednesday features wine markdowns, and Thursday (a.k.a. Throwback Thursday) will bring beers and well drinks at prices from ten years ago. On Friday, live music and general celebration will be going on all night long.

Monday, April 25

Tapping of Clown Shoes' Hephaestus at Hay Merchant

Clown Shoes' popular beer, The Good, The Bad & The Unidragon, has gone through a few iterations; first, it was barrel-aged and re-released as Fistful of Unidragon, and this aged version was combined with espresso from Blacksmith Coffee to create Hephaestus. Then, this product was aged for four months, and it will emerge in all its glory at a 5 p.m. keg tapping at Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer. If you can't make the tapping, don't worry; Hephaestus will be available on draft and in bottles throughout the state.

Coffee Origins and Varieties Class 

This 7 p.m. coffee class at Blacksmith, 1018 Blacksmith, will focus on Gesha coffee from Costa Rica. This particular variety is known for floral and citrus flavors, and it's gaining popularity throughout South America. Cost is $90 per person, and you can purchase tickets on the Blacksmith website.

Tuesday, April 26

Sip & Stroll at Bayou Bend

Enjoy MFAH's Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 1 Westcott, during this 5 p.m. sip and stroll event. The $18 cost of admission includes beer or wine, plus cheese, pretzels and fruit, as well as access to the gardens and art.

Flanagan Wine Dinner at Harold's

The six-course menu for this 6: 30 p.m. wine dinner at Harold's, 350 West 19th, was designed by chef Antoine Ware to accentuate wines from Sonoma's Flanagan Winery; the fare includes glazed pork belly with root beer and red peas, as well as grilled lamb chops with horseradish potato dauphinoise. Reservations are $125 per person and can be made on the Harold's website.

HAYOP 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. While this event was originally à la carte, it is now a prix fixe menu with two seatings, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, and you can call 713-529-1099 for reservations and details.

Domaine de Cristia Wine Dinner

This five-course meal at Étoile, 1101 Uptown Park, is paired with five wines from Domaine de Cristia. The fare includes chilled asparagus soup, roasted tuna loin with bell pepper piperade, and lamb chops crusted with herbs and mushrooms. Reservations are $98 per person and can be made by calling 832-668-5808.

Wednesday, April 27

Empty Bowls Houston Benefit at Whole Foods

Five percent of the profits from today's sales at every Houston-area Whole Foods Market will be donated to Empty Bowls Houston, a program of the Houston Food Bank, so be sure to take your grocery list with you when leave the house.

Spritz Release Party  at Public Services

Join Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau as they celebrate the release of their new book, Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with an aperitivo party at 6 p.m. at Public Services, 202 Travis. The $25 cost of admission includes a copy of the book, a wide variety of spritzes and light bites from Oxheart. Even better, a portion of the proceeds will go to Water for People, which works to provide clean water and sanitation services to people around the world. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Dulces Cooking Class

This 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will teach you how to make Mexican sweets, such as cochinitos de piloncillo, Mexican butter cookies, chocoflan and bunuelos de miel. Cost is $60 per person, and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.

Wines of Baja, Mexico Dinner

Winemaker Jorge Maciel of Cava Maciel and Manuel Alvarez of Alximia Winery will guide this wine dinner at Caracol, 2200 Post Oak, which features wines from the Baja region of Mexico. The fare includes butterflied snapper with crispy rice and greens, wood-grilled rib eye with cauliflower purée and charred Brussels sprouts, and roasted pineapple and stone fruit over orange custard with champagne sorbet for dessert. Reservations are $105 per person and can be made by calling 713-622-9996.

Thursday, April 28

Red Cross Fundraiser at Studio Movie Grill

Every Houston-area Studio Movie Grill location will donate 10% of its total profits (including ticket and refreshment sales) from today to the American Red Cross in an effort to help with flood relief efforts, so if you've been thinking of seeing a flick, today is a great day to do it.

NFL Draft Parties at Pluckers

Each Pluckers Wing Bar location will be hosting NFL draft watch parties, which includes a fun game for customers: A guest will be asked to predict the draft pick of the next team, and, if he or she guesses correctly, every customer will have access to a fantastic food or drink special until the next team makes its draft choice. The watch parties begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, April 29

Gifts of Mexico Cooking Class

This 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, focuses on Mexico's native culinary ingredients and is led by culinary instructor Elizabeth Escobedo. Attendees will make limeade with chia seeds, mango mole with chicken, homemade corn tortillas and more. Reservations are $60 per person and can be made on the Central Market website.

All Weekend Long

5th Annual Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, crawfish and live music will take over the Tomball Depot, 201 South Elm in Tomball. There will be Latino, rockabilly and Cajun music, as well as crawfish racing, a boudin-eating contest, a washers tournament and more. Admission is free, but leave your outside alcohol at home.

Saturday, April 30

Early Bird Coffee Hike

Early birds get the worms – and, in this case, a warm cup of Katz coffee. The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is holding an early-morning birdwatching hike at 7 a.m., which will be followed by breakfast treats and Katz coffee, as well as a lecture on the important habitat that coffee plantations provide for migratory birds. Cost is $30 for members, $45 general public, and you can register on the Houston Arboretum website.

Tortilla Cooking Class

Ever wondered how to make perfect homemade tortillas? At 10 a.m., Central Market's cooking school, located within the store at 3815 Westheimer, will show you how. You'll make both flour and corn tortillas. Reservations are $45 per person and can be made on the market's website.

DIY Salsas

At 1 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, you can join this cooking class and learn all about salsas and how to make them, as well as how to make your own tortilla chips. The salsas you'll make are pico de gallo with pineapple, pumpkin seed and peanut salsa with tomatoes and tomatillos, and salsa roja. Cost is $45 per person, and reservations can be made on the Central Market website.

Food Truck Festival at Haak Winery

At this food truck festival, you'll find seven food trucks, as well as vendors selling locally made crafts, a silent auction and live music. All of the proceeds from the festival will go straight into a scholarship fund for the Alvin Community College culinary arts program. Admission is $10, although children 12 and under get in free, and it's from 2 to 8 p.m. at Haak Vineyards and Winery, 6310 Avenue T in Santa Fe.

Kentucky Derby Soirée at The Tasting Room

Put on your best Kentucky Derby attire and head to The Tasting Room, 818 Town and Country in CityCentre, for an upscale derby celebration at 3 p.m., complete with a costume contest. There will be food stations, as well as beverage pairings that feature Hennessy and Bulleit. Reservations are $50 per person, and you can make yours by calling 281-822-1500.

Tortas Cooking Class 

Learn to make your own tortas, or Mexican sandwiches, at this 3:30 p.m. cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. The menu includes fried chicken tortas with refried black beans and cheese, plus pork tortas with tomato-chile sauce. Reservations are $45 per person and can be made on the Central Market website.

Nourishment: An Afternoon at Finca Tres Robles

The Rice Design Alliance presents this event at 4 p.m. at Finca Tres Robles, a private farm located at 257 North Greenwood. There will be tours of the farm as well as food experts to guide you and discuss sustainable agriculture with you. Wine, beer, cheese, bread and light bites made from the farm's produce will also be served. Check out the Rice Design Alliance website to register. $100 per person

Katy Sip 'N' Stroll

Visit a variety of food and beverage stations as you meander through Villagio Town Center, 22756 Westheimer Parkway in Katy, during the 11th annual Katy Sip 'N' Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. A variety of restaurants will be present, as well as Kroger grocery. If you want to get started early, check out Bubbles @ Villagio or The Beer Club; both early-access events start at 4 p.m. General admission is $35, early access is $40 and V.I.P. early access is $80. Purchase tickets on the event website.

Palette to Palate Dinner

This five-course dinner at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, combines art with fare inspired by it. Chef Soren Pedersen created the menu, which includes seared quail breast on black rice cake with ginger pesto, filet mignon with cranberry bean purée, and strawberry tiramisu with candied zest and crisp chocolate. Both the chef and the featured artists will be in attendance to discuss their art with attendees. Wine pairings are also included with the $100 ticket price, and the dinner begins at 6 p.m. Purchase your tickets via the gallery website.

Sunday, May 1

Korean Fried Chicken Benefit Dinner at Underbelly

This benefit party at Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, will raise money for the family of pastry chef Victoria Dearmond's friend Emily Rhodes Beard, who recently succumbed to cancer after a long and valiant struggle. To help with her remaining medical bills, Chris Shepherd is turning Underbelly into a "Korean Fried Chicken Dinner House." Diners will choose between Korean fried chicken or ssamjang-crusted smoked short ribs. Each meal is $45 and served with kimchi slaw, Korean macaroni salad and Korean-style greens. There will also be baked goods available for purchase for $5 each. The party begins at 11 a.m. and continues until it's sold out.

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 On The Dance Floor.

Chefs for Dogs at Revival Market

Join some of Houston's best chefs for an eight-course dinner at Revival Market, 550 Heights, for an excellent cause – Lucky Dog Rescue, which fosters and adopts out dogs who need loving homes in Houston. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and you can reserve your place by making a $150 donation to Lucky Dog. There will also be a silent auction and raffle to benefit the rescue organization. View the impressive list of chefs and make your donation on the Lucky Dog website.
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