As you may have read and seen around the Internet, this Sunday is Linda's Block Party at 1834 Westheimer, a fundraising event to help defray medical costs for Linda Salinas. Salinas, a local bartender and sommelier, was injured in a scooter accident on Sunday night, and the Houston restaurant community has rallied to support her. In addition to food from Paulie's and beer from Mortar, there will also be a bake sale with some of Houston's best pastry chefs in attendance, as well as food truck fun and live music. The silent auction items up for sale are also pretty incredible: the contents of Central Market beer badass Justin Vann's refrigerator; a complete brewing kit including grinder, kettle, scales, AeroPress and more from Catalina Coffee; a six-pack vertical tasting of Sierra Nevada Barleywine; and much, much more. The event and auction start at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The auction ends at 8 p.m., but the party will keep going until 10 p.m.
In that same vein, Ghetto Dinner will be revived once again at Grand Prize Bar on April 25. The popular Monday-evening gourmet-dinner-on-a-Styrofoam-plate dinners were discontinued when Adam Dorris started working at Stella Sola as a sous chef, but Dorris and co-cook Will Walsh are coming back for a one-night-only meal featuring crawfish and an array of other goodies. Serving will begin roughly at 8 p.m. Bring cash.
If you're home tonight, don't forget to tune in to the Food Network, where our own Three Brothers Bakery will be featured on an episode of Outrageous Food at 9 p.m. What's the outrageous food being featured? Pies baked into cakes which are nearly a foot tall. Now you can have your pie and your cake and eat them both.
The 2011 Bayou Bash is taking place this Saturday, and the weather should prove perfect for the planned events: pontoon boat rides, kayak demonstrations and a location-appropriate crawfish boil (not that we suggest eating crawfish you may find in Buffalo Bayou). Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and the party runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sabine Street promenade.
Next weekend, the Kemah Crawfish Festival will crank up for three days of mudbug madness. You can purchase a three-day pass for $12 or one-day passes for $5 each. The festival kicks off every day (April 15 to 17) at noon and winds down at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. on Sunday. And aside from zydeco music and crawfish races, your ticket gets you access to some of the fattest crawfish ever sold for only $2 a pound.
With all this talk of crawfish, it's almost refreshing to hear about a chili cookoff for a change. And the 2nd Annual Noah's Kitchen Chili Cookoff that's coming up on April 30 is for a particularly good cause: helping the charity raise funds to continue its mission of providing good, homemade food to Houston's homeless. Taking place from noon to 6 p.m. at The Garden at Washington Grill (2811 Washington Avenue), the cookoff will feature plenty of chili and live music for only a few bucks. Tickets are even discounted until April 25, so grab yours now.
Finally, if you don't have Easter plans, make them now and head to Bunnies on the Bayou, Houston's biggest and gayest Easter party, on April 24 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Wortham Center. Celebrate with cocktails while you support worthy beneficiaries like AIDS Foundation Houston, Lazarus House and Pet Patrol. Tickets are $25 or $125 for special VIP access that includes (joy!) access to private restrooms.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.