Upcoming Events

Yes, it's Easter weekend, which means -- for some of you -- an extra day off and making extravagant dining plans for Sunday which involve uncomfortable clothing and your aunt who wears too much perfume. If you don't have Easter Sunday plans already, Lauren Marmaduke compiled a list of suggestions, but make your reservations fast!

This weekend, I'll be at Raja Sweets for the restaurant's 25th anniversary party, and I recommend that you come too. Raja is not only home to one of my favorite Indian lunches in town, it's also the oldest continually operating fast food-style Indian restaurant in Texas. Since opening in 1985, Raja has been a driving force in creating the Little India neighborhood along Hillcroft that we now know as the Mahatma Gandhi District. The party will take place on Sunday, April 24, from noon until 6 p.m. at Raja, with complimentary snacks and drinks as well as entertainment.

Next Tuesday, you'll get another chance for delicious (and complimentary) snacks and drinks when the Saint Arnold Brewery celebrates National Pretzel Day. The brewery will feature Slow Dough pretzels, fancy mustard from The Burger Guys (who make their mustard with Saint Arnold's own Lawnmower beer) and even a special evening tour of the facilities. Tickets are $10 a person and the party runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Next weekend, forget about those lunatics at Papa John's and their creepy royal wedding pizza; we've got our own completely insane way to honor William and Kate's upcoming nuptials right here in Houston. Central Market is hosting Sarah "The Cheese Lady" Kaufmann on April 29 and 30, where she'll be carving a portrait of the two royals out of a 75-pound wheel of Cheddar. The finished carving will be displayed at 2 p.m. on Saturday. And, yes, of course we'll be there to watch.

The day after, Damian's will be hosting Houston's first annual Meatball Invitational on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. For $35, come out and sample meatballs from some of Houston's finest restaurants -- Paulie's, Carrabba's, Jonathan's The Rub, Oporto, Arturo Boada Cuisine and The Barbed Rose, just to name a few -- then vote for your favorite. You'll also enjoy passed bites from Damian's as well as wine from Spec's. Plus, valet parking at the Midtown restaurant is free!

Keep your weekend open for May 14 and 15 as two great events roll into town: Haute Wheels and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's 18th annual crawfish boil at the West Alabama Ice House.

Haute Wheels will be the city's first ever food truck festival, and we couldn't be more excited. From noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Houston's best food trucks will be taking over at the HCC Southwest Campus. So far, 15 different trucks are rolling in, and there will likely be more to come. From tacos and hot dogs to catfish and burgers, they'll have it all for $16 a ticket.

And if you need a break, head over to West Alabama Ice House on Saturday between 1 and 7 p.m. for "crawfish freshly arrived from South Louisiana, gumbo, red beans & rice, inexpensive beer" and more, courtesy of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They're requesting donations -- no ticket price! -- so give generously.

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