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It's not too late to get in on our huge food and wine extravaganza this Tuesday; tickets for Menu of Menus are still available, but going fast. If you purchase them in advance, the tickets are only $35, but go up to $45 at the door. And you can still purchase VIP tickets for $75 that allow you access to the event an hour before the hungry masses hit at 7 p.m. to sample the food from more than 40 of Houston's best restaurants. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Discovery Green and the Center for Hearing and Speech, so snap your tickets up today.

This weekend is chock full of fun food events, like the Brenner's On The Bayou Wine Festival on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., the annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival in Old Town Spring all weekend long and the 2010 Japan Fest taking place throughout the weekend in Hermann Park. If you don't take advantage of this lovely spring weather to attend at least one of these events, we don't know what's wrong with you. Get out there!

You'll want to be the first on board for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership's newest activity: Foodie Floats. This series of tours features a leisurely trip down Buffalo Bayou in a comfortable, partly-shaded pontoon boat (just in case it gets a little warm) while you sample local cheese and beer from the Houston Dairymaids and the Saint Arnold Brewery. The inaugural tour takes place on April 15, with subsequent tours on April 29 and May 13. The cost is $50 per person and reservations are required. Call the Buffalo Bayou Partnership at 713-752-0314, extension 3 for more information or to reserve your spot.

And coming up next weekend is the Galveston Food & Wine Fest, a weekend-long festival highlighting the best the island has to offer. Restaurants like 901 Postoffice, Luigi's Restorante, M&M Restaurant and the brand-new Olympia Grill are offering special multi-course prix-fixe wine pairing dinners on Saturday night. The wine tasting in Saengerfest Park is already sold out, but that doesn't mean you can't still go and enjoy a pleasant wine dinner overlooking the Gulf on Saturday evening.

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