Memorial Day is upon us and - aside from a day off - the pickings are pretty slim for activities. Traditionally a weekend for grilling, pool parties or trips to the beach, the holiday isn't particularly celebrated down South or in Texas for a variety of reasons.
But that doesn't mean nothing's going on. In fact, one of the last big crawfish boils of the season is happening this Sunday at The Social on Washington Avenue starting at 2 p.m. Claws for a Cause will be dishing up all-you-can-eat crawfish and blue crab for only $25, with all proceeds benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In addition to crawfish and crabs, there will be a raffle and live music from Willie J. Laws from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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If you're looking to beat the heat while cramming your maw, take refuge in the cool corridors of the Galleria and GiGi's Asian Bistro. The pan-Asian restaurant is offering all-you-can-eat dim sum for only $12 on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Considering that menu items usually go for $8 to $11 each, someone could do some serious dim sum damage here.
Memorial Day itself is relatively quiet, as most restaurants and bars are closed or have reduced hours. But that's not the case at The Ginger Man in Rice Village. Join your fellow suds-lovers for a Memorial Day brew bash with beer specials and pub food starting at 1 p.m. Live music gets started at 8 p.m.
For those looking for something slightly more refined, the Tour de Champagne is making its Houston stop next Thursday at the Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District. This eagerly-anticipated event pairs some of the world's finest champagnes with some of the city's best food from restaurants like *17, Kiran's, Rainbow Lodge, Bedford and Morton's Steakhouse. General admission is $115; $150 VIP. Proceeds from tickets and the accompanying silent auction will benefit the Texas Gulf Coast chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Champagne isn't the only hot ticket in town: There are two excellent wine dinners next week to choose from. The Wines of Washington's J. Bookwalter is being held at Post Oak Grill Uptown on Thursday. For $85, six Columbia Valley wines will be paired with a six-course meal from Chef Polo Becerra. And a Wine Lunch in Nice will be held on Friday at Bistro Don Camillo, where, for only $38, you can have a three-course French-Mediterranean lunch paired with three Italian wines.