This weekend marks the end of the nearly week-long Wine and Food Week in The Woodlands. And since most people haven't been able to attend the events that took place during the week, it's a sure bet that the Waterway will be packed to the gills with food and wine connoisseurs from across the city. Although most of the seminars and classes are staggeringly expensive, here are your best choices for Saturday and Sunday:
- Kidz R Cooking - Free event with local chefs that teaches children ages five to 12 how to prepare healthy meals. Although the class is free, reservations must be made.
- Exploration of the Senses - $25 per person for a seminar and wine tasting with Master of Wine Tim Hanni, featuring four different wines and an exploration of the new "flavor balancing" technique.
- Wines & Wailing Brunch - $45 per person for a lush brunch at the Marriott Waterway's Ristorante Tuscany, which includes live jazz music and sparkling wines.
But there's more going on than just wine in The Woodlands.
MAX's Wine Dive is hosting lunch parties on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a spread of gourmet comfort food like fried chicken, Kobe beef burgers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Remember, though, this is MAX's we're talking about - so get that reservation now. Yes, a reservation for lunch. We know.
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This Sunday will see Addie Broyle, food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and judge at Wine and Food Week, and her fellow Austin food writers embark on an ambitious taco truck crawl across Houston. They plan to hit five of the city's best taco stands starting with Jarro Café at 10:30 a.m. For the full itinerary and to reserve your spot, visit the Facebook page.
Next weekend is full of events that you'll want to block off time for now. Houston's favorite brewery, Saint Arnold, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary (and upcoming move) on June 7 with an anniversary party that will feature beer, barbeque and the spectacle that is Saint Arnold Olympics (beer-chugging is not an event, sorry). Tickets are $34; RSVP now, especially if you and your team want to compete in the beer-lympics, because the event is already 70 percent sold.
Speaking of anniversaries, the Chisolm Trail Winery is celebrating its eighth birthday on Saturday, June 6, with a celebration that includes grape vine-smoked barbecue plates for $8.50, cowboy shoot-out reenactments, saloon girls and bagpipes (we're not so sure about that last part). Live music will be provided by The Jimmy Lee Jones Band. Admission - and cake! - is free.
If wine and beer aren't your things, but bikes are, make your way to Sugar Land next Saturday, June 6, for the second annual Bikes and Bugs event at Ragin Cajun. Held from noon to 6 p.m., the crawfish boil is $10 per person with a raffle that includes a Harley-Davidson Sportster as the grand prize. All proceeds go to benefit the Wallis Family Foundation and Kids With Epilepsy.