Upcoming Events

There's still time to buy your tickets to the Great Gulf Dinner, happening tomorrow -- Saturday, October 16 -- at The Usual from 2 to 6 p.m. $15 buys you a plate filled with delicious Gaido's seafood and sides along with an afternoon of great live music and a raffle with prizes you can only find at a Houston Press event. (No, not blow-up dolls.) Remember that proceeds go to benefit Boat People SOS Houston. Tickets will also be sold at the door, so bring your friends and head on out.

Also happening this weekend are the Turkish Fest and Festa Italiana. You can read more about both here, but you don't have to choose between one or the other. Both run Saturday and Sunday.

Next weekend brings the Korean Festival to Discovery Green on Saturday, October 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Unlike the previous two festivals, the Korean Festival is completely free. In addition to performances ranging from martial arts demonstrations to beautiful folk music, there will be plenty of tasty Korean food on hand. You know you've always wanted to try the Korean ribs people rave about...

Two pig butchering classes are coming up for those whose interest was piqued by our charcuterie feature a few months ago, or anyone who's always wanted to learn how to break down a pig or cure/smoke their own meat. Coming up first is a class offered by Chris Shepherd, the chef at Catalan and one of the godfathers of cured meat in Houston, on October 27. Call 713-426-4260 for more information or to reserve your spot.

The second class will be taught by Christoph and Isabell Wiesner -- Austrian-trained expert butchers who count Chris Shepherd, Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber among their disciples -- in November. This "seam butchery" class will use heritage Mangalitsa pigs from Morgan Weber's Revival Meats Farm and costs $500 per person. For more about the classes, including Weber's contact information and a breakdown of the two-day course, visit Weber's blog or email him at morgan at revivalmeats dot com.

A class of a different color entirely will take place this Tuesday, October 19, at Benihana (9707 Westheimer) from 6 to 8 p.m. when the restaurant hosts a Sushi & Sake 101 class. Benihana's chief sushi chef will teach participants how to roll sushi -- which you'll then eat at the end of the class -- and you'll also learn about sake pairing as you sample and learn about the Japanese rice wine. The class is $35 per person; call 713-789-4962 to reserve your spot.

And don't forget that next Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the City Hall Farmers Market will be open for business once again. The weekly market proved to be an enormous hit on its inaugural run this past Wednesday. Will you be heading out next week to experience the bounty for yourself?

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