Upcoming Events: A Quite Unusual Oktoberfest

Only in Houston would it make sense to celebrate Oktoberfest at a Korean soju bar. Dosi Restaurant and Soju Bar is offering two flights of any four Karbach beers (each pour is 5 ounces) with their signature bo ssam -- a two pound roasted pork shank with shattering crisp skin served with things like kimchee, pickled cucumber, steamed rice and pot liquor gravy -- for $65 through the month of October. You have one more week to get it, so what are you waiting for?

Head to the Rice Farmers Market on Tuesday, October 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to celebrate one last Oktoberfest. Along with plenty of local vendors and live music, you'll find local craft breweries and distillers giving out beer and spirit samples, wines for purchase from Salento Cafe, live demonstrations, and samples of German fare from Rice chefs.

Tony Mandola's is introducing its new executive chef, Samuel Beier, at a Fall Patio Wine Tasting on Thursday, October 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather alongside bites like pumpkin arancini , crab-and-lobster-stuffed artichoke, and veal roulade stuffed with roasted peppers and truffle cheese. Each of the five stations will be paired with a different wine for your sipping pleasure. Tickets are $39 (or $45 the day of). Call 713-528-3474 for more information.

Also on Thursday, October 30, SEARCH Homeless Services' is hosting their annual Picnic in the Park at Discovery Green. Along with live music and entertainment, enjoy unlimited complimentary bites and drinks from local favorites Brennan's, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Saint Arnold and more. Individual ticket prices are $100, with the proceeds allowing SEARCH to continue providing hope, creating opportunity, and transforming lives of Houston's homeless.

If you think a bayou can be quite spooky at night, just check it out on Halloween. On Friday October 31, head to Brenner's on the Bayou's "Boo on the Bayou" event. The four-course Halloween-themed dinner ($75 per person) features hair-raising cocktail pairings (think blood orange margaritas and spiced rum) alongside dishes like spicy ancho tomato soup, petite filet with a blood red beet-and-wine sauce, and pumpkin crème brulee. Call 713-868-4444 for reservations.

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