Upcoming Events: Afternoon Tea and the Art of Smoke

Beer-lovers, this weekend is for you! Although Houston Beer Week is wrapping up, you can still celebrate at two different events on Friday and Saturday.

Tonight is our very own Craft Beer Hoppy Hour at Phoenicia's MKT Bar, in which we spotlight local microbreweries and pair their brews with food. Tonight's series will feature Karbach Brewing Company. Sample their wares with $7 craft beer and food pairings, or grab something different from the bar: MKT is offering $4 select drafts and $5 wine.

And tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m., head out to The Draft in Guadalupe Park to end Houston Beer Week in style.

Chef Ronnie Killen is hosting an encore performance of his five-course "Art of Smoke" dinner, previously held at the renowned James Beard House in New York City, back home at Killen's Steakhouse on Sunday, December 2. Killen, a Pearland native, will feature various Texas barbeque techniques with wood-fired cooking that highlight the subtle ways smoke from the pit affects the foods.

Killen's Art of Smoke dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and features five courses paired with an array of excellent wines. The cost is $150 per person (not including tax or tip); call 281-485-0844 for reservations.

It's already been a year since Mia Bella Trattoria opened its doors in Sugar Land's First Colony Mall and owner Julio Garcia is celebrating with a special four-course dinner on Wednesday, November 28.

Each course will be paired with a different West Coast wine, and courses include dishes such as flounder Florentine paired with Toad Hollow Goldie's Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and a main meat course of pistachio-encrusted rack of lamb paired with XYZin 10-year-old Vine Red Zinfindel. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65 plus tax and gratuity. Call 281-240-5000 for reservations.

Afternoon Tea, a centuries' old British tradition that's celebrated twice a week at the Four Seasons downtown, is moving to the newly redecorated Lobby Lounge on the hotel's first floor. Beginning November 23, Afternoon Tea arrives each Wednesday and Saturday afternoon in the intimate Lounge, providing a much more salon-like setting that befits the tradition.

Served from 2 to 4 p.m. on both days, Afternoon Tea guests will be seated in the newly decorated Lounge just off the hotel's lobby. For the holidays, it is an unmatched way to meet up with friends and family, enjoy the holiday decorations and feel more than just a little pampered in the middle of all the chaos. And each Saturday from November 24 through December 22, parents of children participating in the nearby Gingerbread House workshops will find peace and quiet and adult time.

Afternoon Tea participants may choose between Texas Tea and International Tea, each having its own imaginative selection of light fare. The cost is $36 per person (or $42 with Lunetta Prosecco) plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Single and looking to mingle over food? Eight Friends Out is hosting its most popular singles event of the year on Friday, December 7: the 6th Annual Progressive Dinner. The evening starts out with tapas and cocktails at Tintos, then heads to La Griglia for a fun Italian dinner. For the final course, you'll enjoy dessert in the fanciful dining room at America's.

Each progressive dinner welcomes professional singles of all ages and this particular dinner will afford you the chance to take a stroll between all three of the restaurants, as they're all in such close proximity to one another. The cost for the entire evening is $55 for members of Eight Friends Out or $65 for non-members.

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