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Upcoming Events: Asparagus, Honey and Dreams of Sushi

If last week's cafe review of Shepherd Park Draught House piqued your interest, then head over to Garden Oaks tomorrow for its Spring Fest Parking Lot Party. The party runs from noon to 9 p.m. and will feature beers from Karbach Brewing as well as music from outfits like '80s cover band DeLorean Rising.

And if this week's post from Mai Pham got you interested in local honey, make your reservation now for Haven's upcoming Honey Dinner in honor of Earth Day. The dinner includes five courses paired with cocktails and wines. Each course and cocktail will include honey in the ingredients and will celebrate the replacement of Haven's own stolen beehives.

The evening will also feature an educational market where various honeys will be sold and a short talk from Plan Bee, an organization that works with women in Pakistan to teach them how to raise bees, harvest the honey and create independent schools for boys and girls. The dinner takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, and costs $150 a person; $50 from each ticket will go to establishing honey been hives in communal gardens and nature parks around the Houston area. Call 713-581-6101 for reservations.

Earlier this week, 29-95's Whine & Dine column found a reader lamenting the lack of German restaurants in Houston. Charivari, right smack in Midtown, has been turning out great German food for years, though -- and holding fun theme dinners every month, too. The latest is its Asparagus Dinner on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m.. It features the spring ingredient in an asparagus cream soup for a first course and steamed asparagus with two homemade hams, Badener egg pancakes and steamed potatoes for a second course. Dessert is your choice of apple strudel or rhubarb cobbler, and the whole dinner is only $35 a person. Call 713-521-7231 to make your reservation.

Coming up next month, the 19th annual West Alabama Ice House crawfish boil will be held on May 19 from 1 to 7 p.m. The Examiner's Mike Riccetti and friends started the charity-minded boil back in middle school, and it's still going strong today. In addition to crawfish, they'll be serving up gumbo, red beans and rice and plenty of cheap beer. The boil will benefit Society of St. Vincent de Paul, so you'll need to bring donations to get those mudbugs. Suggested donations include non-perishable foods, baby food, diapers, cleaning supplies and detergent, but monetary donations will also be accepted. Give generously, if you're able.

Finally, the buzzed-over food documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi will be playing for a week only at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Tickets are only $7 for adults and $6 for MFAH members, and it'll likely be the best $7 you spend on a movie all year.

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