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Upcoming Events: Celebrate 1 Year With Union Kitchen - Kingwood

Earlier this week, Julep launched a month-long happy hour featuring classic libations that pay homage to the spirit of the South. From now until Deember 9, get a taste of 30 cocktails -- including Mississippi Punch, which references the popular sport of boxing in the South; and the Meyer Lemon Thunderbolt, a variation of a julep made with Gulf Coast citrus -- for half-price from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Be sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter (@JulepHOU), and Instagram, where they'll be sharing the cocktails' back stories throughout the month.

The Kingwood location of Union Kitchen will be celebrating its 1 year anniversary on Wednesday, November 19. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the restaurant will be offering food-and-wine pairings from its new Fall Appetizer Menu, featuring sausage-stuffed creminis, frito pie mac' and cheese, and housemade gnocchi. The event will take place in the private dining area, but the main dining room will be open for regular dinner service as well. All proceeds from the event benefit the Humble Area Assistance Ministries. Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold at the door. Visit their website or call 832-644-9067 for more information.

Fiorenzo Dogliani, owner of Beni di Batasiolo Winery, will join Carmelo Mauro for an exclusive wine dinner at Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. The meal will feature the Batasiolo Gavi, Gavi di Gavi Granee, Dolcetto and Barolo Cru Briccolina wines paired with dishes like creamy artichoke soup, prime rib with black truffles, and a Barolo Chinato zabaglione. Tickets are $100 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and seating is limited. Visit the restaurant's website or call 281-531-0696 for reservations.

Also on Thursday, November 20, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner will take place at the cozy French restaurant Bistro Provence. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Bistro will uncork the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau and serve it with an appetizer of sausage in brioche. The evening continues with four more courses -- including dishes such as house-made duck confit over mashed potatoes and roasted lamb with prunes; each paired with a specially selected wine. Reservations are required, and there is a $40 PayPal deposit to secure them. Cost for the dinner is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-827-8008.

Houston's own DIY maven Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth will be hosting a Holiday Cocktail & Entertaining Workshop at Julep on Sunday, November 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rose will show you the perfect way to style a bar cart and clever ways to serve your holiday drinks, while Julep's Alba Huerta will be there to teach you what six staple spirits to have on hand for the season alongside three stunning cold weather cocktails. Of course, you won't just learn to make them -- you'll get to taste them, too. The 32-person class is sure to fill up, so get your tickets ($95) now.

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