Upcoming Events: Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza Is So Close We Can Almost Taste It

After much anticipation, Chicago-based pizzeria Gino's East will be opening its doors in The Woodlands on Thursday, December 11. The restaurant is looking to fill the Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza void with a menu that focuses their signature pies alongside new Texas-inspired menu items like BBQ Brisket Za. Celebrate the grand opening from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. to 11 p.m on Friday. 25657 Interstate 45

Whole Foods Market Wilcrest, 11145 Westheimer, is offering a free Knife Skills class on Thursday, December 11 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by to learn basic knife skills and cuts as Chef Trung demonstrates how to increase your safety, texture and creativity in the kitchen. As an added bonus, bring one of your own knives and Trung will sharpen it for you. Register here.

The Kipper Club -- a unique and exciting private dinner featuring the ultimate chef's table experience -- will be hosting an early holiday dinner on Friday, December 12. Guest chef Ned Elliott of Foreign and Domestic will be cooking up a Feast of the Seven Fishes that is sure to be a stunner. The dinner will be offered in two seatings (6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.) and tickets are $100 per person with complimentary beverage pairings included. Look out as the menu becomes available.

On Sunday, December 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Plantersville's Bernhardt Winery will be hosting their Christmas Winter Solstice Celebration. The festive event features a lighting of the luminaries, Christmas music, hayrides, bonfires, and s'mores. The winery will be open for purchase wine by the glass or bottle, whila hearty dinner of "Chuck Wagon" food, (chili or beef stew with corn bread) will be also be available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the beauty of a Texas holiday. 9043 County Road

On Tuesday, December 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Backstreet Cafe, Caracol or Hugo's are inviting you to skip the dreaded office holiday potluck and "Bring Your Office to Lunch" instead. All three restaurants are offering a "ready-made" lunches for just $28 per person (plus beverage, tax & gratuity). Backstreet's lunch offerings include sherried wild mushroom soup, braised short rib risotto, grilled salmon tacos, and more. Caracol's lunch will feature deliciousness like kale and goat cheese salad, slow-roasted pork and shrimp tostadas, and cinnamon-coffee-and orange flan. While Hugo's features red snapper ceviche, chile relleno, and decadent tres leches, among other things. Reservations are highly recommended. See restaurant websites for full menus. Caracol, 2200 Post Oak Backstreet Cafe, 1103 S. Shepherd Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer

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