The City Hall Farmers Market returns on Wednesday, February 19. Head to the market from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to purchase a variety of seasonal produce and various products from more than 35 vendors during the spring season kick-off. Whether you want to stock up on some veggies, enjoy a cup of coffee from a local barista, or grab some lunch from one of the food trucks and prepared food vendors, you'll have ample choices. Get to 901 Bagby early!
Have you ever heard someone say "I smell roses" or "I smell oak" after they take a sip of their wine? And you probably had no idea how they got that smell, right? Well, on Thursday, February 20, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., you can improve your wine-tasting skills by attending the "Wine Tasting Class: Taste Like A Pro -- White Wine Edition" hosted by the Texas Wine School. During this class you will learn how to detect certain scents from wines after tasting and smelling, just like the professionals do. After you learn many of the techniques used by those in the wine industry, you will enjoy white wine samples featuring the aromas, scents and flavors discussed at the beginning of the class. Each ticket costs $60.
Quattro will host a special five course prix-fixe dinner featuring truffles on Friday, February 21, at 6 p.m. The meal costs $75 per person, including Italian wine pairings. Quattro's chef, Maurizio Ferrarese, will prepare the meal with chef Roberto Angelini, beginning with buffalo mozzarella on pappa al pomodor, followed by Strangozzi pasta and wild mushrooms covered in a black truffle cheese fondue. Next, the chefs will serve a dish featuring beef prepared three ways: short ribs, strip loin and crispy agnolotto; this beef entree will be served with a black truffle and bone marrow sauce. Guests will then enjoy aged Italian cheese with black truffle honey, followed by a classic Italian dessert, panna cotta topped with berries.
If you're a lover of IPA beers, then sign up for the Beer Workshop class at Central Market on Monday, February 24, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. For $25 you will have the opportunity to sample a variety of IPAs paired with small plates of food. The instructors will walk each student through tasting the beers, telling them what to look for, as well as discussing background information on how the beer is made. The samples of beer include Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Scotland, Birra Del Borgo Extra Real Ale IPA from Italy, and El Hopadillo Negro Black IPA from Houston.
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On Tuesday, February 25, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., the Rice Epicurean Market on Fountain View will host a cooking class with Shubhra Ramineni, author of Entice with Spice, Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People, and her newest cookbook, Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking, Easy Recipes for the Hurry Home Cook. Ramineni will teach the class how to make a few recipes from her most recent cookbook, including quinoa cashew pilaf, cardamom chicken and chickpea curry. For $70, each guest will participate in the cooking class and receive a signed copy of the new cookbook.