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Upcoming Events: Eat Sushi for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Each Monday, Osteria Mazzantini hosts "Mussel Madness" from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Make after work plans on Monday, May 19, to eat half-price mussels at Osteria Mazzantini at the bar or on the patio. For $9, each guest will receive cozze (black mussels) tossed with garlic, parsley and a pomodoro sauce made in-house, as well as crusty grilled Pugliese bread perfect for scooping up all that wonderful sauce. Add a bottle of wine to share with friends for a relaxing evening. Who said Mondays have to be a drag?

Pitmaster John Avila will be opening his own restaurant in Houston, El Burro and the Bull, soon. But, in the meantime, he will hold a series of pop-up dinners starting with the first one on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day), at The Flat from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Spend the evening feasting on classic barbecued meats and inventive sides, such as smoked brisket and turkey breast with shredded greens. The prices are expected to range from $6 to $12.

In case you missed out on I-Fest, or you just can't get enough of Australian food, purchase tickets to "A Taste of Australia" wine dinner at Landry's Seafood in The Woodlands on Thursday, May 22, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. For $85, each person will feast on five courses paired with Australian wines. The meal begins with Australian rock lobster crudo paired with a South Australian Riesling, followed by butter-poached John Dory with Four Sisters Sauvignon Blanc from Central Victoria. Next, guests will be served Australian lamb chops paired with Four Sisters 'Sibling Rivalry' Pinot Noir from Victoria. The fourth course features a blue cheese mousse with a Shiraz from Barossa. Finally, guests will satisfy their sweet tooth with an Australian pavlova topped with grilled stone fruit, Chantilly cream and Moscato syrup, paired with Angove 'Nine Vines' Moscato from South Australia.

From Sunday, May 25, until Saturday, May 31, both RA Sushi locations (Highland Village and CityCentre) will host the 10th annual Nicky's Week as a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During the week, RA Sushi will serve special menu items, such as edamame, shrimp nigiri, chicken yakitori and several beverages, such as bottomless strawberry lemonade, Dragon Bite cocktails and Chateau St. Michelle Riesling.; all of the proceeds from these menu items will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

On Tuesday, May 27, Triniti will host its next clam bake beginning at 4 p.m. For $20, each guest will receive a plate to fill up with clams, shrimp, corn and potatoes, as well as one complimentary beer from Southern Star Brewing Company. Send an RSVP to sawyer@trinitirestaurant.com and get to the clam bake as soon as you can, because once all the food is gone, you'll have to wait until the next event, which just so happens to be June 10.

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