Upcoming Events: Eat Sushi for St. Jude's

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Both RA Sushi locations in Houston will host their 9th annual "Nicky's Week" starting this Sunday, May 26 through Saturday, June 1 to raise funds for children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Since its inception, Nicky's Week has raised more than $1 million for St. Jude's thanks to the participation from all 25 RA Sushi spots across the nation.

During Nicky's Week, the Highland Village and CityCentre locations of RA Sushi will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their Nicky's Week menus to St. Jude's. The items on the Nicky's Week menu are RA Sushi's perennial best-sellers: edamame, Tootsy Maki, shrimp nigiri, pork gyoza, chicken yakitori, garlic citrus yellowtail tapas and a few signature cocktails.

Nicky's Week honors the memory of Nicholas "Nicky" Mailliard, a St. Jude's patient from Scottsdale, Arizona who lost a long battle with brain cancer in February 2005 at the age of 13. Mailliard was the nephew of one of RA Sushi's founders, who organized Nicky's Week to help raise funds for the other children at St. Jude's, where doctors and researchers freely share their research with the medical community and no family has to pay for treatment.

Rudyard's Pub is hosting another of its famous monthly beer dinners on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. Chef Joe Apa will be serving five courses of upmarket pub grub to pair with a variety of unusual beers from local favorite Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Head brewer Raissul Zarinfar will be on hand to walk you through the special brews he's bringing in.

Look for Buff Brew's 1836 Maple, Cherry-Smoked Blonde, Buffalo Sunset Black IPA, Moar Kowbel Imperial IPA and a special beer brewed just for the dinner: Rudz Rye Brown. The cost is $50 a person and reservations are required. Call 713-521-0521 to book your spot.

Summer in Houston may mean muggy weather, but it also means tomatoes are at their peak. Next weekend, the Eastside Farmers Market at 3000 Richmond is celebrating the savory fruit with a two-day Tomato Fest. On Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m. to noon, Dr. Bob Randall will be on hand dispensing tomato growing guidance and tips, while chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's will be serving items from Backstreet Cafe's seasonal tomato menu.

On Sunday, June 2 from noon to 4 p.m., the farmers market will host its first-ever Tomato Taste-Off. Pine Valley Produce and Milican Farms will square-off in a tomato tasting decided by the market's customers. Come find out who'll reign as the Sunday market tomato king by comparing the different varieties of tomatoes from each vendor based on sight, texture, and taste, both raw and prepared by local chefs.

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