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First things first: Don't forget that this coming Monday, April 2 is our Championship Tasting for the 2012 Burger Bracket. If you disagree with any of the Final 4 contenders, be one of the first 100 people to come out to The Distillery at 4 p.m. and judge the burgers for yourself when sampling opens at 6 p.m. You'll be given a tasting card for a quarter of each burger -- which adds up to one whole burger once you taste them all. We'll announce the winner of the 2012 Burger Bracket that afternoon, so stick around. And after it's over, stick around some more and watch the NCAA basketball finals with us at The Distillery.

Tomorrow afternoon, Saint Arnold is hosting its first-ever pub crawl in Fort Bend County, and it's all taking place at the Sugar Land Town Square. The pub crawl kicks off at 2 p.m. and you'll need to hit all four spots in order to get your pint glass reward at the end of the day: The Rouxpour, Baker Street Pub, the brand-new Blu and Stadia. The crawl will wrap up at 5 p.m. at The Flying Saucer.

Coming up next month, cocktails and classic cars come together for the Keels & Wheels Uncorked event at Post Oak Motor Cars, Ltd. Rolls-Royce and Bentley (1530 West Loop South) on Wednesday, April 4 from 7 to 10 p.m The charity fundraiser will feature bites and drinks from Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano, Ristorante Cavour, Mark's American Cuisine and Mockingbird Bistro alongside a showroom full of historic boats and cars: a 1932 Cadillac 370 B V-12 Sedan, a 1925 Bugatti, a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 formerly owned by actress Marlene Dietrich and the "Miss American Pie," a 1947 Chris Craft Deluxe Wooden Runabout. Tickets are $100; proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Harbor.

If $100 a ticket is too pricey, how about a free screening of Forks Over Knives? Dr. Adam Weinstein will host a screening of the award-winning documentary with a Q&A session after the film on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. The movie examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by eliminating animal-based and processed foods from our diets. The event will take place at 14 Pews (800 Aurora St.) and although it's free, reservations are required due to space constraints. Email emilywpr at aol dot com to reserve your seat.

Whether or not you agree with Forks Over Knives's message about a meat-free diet, we can all agree that the farm dinners at Wood Duck Farm aren't to be missed. The next one on April 15 will feature Houston's own celebrity chef, Bryan Caswell, serving a veggie-heavy meal straight from Van Weldon's farm. Live entertainment by the Robert Ellis Band will be provided, as will a reception, followed by a farm tour and then dinner outside in a communal table format. Tickets are $95 (beer and wine will be available for purchase) and trust me when I tell you they'll sell out fast.

Also in April, two big-time chef throwdowns will take place: Kiss My Grits at The Capitol and the Go Pig or Go Home! suckling pig roast at Kata Robata. See Mai Pham's post yesterday for more about these events, including how to score tickets.

The coming month also marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Of all the Titanic-related dinners and parties I've seen crop up this year, the upcoming dinner series at the Houston Museum of Natural Science sounds the most respectful and the most interesting.

On Thursday, May 24, the Museum will host a "Cultural Feast - Tea, Tradition, And The Titanic," a class on the ritual of afternoon tea at the turn of the last century. And on Tuesday, June 26, the Museum will partner with Charivari to host "First Class Dining On The Titanic," a multi-course feast that will see Chef Johann Schuster adapt the ship's 100-year-old menu for modern palates. Both events will sell out -- and early -- so get your tickets now.

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