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Upcoming Events: How Do The British Taste Wine?

Don't wait until the last minute to snag your tickets to this beer dinner. Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar has partnered with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company to serve an eight-course dinner paired with eight beers, four of which are custom-made specifically for this meal. Reserve your spot at Eleven XI on Tuesday, July 22, for $99. The meal begins at 7 p.m. As an added bonus, the restaurant's bar will be serving all 12 taps of Buffalo Bayou beers.

On Thursday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m., The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Art + Wine "Cheers! The British Taste for Wine." The organizing curator, Christine Gervais, will begin by explaining the complementing exhibition to the program, Houghton Hall: Portrait of a Country House. Afterward, Benjamin Roberts, wine educator and advanced sommelier, will lead a wine tasting and presentation paired with cheese and crackers. Tickets for members cost $55 and $65 for nonmembers.

Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge will host a dinner featuring guest chef Philippe Schmit on Thursday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. Schmit will prepare a five-course summer truffle dinner for $110 per person. After truffle canapes with Champagne, guests will enjoy a summer truffle salad featuring mesclun, asparagus, celery, artichoke and truffle pan jus vinaigrette. The second course includes crab cannelloni composed of chilled crab meat rolled in lobster truffle gelée. Next, Schmit will prepare slow-poached duck eggs with truffles, followed by a fourth course of filet mignon cooked sous vide then seared and served with oxtail-stuffed summer baby vegetables, Parisian gnocchi with truffle, and a port truffle reduction. Dessert features a play on Black Forest Cake featuring a chocolate biscuit with vanilla mascarpone and truffle chantilly, plus griottine cherries soaked in Kirsch, all topped with chocolate and truffle shavings. Add wine pairings for $40.

Whether you relax with a beer after work, or eliminate stress during a yoga class, this event is for you; if you happen to love both, then this event is definitely for you. 8th Wonder Brewery has partnered with yoga instructor Angie Homb to host "BrewerYoga" on Thursday, July 24, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Email Angie at [email protected] to reserve a spot for yourself, and don't forget your yoga mat. Calm your body and find your center during the yoga portion of the evening, then sip on beer from 8th Wonder for the perfect way to end class.

Date night doesn't mean someone else has to cook, but it also doesn't mean you have to cook in your own kitchen. Learn from some of the best during Brennan's Date Night Cooking Class: East Meets West on Friday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. For $150 per couple, Brennan's of Houston's executive chef Danny Trace will teach you how to prepare a three-course meal featuring Asian-style dishes; each is paired with a cocktail. The first course includes pomegranate-glazed yellowfin tuna served with head-on shrimp, baby bokchoy, corn and lemongrass shellfish broth; this dish is paired with a Grand Mandarin cocktail. Next, Trace will demonstrate how to make Crispy Pekin Duck with dirty fried rice and a duck egg, paired with a Forbidden City Sling cocktail. For dessert, he will prepare ginger-glazed pineapple crisp with Thai rum, cashew streusel, peanut brittle and coconut ice cream, paired with a Canton Empress cocktail.

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Molly Dunn
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