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Upcoming Events: Hurricanes, Green Eggs and a Whiskey Dinner

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On Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m., Brennan's of Houston will welcome esteemed vineyard manager and owner Jim Barbour of Napa Valley's Barbour Vineyards for an exclusive five-course wine-paired dinner ($255 per person). Enjoy Barbour selections from winemaker Celia Welch alongside lobster and caviar soufflé, sorghum roasted duck, and more. 3300 Smith

Also on Tuesday, January 27, Backstreet Cafe will be hosting a "Days Gone By Wine Dinner" featuring the wines of Australia. Rediscover Australian wines as you feast on five courses, including a cocktail reception featuring Gulf oysters and salmon rosette, a five-spiced pork loin, almond tea cake, and more. For reservations ($110 per person), email backstreetspecialevents@gmail.com. 1103 S. Shepherd

Starting last Saturday, January 17 and running through Fat Tuesday, February 17, Tony Mandola's is celebrating Hurricane Month by serving "Category 5 Hurricanes." Created by New Orleans staple Pat O'Brien's in the 1940s as a cheap drink for visiting sailors, the Hurricane has become the most popular cocktail served during Mardi Gras. "With three ounces of liquor in each drink, they are as strong as a martini," stated general manager Jeremy Retzlaff. "Please drink responsibly." Get the drinks for $10 each plus tax and gratuity. 1212 Waugh

Starting February 1 and running through February 15, local restaurants will be participating in a "Green Valentine" celebrating a love of the environment and all things local. Get a special menu of Green Eggs and Kale, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Urban Harvest, at places like Canopy, Lowbrow and more. See http://www.greenvalentine.org for details.

French bistro Etoile Cuisine et Bar will be hosting a Whiskey Dinner on Tuesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. For $90 per person, enjoy a five-course feast featuring indulgent things like pheasant with foie gras chantilly, Chilean sea bass beurre blanc, torte du chocolat, and pairings of whiskey, of course! Guests will also enjoy an after dinner cigar. 1101 Uptown Park

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