Upcoming Events: Kick It With Kombucha and Go Greek

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If you don't like kombucha, I promise that it's only because you haven't tried Kickin Kombucha. I've turned many a hater into a convert with the brew, which just so happens to be made right here in Houston at the Kitchen Incubator downtown.

I mention this because Kickin Kombucha is launching a new flavor today -- The Goodness -- and is celebrating with a party tonight at Eat Gallery. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with a musical performance from Frantz at 9 p.m. If you've never experienced Eat Gallery (or tried kombucha), tonight is the perfect time to do both. You won't regret it.

This Sunday at Xuco Xicana (El XX) is another opportunity to finally experience something -- Chef Jonathan Jones's amazing interior Mexican cooking -- and dance it all off when you're done. El XX will be hosting a blow-out pajama party on Sunday afternoon along with throwback jams from DJ Domo Traxxx. The party runs from 3 to 9 p.m.

Also this Sunday is the annual One Pot Showdown at the Saint Arnold brewery. The event is long-since sold out -- in fact, it sold out within a few hours this year -- but don't fret: The Press will have plenty of coverage of the yearly cook-off, which has quickly become the most creative and interesting in town since its inception in 2008.

Sunday, February 12, is shaping up to be a Greek wine event the likes of which the city's never seen. Evan Turner and Memorial Wine Cellar are celebrating Greek carnival that day with a massive feast and wine tasting from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition to Turner's Greek guidance, Stelios Boutari, the winemaker and co-owner of Kir-Yanni, will also be in attendance to interact with guests.

There will be between 12 and 15 wines at the event, including white, red and dessert wines from the new vanguard of Greek winemakers like Boutari, as well as a huge spread of "unique mezze sourced from regional Greek cuisine." Says Turner of the event, "The tasting will cover the exciting renaissance occurring in Greek winemaking as the nation sheds off the long-held stereotype of oxidized wine and Retsina better used as antifreeze, not drinking wine." Call 281-682-3313 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

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