Upcoming Events: Last Supper at Fratelli's Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant

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Have you been looking for a reason to make it down to Guru Burgers & Crepes in Sugar Land? Been meaning to check out Open the Taps and help the non-profit support craft beer-friendly legislation in Texas? Just want the first sip of the newest Saint Arnold brew?

You can do all of these things in one terrific evening on Thursday, March 21, when Open the Taps will be at Guru Burgers to celebrate the release of Saint Arnold's new Divine Reserve 13 -- a batch number that will mean either great or terrible luck for the latest DR in the ongoing series.

In the meantime, the latest Bishop's Barrel series from Saint Arnold is making its way around Houston bars and restaurants slowly but surely. The limited-run barrel-aged series is on its second batch right now, an old ale that's been aged in Chardonnay barrels with cherries for 14 months. We tried some recently at The Pass & Provisions and were surprised to find a Saint Arnold beer that tastes like a sour, with notes of wild yeast and -- naturally -- cherries.

Many of our readers were saddened last week to hear the news that Fratelli's Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant will be closing for good on March 16. Chef/owner Teresa Tadeo Wittman is sad to go, too, but is throwing one last supper for her fans on Wednesday, March 6 starting at 6:30 p.m. The five-course, all-Italian wine dinner will feature all the Fratelli's favorites, such as bruschetta con fungi e prosciutto, pappardelle con ragu Bolognese, braised veal medallions over risotto and more. The cost is $60 a person, which includes wine with each course. For information or for reservations, call 713-957-1150.

Heading out to The Azalea Trail next weekend? Two River Oaks-area restaurants will be offering lunch specials that coincide with the flower-saturated expedition, so you can kick back afterwards and enjoy the rest of your afternoon.

The Azalea Trail runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And on those three days, you can enjoy a $25 three-course lunch at Ouisie's Table and The Bird & the Bear. The special three-course Azalea menu will be offered between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. all three days.

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