Upcoming Events: Lunar New Year Celebrations & Last-Minute Valentine Cupcakes

Chinese New Year celebrations are under way and there will be a bunch of parties, dinners and events around town during the next few weeks. But, one of the most exciting events will take place at Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar during Happy Hour. The Asia Society of Young Professionals - Texas invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year during Test Kitchen Tuesday with Boheme chef Rishi Singh. The event was originally scheduled for the previous Tuesday; however, due to the first icepocalypse, the event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 4, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For $7 you can chow down on "Lunar Wings": Singh will prepare large crispy chicken wings coated in a tangerine hoisin sauce and topped with a mixture of toasted peanuts and cilantro. Dip these suckers in a sweet gorgonzola dulce sauce for extra flavor. Because this event is a precursor to Thursday night's dinner with Master Chef contestant Christina Ha, each guest will have a chance, through a drawing, to win a signed copy of her cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen..

Head to Space Center Houston on Thursday, February 6, for "Epicurean Evening: A Taste of Space." More than 40 restaurants and culinary vendors from Clear Lake and Bay Area Houston, such as Cadillac Bar, Opus Bistro, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Pomodor's NASA, will be participating in this year's event. For $30 (or $35 at the door) you will receive unlimited samples from vendors, two beer or wine coupons (more may be purchased), free parking and shopping at the silent auction. Bring the kids, too! Children ages 4-12 may enter for $10, and children 3 years old and younger get in free. While you make your rounds to the food stations, your children can play at the Kids Space Place.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and CRAVE Cupcakes wants to make gift-giving easier for you. Leading up to V-Day, CRAVE will provide three ways you can send some sugar to your sweetie. If you're a planner, order a Valentine's Day box, complete with a dozen Red Velvet cupcakes topped with the signature fondant heart for $40 (shipping is extra). If you don't want to order the cupcakes, just stop by the store between Monday, February 10, and Sunday, February 16, to purchase vanilla, dark chocolate and/or Red Velvet Valentine cupcakes for $3.50 each. And if you really dropped the ball this year and haven't bought anything for your loved one, CRAVE has got your back. On Friday, February 14, the cupcakery in Uptown will sell ready-to-go boxes of four Red Velvet Valentine cupcakes with a greeting card for $20; these last-minute gifts will be available for curbside pick-up only, and once the store runs out, well, you're out of luck. The Kirby location will offer in-store purchases only.

Celebrate the Year of the Horse at Fung's Kitchen on Tuesday, February 11, at 7 p.m. This incredible Chinese New Year celebration includes an eight-course banquet meal prepared by celebrity chef Martin Yan, Master Chef Hoi Fung and hand-pulled noodle master Tony Wu. They will prepare Fung's roasted pork, creamy pumpkin grouper soup, roast plump Champagne quail, Pacific imperial scallop, tiger shrimp, stir-fried pork in a crispy wonton cup, scissor-cut hand-pulled noodles and a caramelized fruit dessert. Not only will you be able to enjoy this meal for $88, but you're also in for a treat, because Wu will hand-pull the noodles in a live demonstration. The meal will be paired with wines from Dark Horse Winery. Purchase tickets online for this one-of-a-kind experience.

Shop at any of the five Whole Food Markets in Houston (Kirby, Bellaire, Waugh, Westheimer and Woodway) on Wednesday, February 12, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. to benefit Empty Bowls Houston. During this time, members of the Empty Bowls Houston committee, along with local artists, will sell hand-crafted bowls at each Whole Foods Market location in Houston and will be accepting donations for the 10th annual Empty Bowls Houston event, which takes place on May 17. Additionally, each Whole Foods will donate five percent of the day's sales to Empty Bowls and the Houston Food Bank on this Community Giving Day. Whole Foods Market hosts Community Giving Days periodically and has chosen Empty Bowls Houston as this day's non-profit organization.

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