Upcoming Events: Make a Valentine's Date With Beer & Cheese at Saint Arnold Brewery

Let Central Market's cooking school staff help you choose which wine(s) to have for your Valentine's Day feast. Sign up for Wine Workshop: Wines for Valentine's Day, which will take place on Monday, February 10, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The Central Market experts will be on hand to discuss the wines and offer tips on tasting vino. For $10, each person will sample six wines: La Romantica Brachetto, Lafond Syrah, Pianello Pink, Baron Fuente Brute, Santa Barba Chardonnay and Lucian Cab Franc.

Come celebrate Hay Merchant's 2nd Anniversary on Thursday, February 13, at 7 p.m. Hay Merchant is known for its incredible craft beer offerings as well as its lip-smacking bar food, such as Blood Sausage Queso Fundido, House Made Wagyu Beef Jerky and Blackbird's Cajun Meat Pies. In celebration of Hay Merchant's 2nd Anniversary, guests will have the chance to celebrate the restaurant and bar's success by enjoying rare beers on tap.The night will feature 30 vintage beers on tap, including 2013 Southern Tier Backburner, 2009 Brooklyn Black Chocolate and the last keg ever of Karbach Buffalo Trace Hellfighter.

Fans of sushi won't want to miss "Foodies Show Heart," a charity sushi-rolling competition that will take place on Thursday, February 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., hosted by RA Sushi. Six food writers and bloggers will partner and collaborate with an RA Sushi chef to create a signature sushi roll. Competitors include Greg Morago, food editor at the Houston Chronicle, and Carla Valencia, managing editor of 002 Magazine. As these six teams present their special sushi rolls, guests at the event will sample each and choose their favorite. RA Sushi will then add the winning sushi roll to its menu for 30 days and a portion of the proceeds of its sales will go to the winner's charity of choice.

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You could go out to dinner at a fancy-shmancy restaurant for Valentine's Day, but you could also shake things up and head to Saint Arnold for a Valentine's Day Beer & Cheese Pairing from 6 to 8 p.m. The brewery has teamed up with Houston Dairymaids to pair beers with cheeses. You don't have to have a date to attend this event...it's simply a night of beer and cheese. Bring a date or friends or come by yourself and chat with some of the cheesemakers from Houston Dairymaids about the fromage on offer. As always, representatives from Saint Arnold will be in attendance to talk about the beers. Texas-made cheese with Texas-made beer is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Purchase tickets online for $25.

Tour downtown's restaurant scene with Houston Culinary Tours on Saturday, February 15, from 4 to 6:45 p.m. This walking tour will explore a variety of downtown's eateries, but the list of restaurants on the agenda will not be revealed until the walk begins. The only information you will have before the event kicks off is that the touring area will be the historic north area of downtown. Once you purchase a ticket, for $59, you will be given the exact address at which to meet. Expect to sample a variety of plates and drinks from three to five restaurants. You will be full by the end of the excitement. Purchase tickets soon before they sell out.

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