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Upcoming Events: Mardi Gras & Lenten Lunches

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Facon Brazilian Steakhouse, 126 Vintage Park, will be hosting two Houston sports celebrities on Tuesday, February 17. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Astros legend Jeff Bagwell and current second baseman Jose Altuve will both be making an appearance for a meet and greet at the restaurant. The event will be open to the public for those who make dinner reservations. Call 281-257-6100 or book online at www.faconhouston.com.

If you're looking to celebrate Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh, is sure to be a blast. On February 17 from 5 p.m. to close, come for live music, dancing, the chance to win a $100 gift card, and delicious eats, of course. The special menu will feature 75 cent oysters on the half shell, $2 boudin, $9.95 blackened crawfish ettoufee, $10 Category 5 Hurricanes, and more.

Holley's Seafood Restaurant, 3201 Louisiana, will be offering "Lenten Lunch Fridays" from February 20 through April 3. For $22, get your choice of two decadent meat-free dishes -- Chef Mark Holley's southern bouillabaisse made with Gulf shrimp, clams, mussels and seafood sausage or a classic whole red fish coo-bee-yon (courtbouillon), the epitome of Southern Louisiana comfort food. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Killen's Barbecue, 3613 E. Broadway, will be holding its 1st Anniversary Party on Sunday, February 22. The revelry kicks off at noon and runs all day until the 'q runs out. Come hungry, as Chef Ronnie Killen promises special cuts that are sure to be unforgettable. Expect live music, delicious eats, free brews, and good times.

On Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m., the Churrascos Sugar Land, 1520 Lake Pointe, will be hosting a Pisco Barsol cocktail party. The event -- which will also be held at the Churrascos River Oaks, 2055 Westheimer, on Thursday, February 26 -- will feature pisco pairings with delicious Latin eats for $49 per person. Guests can also expect a visit from Peruvian Master Distiller Diego Loret de Mola. For reservations, call 832-532-5300 or visit Cordua.com/events.

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