Three words: free wine tasting. In honor of France's Feast of the Epiphany, French Country Wines will host a wine tasting on Wednesday, January 8 from 5 until 7 p.m. featuring three wines and slices of La Galette des Rois, otherwise known as the King's Cake. Enjoy tastings of Baur Pinot Gris 2011, Masquin Cote du Rhone Humeur Blanc 2011 and the Voirin-Jumel Brut Rosé, along with the King's Cake. This puff pastry cake is shaped like a crown, and is filled with almond paste and either a coin, bean or porcelain baby meant to symbolize the baby Jesus; whomever finds this hidden gem will receive a prize from the winery.
Instead of the standard tamales and enchiladas cooking classes, Sylvia Casares will hold a Mexican Breakfast cooking class at the Woodway Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen on Saturday, January 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. for $55. Each guest will learn how to make flour and corn tortillas during this hands-on class, and will use them to prepare migas, huevos rancheros and gorditas. Casares will also teach the class how to make traditional Mexican hot chocolate. And of course, once the cooking is complete, everyone will enjoy the fruits of their labor.
On Tuesday, January 14, Kenny & Ziggy's will celebrate National Hot Pastrami Day with its very own K&Z Ultimate Hot Pastrami Sandwich for $21.95. The New York deli's signature sandwich is complete with 24 ounces of pastrami; props to anyone who can get his hands or mouth around the whole sandwich. Add a side of potato salad, coleslaw or macaroni salad to make it a complete meal. Kenny & Ziggy's cures USDA prime beef for 45 days, then triple smokes it low and slow so its super tender when it comes time to slice it.
The folks behind the popular chef-led Houston culinary tours are now offering walking food tours in the downtown and Montrose neighborhoods each week. On Thursday, January 16, Houston Culinary Tours will take a group on a walking tour through Montrose from 5 until 7:45 p.m. The itinerary for the evening is a surprise, but the tour guarantees guests will have a hands-on experience as they enjoy a tasting menu from the three to five restaurants they visit. Restaurant staff and possibly chefs will provide descriptions of the food. Each ticket costs $89 and includes the tour, food at each restaurant, one pre-selected alcoholic drink pairing and restaurant gratuities.
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Galveston Restaurant Week begins Sunday, January 12 and lasts until Saturday, January 25. Throughout these two weeks, more than 32 restaurants will offer certain pre-fixe lunches and dinners for $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35 or $40. Participating restaurants include Brick House Tavern and Tap, Olympia The Grill at Pier 21, Tremont Café and the newly opened Number 13. Each restaurant has donated to the Galveston County Food Bank through its participation fee, but you can donate to the food bank either online at galvestonrestaurantweek.com or through a mobile device by texting "Hunger" to 33733 to receive a link for a donation form made online.