Upcoming Events: Miracle Fruit and Miracle Fundraisers for People in Need

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a class on Wednesday, August 28, to introduce intrepid diners to miracle fruit. The miracle fruit, whose scientific name is Synsepalum dulcificum is native to West Africa and has recently experienced a bit of a revival in interest due to its popularity at food tasting events and "flavor-tripping parties." Why? Because shortly after you munch on a miracle fruit berry, anything sour you eat will taste sweet due to the glycoprotein molecules in the fruit. The museum event invites guests to "experience the magic of miracle fruit along the dramatically lit trails of the Cockrell Butterfly Center rainforest," then taste test a variety of food and drinks to see what kind of effect the berry has on your taste buds. The class/tasting starts at 6 p.m., an tickets are $50 ($40 for members). Visit the event website to purchase tickets before they sell out!

RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant is celebrating going back to school with party on Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m. Both locations will be offering "themed food and drink specials," a guest DJ and the opportunity to win a gift card to help with back-to-school shopping. The school-themed food options include "Professor Pineapple's Wontons, School House Shrimp, Teacher's Chicken or Fish Tacos, The Dean's Roll and the Honor Roll." There will also be education-themes cocktails (on the off chance that you're one of those people who studies better with "School Girl Hot Sake") and "mind numbing beats" spun by the DJ. So I guess the idea isn't to prepare for school, but to have one last shindig before once again hitting the books. The parties will continue until close and are free to enter. Guests will be expected to pay for their own food and drinks.

Savory Celebration is offering a cooking class on Friday, August 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to teach people about cooking sous vide. It's a method of cooking food in airtight plastic bags that are submerged under hot water with the goal of cooking evenly and preserving the most flavor possible. According to the website, Sous Vide 101 will teach students to: "Properly cook tough vegetables, as well as delicate vegetables; learn the differences between cooking meat, poultry, and fish; and utilize the low temperature cooking to make braising tough cuts a cinch. The class will also cover proper packaging techniques, time and temperature rules and plating finished products. Students will, of course, be eating what they cook, which includes chicken breast, beef tenderloin, salmon and crème fraîche ice cream. Tickets for the class are $50 per person, and can be purchased online. The event is BYOB.

The Seventh Annual Happy Hour for H.E.A.R.T. is Tuesday, September 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. H.E.A.R.T. is a vocational program that helps adults with developmental disabilities get training and find jobs. A $35 donation to H.E.A.R.T. will get you two drink tickets, appetizers and dessert, and all proceeds will go toward helping the adults at H.E.A.R.T. DJ Dave will be there spinning tunes, and guests can win door prizes and raffle prizes and bid on items in a silent auction. The silent auction will contain a Texans football helmet signed by Andre Johnson, a #56 XL Mens Texans jersey signed by Brian Cushing, Coca-Cola memorabilia and much more. The event will be held at the Marq*E Entertainment Center, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network's show, Restaurant: Impossible, will be at the 25th Annual Great Futures Dinner benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Boys and Girls Clubs, so tickets are pricey, but all the money goes to a great cause. Individual tickets start at $250 and tables start at $2,500. Cocktails and an auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment at 7. The event will be held at the Hilton Post Oak and emceed by Dominique Sachse from KPRC Ch. 2. For more information, visit the website and contact Yara Amer, the Director of Development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston.

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