Upcoming Events: Monsters (and Mikkels) of Beer

Those of you already looking forward to the annual Monsters of Beer festival on November 12 now have something equally cool to look forward to: Night After Monsters at Whole Foods Montrose on Sunday, November 13.

While the Monsters festival is only $35, Night After Monsters is a little more expensive at $100 a person. But that $100 gets you an evening with world-famous brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergso from Denmark and an enormous -- I mean enormous -- list of incredibly rare beers, including a collaboration between Mikkel and Three Floyds, which Mikkel has called "without a doubt the best brewery in the world." Tickets are available online now, but are sure to sell out.

As mentioned last week, pop-up supper clubs are getting a new twist: mystery locations and menus, which often aren't announced until 24 hours before the meal. The men behind Pilot Light are busily selling tickets to clandestine dinners across the city, while out-of-towners are even coming to Houston to make their secret mark.

Two such dinners are the upcoming -- and aptly named -- Clandestino Dinners. One is tonight, October 14, and the next is tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Although tonight's dinner from Chef Efrain Cuevas -- who hails from Chicago -- is sold out, $95 tickets for tomorrow night's dinner with Monica Pope are still available.

The next night features another Chicago-bred chef, Michael Gaspard (whom many will remember as the original chef at Brasserie 19) and a six-course dinner at Paulie's. The Sunday Wine Dinner is a collaboration between Gaspard, Paulie's owner/chef Paul Petronella and sommelier Julio Hernandez, with tickets on sale for $100 each. "This time we are inviting Michael Gaspard into the house to do his thing," writes Petronella on his website, "alongside his old buddy and our new Wine Director, Julio Hernandez." Your $100 includes wine pairings from Hernandez, a bargain considering there's a pairing for each course.

Later this month, look for the debut of one of two new Urban Harvest farmers' markets. The first new market, at HCC Southwest's campus at 5601 West Loop South, will debut on October 28 and will be held every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Mark Bowen, Urban Harvest's executive director, promises a "street food" component to the market as well, with food trucks lining up alongside produce purveyors -- just as they currently do at the City Hall Farmers Market.

The second new market will start selling its wares on November 3 at the Sugar Land Town Square. Like the HCC market, this will be a weekly farmers' market held every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. In addition to farm-fresh produce, families will also be able to pick up prepared and ready-to-eat meals, a far better option than hitting up the drive-thru on the way home. The debut of the weekly Sugar Land Farmers Market will also feature a Chef Throwdown, so come out and get read to chow down.

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