Things To Do

Upcoming Events: Pig Dinner, Curry Crawl, Fried Chicken Throwdown & More

BRC Gastropub will host a Pig Dinner with brews from Firestone Walker on Wednesday, May 14, beginning at 6 p.m. For $50, each guest will feast on pho-braised pork belly served with a Vietnamese salad and nam pla (fish sauce) paired with Firestone Walker Pale 31; spicy grilled pork lettuce wraps paired with Firestone Walker DBA; and Mexican kimchi-braised pork chalupa and kimchi curtado paired with Firestone Walker Double Jack. Finally, BRC will serve Halo Halo for dessert, a Filipino mixed fruit treat with Pandan jelly, Amy's Mexican vanilla, Adzuki beans, shaved ice, Velvet Melvin caramel, evaporated coconut milk, shredded coconut and pig candy (they had to find a way to include pork in the dessert!); this dish will be paired with Firestone Walker Velvet Melvin.

The Hermann Park Conservancy's Urban Green is turning 100 years old this year and will throw a "Birthday en Blanc" celebration on Thursday, May 15, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Lake Plaza in Hermann Park. Dress in white for this birthday bash and enjoy food from local restaurants, birthday cake, brews from Saint Arnold, Champagne and specialty drinks. Tickets cost $30 for Urban Green members and $40 for non-members if purchased in advance; prices for all tickets increase by $5 if purchased at the event.

You live in the south, so you must love fried chicken. Decide who makes the best Southern delicacy during the Fried Chicken Throwdown at Haven on Sunday, May 18, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Chef Randy Evans of Haven will compete against Mark Holley formerly of Brennan's of Houston and Pesce, and of the soon-to-be Holley's, and Travis Lenig of Liberty Kitchen. The three chefs will make their best fried chicken served with a side dish, and you will decide which creation is the winner. And because a fried chicken meal is not complete without something sweet to eat, Corner Table's pastry chef Alyssa Dole will prepare dessert. Wash it all down with a cold beer from Saint Arnold or a cocktail from Deep Eddy Vodka. Each ticket is $85 (two for $170) and includes food and drink -- the cost of the tickets will serve as a donation to Lucky Dog Rescue.

If you love curry, then this event is definitely for you. Ten food trucks and restaurants will duke it out to make the best curry-inspired dish on Sunday, May 18, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Straits Restaurant in CityCentre during the 3rd Annual Curry Crawl Competition. Tickets to the event cost $55 and include unlimited tastings of each chef-created curry dish, wines, craft beer, drinks from the Bloody Mary bar and cocktails. This year's competition includes Anthony Calleo of Pi Pizza Truck and Sandy Witch Sandwich Company, Matthew Pak of The Golden Grill, Seth Greenburg of The Springbok, Pak Tsui of Fat Bao and more. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Osteria Mazzantini will host a Karbach Beer Dinner on Monday, May 19, for $65 per person. The night begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring sausage and peppers, bell pepper coulis compressed watermelon, prosciutto and balsamico paired with Love Street Cocktail. Next, diners will enjoy snapper crudo paired with Weiss Versa, followed by pork belly braised in Karbach's Weekend Warrior served with beans and appropriately paired with Weekend Warrior. For the third course, Osteria Mazzantini will serve a roast leg of lamb stuffed with Merguez sausage with goat cheese polenta and grilled cauliflower on the side; this course will be paired with Hopadillo Negro Black IPA. Dessert includes a fried season pie and a beer shake shooter paired with Hop Delusion.

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Molly Dunn
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