Upcoming Events: Pumpkin Carving Contest, Oktoberfest Celebration & More

Revival Market's chef de cuisine Adam Dorris wants you to attend his Feast of the Maturing Sun on Tuesday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. The menu consists of a smorgasbord of meat, fish, sides and dessert. Enjoy Tejas Heritage rabbit loin with Swiss chard and Brussels sprouts with smoked kidney sauce, as well as a brown turkey fig tart with candied pecan ice cream and sorghum, to name but a few items on the menu. BYOB is highly encouraged. Make sure you reserve your seat by emailing nick@revivalmarket.com as soon as possible so you don't miss out on this feast. Each ticket costs $85, and a $35 deposit is required upon making reservations.

Take a trip to the grocery store now and you are welcomed by piles upon piles of round orange items. In case you didn't get the hint, pumpkin season is here, and what better way to kick off the month of October than with a pumpkin carving contest? On Thursday, October 3, Hughes Hangar will host a carving contest from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Whether you're competing or just attending, the evening is bound to be a blast. Mission Burrito will supply some great food, and you'll be able to vote for your favorite pumpkin. Admission to the event is $25, and the proceeds will benefit The Greater Houston Restaurant Association and its culinary-education initiatives.

On Saturday, October 5, Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen will host an Oktoberfest event featuring craft-beer tastings from local breweries including Southern Star, No Label and Saint Arnold. There will also be bratwurst and live oompha music from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is free, but guests are encouraged to make donations to FAITH "Fighting Cancer."

The 47th Annual Original Greek Festival is finally here. From Thursday, October 3, until Sunday, October 6, you will have a multitude of opportunities to feast on gyros, souvlaki, baklava and much more. Purchase imported Greek goods, take tours of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and watch (or participate in) Greek dancing. Children under 12 get into the festival each day for free; tickets for adults cost $5.

Osteria Mazzantini has been open for only a month, but the Italian restaurant has already decided to host a special food-and-wine event. It features the wines of Bruno Rocca and will take place on Monday, October 7. Only 30 guests will get to experience the $125 dinner, so make your reservations as soon as possible. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with appetizers of truffle-laced fonduta and grilled bread, duck terrine and mostardi di cremona, bagna cauda and endive, and Prosecco. The first course consists of ahi tuna, smoked grapes, fennel, orange and avocado, paired with "Cadet" Chardonnay 2011. Next will be roasted vegetables with buckwheat polenta and charred tomato broth, served with Barbera d'Alba 2010. Then, guests will enjoy braised rabbit in red wine, ceci bean and bone marrow crema, and wilted cavolo nero, all paired with Coparossa 2006 and Marie Adelaide 2006. The final course will be a honey-vanilla panna cotta with rosewater gelatina and golden-beet sorbetto, paired with Oddero Moscato d'Asti 2011.

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