You have until Wednesday, December 31 to get your early bird tickets to the 2nd Annual Houston Whiskey Festival, which will be held Saturday, March 21. The tickets are on sale for $40 (regular price is $65) for early bird general admission and $100 (regular price is $125) for early bird VIP. Act now to get the discount.
Revive yourself after the madness of New Year's at Hugo's "El Buffet que te Vuelve a la Vida" -- a "Return to Life" buffet brunch -- on Thursday, January 1. For $31 per person ($12 per child), indulge in a grand feast featuring ceviches, huevos, corn soufflé, tamales, pork ribs, stuffed chiles, and more. And don't forget to save room for dessert. You're having churros, Mexican hot chocolate, and tres leches, among other decadent delights. 1600 Westheimer
If you plan on learning to cook for your New Year's resolution, one of Sur la Table's cooking classes will be perfect for you. Try a "Secrets of Thai Cooking Class" on Monday, January 5; Fast & Fabulous Dinners on Tuesday, January 6 (River Oaks location only); or Make Ahead Recipes from Ina Garten on Wednesday, Janaury 7. See the complete list of classes (available at both the River Oaks and City Centre locations) on their website. River Oaks: 1996 W. Gray; City Centre: 803 Town and Country Boulevard #123
On Wednesday, January 7, Pondicheri will be hosting the first of three Persian Dinners at Pondicheri Bake Lab, 2800 Kirby Dr. Each event will feature a different 6 course tasting menu that explores the varied influences of Persia on modern day India for is $125 per person, inclusive of food, beverages (wine) and tax. The other dinners will be Thursday, February 12 and Thursday, March 12. Space is limited to 15 people per dinner. To reserve a spot, email email@example.com.
Starting January 7 (and recurring every 2 weeks on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.), Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta will be hosting Bar Top Tastings at The Pastry War. The duo will guide 12 guests through an intimate tasting exploring the world of mezcal, tequila and other agave spirits. The hour-and-a-half-long tastings cost $55 per person. Purchase seats in advance at The Pastry War, 310 Main.
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