Upcoming Events: The Bull & The Pearl Pop-Up Dinner & RA Sushi Guest Appreciation Day

The new Korean restaurant in River Oaks, Nara, now offers lunch and social hour menus. For lunch, chef Donald Chang will prepare a variety of new Korean dishes, such as buchim-gae (kimchi and seafood pancakes), oh-jing-uh bokkum (Korean sauteed squid), three sushi rolls and three Korean flatbread pizzas -- bulgogi pizza with prime ribeye, anyone? All lunch items will be half-price until the end of March for dine-in patrons Monday through Friday. Social hour menu items include Korean-style chicken wings, bao buns and miso shrimp tempura, all for $7; specialty cocktails and martinis will be half-price, wells cost $5, import beers cost $4, Budweiser $3 and selected red and white wines cost $5 per glass. Lunch service begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., and social hour lasts from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The Bull & The Pearl, a new restaurant concept coming soon from former Batanga chef Ben McPherson, will hold a pop-up dinner at Good Dog Houston on Monday, March 24. The dinner lasts from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will showcase the wonderful in-season seafood from the Gulf, as well as produce from local farmers. The menu includes baked oysters with bone marrow butter; beef cappelletti pasta with golden beets, Texas olive oil, green garlic, blackberry vinegar and pecorino; crawfish pie; and wagyu beef crudo with smoked oysters. Dessert features strawberries from Blessington Farms with buttermilk biscuits, cajeta (a Mexican caramel sauce), peanut brittle and roasted Meyer Lemon ice cream. Get a sneak peek at McPherson's new restaurant concept during this pop-up dinner; your taste buds (and stomach) will thank you.

Leading up to the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, to be held from April 23 through April 27, the organization brings you a Brewmaster's Table beer-paring dinner at Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co. in Sugar Land on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. George F. Reisch, brewmaster and director of brewmaster outreach at Anheuser-Busch, is the guest of honor and speaker during the dinner featuring six beers paired with five dinner courses. Guests will enjoy Belgian ales and other brews, including the limited-release Bourbon County Stout and brand-new 312 Pale Ale from Goose Island brewery. Tickets to the beer dinner cost $65.

RA Sushi wants to show its appreciation for YOU. On Thursday, March 27, each location of the sushi bar and restaurant will host "You're the Yin To Our Yang: Guest Appreciation Night," beginning at 7 p.m. complete with drink and food specials, and a raffle drawing for one lucky customer to win a Sushi Social priced at nearly $200. During the evening you can choose a pair of food specials for $10; options include pork gyoza, pineapple cheese wontons, spicy yellowtail roll, seared tuna, salmon carpaccio and much more. A variety of drinks including Fuzzy Momo Bellini, 14 Hands Merlot and Hakutsuru "Draft" Sake will be priced at $5 each throughout the night.

Whiskey lovers, this event is for you. The Whisky Extravaganza arrives in Houston on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the Royal Sonseta Hotel. Throughout the night, guests will have the chance to taste a selection of more than 100 scotches, malts and whiskies from around the world and enjoy a buffet dinner; tickets also include a Robb Report magazine, a souvenir tasting glass, and premium imported cigars. Whisky experts will be on-site to speak with guests. Tickets cost $150 per person, or $135 per person in a group of eight or more; you must purchase tickets in advance. Dress code is business casual; jackets are required for men.

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