Upcoming Events: Wagyu & Wine Is Oh So Fine

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The Capital Grille is currently offering its "Waygu & Wine" special now through November 23. Guests can choose a gourmet burger paired with a glass of wine for $25. Burger options are the classic Wagyu Cheeseburger featuring a toasted brioche roll, Havarti cheese, a sunny-side up egg and crispy onions; the Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger with shallot mayonnaise; and the Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger featuring 15-year aged balsamic. Each of these burgers is served with a side of Parmesan fries. Guests will then pair their meal with either a glass of Jordan 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a rich, dark fruit wine, or J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013, featuring bright fruity notes of cherry and black raspberries.

Don't miss out on the 36th Houston Italian Festival at the University of St. Thomas, beginning Thursday, October 9, and lasting through the weekend to Sunday, October 12. Admission is free on Thursday (all day) and Friday until 4 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults, but advanced tickets may be purchased online for $6. There will be plenty of food at the Italian Festival, so come hungry. Stuff your face with spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant Parmesan from Mancuso Farms, Rigatoni "D" from Maggiano's Little Italy, baked artichoke hearts and meatball sandwiches. Don't forget about dessert; satisfy that sweet tooth with cannoli, Italian cookies, gelato from Sunbelt Imports, Inc., Roman candies, sfingi (Sicilian puff pastry fritters) from Andiamo Fresh Italian and Italian Water Ice from Orion Water Ice. Of course, there will be plenty of wine and beer, plus espresso drinks, affogatos, lattes and frappes.

Reserve your spot at the Saint Arnold Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Fleming's The Woodlands on Friday, October 10, for $75 per person. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and includes five courses paired with a specific beer from Saint Arnold. For the first course, guests will be served a flatbread with blue cheese and red onion confit paired with a Saint Arnold beer flight. Next, guests will enjoy a glass of Icon Gold with a blood orange salad, followed by duck confit tacos paired with Amber Ale. The fourth course features a butcher-cut New York strip steak with chevre grits and blistered roma tomatoes paired with Oktoberfest. Dessert will be bread pudding served with Pumpkinator ice cream, toasted pepitas and pineapple rum caramel sauce.

On Saturday, October 11, Houston Young Professionals will host the 2nd Annual Houston Chili Cook Off at Eleven:Eleven Restaurant and Bar from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance cost $5, and are $10 at the door. Make a team for $50 and bring your A game to win the cook off, or just come to watch the battle ensue; attendees will be able to sample chili creations from each of the teams. Judging begins at 1 p.m. and the winner will be announced on-site.

Hurry up and get your tickets to this event before they are all gone. Alba Huerta of Julep and Joshua Martinez of the upcoming The Chicken Ranch have teamed up to host "Art of the Cocktail at Cherryhurst House" on Thursday, October 16, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event only seats 20 people and tickets are selling quickly. The Cherryhurst House is an art space in Montrose and will be the beautiful setting for the cocktail event. Martinez will prepare a fried chicken dinner that will pair with the cocktails created by Huerta. During the evening, she will show guests how to create three drinks and everyone will have the chance to make their own personalized cocktail. All guests will also receive a Cobbler cup, cocktail recipes from Julep and a personal bottle of Huerta's signature syrup. Tickets cost $125.

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