Upcoming Events: Wine Dinner at Roost, Beer Dinner at BRC and Burgers for Burgers

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If you read yesterday's list of the 10 best bistros in Houston, you'll know that Roost came in at the No. 1 spot. The restaurant is celebrating another first this month, when Roost will host its very first wine dinner. Chef Kevin Naderi will host the award-winning Wrath winery from California for a five-course meal on Sunday, May 19. Tickets are $85, which is all-inclusive: food, wine pairings and tax are all covered.

Among the courses that Naderi will be offering that night are a blueberry and eggplant caponata on warm bread and spring pea chawanmushi with ground lamb, labneh and fresh mint and a "Salmon, Salmon, Salmon!" course with seared Patagonia salmon, smoked salmon and caper bread pudding, salmon roe crème fraiche and fresh dill.

In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, which runs through May 19, BRC Gastropub is hosting a series of events including a Deschutes beer dinner. That dinner takes place next Wednesday night with seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and Deschutes Brewery will raffle off a special rare brew at the end of each meal. The dinner is $65 plus tax and tip for four courses, glassware and other Deschutes swag. Call 713-862-2233 for reservations.

But that's not all, folks! On Monday night, Houston's own Karbach will be taking over the taps and offering a growler sale with $3 draft beer starting at 5 p.m. Karbach beer cheese soup will be the special that evening for $8. Tuesday night, it's another local favorite: Buffalo Bayou Brewery will be throwing in a free growler with beer purchased to fill it to the first 25 people starting at 5 p.m. Buff Brew owner Rassul Zarinfar will be hanging out and BRC will have beer bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard for $10 to pair with his beers.

Thursday night, the gastropub will be hosting Cyclers Brewing for a tap takeover with owner/brewer Clay Wilkers at 5 p.m. BRC will serve mussels steamed in Cyclers beer for $14 to pair with the brews. On Friday, the tap takeover will feature Saint Arnold and a plate of beer-braised short ribs for $26.

On Saturday and Sunday, BRC will host two brunches with Green Flash Brewing Company from San Diego, California. The Green Flash Kegs & Eggs brunches will feature Green Flash fish tacos for $16 on both days from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. And on Saturday night, Fort Worth's Rahr & Sons will take over the taps and a special beer gumbo will be on offer for $12 starting at 5 p.m.

And now for something completely different: Smashburger has announced that it'll be giving away free burgers on National Burger Day -- May 28 -- but only to a select group of people. Anyone with the last name Burger or any variation thereof will receive a free Classic Smash™ at any Smashburger location.

According to WhitePages.com, there are approximately 21,687 people in the United States with the last name "Burger" and 1,530 named "Hamburger." This offer is valid for redemption at all Smashburger locations in Houston, but proof of last name is required (i.e., a valid driver's license, passport or picture ID).

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