Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:
With the cooler weather arriving, a seasonal favorite – the chicken pot pie –returns to Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurants, 2327 Post Oak and 5172 Buffalo Speedway. In true Kenny & Ziggy’s fashion, the scratchmade pies easily feed two very hungry people. Dine in or take one home for $21.95.
Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, hosts its annual Cheese and Entertaining Festival now through Tuesday, October 31. Shoppers can expect more than 700 cheese varieties as well as an array of new products and recipes, from aged gouda mac’ and cheese to cheese-stuffed chicken and pumpkin ricotta cookies. Highlights include the Feeling Fine with Cheese and Wine tasting ($35) on Friday, October 27, where guests can make their way through seven pairing stations from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The Lucky Rice festival returns to Houston on Friday, October 27, held at The Astorian, 2500 Summer, from 8 to 10 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP). The annual feast showcases the city’s top Asian and Asian-influenced chefs and mixologists, with chef Paul Qui hosting and popular spots like Underbelly, Mala Sichaun and Les Ba’Get providing the bites. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Houston Food Bank in a continuing effort to support those in need of relief from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Tickets are $88 for general admission and $150 for VIP.
The Kingwood Monster Margarita Festival will be held on Saturday, October 28, through and Sunday, October 29 at the Kingwood Town Center, 8 North Main. Beginning at noon, expect food tucks, vendors, live music, salsa dancing lessons, costume contests, craft beer and wine tastings, mariachi bands and a monstrous selection of margaritas and tequilas. General admission tickets are $10 and include a complimentary margarita, with VIP tickets available for $25.
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In celebration of its second anniversary, State of Grace, 3258 Westheimer, is gearing up for a major culinary celebration on Sunday, October 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests can expect a high-intensity oyster shucking competition starring an array of guest chefs from Houston’s top restaurants (including Terrence Gallivan of Pass & Provisions, Graham Laborde of Killen’s, Ryan Lachaine of Riel and Erin Feges of the forthcoming Feges BBQ, among others), plus oysters and passed bites prepared by the State of Grace kitchen. Tickets are $35, with drinks available for purchase. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, proceeds from the anniversary fête will benefit Houston Food Bank to help further support its hurricane relief efforts; and a silent auction showcasing exclusive sports memorabilia will be on site to help raise money for Harvey flood victims.
The 4th annual Depressed Cake Shop will be held at Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, on Sunday, October 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event brings together a massive lineup of local bakers and chefs, including Jody Stevens of jodycakes, Adam Dorris or Presidio, Martha De Leon or Pax Americana, Victoria Dearmond of One Fifth and Underbelly, and Susan Molzan of Cherry Pie Hospitality, for a bake sale in order to raise awareness for depression and mental illness. All proceeds will be donated to The Montrose Center and NAMI Greater Houston.
On Tuesday, October 31, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents “Brews for Bayou Bend,” a seasonal beer tasting featuring beers from 12 craft breweries and live Jazz music from Grain Free Quartet. Benefiting the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the event will be held at Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. Tickets are $50.