Le Colonial's refreshed spring/summer menu features this Vietnamese-style shrimp and mango ceviche.EXPAND
Le Colonial's refreshed spring/summer menu features this Vietnamese-style shrimp and mango ceviche.
Photo by Kirsten Gilliam

Upcoming Houston Food Events: A Refreshing Taste of Spring

Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings, from a cheese-making class to a five-course beer dinner:

Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer, has added new spring-summer dishes and a brand-new social hour to its offerings. New dishes include nom do bien, a Vietnamese-style shrimp and mango ceviche; canh ga nhoi thit, a crispy chicken wing stuffed with minced pork and shiitake mushrooms and served with tamarind lemongrass dipping sauce; and rau cai tron sot cari, a crunchy salad with green papaya, kohlrabi, red and green cabbage, radishes, bean sprouts and cashews in a spicy red curry. The happy hour — offered Monday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. — features $8 bar bites and cocktails, including chargrilled pork belly banh mi sliders, five-spice frites and the Red Buffalo, a Belvedere, crushed strawberry and Thai basil and chile-infused cocktail.

Hit the first Dam Good Sips: Tasting Tour at Beaver’s Westheimer, 6025 Westheimer, on Tuesday, April 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. The monthly educational series will guide guests through spirits, wine and brews, with this month’s tour featuring Spring-friendly white wines. Tickets are $30 per person and include six beverage selections and appetizers. Seating is limited with 50 spots available. Email greg@beavershouston.com to reserve a spot.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, is hosting a wine dinner featuring Retour Wines of Oregon on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Lindsay Woodard, owner of Retour Wines, will lead a vertical tasting of three vintages of Pinot, introduce attendees to two new projects and treat guests to a special rosé. Cost is $145, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-861-8666.

Dining Out For Life will take place on Thursday, April 27, at more than 40 participating restaurants around Houston. The annual event is nationwide, raising funds locally for AIDS Foundation Houston. Guests interested in supporting the cause can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day at restaurants including B&B Butchers & Restaurant, Barnaby’s Cafe, Niko Niko’s and Tacos a Go-Go, where a portion of the proceeds support AFH’s programs and services that help thousands of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.

On Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., Ouisie’s Table Restaurant, 3939 San Felipe, will offer an unusual wine dinner, pitting a selection of Old World (European) wines up against a selection of New World (North American) wines. The New World versus Old World event offers five courses with ten wines. With the exception of the first course (matching a new and an old European sparkling), each course is paired with one wine from North America and another from Europe. Cost is $89 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call 713-528-2264.

Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana, 1000 West Gray, will be hosting a Cheese Making Class on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. During the 90-minute class, guests will learn how to make two styles of cheese: mozzarella from curd and fresh ricotta. They’ll also sample the cheese, enjoy it on a pizza and take some home. Price is $150 per person and the class is limited to ten people. Call 832-742-5200.

Feast on dishes like this venison bratwurst, served with parsnip and potato mash, roasted garlic and More Cowbell gravy.EXPAND
Feast on dishes like this venison bratwurst, served with parsnip and potato mash, roasted garlic and More Cowbell gravy.
Photo courtesy of Roost

On Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m., guests are invited to a Beer Dinner with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. ($90/person; $160/pair inclusive of tax and gratuity) at Roost, 1972 Fairview. Enjoy five paired courses, beginning with Slowdough jumbo pretzels with pimento cheese and beer butter for the table and moving on to courses such as braised pig head terrine and charred Spanish octopus with crushed potatoes, chorizo and citrus. In addition, each guest will receive a swag bag complete with chef Kevin Naderi’s maple chile jam mustard, and tickets purchased in pairs will include two bombers of Buffalo Bayou beer to take home. Seats are limited; call 713-523-7667 to reserve a spot.

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