Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
All month long
50 Year Anniversary Specials at Pappas Bar-B-Q
To celebrate 50 years in business, all locations of Pappas Bar-B-Q will be thanking its customers with daily specials all month long. On Mondays, get half-price beef and turkey plates with two sides ($6.97); Tuesdays offer half-price beef and pulled pork plates with two sides ($6.97); Wednesdays offer half-price beef and link plates with two sides ($6.97); Thursdays are Texas-sized with $19.67 Texas dinner plates, featuring three half-pound sliced meats and three large sides; Fridays offer half-pound sliced beef plate with two sides for $9.95; and Saturdays and Sundays offer all-you-can-eat pork ribs for $9.95 (dine-in only).
Tuesday, October 17
Outdoor Cooking Series at Eight Row Flint
Every Tuesday in October from 5 to 7 p.m., chef Paul Lewis is taking over the outdoor grill at Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale. Lewis will prepare a Thai dish featuring Chiang Mai-style sausage with Thai-spiced head-on prawns, crispy jasmine rice, spicy green chile dip and persimmon som tum salad.
Great Banh Mi Cookoff at Chapman & Kirby
Houston chefs will bring out their banh mi A-game for the fourth annual Great Banh Mi Cookoff, held at Chapman & Kirby, 2118 Lamar, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The heated night will feature the battle for the People's Choice and Judges' Choice awards, with competitors from spots like Flip ‘n Patties, Peli Peli, Wokker Food Truck and Kiran’s. General admission tickets are $30 and include samples from all participating chefs and food entertainers.
Wednesday, October 18
Casa Madero Wine Dinner at Caracol
Caracol, 2200 Post Oak, will host a Casa Madero Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. Casa Madero is the oldest winery in North America, dating back to 1597 when it was started by the invading Spanish troops and the Monks traveling with them; though it has now been Mexican-owned and -operated since the 1800s. Guests can enjoy a reception and amuse bouche followed by four wine-paired courses, including dishes such as miniature wood-roasted airline chicken breast stuffed with queso fresco, lamb lollipop with smashed crispy potatoes, pasilla mole-rubbed beef tenderloin with black rice truffle cake and dark chocolate cake with tamarind-Tajin ice cream and orange-milk chocolate sauce. Cost is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 713-622-9996.
Thursday, October 19
Three Worlds of Wine Dinner at Ibiza Food & Wine Bar
Join Ibiza, 2450 Louisiana, for a Three Worlds of Wine Dinner, as chef Charles Clark and winemakers Patrick Léon, Jean Rémy Rapeneau, Jake and Ben Fetzer and José Luís Muguiro Jr. will guide guests through Spanish, French and Californian culinary and wine traditions. Guests can enjoy a five-course menu with a champagne reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. for $140 per person, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-524-0004.
Love Street Light Circus at Sunset Coffee Building
The Bayou Buddies invite locals and young professionals to join the "Love Generation" for a Love Street Light Circus at the Sunset Coffee Building, 1019 Commerce, from 7 to 10 p.m. The group is recreating the historic Houston psychedelic club at its original building downtown, complete with a light show, DJ, light bites from Good Dog Houston, Treebeards and Café Azur; and beverages from local favorites, including Saint Arnold beer, specialty cocktails from Moving Sidewalk Bar and Kickin’ Kombucha. Tickets are $30 to $50, and all ticket proceeds benefit Buffalo Bayou Partnership and its post-Harvey cleanup efforts.
Saturday, October 21
Healthy Bites to Save Lives at Levy Park
The Levy Park Conservancy, 3801 Eastside, is hosting this health-conscious festival, headlined by award-winning chef, author and lifestyle crusader Rocco DiSpirito and featuring Houston-area celebrities, chefs and experts to “Celebrate All that is Houston.” The public is invited to this family-friendly free event, which is sponsored by Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps.org and will raise funds to assist students in Texas who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on Healthy Bites to Save Lives visit levyparkhouston.org.
Freight Train Food Festival at Tomball’s Depot Plaza
The second annual Freight Train Food Truck Festival rolls into Depot Plaza in downtown Tomball, 201 South Elm. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live music, a kids zone, a wine and beer garden for the adults, and fan-favorite food trucks like Casian King, Craft Burger, D’Lish Curbside Bistro and The Waffle Bus.
Drink Pink Soiree' Luncheon at Radio Milano
Radio Milano, 800 Sorella, is hosting a Drink Pink Soiree' Luncheon from 1 to 3 p.m., with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Guests can indulge in a five-course experience of small bites created by chefs Adrian and Amy Amaya to be paired with sommelier Joshua Theis’ favorite rosé wines from around the world. The private tasting event is $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-827-3545 to RSVP.
Houston Press Tacolandia The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the 2017 Houston Press Tacolandia. The third annual taco sampling event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine. This year’s lineup of taco purveyors includes Hugo’s, Alamo Tamales, La Calle, Peska and Los Tios, to name a few. Tickets are $35 in advance ($45 day of) and include unlimited samples of authentic and modern, street-style tacos; VIP tickets are $75 in advance ($80 day of) and include unlimited samples, one hour early entry, access to a VIP lounge and restrooms and four drink tickets. All guests must be 21 and up with a valid I.D.
Houston Halloween Fest and "The Last Supper" in the Heights
Celebrated chef Richard Knight will be popping up for the "The Last Supper," a pre-apocalyptic soiree for the soon to be undead at 6 p.m. Held in the the parking lot next to We Olive, 249 West 19th, the ghoulish dinner is the perfect pregame for the Houston Zombie Walk’s 7th annual Houston Halloween Festival, which will be held on the 200 to 300 blocks of 19th. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person and include entry to the festival (5 to 10 p.m.) and a Halloween themed five-course, family-style dinner with drink pairings. Tickets to the festival alone start are $10.
Houston Halloween Fest Bar Crawl
From 6 to 11 p.m., the Houston Wave will be offering complimentary rides between the Houston Halloween Fest and Heights area bars, including Eight Row Flint, Heights Bier Garten, Southern Goods, Johnny's Gold Brick and D&T Drive Inn. All of the bars will have drink specials going as well.
Young Frankenstein Dinner and a Movie at Kenny & Ziggy’s
On Saturday, October 21, the lights will go down, the food will pile up and Young Frankenstein will be on the big screen at Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak, beginning in the Schmooze Room at 6:30 p.m. Cost is is $32.95 per person, which includes dinner — think matzo ball soup, corned beef on rye and cheesecake, snacks and the movie, plus tax and gratuity. Wine and beer is available for an additional cost. Reservations must be made by Monday, October 16, by calling 713-679-8453.
Sunday, October 22
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Houston Dairymaids Beer & Cheese Pairing at Saint Arnold Brewery
Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, is hosting a Houston Dairymaids Beer & Cheese Pairing from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests can expect Saint A’s handcrafted beers with several cheeses selected and brought by the Houston Dairymaids; one of which — the Willoughby washed with Raspberry AF — is a collaboration between the brewer, Houston Dairymaids and Jasper Hill Cellars. Reservations are $30 per person.
Southern Smoke at Underbelly (outside)
Held in the area outside and around Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, from 4 to 8 p.m., this year’s iteration of Chris Shepherd’s fundraiser Southern Smoke is set to be the biggest yet, with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Harvey relief. New this year are a total of eight visiting chefs, David Chang, Matthew Rudofker, John Besh, Mike Lata, Ashley Christensen, Jason Stanhope, Rodney Scott and Aaron Franklin; with local chefs including Brandi Key, Hugo Ortega, Lyle Bento, Manabu Horiuchi, Richard Knight, Jonathan Jones, Patrick Feges, Justin Yu, Ryan Pera, Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan and cooks from Underbelly and One Fifth. Guests can expect yard games and giveaways, a bar and Knob Creek VIP Lounge, and a huge auction, which will take up the entirety of Underbelly. Tickets are $200 for general admission and $350 for VIP.