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Upcoming Houston Food Events: A Burger of the Month & Tamale Brunch

Don't miss any of the latest monthly creations from Bernie’s Burger Bus, 5407 Bellaire. Cheekily named the Field Trip, each month features special limited-time burger, fries and milkshake, with this November’s specials offering a "field trip" to Koreatown. The Field Trip Burger features a cheddar cheeseburger topped with crispy braised pork belly, housemade Korean BBQ sauce and sour apple kimchi slaw, all sandwiched between freshly baked Slow Dough buns. And the Field Trip Fries get a house kimchi, Korean BBQ beef, and spicy aioli treatment. Both specials are available all month long, along with special dessert: a homemade Bourbon Pumpkin Pecan Pie Milkshake.

Speaking of dessert, Ooh La La Dessert Boutique is offering a Pumpkin Pie cupcake for their Cupcake of the Month. Pumpkin lovers can enjoy the vanilla-pumpkin marbled cake – complete with a a pumpkin pie center and vanilla buttercream topping – for $3.75 per jumbo cupcake or $39.95 per jumbo dozen. The offer is available at all bakery locations in Park Row, Town & Country Village and Cinco Ranch. 

On Wednesday, November 18, enjoy an exclusive Louis Jadot Southern Burgundy Dinner at TABLE on Post Oak, 1800 Post Oak. Guests will be greeted with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a five-course, wine-paired dinner led by Kobrand’s French Wine Specialist Thierry Plumettaz at 7 p.m. Indulge in dishes like Slow Roasted Chicken with Beaujolais wine and Honey Caramelized Pear with candied pistachios and vanilla ice cream. Cost is $150 per person, with a pre-dinner educational event available for $30 per person (or $20 with the purchase of the wine dinner). Call 713-439-1000 to reserve your seat.

In honor of the highly anticipated release of Beaujolais Nouveau, Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, will host its annual Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner – featuring the just-delivered new wine and then focusing on a formidable line-up of wines to follow – on Thursday, November 19. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Bistro will uncork the 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau and serve it with an appetizer of cheese gougeres. Those sipping this new wine will join millions of others around the world doing the same thing, so a short discussion will follow. Tradition out of the way, the evening continues with four more courses, all created by the restaurant’s newly-arrived French Chef Cedric Vernin. These include a chicken liver mousse cake with fresh tomato sauce; potato chicken with crawfish sauce and Lyonnaise potatoes; seasoned French cottage cheese, Beaujolais style; and finally dessert, a delicious French praline tart (the chef is also a trained pastry chef). Each of the courses has been paired with a selected wine – tasted, tested and with high recommendations. Cost for the dinner is $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and there is a $30 PayPal deposit to secure them. Call 713-827-8008.

On Saturday, November 21, Quattro Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, will host the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner, a multi-course beverage-pairing dinner created by five of Houston’s top chefs. Featured Chefs will be Quattro’s Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese; Robert Del Grande, a James Beard Award winner of Bar Annie & RDG; Manabu Horiuchi (Chef Hori) from Kata Robata; Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s Restaurant, Backstreet Café & Caracol; and Marie LeNôtre from the Culinary Institute LeNôtre. The dinner will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner, and then concluding with an after party in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. There will also be a celebrity chef photo booth and a raffle which will include Four Seasons getaways and dinners at area restaurants. Cost for the dinner is $150 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Also on Saturday, November 21, Executive Chef Arnaldo Richards will give his first-ever, tamale-making demonstration with his team at Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of tamales and treats in the restaurant’s 2nd Annual Tamalada Brunch. The $20 per person brunch event includes all of Picos’ authentic tamales, paired with salsas, traditional accompaniments and delicious moles from the seven regions of Mexico. Additional offerings include Champurrado, a traditional corn and chocolate beverage; and Atoles, a thick, corn hominy drink flavored with strawberry or guava. Based on recent inquiries, reservations are suggested and can be made online or by calling 832-831-9940.
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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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