Upcoming Houston Food Events: A Burger Pop-Up & TV Dinner Mondays

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Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary events:

In anticipation of Killen's Burgers, opening soon in the original Killen's Steakhouse location, Chef Ronnie Killen will be revving up weekend burger pop-ups at Killen's Barbecue, 3613 E. Broadway, starting this Friday from 11 from a.m. to 3 p.m. Killen purchased a special grill to ensure the real deal for the pop-ups, which will take place on the barbecue joint's pavilion, with a separate queue than those lining up for 'cue. The pop-up will have limited offerings: one featured burger, available with cheese or plain and fully loaded (lettuce, tomato, pickles, special sauce), plus fries, beer and bottled beverages.  

The 7th Annual Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival will be taking place from Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17. Saturday’s big event is The Grand Tasting, which features an impressive array of premium wines and inventive dishes presented as tapas style plates, plus a live demo from Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine. Tickets start at $98.  

Enoteca Rossa Ristorante Italiano, 4566 Bissonnet, will be celebrating its Grand Opening with four different promotions; Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner, over the next four weeks. On Monday, April 11 though Saturday, April 16, guests can enjoy a complimentary fresh, made-from-scratch pastry with any coffee, cappuccino or espresso purchase, a $4 value. The breakfast menu is available from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. In week 2, get an Italian Panini with your choice of the Daily Soup and Salad Special for $8, available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In Week 3, enjoy $5 selections of cichetti and Italian wines by the glass pairings from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. And in Week 4,  enjoy dinner service and receive 20 percent off all bottles of wine, available Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Starting Monday, April 11, Mondays at Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer, will now be TV Dinner Mondays. The brewpub will be playing its favorite old-school TV shows and serving up weekly TV dinner specials — just like you used to eat as a kid…only better. Expect main dishes such as 44 Farms salisbury steak, roasted turkey or hand-breaded chicken-fried chicken, served with broccoli rice casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and sorghum-glazed carrots, complete with a brownie. All are made from scratch and offered only on Mondays. The special is $15 and will be offered from 5 p.m. until the pub runs out.

Thanks to FoodyDirect, Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant will be offering Passover in a Box, a complete feast that can can be delivered to any state except Alaska and Hawaii. For $199.95 plus shipping, send your loved ones two pounds of dinner-cut brisket, matzo balls, two quarts of chicken soup, five stuffed cabbages, five pieces of gelfilte fish, carrot soufflé, potato kugel, one pint of tzimmis, one pint of charoset, horseradish, macaroons and brownies. All orders must be placed by Friday, April 15 and will be shipped between April 19 and 20. Passover begins Saturday, April 23.

On Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20, daring diners are invited to “see no evil” at a Black Out Dinner at Big Eyed Fish, 908 Henderson. The kitchen won’t spoil the surprise menu, but guests can expect a four-course, small-plate menu that will be enjoyed in complete darkness. At the end of the meal, have your mind blown as you find out what you actually ate versus what you thought you ate. Two seatings are available, one from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and another from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $75 or $90 including two alcoholic drinks (gratuity included but tax is not). Limited seating is available. Call 713-714-8367 for reservations.

Our 5th Annual Houston Press & Lucky’s Pub BrewFest is coming up on Saturday, April 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Silver Street Station, 1501 Silver. Expect a fantastic roster of more than 150 craft beers, local food trucks and live music. General admission tickets are $35 (or $45 day of if available) and include eight 3-ounce wine, liquor or beer samplings, plus entertainment. VIP tickets are $60 (or $70 day of) and include all of that, PLUS access to the VIP area, which serve up specialty/seasonal beers and complimentary food. 21 and up only.  

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