As part of Athanasios and Vasiliki Parparoussis's first trip to the United States ever, Helen Greek Food and Wine, 2429 Rice, will host a special wine dinner on October 12 at 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering a six-course menu, some of the dishes inspired by Vasiliki Parparoussis's own dynamic recipes, along with Athanasios's brilliant wines. The price for this one-of-a-kind event is $125, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and space is limited to 45 guests. The menu features dishes such as roasted grouper with caper-scented tomato sauce; moussaka-stuffed pumpkin; and venison with a sweet mavrodaphne glaze. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anvil Bar & Refuge, 1424 Westheimer, will be celebrating Columbus Day — this Monday, October 12 — by exploring history the only way it knows how: with a few drinks, of course (Columbus is responsible for bringing sugar cane to this part of the world, after all). Imbibers can get half off rums from the islands Columbus visited, alongside a selection of badass sherries and classic Caribbean cocktails.
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Public Services Wine & Whisky, 202 Travis, will be hosting a “Finish Them: Cask Finished Whiskies and Their Wines” class on Saturday, October 17 at 2 p.m. The class costs $65 and pairs four different spirits with a glass of the wine from barrels they were aged in. Fans of sweet wines should not miss out on this. And don’t worry, snacks are totally being served, too.
On Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m., Spec’s is welcoming Stephan von Niepperg, Patrick Maroteau and Ludovic Frandin to Houston for a Bordeaux Trio Dinner at the new Houston Club (located on the 49th floor of One Shell Plaza), 910 Louisiana. The dinner will feature 12 wines paired with dishes like Silky Leek & Red Wine Soup, Alder Wood Smoked Moulard Duck Breast and Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Terrine. Cost is $185 per person, all inclusive. For reservations, contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or email@example.com.
Head to Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, on Tuesday, October 20 for the 3rd annual Hops & Hogs — Beer & Baconmania!, hosted by Professionals in Culinary Arts. The food, beer and live bluegrass event — held from 6 to 8 p.m. — brings together a local brewery, restaurants, chefs and culinary schools to sample their delectable offerings, each with a bacon-enhanced twist. Tickets can be purchased for $35.
Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, 1008 Prairie, will be hosting an oyster dinner with Richie Nakano and Ryan Lachaine on Tuesday, October 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. Chef Nakano (formerly of Hapa Ramen in SFO) and Lachaine (Reef, Underbelly), along with Prohibition chefs Matt Womack and Ben McPherson, will be celebrating their love of oysters with four delectable courses. Cost is $75 per person, including wine pairings. Reservations can be made in advance online.