Upcoming Houston Food Events: Beer, Chocolate & Super Bowl to Go

Beaver's, 2310 Decatur, and Brash Brewing Co. will be hosting a Beer Dinner on Monday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Chef Dusty Sagaser has created a fabulous "Indian comfort food" menu to pair alongside Brash's latest offerings. The five-course meal will kick off with a champagne reception and passed appetizers, then move on to dishes like smothered butter chicken with saffron dirty rice paired with Pussy Wagon IPA; and Scotch spiked chocolate pecan pie paired with Vulgar Display of Power. Tickets are $65, and all courses will be available vegan. Spots can be reserved by calling the restaurant at 713-864-2328.

Get all prepped for Valentine's Day — Spec’s Midtown, 2410 Smith, will be hosting a Beer & Chocolate Pairing on Thursday, January 28 at 6 p.m. Experience a flight of six Taza chocolate preparations from chef Dimitra, paired with beers selected by Joey Williams. Pairings include ancho chile sope de chocolate with Unibroue La Terrible; and Sassy S’more Dusted with bourbon pecans and candied bacon with Brooklyn Black Ops. The pairing is $35 per person. Reserve your spot at RSVP_Houston@specsonline.com or call 832-660-0250.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, will be hosting Stephanie Cuadra from Querciabella Wines to kick off its monthly wine dinner series for 2016 with a special Querciabella Wine Dinner on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy six courses – including elk carpaccio, braised rabbit sugo and gorgonzola dolce – all paired with Cuadra’s rare Tuscan wines. Cost is $145 per person plus tax or gratuity. Reservations only. To reserve seats, email Marc Borel at marc.borel@rainbow-lodge.com.

Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, will be hosting an Evening of Wine & Truffles on Sunday, January 31 at 6 p.m. Executive chef Maurizio Ferrarese has created an exciting six-course tasting menu, with each course incorporating shavings of exotic Italian truffles and matching wine. From poached eggs with truffle shavings and aged beef tenderloin to Italian cheeses and a grand finale dessert, the six courses demonstrate the versatility of the coveted truffle. The cost for the entire event, wines included, is $90 per person plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 713-276-4700 or reserve your spot through Open Table (note Truffle Degustation).

On Monday, February 1, tickets go on sale for March’s Chef-Led Food Tour. This one features a “France versus Italy” culinary tour of the city from chef Maurizio Ferrarese (Quattro) and David Denis (Le Mistral). The tour will be held on Sunday, March 6 – but get your tickets now, as these tours always sell out fast.

The Hay Merchant/Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, will be offering Super Bowl To Go for the big game this year. Dishes include things like tater tot casserole ($35), queso with soft pretzel sticks ($20), ham ribs ($35 for full slab), seven-layer dip ($20) and, of course, wings ($28/30, $55/60). See the full list and place your order online by Thursday, February 4. You can pick up your order between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7. Each order will come with instructions.

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