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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Belly Up To The Bar This Tax Day

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

On Tax Day, Monday, April 18, belly up to the bar at Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana, where you can take advantage of happy hour pricing from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Popular happy hour items include specialty cocktails ($6) like the Sir Lancelot with cherry-infused Bourbon, Rittenhouse Rye, mint and lime; and The Balky Mule made with scotch, lime, agave, bitters and ginger beer. Guests can also delight in a variety of bar bites ($8) like Holley’s Wagyu Beef Sliders, Crispy Pork Belly & Fried Egg Sandwich, Thai Curry Mussels and Escargot Crostini. Select wines by the glass ($7) and draft beer ($5) will also be available.

Peska Seafood Culture, 1700 Post Oak, will also be getting in on the Tax Day action. Head there on Monday, April 18 to enjoy extended happy hour pricing from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy $7 signature cocktails like The Roasted Slope with gin, creme de violette, bacon syrup and peppercorn tincture or the Purple Flower Sour with tequila, lime juice and lavender-star anise tincture. The happy hour menu also includes $5 beers, $7 wines and $6 snacks.

Not only will both locations of Mascalzone, 12126 Westheimer and 1500 Shepherd, be offering an $10.99 lasagna special for Tax Day, they’re also kicking off their year anniversary with monthly specials. In April, Mascalzone Mondays means guests can get 30 percent off the restaurant’s 30 different pizza offerings every Monday throughout the month. This includes their signature Mascalzones, the half calzone and half pizza hybrid. During the month of May, diners can enjoy $1 martinis (with the purchase of an entrée, limit three per customer) while basking in the summer sun on Mascalzone’s patio and roof top deck (also availible to guests who prefer to dine inside). Guests can continue to take advantage of Mascalzone Mondays during the month of June with a “Tour of Italy”, where diners will be transported to an Italian vineyard via glass with a flight of three Italian wines for $12.

On Thursday, April 21, Houstonians will be able to enjoy the culinary music of Etude during a wine pairing dinner at Ouisie’s Table Restaurant, 3939 San Felipe. Special guest for the evening will be Etude’s popular winemaker, Jon Priest. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the restaurant is preparing a five-course dinner paired with carefully selected wines from Etude, which Priest will introduce. Highlights include Scottish Smoked Salmon Crepe, Seared Venison Back Strap with root vegetable gratin, and Poached Pear with Crème Anglaise. The cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, 350 W. 19th, will be hosting a wine dinner featuring Flanagan Wines on Tuesday, April 26. The wine pairing dinner begins with passed appetizers and bubbles at 6:30 p.m. Chef Antoine Ware has crafted a six-course Southern dinner paired with wines from the Sonoma County winery that will take guests on a culinary journey. The menu features a variety of Southern dishes like glazed pork belly with root beer, and butter poached lobster. This special wine dinner costs $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 713-360-6204.  

Starting Tuesday, April 26 and continuing the last Tuesday of every month, a new series is taking over The Burger Joint, 2703 Montrose. The "Guest Chef" event will feature a special menu created by a different Houston chef each month, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the chef’s charity of choice. Each chef will create two burgers, two sides and a shake and guests will be able to choose a burger, a side, and either a shake or a beer for a set price. First up is Chef Phillipe Gaston of Izakaya, with proceeds benefiting Recipe for Success. The special will be offered from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day, raising money for Empty Bowls Houston and Houston Food Bank, will be held on Wednesday, April 27. Whole Foods will donate 5 percent of the day’s net sales from its eight metro Houston locations to help fight hunger in Houston. Houstonians are encouraged to shop on this date, and also visit the Empty Bowls Houston tables that will be set up at each store for more information on the Empty Bowls Houston event, being held on Saturday, May 14.

Our 5th Annual Houston Press & Lucky’s Pub BrewFest is coming up on Saturday, April 30 from 3 p.m. 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 eights 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 VIP Area that is serving up specialty/seasonal beers and complimentary food. 21 and up only. 
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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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