Upcoming Houston Food Events: Dine Out for a Cause

On Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m, Grotto Houston, 4715 Westheimer, is hosting a DaVinci wine dinner with wine educator and brand ambassador Filippo Volpi. Indulge in five wine-paired courses, including seafood agnolotti, roasted branzino and ricotta-filled dark chocolate mousse. The cost is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Call 713-622-3663 for reservations.

Max’s Wine Dive, 4720 Washington, will be hosting an Only the Good Die Young Dinner on Thursday, October 29 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Inspired by the late ’27 Club’ rockstars, the five-course dinner and wine pairing will celebrate the dearly departed with themed dishes. Come dressed as your favorite rockstar member for what's sure to be an unforgettable evening. Tickets ($89/person, plus tax and gratuity) are very limited. Call 713-880-8737 for more information. 

Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, 1008 Prairie, is transforming its grand theater and restaurant for a special Halloween weekend dinner and show, The Masque of the Red Death. The performance will showcase the Moonlight Dolls in an ominous, immersive theatrical production. Dress to impress (costume is required!) and indulge in a three-course dinner, including Ebony Clock lentil soup; braised short rib of the 7th Room with “blood” beets, purple potatoes, charred cipollini onions and mushrooms; and Death by Red Velvet cake. Tickets for the show start at $10 per person and the three-course, prix fixe dinner is priced at $45 per person. The Masque of the Red Death runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. each day — Thursday, October 29 through Saturday, October 31. 

On Friday, October 30, enjoy a tequila dinner and Día de los Muertos costume contest at Arnaldo Richards's Pico's, 3601 Kirby, beginning with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. A four-course dinner paired with delicious cocktails featuring the Milagro and Milagro Single Barrel select lines will follow at 7:30 p.m., with a costume contest at 9 p.m. Cost is $99 per person. For reservations, call 832-831-9940.

El Tiempo Cantina owner and executive chef Domenic Laurenzo will launch a year-long fundraiser for Firefighters Helping Firefighters on Sunday, November 1. The restaurant will be donating $1 for every Station 20's 5-alarm Rita sold during the next 12 months. The drink – created by the wife of a firefighter at Station 20, which is across the street from the Navigation location – is crafted with Premium Titanium tequila, pineapple juice, passion fruit and jalapeños. And as always, all police, firefighters, ambulance attendees and military personnel in official uniform or with an official ID are offered 50 percent off the food portion of their meals, a service El Tiempo has provided for more than 56 years. This is one delicious way to support a good cause.

SEARCH Homeless Services’ annual fundraiser Picnic in the Park will be held on Thursday, November 5 at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. Each year, the event gathers committed businesses, philanthropists and community members to raise money in support of SEARCH’s mission to provide hope, create opportunity and transform lives for the thousands of homeless individuals in the community. Light bites and drinks will be provided by local favorites, including benjy’s/Local Foods, Tiny Boxwoods, Paul’s Kitchen and Saint Arnold Brewing Company, to name a few. Guests can also expect live entertainment by the KlockWork Band, accompanied by dancing and photo booth fun. Individual tickets are available starting at $100, with additional underwriting and sponsorships available. 

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