White truffle season may be coming to an end, but for at least the next couple of weeks, Kata Robata, 3600 Kirby, will still be serving the “diamonds of the kitchen.” Chef Manabu Horiuchi (better known and "Hori") will have several specials using the bits of Italian gold, including seared salmon or Japanese snapper with Italian truffles; and a White Alba Truffle chawanmushi with duck, ginko nuts and matsutake mushrooms.
Every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. throughout the holiday season, The Deck at our Fourth-Floor Pool Bar of the Four Seasons, 1300 Lamar, will have the firepit flamin’, the chimneys smokin’ and the festive cocktails flowin’. But the sweetest part? It’s S’mores Happy Hour! Warm up with your favorite toddy as you roast two complimentary s’mores and take in the stunning view. If it’s warm outside, the hotel will remove the chimneys and break out the frozen hot chocolate.
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Celebrate pre- and post-Thanksgiving with lunch reservations at Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, available on Wednesday, November 25 and Friday, November 27 (the brewery will be closed on Thanksgiving Day). For $20, you'll get two courses and beer until 2 p.m. A limited food menu will be served after 2 p.m., with guests welcome to enjoy à la carte order beer and food. Wednesday’s lineup includes creamy mushroom and wild rice soup and chicken cacciatore with polenta, while Friday’s features romaine salad with cornbread crumbles, green tomato and blue cheese and Black Friday blackened chicken with dirty rice and slaw. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Tickets for January's Chef-Led Culinary Tour go on sale starting Tuesday, December 1. The 2016 season kicks off on Sunday, January 31 with a Jewish Food Tour led by Matt Marcus (of Eatsie Boys/8th Wonder Brewery and consulting chef to JCI Grill) and Justin Turner (of Bernie's Burger Bus). These events are known to sell out quickly, so mark your calendars!
Agricole Hospitality, the new parent company for Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber’s restaurant group, will be hosting a Charcuterie & Wine cocktail party and cooking class at Revival Market, 550 Heights, on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Wine Director Jeb Stuart and Butcher & Charcutier Andrew Vaserfirer, the holiday event showcases the laid-back style of entertaining the Revival way. Guests will enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres plus meats from three Revival salumi stations — all paired with wines hand picked by Stuart for their food-friendly nature and their value. End your evening with some bite-size sweets paired with a dessert-friendly wine, all while gaining valuable tips about entertaining in your own home from the Agricole Hospitality staff. Cost is $50 per person. To reserve, call 713-880-8463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Houston culinary community has joined together to raise medical funds for friend, fellow food-lover and consummate volunteer Liz Fenton, who has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called transverse myelitis. To help someone who has helped so many and to celebrate Fenton’s love of food, local all-star chefs will be hosting a multi-course feast at Underbelly Restaurant, 1100 Westheimer, on Sunday, December 6 at 6 p.m. The chefs — Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Adam Dorris of Pax Americana, Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi of Kata Robata Sushi + Grill, Ronnie Killen of Killen’s BBQ and Killen’s Steakhouse, Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s, Caracol and Backstreet Café, Ryan Pera, Coltivare and Revival Market, Seth Siegel-Gardner & Terrence Gallivan of Pass & Provisions, Justin Yu of Oxheart, Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar, and Philip Speer, formerly of Uchi and Uchiko — will each be preparing one dish to be paired with wine selected by sommelier Justin Vann of Oxheart and Public Services. The meal will be served Fenton’s favorite way to eat, family-style. There will be only 120 seats for this exclusive dinner. Tickets will be available for a suggested cash donation of $300 per person at Fluff Bake Bar, 314 Gray. For those unable to attend but who would still like to help, donations can be made on Fenton’s GoFundMe Page.