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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Let's Get Ready to Derby

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

Back in March, Real Ale invited representatives from each Treadsack restaurant and bar out to the brewery, and each filled a cask of Real Ale beer with unique ingredients they each thought would complement the brew. Throughout the month of May, all seven Treadsack locations will be tapping special casks. On Sunday, May 1, head to Down House, 1801 Yale, to taste Coffissar, made with maraschino-soaked French oak chips, smoked cocoa nibs, smoked coconut and Maldon sea salt. On Saturday, May 7, Johnny's Gold Brick, 2518 Yale, is up with a Lost Gold IPA, made with Bourbon oak chips, bitter and sweet orange peel, Mosaic and Lemondrop hops. See the entire list of dates and brews online. There will be a prize at the end of the month for the caskmasters who complete the tour of all seven tappings.  

Head to Julep, 1919 Washington, on Wednesday, May 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., when Southern Gents hosts an evening for those who may have fumbled their way through tying a bow tie in the past. The free-to-attend “How to Tie a Bow Tie” event will also feature handmade bow ties available for purchase, plus a Makers Mark Old Fashioned tasting. All this is in preparation for the 2nd Annual Julep Derby Party ($20), held on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  

Taco Cabana will celebrate its annual Seis de Hangover on Friday, May 6 with a FREE taco giveaway during breakfast hours. Guests can access the coupon on Taco Cabana’s social media channels on May 5 for the free breakfast taco. Facebook:; Twitter: @TacoCabana; Instagram: @TacoCabana.

Vinoteca at Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar, will also be hosting a Kentucky Derby viewing party on Saturday, May 7 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The bar is mixing up a huge batch of the traditional Derby drink as well as another Kentucky favorite – house-made bourbon balls. Juleps are $10 each, and the potent bourbon balls (you must be over 21 to order them) will be $2.

On Tuesday, May 10, B&B Butchers and Restaurant, 1814 Washington, will play host to the inaugural “Let’s Talk Houston” dinner. The night will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures to leukemia, cancer and AIDS. Tickets are $200 and tables are $2,000.  

Come Tuesday, May 10, Ouisie's Table, 3939 San Felipe, begins a celebration of another year of success. Beginning that night and every Tuesday and Wednesday through June 8, Ouisie’s will be adding specials to its massive blackboard over the main dining room, once again taken from original menus at both locations and once again being offered at the original price. The menu will — surprise, surprise — constantly change.

Kata Robata and The Azuma Group are bringing back their popular cooking competition, but this time, they’re moving from swine to bovine. On Sunday, May 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. in front of Azuma’s Soma Sushi, 4820 Washington, the “Go Wagyu” event will bring together top local chefs to battle it out in a Wagyu beef throwdown – preparing the most inventive, delicious dishes with authentic Wagyu beef imported from Japan. The chefs are Lyle Bento of Southern Goods; Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan of Pass & Provisions; Philippe Gaston of Izakaya; Robert Del Grande and Elliott Kelly of RDG + Bar Annie; Jonathan Jones of El Big Bad; Ronnie Killen of Killen’s Steakhouse and Killen’s BBQ; Richard Knight of Hunky Dory Tavern; and Chris Shepherd of Underbelly. Tickets, of which only 350 will be sold, are $199 (plus processing fee) per person and are available via Eventbrite.  Price includes admission, food and beverages.
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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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