Upcoming Houston Food Events: NYE Eats & a Return to Life Brunch

New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, is right around the corner. Check out our 2015 New Year’s Eve Dining Guide, featuring special menus from B&B Butchers & Restaurant, The Durham House, Mark’s and Paul’s Kitchen, to name a few.

Of course, you’ll need to recover after the night’s festivities. And there’s no better way to do just that than with an extravagant brunch. On Friday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., treat yourself to the grand "Vuelve a la Vida" buffet brunch at Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer. The “Return to Life” feast features a lineup of Hugo’s vibrant regional Mexican specialties, including things like ceviche, tamales, migas, costillas de puerco, poached eggs, corn soufflé, rellenos and tres leches. Cost is $31 per person and $12 per child. 

If you included more family time in your list of New Year's resolutions, you’ll love The Quick Kitchen cooking class, held on Tuesday, January 5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. Practice the techniques that will get dinner on the table in no time, as you learn to create a quick salad and dressing, a main dish that will leave the whole family wanting more, and a green vegetable that even kids will love. The menu features spinach and endive salad with pecans and blue cheese, crisp chicken with sherry vinegar sauce, broccoli with hot bacon dressing; and chocolate chip-orange-oatmeal cookies. Cost is $60 per person. 

There are only 12 spots for the Whole Hog Butchery Class, held on Monday, January 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Revival Market, 550 Heights. Join the market’s charcutier and head butcher, Andrew Vaserfirer, and co-owner Morgan Weber, as they guide you through the classic American and European fundamentals of butchery. Guests will learn how to break down whole pigs into smaller, more usable cuts to utilize at home and enjoy a chef's choice dinner. BYOB is strongly encouraged. Cost is $125 per person. Call 713-880-8463 or email info@revival market to reserve a place. 

Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons, is calling all teams who want to sign up for the brewery's annual One Pot Showdown, which will be held on Sunday, January 31 at the brewery.  Teams will compete to create the best chili, stew, gumbo or anything else you can cook in one pot using Saint Arnold beer. The team fee is $110, with first place taking home $500, a Traeger Wood Pellet Grill, a super-fantastic trophy and ALL THE GLORY. Sign up today, as spots fill up quickly. 

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