Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary events:
Are you ready for Astros Opening Day on Monday, April 4? Ooh La La Dessert Boutique is, so it's brought back its Astros-themed shortbread cookies for diehard fans and game-day watchers. Note that while seasonal items are available daily in the bakery case, many products are custom-order only. To confirm availability or place an order for seasonal menu items, contact your nearest store location at Park Row, Cinco Ranch and Town & Country Village. More at oohlalasweets.com.
JCI Grill’s Town and Country location, 701 Town & Country, is hosting an NCAA Final Four Championship Game Watch Party on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Guests can watch the big game and enjoy a killer slider and beer flight special, featuring four sliders and a beer flight with four craft selections for $14. Munch on fried chicken, James cheeseburger, patty melt and barbecue bacon cheeseburger sliders while sipping on Goose Island Indian Pale Ale, Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower, Spindle Top Honey Hole and 8th Wonder Dome Faux’m.
Don’t miss our favorite event of the year, the annual Houston Press Menu of Menus® Extravaganza, on Tuesday, April 5 at Silver Street Station, 1501 Silver. Now in its 14th year, the event will feature an Iron Fork competition alongside an excellent roster of savory bites, sweet nibbles and tasty wine, beer and cocktail samples from restaurants and retailers from all over the Houston area. Tickets are available for purchase in advance or day of (general admission tickets: $55 in advance, $65 day of; VIP admission tickets: $95 in advance, $120 day of).
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The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is taking place Wednesday, April 6 through Sunday, April 10. Besides the Grand Tasting on Friday, April 8, must-hit events include the Hendrick’s Gin On the Rocks Bartender Challenge, held on Thursday, April 7; For the Love of Bourbon and Cheese, on Friday, April 8; a Sip & Stroll on Saturday, April 9; and a Bistro Brunch to close things off on Sunday, April 10. And those are just a few of the fun happenings. Check them all out and purchase tickets online.
On Saturday, April 9, chef Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro at the Four Seasons, 1300 Lamar, is planning a great prix fixe dinner before the Bieber show begins, and it’s a great bargain. The “Before Bieber” offer includes free parking with dinner (you can walk to Toyota Center from there), a buffet dinner for $39 per person plus tax and gratuity and a free glass of wine, beer or bourbon after the concert ends by showing your concert ticket. The buffet includes a variety of appetizers, main-course selections and a choice of desserts.
The 7th Annual Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival will be held Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17. In addition to all the fun, Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall, will feature special wine flights at its bar and restaurant beginning Monday, April 11 through Thursday, April 14. Guests can choose between four different flights that include a selection of three vineyards per serving as part of Wine Week. Selections include a light-intensity red, a full-intensity red, a medium-intensity white and sparkling wines. Flights range in price from $12 to $18.
Our 5th Annual Houston Press & Lucky’s Pub BrewFest is coming up on Saturday, April 30 from 3 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 ($45 day of if available) for general admission and include eight 3-ounce wine, liquor or beer samplings, plus entertainment. VIP tickets are $60 ($70 day of) and include all of that, PLUS access to the VIP area, which is serving up specialty/seasonal beers and complimentary food. 21 and up only.