Things To Do

Upcoming Houston Food Events: Oyster Season & Tacolandia

To celebrate oyster season, chef Hugo Ortega has introduced a new menu of seasonal oyster specials at Caracol, 2200 Post Oak. Indulge in coctel de ostiones, an oyster cocktail with onion, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeño, tomato and lime, served in the shell ($12); Ostiones a Ia Lena, wood-smoked oysters wrapped in bacon with salsa de charales ($11); and taquitos de ostión, a trio of fried oyster tacos with refritos, guacamole, chipotle mayonnaise and Napa cabbage ($11); among other awesome oyster specials. And since few things in life taste better together than good bubbly and oysters, guests can get a bottle of Mumm's Cordon Rouge Champagne and a half-dozen of Caracol's famous wood-roasted Gulf oysters for $65.

The annual “Choose Cheddar” Cheese Festival at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, began this past Wednesday and runs through Tuesday, October 27. In addition to cheddar varieties, Central Market will showcase an assortment of sharp new products and recipes that customers will melt for. From grilled cheese sandwiches to maple smoked cheddar quiche, there will be something to satisfy every cheese lover’s craving.

And of course, don’t forget about our inaugural taco tasting event, Tacolandia, held on Saturday, October 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine. Tickets include entry to the event and unlimited samples and are available for $75 for groups of four ($18.75 each), $30 for general admission advanced purchase ($40 day of) and $75 for VIP (includes one-hour early entry and other VIP perks). Some pretty stellar restaurants have already committed to the event, including El Real, Moderno Tacos & Tex Mex, Tacos A Go-Go and Roost, with more top spots being added every day.

Bistro Menil, 1513 West Alabama, will be hosting a Loire Valley Wine Dinner on Sunday, October 25. The eatery will be working with French Country Wines to feature wines from the Loire Valley and pairing them with Bistro Menil's delicious European-inspired cuisine ($65 per person). Call 713-904-3537 for reservations.

On Sunday, October 25, the Chefs in the Sky event will be held at the SkyLounge of the newly unveiled SkyHouse River Oaks, 2031 Westcreek. An eclectic mix of Houston’s top chefs – including Jonathan Levine of Jonathan’s the Rub, William Wright of Helen Greek Food & Wine, and Omar Pereney of Peska Seafood Culture – will present an array of sweet and savory creations alongside excellent sips from Leprechaun Premium Hard Cider, Mulderbosch Vineyards and more. Guests have the option to bid on an array of unique silent auction items and enjoy postcard views of the city from 25 floors up. Tickets are available for advanced purchase for $75/person, with proceeds benefiting Lucky Dog Rescue, a charity dedicated to providing rescue services, vet care, foster care and adoptive placement to stray and abandoned dogs.

On Monday, October 26, The Palm Houston Restaurant, 6100 Westheimer, is combining two things all Houstonians love – the Houston Texans and steaks. Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing will host his Texans & T-Bones event from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature the Houston Texans as celebrity waiters and proceeds go towards the Brian Cushing Foundation to benefit local military families. Ticket holders will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a three-course meal, wine and lots of fun. Tickets, starting at $300, are available for advance purchase.

Mockingbird Bistro, 1985 Welch, will be hosting a Fall Bourdeaux Dinner on Tuesday, October 27, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and seated dinner at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy four wine-paired courses, including Rohan duck breast and Hudson Valley foie gras with a 2004 Château Beaureard and prime beef filet with a 2005 Château Ferriere. Cost is $150/person inclusive. For reservations, call 713-533-0200.
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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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