Monday, November 10
Drink Some Wine; Save Pets' Lives This is happening tonight, so jump on this if you want in. Chef Danny Trace of Brennan's of Houston is collaborating with Bruliam Wines for a charitable wine dinner. Bruliam is a unique wine producer--they donate 100 percent of their profits to charity. Houston pet adoption group Friends for Life is the beneficiary for this dinner. A wine magnum will be auctioned, with the profits from that also going to Friends For Life. Winemaker/co-owner Kerith Overstreet will be in attendance, as well as Brennan's sommelier David Anderson. Call 713-522-9711 to reserve. 6:30 p.m. 3300 Smith Street. $125 plus tax and gratuity.
11/10/14 1:08 p.m. We've been informed by Brennan's public relations firm that the above event has been canceled. The reason was not given.
Tuesday, November 11 Added 11/1014 3:34 pm.
Ronnie Killen recently named Joe Cervantez Executive Chef of Killen's Steakhouse and they are collaborating on an Italian wine dinner this week. The Vigna Rionda-Massolino Winery in Piedmont, Italy is known for their spicy Barolos. Diners will have an opportunity to see what happens when these wines are tried alongside chef-driven fare with some hearty Texan twists. A press release promises "an extraordinary dinner not to be missed." Among the delicacies: Braised Rabbit Donut with foie gras ganache, confit cherries, chicory greens and quail egg paired with Serralunga d'Alba 2009. Yes, that sounds like that will work nicely. Call (281) 485-0844 for reservations. 7 p.m. 2804 S Main St, Pearland. $125 per person plus tax and gratuity
Wednesday, November 12
Latin Wine Night at Rainbow Lodge
This is the next in Rainbow Lodge's monthly series of reasonably-priced wine events and it focuses on Latin wines. Four wines, from Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile, are each paired with a single dish. Dishes include Smoked Chile Braised Beef Short Ribs (which sound great with a Malbec) and Almond de Touchino Cake Bars and Caramel for dessert. Sounds yummy. The event is casual, "walk-around" style. Call 713-861-8666 to reserve a spot. 5:30 p.m. 2011 Ella. $35
Find Out If George Clooney Knows How To Make Tequila
Tila's Restaurante & Bar is hosting a three-course dinner paired with Casamigos Tequila, the distillery that actor George Clooney has an interest in. Dinner will take guests through blanco, reposado and añjeo expressions and the dishes served includes manchego-stuffed chicken breast with chipotle-tamarind sauce and Tila's Mexican twist on tiramisu. Limited seats. Call 713-522-7654 to reserve. 7 p.m. 1111 S Shepherd. $70 plus tax and gratuity.
Thursday, November 13
Alexander Valley Wine Dinner at Tony Mandola's
A four-course dinner will showcase Sonoma winery Alexander Valley. They make, amongst other things, a little first-growth wine you may have heard of called Cyrus. The menu includes Lamb Ravioli al Uovo (pasta with egg yolks) with Spinach Pasta Dough, Barbaresco Emulsion and Truffle Fondue; and Chocolate Tart with Raspberry Coulis and Whipped Cream. One lucky raffle winner will go home with a signed bottle of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. For more information and reservations, call 713-528-3474. 7 p.m. 1212 Waugh. $90 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Friday, November 14
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse's Annual Champagne Tasting
This is also Pappas Bros. last wine tasting event of the year before the holidays get into full swing. More than 15 different Champagnes will be available to try. What better way to figure out what kind of bubbly to serve for your holiday gatherings? The offerings include Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV and Paul Bara "Special Club" Grand Cru Bouzy Brut 2004. Call 713-780-7352 for reservations. $95 plus tax and gratuity. 5:30 p.m. 5839 Westheimer.
Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15
Guest Bartenders Help Celebrate Sanctuari Bar Opening
If you needed any further excuse to visit Sanctuari, the swank, sexy new bar area decked out in provocative gold and black inside of Triniti restaurant, here it is. Bartender Jason Kosmas, who has worked at bars the likes of Pravda and Employees Only bars in New York City, is stopping by Sanctuari to shake things up--literally. He's also owner of The 86 Co., a line of spirits which bartenders Laurie Sheddan Harvey and Leslie Ross use in their cocktail creations. Omar YeeFoon, brand ambassador of The 86 Co., will also be present. 2815 S. Shepherd. No additional fee, other than the cost of drinks.
Saturday, November 15
Karbach's Crawl for Firefighters
The Station 68 Downtown Pub Crawl is happening downtown this time and will help people who need financial help to go through firefighter training. Check in starts at Niko Niko's (301 Milam) in Market Square. You can also buy tickets for $20 from Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (705 Main) that are good for drink tickets and a commemorative glass. 12 p.m.
The Balvenie Fifty Dinner at Cullen's American Grille
Twelve very well-heeled or Scotch-obsessed guests will have what might be the pairings-dinner-to-end-all-pairings-dinners this Saturday. In 1963, Malt Master David Stewart filled bottles of what would be come The Balvenie Fifty. On Saturday, he'll co-host an "extended course" dinner in Houston as one of these is opened and poured for the 12 guests in the new Penthouse at Cullen's American Grille. The bottle is valued at $38,000. Only 131 bottles are available worldwide. All told, more than $50,000 worth of Scotch will be opened during the meal. 11500 Space Center Boulevard. $2900 per person (includes tax and gratuity).
Sunday, November 16
Fight Cancer With Food
Some of Houston's top chefs will compete to score attendee votes and raise funds for Halo House, a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing to blood-cancer patients during their treatment. The Food Fight Against Cancer event, hosted at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, focuses on ingredients thought to fight cancer and alleviate the side effects of treatment. The chefs participating are Monica Pope (Sparrow), Kaz Edwards (Uchi), Kevin Naderi (Lillo & Ella), Anita Jaisinghani (Pondicheri), Staci Davis (Radical Eats), Brian Fehr and Jason Strickland (Sorrel) and Ryan Hildebrand (Triniti). Drinks are sponsored by Saint Arnold, Miner Winery and Dash Handmade Vodka. Buy tickets online. 7 p.m. 3701 Travis. $130.