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UPDATED: This Week In Houston Food Events: Dine Out For Life Thursday, Derby Day Saturday

Monday, April 27

Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey Dinner At Prohibition

Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey master distiller Dave Pickerell is visiting Houston for a pairings dinner at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar. Resident burlesque troupe The Moonlight Dolls will start the night off with some eye-opening entertainment. Then, Pickerell and Whistle Pig Texas steward Doug Ward will tell guests the story of the distillery during dinner. Four courses with "copious amounts of Whistle Pig Rye Whisky" are planned. Call 281-940-4636 for reservations. 1008 Prairie. 7 to 9 p.m. $60 plus tax and gratuity.

Cheese Tasting At Revival Market

Drop by Revival Market for a complimentary cheese tasting paired with something tasty to drink. 550 Heights. 5 to 7 p.m. Free.

Tuesday, April 28

Discover Greek Wines At Backstreet Café

Guest sommelier Evan Turner joins forces with resident beverage director Sean Beck for an exploration of Greek wine. Dishes will be served family-style along with ten different wines. There will also be a sneak peek at Turner's menu for Helen, the Greek restaurant he hopes to open in Houston. Wine-braised pork and braised rabbit are just a few of the courses on the menu and there will be three different Xinomavros poured. Can't make this one? There's an encore dinner tomorrow night. Email to RSVP. 7 p.m. $110 plus tax and gratuity.

Taco Tuesday At Moving Sidewalk

Moving Sidewalk's pop-up dinner series continues with a taco night by Taco Borracho. Tacos are $4 each choose a plate option that includes two tacos, rice and beans for $10. Chips and salsa are $3. 306 Main. 7 p.m. $3 to $10.

Wednesday, April 29

Free Coffee Cupping at Java Pura

Visit the Java Pura roasting facility and experience a cupping of six coffees from around the world. The coffees will be ordered in such a way to provide a specific "journey" of taste and aroma. This is a perfect way to experience what is essential to the decision making and quality control process used in the specialty coffee industry. Only seven spots were left as of press time, so hurry if you're interested. RSVP here (required). 5250 Gulfton Street, #4G. 11 a.m. Free.

Dinner Before The Who Concert At Quattro At Four Seasons Houston

Concerts aren't nearly as much fun if you're listening to your stomach growl throughout the show. Quattro is ready to take care of that problem with a pre-concert dinner that includes free parking within walking distance of Toyota Center. Dinner options are for either one or two courses and there's a to-go dessert add-on for $8. You're even entitled to a free glass of wine at the Lobby Bar after the concert. Just show your concert ticket stub and dinner receipt. Reservations are required. Call 713-276-4700 to make one. 1300 Lamar. $29 or $32 plus tax and gratuity.

"Demon Rum" Dinner At Rienzi

Learn about the dangerous and delicious evolution of rum and its significant impact on European and American social history. Dinner will prepared by James Beard-winning chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly while Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge (and other Houston bars) prepares the cocktails. Most courses are inspired by the cuisine of rum-producing countries and include Salted Fish Macaroni Pie (Trinidad) and Crab & Shrimp Pani Puri (Guyana). 21 and up only. The event at 1406 starts at 6:45 p.m. (includes a tour of Rienzi, an art gallery in a 1950s converted mansion that features 17th- to 19th-century antiques and home décor). $175.

Thursday, April 30

Dining Out For Life Forty restaurants and counting are supporting AIDS Foundation Houston in this single-day event which raises funds locally to help provide care to almost 6,000 men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Houston and the more than 90,000 people throughout the state of Texas who receive educational resources provided by AFH. Locate a participating restaurant near you.

Reynvaan Wine Dinner at Eleven:Eleven

Winemaker Matt Reynvann will attend a six-course pairings dinner at Eleven:Eleven to discuss his family's wines. Reynvaan, located in the Columbia Valley region, is known for their Syrahs (as is Washington State, in general). However, at the dinner they are also proudly unveiling their first Cabernet Sauvignon. Here's a great bonus: purchase in advance or online and receive a $25 Gift Card to use on your next visit to Eleven:Eleven. Visit their website for tickets or call 713-829-5881 for reservations. 607 West Gray. 7 p.m. $150 all-inclusive.

Added 4/27/15, 7:52 a.m. What Is Bear Dalton Drinking?

Spec's fine wine buyer Bear Dalton has a well-respected, deep knowledge of Bordeaux, but that's not the only wine he's interested in. His new class at l'Alliance Française is called, "What I'm Drinking and Why," and the class will delve into a wide variety of regions. The tasting lineup includes wine from Tasmania, Sonoma Coast, Chablis, Rheingau and more. These are wines that Dalton spends his money on and while not cheap, are good values for the price. Contact Susan at 713-854-7855 to reserve your spot. 427 Lovett. 7 p.m. $70 (cash or check.

An Evening At Pappas Bros. Steakhouse With Rajat Parr

Wine industry luminary and acclaimed sommelier Rajat Parr will share his lifelong passion for food and wine through a four-course wine dinner that includes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from his winemaking ventures in Oregon and California. Courses include Seared Medallion of Veal with Tournéed Vegetable, Foie Gras and Mushroom Consommé and 50 Day Dry-Aged Ribeye Two Ways. For reservations, please call 713-780-7352. 5839 Westheimer. 7 p.m. $225

NFL Draft Party At Pluckers Wing Bar

Guests at Pluckers can team up to win food and drink specials by predicting this year's picks during the televised event. Guests will be chosen to act as the "general manager" for each of the teams drafting in the first round. If the "general manager" chooses the same player the team drafts, everyone at Pluckers will be eligible for a special! As soon as the next team selects their player, the special ends. Specials will range from $1 off to half-price to even free. The restaurant is also giving away a 55" Smart LED HDTV. Guests can register to win upon arrival. The winner will be chosen in a drawing at the end of the party and must be present to win. 1400 Shepherd. 7 p.m.

Guest Bartender Series At Yellow Rose Distilling

Yellow Rose Distilling's "Mix-A-Lot" guest bartender series continues. This week features Larry Bates of Grazia Italian Kitchen. Visitors will enjoy a special $6 signature cocktail that features Yellow Rose's whiskeys. The series runs through May and leads up to a competition on May 28 where each featured mixologist will compete to win donations to their favorite local charity. The tiny admission fee includes five Yellow Rose samples. 1224 North Post Oak. 4 to 7 p.m. $7.

Friday, May 1

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Beer Dinner For May Day At Kipper Club

This is the final Kipper Club dinner of this "season" and may be the last one for a while. We're still seeking details on the future of Kipper Club as Treadsack Group's new restaurants (Foreign Correspondents, Hunky Dory and Bernadine's) wrap out their build-outs and prepare to open. This Kipper Club features the chefs from all three places: P.J. Stoops, Richard Knight and Graham Laborde. Joining them are Daniel Blue (sous chef of Hunky Dory) and Mara Serna (chef at D&T Drive Inn). Guests will be emailed parking information. For information visit their website. Buy tickets here. There are two seatings: 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. $100.

Update 4/27/15, 12:54 p.m.: A statement from Treadsack Group's PR person says, "We're most likely going to retain the space at Kipper Club but will play it by ear as far as future dinners go. We project that all three restaurants will open in June. We're really excited about the May Day Beer Dinner. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. owner Troy Witherspoon has hinted at some rare ales and out-of-circulation beers."

Saturday, May 2

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival At El Big Bad

Contortionists, fire-breathers and face painters are just some of the entertainers that will enthrall guess during El Big Bad's street festival. Dos Equis is sponsoring a stage for other live acts, too. Crawfish will be served from noon until sold out and chef Alvin Schultz is making frozen margaritas with the magic of liquid nitrogen. There will be drink and food specials all day and evening. There are two different VIP tickets and if you get both, it's $5 off. The first is $30 and includes access to an air-conditioned private room, a private bar with discounted drinks and free appetizers all day and night. The second is $25 and includes a side-stage and lounge area with a private, specialty bar and two cocktails. 11 a.m. To 2 a.m. 419 Travis.

Derby Day Party at Julep

Julep has a big party planned on Derby Day, as is only appropriate for a place named after the traditional cocktail. The full schedule of horse races will be shown on the patio, with the main event happening at 5:24pm. There will even be food served in the parking lot by both Julep and soon-to-open neighbor B&R Butchers and cocktails will be served, too. As if that were not enough, Vinyl Ranch is playing classic country and honky tonk tunes, there's are hourly drawings for prizes and there's a best-dressed Derby day competition. Expect some patio games, too. 1919 Washington. 12 p.m.

Derby Day Party At Four Seasons Houston

It's practically required to have a frosty Mint Julep in-hand when watching the Kentucky Derby. For their viewing party, Four Seasons Houston will make theirs with a local twist and use Herman Marshall hand-crafted Texas Bourbon whisky from Dallas County. Of course, they will be presented in the traditional pewter cups. A bar menu, beer, wine, spirits and specialty cocktails will be available in addition to the Local Mint Juleps. During the party, Four Seasons Houston will be sabering bottles of GH Mumm, the champagne sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. Want an extra complimentary treat? Come Derby-day dressed and the hotel will provide a surprise gift. Valet parking for those attending the Kentucky Derby viewing party is $6. 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. 1300 Lamar. The Local Mint Juleps are $12 each--everything else is additional.

Added 4/27/15, 8:02 a.m. Make Grilled Beef Fajitas At Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

Sylvia Caesares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen will teach attendees how to make grilled beef fajitas, one of the most crowdpleasing Mexican dishes. All the trimmings are included: flour tortillas, corn tortillas, salsa and rice and agua fresca. The class price includes lunch. Tickets are available online. 1140 Eldridge. 1 to 4 p.m. $65.

Wild West Brewfest In Katy

This beer festival, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Katy, is being held at Katy Mills Mall and features 150 craft brewers from around the nation showcasing over 250 craft beers. Musicians and bands JT Hodges, Curtis Grimes, Kaos and Horizon will provide live music under the stars. All proceeds will help support Katy area non-profit organizations. VIP tickets get visitors in an hour early and there are ultra-premium options as well. Buy tickets here. 5000 Katy Mills Circle.

Sunday, May 3

Picos Tequila Festival Parking Lot Party

There's a lot in store at Picos kicks off an early weekend party for Cinco de Mayo, including tequila tastings, cocktails, Mexican street food, photo stations and a people's choice contest for best tequila and best cocktail. A covered siesta lounge will keep guests in the shade and live music will keep the party going. The street food available includes Pollo a la calle (mesquite grilled chicken), Esquites (roasted corn) and Tacos al Pastor. $50 or $20 at the door for designated drivers. There's a $5 discount if you buy tickets online.

Crawfish Boil At Ladybird's

Details are still evolving, but right now what's being promised is "boil, beer and bands." We'll post more details if we get 'em. Otherwise, just show up and eat some crawdad. 5519 Allen. 12 p.m.

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Phaedra Cook
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