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Want to see someone carve Prince William's face in this cheese? Of course you do.
Yes, it's Easter weekend, which means -- for some of you -- an extra day off and making extravagant dining plans for Sunday which involve uncomfortable clothing and your aunt who wears too much perfume. If you don't have Easter Sunday plans already, Lauren Marmaduke compiled a list of suggestions, but make your reservations fast!

This weekend, I'll be at Raja Sweets for the restaurant's 25th anniversary party, and I recommend that you come too. Raja is not only home to one of my favorite Indian lunches in town, it's also the oldest continually operating fast food-style Indian restaurant in Texas. Since opening in 1985, Raja has been a driving force in creating the Little India neighborhood along Hillcroft that we now know as the Mahatma Gandhi District. The party will take place on Sunday, April 24, from noon until 6 p.m. at Raja, with complimentary snacks and drinks as well as entertainment.

Next Tuesday, you'll get another chance for delicious (and complimentary) snacks and drinks when the Saint Arnold Brewery celebrates National Pretzel Day. The brewery will feature Slow Dough pretzels, fancy mustard from The Burger Guys (who make their mustard with Saint Arnold's own Lawnmower beer) and even a special evening tour of the facilities. Tickets are $10 a person and the party runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Next weekend, forget about those lunatics at Papa John's and their creepy royal wedding pizza; we've got our own completely insane way to honor William and Kate's upcoming nuptials right here in Houston. Central Market is hosting Sarah "The Cheese Lady" Kaufmann on April 29 and 30, where she'll be carving a portrait of the two royals out of a 75-pound wheel of Cheddar. The finished carving will be displayed at 2 p.m. on Saturday. And, yes, of course we'll be there to watch.

The day after, Damian's will be hosting Houston's first annual Meatball Invitational on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. For $35, come out and sample meatballs from some of Houston's finest restaurants -- Paulie's, Carrabba's, Jonathan's The Rub, Oporto, Arturo Boada Cuisine and The Barbed Rose, just to name a few -- then vote for your favorite. You'll also enjoy passed bites from Damian's as well as wine from Spec's. Plus, valet parking at the Midtown restaurant is free!

Keep your weekend open for May 14 and 15 as two great events roll into town: Haute Wheels and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's 18th annual crawfish boil at the West Alabama Ice House.

Haute Wheels will be the city's first ever food truck festival, and we couldn't be more excited. From noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Houston's best food trucks will be taking over at the HCC Southwest Campus. So far, 15 different trucks are rolling in, and there will likely be more to come. From tacos and hot dogs to catfish and burgers, they'll have it all for $16 a ticket.

And if you need a break, head over to West Alabama Ice House on Saturday between 1 and 7 p.m. for "crawfish freshly arrived from South Louisiana, gumbo, red beans & rice, inexpensive beer" and more, courtesy of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They're requesting donations -- no ticket price! -- so give generously.



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nfabian
nfabian

Wait, how'd you forget about the first annual Texas Beer Fest on May 7? The goal of the fest is to promote craft beer, especially from local microbreweries. St Arnold's will be there, as will Independence, Real Ale, Southern Star, and over 60 more. We'll also have food from Zilla Street Eats, Bernie's Burger Bus, and Frosted Betty, to name but a few. And we've set up beer dinners the weeks before and after the fest, including such restaurants as Feast, Cinq, Beaver's, Bootsie's, T'afia... Check it out - www.texasbeerfest.org!

Greg Burland
Greg Burland

What's the deal with Haute Wheels? So you buy a $16 ticket to get in and get your beer samples and then pay for whatever truck food you want? Is there any food included in the ticket price at all?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

According to the event's website:

"The purchase of a Haute Wheels Ticket gets you:

In the gate of the festival to enjoy everything Haute Wheels has to offer.A stage with live music playing every hourShopping experience in the vendor village5 drink tickets to purchase sodas OR sample/purchase wine & beer (nonalcoholic or alcoholic beverage tickets given out depending on age and preference, IDs will be checked at the gate)And of course the option to purchase menu items from all of the food trucks on site!"

Greg Burland
Greg Burland

Am I alone in thinking that maybe they shouldn't charge admission for this? I mean it'll be nice to have all these trucks together in one place, especially trucks like Off The Hook whose territory is on the other side of town from me, but why am I paying $16 for samples of beer/wine and "the option" to inevitably spend more money? I think something like a $5 entry fee would be more appropriate.

Greg Burland
Greg Burland

Good points all around Katherine & Ed, I'll be there regardless.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

It seems to me like the majority of the money is going to pay the bands. And they're some pretty great local bands: The Tontons, Sideshow Tramps, Roky Moon, etc.

Ed T.
Ed T.

It's a benefit event - plus there are expenses in putting such an event on. Sounds like me like it is totally reasonable to charge admission. Whether $16 is the right amount, too much, or too little - that is up to the individual, I guess.

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