The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Christine Ha's Pop-Up Dinner, Family Fun Day & More
Kemah Greek Food and Wine Festival @ Kemah Bridge
Photo by stevendepolo Feast on Greek classics like baklava and spinach pie at the Kemah Greek Food and Wine Festival this weekend.
604 Bradford Ave., Kemah
Feast on gyros, souvlaki, tyropita and falafal all weekend long at the Kemah Greek Food and Wine Festival. Each day is filled with a variety of activities and attractions, including the Toga Fun Run 5K Saturday morning and the Greek Pizza Eating contest later that afternoon. Individual tickets to the Greek Fest are $8 and a family-and-friends pack of four costs $30. These general admission tickets give you access to the festival and selected events.
Bayou City Outdoors' Farmers Market Ride @ Onion Creek
Saturday, 8 a.m.
3106 White Oak Dr.
Don't just drive to the farmers' market when you can ride your bike from Onion Creek with Bayou City Outdoors. Meet at Onion Creek for a cup of coffee before heading out on a 12- to 15-mile bike ride during which you and the group will stop at two or three different farmers' markets and have the opportunity to pick up some of the freshest produce from local vendors. The ride lasts until noon, so bring plenty of water.
Photo from Christine Ha -- MasterChef 3 Facebook Ha will prepare a dish from her new cookbook.
Christine Ha Pop-up Dinner @ MKT Bar
Saturday, 3 p.m.
1001 Austin St.
The MasterChef season 3 winner is setting up shop in MKT Bar for the afternoon and early evening in her first pop-up dinner. In honor of the last week of summer, Ha will be making street-food dishes that use season-appropriate ingredients. The a la carte menu starts with an inspiration from her winning first course dish from the MasterChef finale -- green papaya salad with beef jerky, jicama and candied peanuts. Next she'll prepare two types of chicken wings -- one batch caramelized in fish sauce (from her cookbook, "Recipes from My Home Kitchen"), the other smothered in spicy red bean paste (for her husband's heritage). Ha will then serve a Thai-inspired dessert made with coconut milk, cream, lychee, longan, green grass jelly, palm seeds, jackfruit and coconut jelly. Admission to the event is free (food costs $12) and it starts at 3 p.m.; food is served on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don't miss out on any of these dishes. MKT Bar has also paired several alcoholic drinks with the menu for an additional cost: Karbach Sympathy for the Lager at$4, Albamar Chardonnay for $5 and Maltz Joven Tinto at $5.
Karbach Brewing Co. Beer Dinner @ Central Market
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
For two and a half hours, guests will feast on a six-course seafood dinner paired with different Karbach beers. Unfortunately, Central Market is keeping the names of the beers under wraps until the event, but they have previewed the menu for the evening. Central Market Cooking School staff will serve mussels steamed in beer, a beer-battered fish with coleslaw, roasted salmon served with a beer butter sauce and sautéed spinach, beer-marinated shrimp tacos, spicy seared tuna with scallion sticky rice, and, for dessert, beer ice cream sandwiches. Throughout the dinner, Central Market's John Butler will discuss the seafood used in each dish, and Russ Stephenson, the market's beer and wine manager, will discuss the beer pairings. A representative of Karbach Brewing Company will also be at the dinner to talk about the brewery's beers and answer questions. If you love seafood and you love beer, then this $65 dinner is for you.
Family Fun Day @ Haak Vineyards & Winery
Sunday, 1 p.m.
6310 Ave T, Santa Fe
Spend the entire day with the family at Haak Vineyards & Winery on Sunday. The winery will host a variety of activities perfect for the whole family, including cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and games. The winery will not be giving tours that day, but that doesn't mean they aren't serving wine. Guests can purchase wine by the glass and by the bottle. Admission to the event is free, but food and wine will cost you. Enjoy a Haak burger served with sweet potato fries for $11, a charcuterie and cheese tray served with fruit and crackers for $10, or a glass of tropical sangria blended with Haak's wine for $5, also available by the pitcher for $15.