Upcoming Events: Street Food, Discovery Green Margarita Festival, Plus Wine Dinners

Categories: Edible Events

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Photo from Soma Sushi Facebook
You know you want to hang out with these cool cats at AzumaPalooza.
Chef Geoff Hundt of Benjy's in Rice Village will head up the second installment of the REMIX Pop-Up Dinner series on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. The Flat has opened its doors for guests to enjoy a menu (not yet announced) from Hundt, as well as a multitude of drink specials. One can expect the Benjy's chef to create a menu featuring local produce, especially judging from this picture posted on the event's Facebook page. Each item on the menu will cost between $7 and $10. Johnny Moon, along with DJ Klinch and DJ Good Grief, will provide the music for the evening until midnight.

Head to Soma Sushi on Thursday, October 24, for a night of street food, beer and music during AzumaPalooza 2. The Azuma Group owns and operates five Houston restaurant concepts: Azuma Sushi and Robata Rice Village, Azuma Sushi Downtown, Azuma on the Lake, Kata Robata and Soma Sushi. Purchase a ticket for $40 and enjoy unlimited tastings of food from all five restaurants and beer from 8th Wonder Brewery. DJ Sun will be in charge of the tunes, and Yamato Taiko Drummers will put on a special performance.

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Photo from Lee Edwin Coursey
Spend the Saturday sipping margaritas at the Houston Margarita Festival.
The weekends are meant for relaxing, and what better way to do that than spend the afternoon at the Houston Margarita Festival at Discovery Green? On Saturday, October 26, you'll have the chance to try just about any margarita flavor you can imagine. In fact, the festival will have 17 flavors on hand for guests to enjoy. General admission ticket costs $25 in advance or $35 at the gate, and include $6 of drink tickets -- tastings cost $2 each, a full margarita costs $6 and premium margaritas go for $8. You can purchase additional drink tickets inside the festival. To soak up that tequila (no one wants to be hungry AND tipsy), the festival will sell a variety of food, including hot wings and empanadas from Caribbean Cuisine, Mexican food from Henry's Dream Distributors and Cajun food from Baines Family Concessions and Lee's Fine Foods. The festival also includes a salsa competition, so be sure to head over to the main stage to cheer for your favorite.

Chefs Roshni Gurnani and Monica Pope have collaborated to bring you a four-course dinner with wine pairings at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop on Monday, October 28. The event begins at 6 p.m. The menu for the evening has yet to be released, but we should expect amazing things from these two reality show chefs. As many of you know, Pope starred on season 2 of Top Chef Masters, and Gurnani won Chopped on Food Network and competed on FOX's Hell's Kitchen. With Pope's free-flowing style of cooking and Gurnani's practice of blending different cultures, this is bound to be an exciting evening. Purchase your ticket for $95 to embark on this food journey.

Triniti will host a five-course dinner with wine pairings from Fisher Family Vineyards on Tuesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. The meal begins with duck in a blanket with jalapeño apricot jam, served with Rose of Pinot Noir, followed by autumn squashes with black quinoa and chestnut foam, paired with Mountain Estate Chardonnay. The third course includes Arctic char with chanterelle and pickled blueberry bordelaise, served with a Pinot Noir. Next, the chefs offer venison tartare with a beet macaron, roasted finger banana and a blended demi-glace, with Mountain Estate Cabernet. The evening will conclude with a salted chocolate hazelnut tart and apple streusel, paired with Cameron Vineyard Cabernet. Reserve your spot for $125.

Location Info

Benjy's

2424 Dunstan, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Flat

1701 Commonwealth, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Azuma Sushi & Robata Grill

5600 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Azuma

909 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Azuma on the Lake

15830 SW Freeway, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kata Robata Sushi & Grill

3600 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Soma Sushi

4820 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX

Category: General

Caribbean Cuisine

7433 Bissonnet, ste. F, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Triniti

2815 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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8 comments
JoannieR3
JoannieR3

I know the Azuma group is having a tough go of it lately, so I think it's nice of them to continue with the Azumapalooza fest! 

wagglesdorf
wagglesdorf

Azuma Group restaurants are a small step above the once popular Miyako sushi chain joints. I think as people learn more about good sushi, Azuma Group will have to resort to more hype like this to get new customers, so maybe we will see these mini-fests once every few months. I get the impression that like Miyako and Cafe Japon before them, Azuma is painfully overextended.

omgashmarie
omgashmarie

I am so happy that the Azuma Group is doing Azumapalooza again this year and in cooler weather! I went last year and it was an absolute blast! Tickets are a little bit more since last year but it INCLUDES FOOD AND DRINKS.

@klipsch As a regular of Azuma restaurants, I think the picture that is posted on here is just a promo for Azumapalooza- hence the "goofiness" that you refer to. I have never had a negative experience in regards to service or professionalism at any of the restaurants. And @joygroove did you attend last year? This is a once a year party and there is plenty of food going around (which need I say again, is INCLUDED in the ticket price). I was with a group of friends and we were really impressed.

I love the Azuma Group restaurants, and I hate to see people take cheap shots at a great group.

klipsch
klipsch

Instead of this Azuma/SOMA goofiness, I'm going to opt for some really great sushi in an adult setting, with staff that is more into food and drink than hype and bling.....in other words I'm going to Michiru Sushi!

Kaitlin was right on in her review this week: Michiru is awesome, and they don't overcharge like Azuma and Soma.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

@wagglesdorf @klipsch Wow, I wonder where all this negativity is coming from? I'm a big fan of the Azuma group parties, and if you've ever been to one, you'd know that whenever Azuma group does a party or event, they go all out -- more as a thank you to their loyal customers than to drum up new business. 

If you'd been to Go Pig or Go Home, Azumapalooza last year, the Autumn festival at Kata Robata (I attended all of them) -- you'd see regulars there enjoying the abundant food and having an all around good time (see comments from people who actually attended last year @omgashmarie and @biglebowski). This is an annual event and the chefs work hard to make it memorable for everyone. 

That said, to the people who want to go --  buy tickets early as it will no doubt sell out! 

biglebowski
biglebowski

@omgashmarie @klipsch @joygroove I went last year too. I easily ate $75 worth of good food and drank $60 in good brew, hell of a deal. Had a blast and they had some good tunes as well. Sun is spinning all old school hip-hop on vinyl for this I heard? Um, count me in! These guys usually throw really cool events, Go Pig or Go Home was really fun too. I agree with omgashmarie there is no reason to be hating on these azuma group folk.

joygroove
joygroove

@klipsch  

Agree! The Korean Festival at Discovery Green is FREE has way better and more food, and the music is real, not concocted by some flack

bnjy33
bnjy33

@Mai Pham  

Like you say, talking to their current customers and regulars, and that's nice, but without new customers who are now trying other and better options, they will be talking into an echochamber, which again is fine. It's a nice event, and hats off to you for your positive outlook and approving it for what it is.

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