Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Food and Drink at These Houston Events
Byejoe Chinese New Year Celebration @ Summer Street Studios
Photo courtesy Byejoe Come by Summer Street Studios for a dancing cocktail party to celebrate the new year.
Saturday, February 1
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Free entry. Free cocktails. Lots of dancing. What's not to love? Chinese liquor company Byejoe (producers of traditional Chinese liquor baijiu) is hosting an event to celebrate the new year of the horse. DJ Ceeplus Badknives and DJ Fredster will be spinning house music as well as dance tunes to accompany lion dancers and ribbon dancers. Attire is new year's dressy (think an American New Year's Eve party) and admittance is strictly 21 and up. RSVP for the event online.
Happy Hour and Lunar New Year Test Kitchen Tuesday @ Boheme
Tuesday, February 4
6 p.m. until the food runs out
The Asia Society Texas Center Young Professionals is hosting a party at Boheme as a precursor to Thursday evening's pop-up dinner with celebrity chef Christine Ha and Rishi Singh, head chef at Boheme. On Tuesday, come to the Montrose cafe and bar for Singh's "Lunar Wings," all for only $7. He describes them as "crispy jumbo chicken wings tossed with tangerine hoisin sauce, topped with toasted crushed peanut and cilantro, and served with a gorgonzola dolce sauce." There will also be drink specials and Boheme's regular menu of goodies. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Asia Society Texas Center, and guests will have the opportunity to win a signed copy of Christine Ha's cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen.
Join MasterChef winner Christine Ha and Boheme chef Rishi Singh as they prepare a Lunar New Year-inspired tasting menu that's free for members of the Asia Society and $35 for non-members (and $50 after 12 p.m. February 6). Chef Ha will be available to sign cookbooks and autographs and answer questions about her journey from blind home cook to culinary celebrity. Chef Singh will probably also sign autographs if you ask him. Purchase tickets online through the Asia Society.
5th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration @ Fung's Kitchen
Tuesday, February 11
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Of course, some of the most decadent celebrations are happening in Chinatown. At Fung's Kitchen, celebrity chef Martin Yan, master chef Hoi Fung and hand-pulled noodle master Tony Wu will be cooking up an eight-course banquet featuring a traditional lion dance and door prizes. The meal, which costs $88, will include Fung's roast pork, creamy pumpkin grouper soup, roast plump Champagne quail, Pacific imperial scallops with wasabi sauce, tiger shrimp with spicy garlic salt, stir-fried pork in a crispy wonton cup, scissor-cut hand pulled noodles (plus a demonstration) and a fresh fruit dessert. The meal also includes wine pairings. Make a reservation online or call Gilbert Fung at 713-779-2288.