Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Crawfish, Whiskey, & Food Truck Eats

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At $2.99 a pound, you can be taking down plenty of crawfish this weekend.
Kemah Crawfish Festival @ Kemah City Parking Lot
Friday - Sunday
604 Bradford

The 5th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival is taking place all weekend long. Enjoy live music, dancing, drinks, and plenty of $2.99 per pound crawfish on Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 (kids under 12 are free).

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Upcoming Houston Food Events: An Italy vs. France Showdown & More

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You'll find bite size appetizers from land and sea at this culinary showdown.
On Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m., join executive chef Giancarlo Ferrara of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar and executive chef and owner Jacques Fox of Artisans Restaurant at their friendly Italy vs. France culinary competition, held at Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, 6100 Westheimer. Tickets ($135 for members of the Italy-America, or French-American Chambers of Commerce; $150 for non-members) will get you entrance to the reception and an extravagant wine-paired dinner. Enjoy foie gras tarte tatin, bufalo-ricotta ravioli with shrimp tartar, stuffed quail leg, and more.

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Rebecca Masson and Brandi Key Join Forces For A Pop-Up Dinner Sunday

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Pastry chef Rebecca Masson and Chef Brandi Key are cooking this Sunday for an Aces of Taste pop-up dinner.

Pastry chef Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar (expected to open in Midtown next month) and executive chef Brandi Key of both Coppa Osteria and Punk's Simple Southern Food will cook for an Aces of Taste pop-up this Sunday, March 22.

Aces of Taste is a dinner series that happens on roughly a monthly basis. Past chefs have included Chris Williams of Lucille's and Mike Potowski of Benjy's. The events are held in varying locations and this one is at Bodega 1617 Wine Bar at 1617 Richmond.

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Where to Eat in Houston Easter 2015

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Celebrate Easter with an elegant Creole-style affair at Brennan's.
From bunny breakfasts, egg hunts, and 3-course meals featuring roasted racks of lamb to Mexican-style brunch buffets with live music and cocktails, here's where to eat this Easter in Houston:

Note: Don't forget to make your reservations quickly, as these spots are bound to fill up!

024 Grille
945 N. Gessner, 281-501-4350

On Saturday, March 28, gather the whole family and hippity hop over to 024 Grille for a delicious breakfast buffet featuring an Easter egg hunt, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, kids coloring craft station, gift bags for kids, and complimentary self-parking in the Westin Garage. Cost is $24 per adult, $14 for children 4 - 14, and free for children 3 and under. Seatings are available at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

On Easter Sunday, enjoy a festive brunch featuring breakfast and lunch fare, holiday favorites, desserts, and more ($55 per adult, $25 for children 4 - 14, free for children 3 and under).

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This Week In Houston Food Events: Go Irish, Scottish and French

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On Thursday, Culinary Institute Le Nôtre and Kris Bistro will celebrate both a new book and worldwide recognition of traditional French cuisine.

Monday, March 16

Paul Goerg Wine Dinner At Museum Park Cafe

Mario Rinaldi, brand ambassador of Paul Goerg, is visiting Museum Park Cafe for a wine dinner. The Champagne producer is located in the Côte des Blancs vineyards, an area known for some of the world's great Chardonnay grapes. The four-course menu includes Scallop Crudo, Striped Bass, Duck Confit and Pistachio Yogurt with Pomegranate. Call 713-520-0108 to make reservations. 1801 Binz. $89 plus tax and gratuity. 7 p.m.

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The Five Best Food Bets in Houston This Weekend: Get Your Irish On

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Get ready to paint the town green.
St. Patrick's Weekend @ Kenneally's Irish Pub

Friday & Saturday
2111 South Shepherd

On Friday, practice for the weekend's festivities at the club's "Party Under the Tent." On Saturday, the bar opens at noon and the revelry -- complete with live music, Irish booze, corned beef sandwiches, Guinness bread and more -- runs well into the night.

Karbach Cook Off! @ Lucky's Pub Heights
Saturday, all day
2520 Houston

This Saturday, the Heights location of Lucky's Pub and Karbach Brewing Co. will be hosting their second annual Karbach Cook Off. A $30 ticket will get you tastings of all the chili, chicken and open-dish entries, plus four drink tickets and a souvenir pint glass. All proceeds will benefit four chosen firefighter foundations.

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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Rodeo Specials & Wine Tastings

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Ride The Wave to the Rodeo and enjoy food and drink specials.
Kenny & Ziggy's, 2327 Post Oak, is getting in on the St. Patrick's Day action this Tuesday, March 17. All day, the popular deli will be serving up its corned beef & cabbage dinner (which includes 2 sides and a house salad) and a bottle of ale for $21.95. Talk about the luck of the Irish. Blarney tov!

Now through the entire Rodeo season, Museum Park Cafe and Bosta Wine & Coffee, 1801 Binz, are offering Wave riders' a round up of specials. Before you catch the shuttle, chow down on MPC's "Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. beer and Rodeo Burger" special for $12, or cool down with $6 Cowboy Cocktails (offer starts at 4:30 p.m.). Over at Bosta, rodeo-bound guests can enjoy $3 Texas Beer specials, $5 Chili Fries and $7 Barnyard Sandwiches. Regular happy hour menus will also be available until 7 p.m.

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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Time to Get Your Crawfish On

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Get your mudbug on at not one but two of our weekend events.
Crabbie's Tastings @ Multiple locations
Friday - Sunday

Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, the first alcoholic ginger beer available in the United States, has made its way to Houston. Get a taste of the refreshing drink at events all weekend long, including an Instagram Party at The Railyard, 4206 San Felipe, on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.; and a Crabbie's and Crawfish party at The Front Porch Pub, 217 Gray, on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. See the full list of events here.

Emmett and Shine Chuck Wagon @ Frank's Americana Revival & White Star Bar
Friday, 5:30 p.m.
3736 Westheimer

The 130-year Emmett and Shine Chuck Wagon and Frank's Americana Revival are ready to kick off the rodeo season in style. For two Fridays in March (March 6 and 13), chef Colin Shine and his culinary team will craft nightly features, while owner Mike Shine and partner and GM Chris Shine will be at the Chuck Wagon entertaining guests and preparing free trail food samples. This week, you can expect bacon-wrapped watermelon bites, Jameson chipotle quail, coffee-rubbed antelope and more.

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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Bacon, Wine & St. Patty's Day

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Get your sizzle on at Central Market's Bacon Fest.
Now through Tuesday, March 17, Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, is celebrating the bacon-obsessed with its first annual Bacon Fest. During this two week long fete, customers are invited to try out more than 35 varieties of bacon, dozens of new recipes, and bacon-centric classes at the Central Market Cooking School. Events include the Discovery Series: Beer & Bacon class on Monday, March 9; and a Kwik Kitchen: Small Bites with Bacon & Cheese class on Saturday, March 14, among others. In addition, enter the store's Ultimate Bacon Recipe Contest (until March 17) for the chance to win the grand prize of one year's supply of Central Market bacon.

March is National Noodle Month. Join the celebration by exploring Thai noodles at Khun Kay,1209 Montrose. The restaurant will be offering a different weekly noodle special all month long. Week 2 features co-owner Kay Soodjai's favorite childhood dish, the Sen Mee noodle (vermicelli-style Thai noodles with rich bean sauce, choice of chicken or mock duck). Each new weekly special can be found on the café's blackboard and can be ordered for dining in or take out. They sell for $10.95, but beef or shrimp can be substituted for the chicken or mock duck for an additional $2.

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Thai Pop-Up Dinner in Houston by New York Chef Hong Thaimee

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Chef Hong Thaimee of Ngam in New York City's East Village.

There are pop-up dinners and then there are must-not-miss pop-up dinners, and this coming Sunday and Monday, Paper Co. is going to be playing host to two must-not-miss pop-up dinners that will showcase the cuisine of visiting chef Hong Thaimee of Ngam Thai Restaurant in New York City's East Village.

Thaimee, whose restaurant, Ngam, was named Best Thai Restaurant in New York City by The Village Voice in 2013, is acclaimed for her scratch-made modern Thai cuisine utilizing fresh, locally sourced, sustainable products. She has competed on Iron Chef America against Bobby Flay. She has been a guest chef at the James Beard House. Her cuisine and restaurant have received numerous accolades in the press, where she has been featured in Saveur, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and more.

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