The Last Bite: Rebecca Masson Is Throwing Her Final Sweet & Savory Fundraiser Dinner for Lucky Dog Rescue

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From the Spring 2012 All-Star Sweet & Savory: Chefs Jason Gould, Rebecca Masson, Katzie Guy-Hamilton, Amanda Rockman, and Megan Ketover

What started out as a fun fundraising event for the Lucky Dog Rescue charity has taken on a life of its own. Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson's Sweet & Savory charity dinners have become legendary. And this Sunday, she will hold her last one, which promises to be grand in every way.

"So basically, when we started this, my goal was to do 10 dinners and this is the tenth," says Masson. "We have had some amazingly awesome chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, wine folks & beer masters participate in the dinners. Each dinner keeps getting better and better. This one will be one for the record books for sure. I never thought that this would become such an awesome event. I was just happy after each one that it was successful and folks enjoyed themselves while raising money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I owe many thanks to all the folks that have participated... I have some pretty amazing friends."

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Mala By Morning: Blacksmith and Mala Sichuan's Chinese Breakfast and Donut Pop-up

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On the table: We asked them to bring out everything at once. This was about half the order.

"I'll have the treasure chest cereal, the empress ribs, the golden coin omelet, the pork hock with bok choy, and the point and kill mouthwatering chicken." This was our initial order, which was quickly followed by "Just add the congee to that. Oh, and the calamondin cake donut and the sichuan peppercorn dark chocolate donut."

It was Sunday morning at approximately 11 a.m. at Mala Sichuan Bistro. David Buehrer of Blacksmith Coffee and his partner in the as-yet unnamed upcoming donut shop, Carlos Ballon, had organized a pop-up Chinese breakfast and donut brunch with Mala's Cory Xiong. Dubbed "Mala By Morning," Buehrer said he'd been wanting to do something with Mala since they'd participated in the an evening pop-up event at Blacksmith last summer.

The menu consisted of 10 dishes that were mostly by Mala, donuts by Buehrer and Ballon, and drinks (coffee and tea) by Blacksmith. "I had to convince them to do it," Buehrer says of the menu, which consisted primarily of simple items that would make up a Chinese breakfast at home that one wouldn't find on a restaurant menu. He said that Xiong and her husband resisted the idea of doing it because the food is what they consider typical breakfast food, nothing fancy.

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Argentine Celebrity Chef Francis Mallman, His New Book Mallman on Fire and His Cooking Class at Central Market

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Argentine chef and author Francis Mallman visited Central Market to promote his new book, "Mallman On Fire."

Central Market's cooking school often hosts celebrity guest chefs and authors. Such was the case on Tuesday evening when they hosted celebrity chef Francis Mallman -- Argentina's most famous chef -- for a cooking class and book signing.

Mallman's class featured five recipes from his newest cookbook, Mallman On Fire, progressing from a simple beet and orange salad with arugula and feta, to an appetizer of griddled Bartlett pears with aged comte and romaine lettuce, to the most difficult (but also delicious) main courses -- a duo of smashed chicken breast in a potato crust with tomato and arugula salad, and a gratin of potatoes with emmental wrapped in ham and serve with a fried quail egg, followed by a simple dessert of pressed pears and plums in red wine with rosemary.

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Tastes From Around the Globe

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Get Underbelly's take on Mission Chinese's infamous chicken wings.
Happy Hour @ Underbelly
Starting Thursday, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close
1100 Westheimer

Beginning today, Chef Chris Shepherd will pay tribute to his fellow chefs and friends around the country by "covering" some of their most influential dishes.

"I've learned so much from other chefs," said Shepherd. "It's an honor for me to show them respect by giving my customers an opportunity to taste these dishes that have inspired me to be a better cook. Hopefully, my customers will seek out some of these restaurants when they travel to experience the original."
The "cover" menu -- available at the UB Wine Bar during happy hour on Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close -- will change every few months, but for now you can look out for things like Mission Chinese Hot Wings, Peche's Smoked Gulf Fish Dip, and City Grocery Tamales. And since it's happy hour, all wines by the glass are half-off, too.

Korean Festival @ Discovery Green
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 pm.
1500 McKinney

The Korean American Society of Houston's 6th Annual Korean Festival is taking over Discovery Green this Saturday. The free event will feature loads of vendors serving up authentic Korean fare and live performances from traditional Korean dancers, folk musicians, and TaeKwonDo masters.


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Upcoming Events: Big Brews and Free Burgers

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Is there really a better burger than a FREE burger?
Big Brew, the nation's second largest craft beer festival, is coming to Houston from October 20 through October 26. The week-long celebration will feature more than 1,000 craft beers from more than 40 Texas breweries along with a different event each day. Kick off the party with one of three beer dinners; America's & Southern Star Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Americas River Oaks at on Monday, October 20; Witchcraft Tavern Provision Co. & Karbach Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Witchcraft Tavern on Tuesday, October 23; or RDG + Bar Annie & Saint Arnold Brewing Co.'s Beer Dinner at RDG + Bar Annie on Wednesday, October 22. On Thursday, October 23, the weekend fun starts at the George R. Brown Convention Center with The Great Match, a food and beverage pairing event from Houston's top culinary talent. Friday, October 24 brings a Texas Brewery Showcase and Houston Pub Crawl and Saturday, October 25 is the Big Brew Grand Tasting Session and Beer Snobs VIP Zone. The weekend closes out with the 8th Wonder Brewston Brunch -- a three-course brunch and beer pairing -- at Shula's downtown on Sunday, October 26.

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Kolaches & Klobasneks at Revival Market

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Don't miss out on Kolache Saturday at Revival Market.
Kolaches & Klobasneks @ Revival Market
Saturday, 8 a.m.
550 Heights

Kolache Saturday is back at Revival Market. Starting at 8 a.m., the specialty grocery store/cafe will serve a variety of kolaches and klobasneks. Arrive early to make sure you get the flavors you want. Revival Market will serve pumpkin bourbon pecan and caramel apple kolaches, as well as chicken and sage, and kielbasa and cheddar klobasneks. You don't want to miss out on this special Saturday breakfast.

Texas Beer Festival @ Landry's Seafood, The Woodlands
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1212 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands

Spend the afternoon in The Woodlands at the Texas Beer Festival hosted by Landry's Seafood. From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., you will have the chance to enjoy samples of craft beer from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Southern Star Brewing, Karbach Brewing Company, and Shiner beers. The festival also includes samples of wine from Becker Vineyards, Fall Creek Vineyards, Llano Estacado Winery and Messina Hof Winery, as well as spirits from Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Railean Handmade Texas Rum and Tito's Handmade Vodka. Your $55 ticket (purchased in advance) or $59 ticket (purchased at the door) gives you access to all of these alcoholic beverages as well as complimentary light bites.

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Upcoming Events: Celebrate International Curry Week at The Springbok

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The Springbok currently serves this oxtail in red curry with Yorkshire pudding.
The Springbok will celebrate International Curry Week from October 13 until October 17; this event is typically celebrated around the world with special events from participating restaurants. Pete Walker, owner of The Springbok, wants to make International Curry Week an annual event in Houston next year by partnering with Houston restaurants specializing in South African, Asian and Indian cuisines. This year, though, the restaurant will feature a different curry dish each day of the week prepared by chef Seth Greenburg. Monday's special dish will be Chicken Bunny Chow; Tuesday, guests can order Short Rib Curry with tamarind chutney; Wednesday's special will be Antelope Vindaloo with pickled peach chutney; Thursday will feature Wild Boar Curry; and Friday, chef Greenburg will prepare Oxtail in Red Curry.

Head to Kata Robata for a taste of Italian white truffles. Chef Manuba Horiuchi will be using these truffles, known as trifola d'Alba in a variety of dishes at the Japanese restaurant through the end of November (or until the supply ends). One of the featured truffle dishes is the White Alba Truffle Chawanmushi, an unsweetened Japanese egg custard seasoned with soy sauce, dashi and mirin; the dish typically features meat, seafood, mushrooms and ginkgo nuts, and is topped with shaved truffles.

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Urban Harvest Farmers Market Celebrates 10 Years With Fundraiser Dinner at Underbelly

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The Urban Harvest Farmers Market has been in operation for ten years. The non-profit organization, Urban Harvest, was started 20 years ago in 1994, but over the past decade, the farmers markets (Saturdays at Eastside and Wednesdays at City Hall) have become the place to buy fresh vegetables, support local businesses and eat scrumptious food.

Market manager, Tyler Horne, says the growth process of the markets has definitely been slow and steady. Over the years the vendor lineup has expanded and improved, drawing more customers each weekend and Wednesday afternoon.

"Now with such an incredible lineup of vendors, it's established itself as the best place to go and spend a Saturday morning to shop for fresh vegetables and it encompasses so many other things than just shopping," Horne says. "We've got non-profits out there; we've got chefs; we've got live music; it's just the place you can go to get plugged in to what's going on in the community as well."

And what better way to reflect on the past ten years and celebrate the market's successes than by throwing a 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser Dinner featuring local chefs and farmers? On Sunday, November 9, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Houston chefs paired with a specific farm featured at the market will each prepare a special dish to serve to guests at Underbelly. Chef Chris Shepherd has been a long-time supporter of local farms and the Urban Harvest farmers market, so it's fitting that his restaurant is the venue for this anniversary celebration.

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Pub Night at Saint Arnold & More

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Get a glass of Oktoberfest at Saint Arnold's Pub Night.
Pub Night @ Saint Arnold Brewery
Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2000 Lyons

The October Pub Night at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. has arrived. From 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., the brewery will serve as a bar so you can purchase your beers by the glass or the bottle. As always, there's no entry fee for Pub Night. Saint Arnold will offer select Divine Reserves and Bishop's Barrels, as well as select beers on tap, such as Fancy Lawnmower, Amber Ale and Oktoberfest, throughout the night. Pair those beers with English Chicken Curry served with roasted red peppers, chickpeas and rice, or try something with a little more grease, such as the hand cut frites topped with corned beef, Oktoberfest aioli and sauerkraut.

Diplomats of Drum Malaysian Cooking Class @ Central Market
Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
3815 Westheimer

The Diplomats of Drum, a 16-member Malaysian percussion group, has been visiting Houston this past week and to end their visit, they will host a Malaysian cooking class at Central Market tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the class cost $45; each guest will learn about Malaysian cuisine and will feast on a variety of dishes incorporating Chinese, Malaysian and Indian flavors. The cooking class menu includes penang char kuey teow (flat noodles), chicken curry and roti jala (net pancake), as well as a Malaysian fruit salad, rojak.

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Upcoming Events: Wagyu & Wine Is Oh So Fine

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Pair one of three gourmet Wagyu beef burgers with a glass of wine at The Capital Grille.
The Capital Grille is currently offering its "Waygu & Wine" special now through November 23. Guests can choose a gourmet burger paired with a glass of wine for $25. Burger options are the classic Wagyu Cheeseburger featuring a toasted brioche roll, Havarti cheese, a sunny-side up egg and crispy onions; the Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger with shallot mayonnaise; and the Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger featuring 15-year aged balsamic. Each of these burgers is served with a side of Parmesan fries. Guests will then pair their meal with either a glass of Jordan 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a rich, dark fruit wine, or J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013, featuring bright fruity notes of cherry and black raspberries.

Don't miss out on the 36th Houston Italian Festival at the University of St. Thomas, beginning Thursday, October 9, and lasting through the weekend to Sunday, October 12. Admission is free on Thursday (all day) and Friday until 4 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults, but advanced tickets may be purchased online for $6. There will be plenty of food at the Italian Festival, so come hungry. Stuff your face with spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant Parmesan from Mancuso Farms, Rigatoni "D" from Maggiano's Little Italy, baked artichoke hearts and meatball sandwiches. Don't forget about dessert; satisfy that sweet tooth with cannoli, Italian cookies, gelato from Sunbelt Imports, Inc., Roman candies, sfingi (Sicilian puff pastry fritters) from Andiamo Fresh Italian and Italian Water Ice from Orion Water Ice. Of course, there will be plenty of wine and beer, plus espresso drinks, affogatos, lattes and frappes.

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