The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Wine Fest, Tamales and Free Pizza for Life!

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Last year, Pi Pizza turned away more than 100 people looking to cash in on their tattoo/free pizza for life deal.
Cigar & Whiskey Dinner @ Sullivan's Steakhouse
Friday, 7 p.m.
4608 Westheimer

Enjoy a three-course menu perfectly paired with Herman Marshall whiskey and Padron's signature 1926 cigar this Friday at Sullivan's. The extravagant meal -- featuring whiskey-paired steak tartare and quail over jalapeño polenta -- is $75 per guest (plus tax & tip). Call 713-961-0333 for reservations.

Japan Food Festival @ University of St. Thomas
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3800 Montrose

Feast beyond raw and rice as you celebrate Japanese culture through tastes from vendors such asKubo's Sushi Bar & Grill, Asahi Beer and Takara Sake alongside live music and dancing. Proceeds benefit the U.S. Japan Studies Initiative at the University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies. Check here for more details.

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Upcoming Events: Christmastime at Texas Ren Fest and More

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Head to Ren Fest for turkey legs, pumpkin pie, and holiday cheer.
Rice Village's Café Rabelais will be hosting a Burgundy Dinner on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. The event will feature an elegant French-inspired meal paired with Burgundy wines from Domaine Manuel Oliver ($95 per person plus tax and gratuity). See for more details and to make reservations.

It's almost Christmastime at the Texas Renaissance Festival! Every weekend, the fair takes on a new theme and on November 28 through November 30, that theme is the Celtic Christmas. In addition to holiday-inspired costumes, hot spiced mead, and festive fare all weekend long, there will be a Candy Cane Hunt throughout the festival grounds. On Sunday at 4 p.m., there's even a Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest held at the New Market Music Gazebo. Be sure to come hungry if you dare to try!

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This Week In Food Events: It's Beaujolais Time

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Visit chocolatier Annie Rupani's shop, Cacao & Cardamom, to meet the Houston Texans and help the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation.

Tuesday, November 18

Chocolate and Charity With The Houston Texans

Cacao & Cardamom, the Galleria-area shop known for its luxurious exotic chocolates, is hosting an event benefiting the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation. Players for the Houston Texans, as well former Houston Texans player and ambassador Pitts himself, will sell as many of chocolatier Annie Rupani's candies as they can to raise money for the foundation. The Foundation provides musical education for youth through activities such as taking kids to performances of the Houston Symphony. 5000 Westheimer, Suite 602. 7 to 8 p.m.

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Gumbo, Wine & Whiskey

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Don't miss your chance to get a taste of some of the city's finest gumbo.
2nd Annual Gumbo Smackdown @ Houstonia House
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
447 Heights Boulevard

Join Houstonia magazine as the city's finest chef's compete for the title of Best Gumbo. The tough competition includes The Cajun Stop, Fleming's (last year's champion), and more, while the judging panel includes local celebrity Juan Carlos and chef Kevin Naderi (Roost, Lillo & Ella). Get tickets ($25 for one; $23 for two or more) here.

Sip and Stroll Wine Festival @ Kemah Boardwalk
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
215 Kipp Avenue

Stroll the Kemah Boardwalk as you sip on samples from 24 different wineries and two breweries. With live music, appetizers, and more than 70 wines to taste (with a focus on best of wines of the Pacific Northwest), the day is sure to be entertaining. Tickets ($45 per person; $37/person for Landry's members; $37 with military I.D.) include drink samples, a souvenir glass, and more. Purchase them online or onsite starting at noon.

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Upcoming Events: Celebrate 1 Year With Union Kitchen - Kingwood

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Tell us this Union Kitchen burger doesn't need to be celebrated.
Earlier this week, Julep launched a month-long happy hour featuring classic libations that pay homage to the spirit of the South. From now until Deember 9, get a taste of 30 cocktails -- including Mississippi Punch, which references the popular sport of boxing in the South; and the Meyer Lemon Thunderbolt, a variation of a julep made with Gulf Coast citrus -- for half-price from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Be sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter (@JulepHOU), and Instagram, where they'll be sharing the cocktails' back stories throughout the month.

The Kingwood location of Union Kitchen will be celebrating its 1 year anniversary on Wednesday, November 19. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the restaurant will be offering food-and-wine pairings from its new Fall Appetizer Menu, featuring sausage-stuffed creminis, frito pie mac' and cheese, and housemade gnocchi. The event will take place in the private dining area, but the main dining room will be open for regular dinner service as well. All proceeds from the event benefit the Humble Area Assistance Ministries. Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold at the door. Visit their website or call 832-644-9067 for more information.

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UPDATED: This Week in Food Events: A Food Fight Against Cancer

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It's time to start thinking about bubbly for the holidays and Pappas Bros. can help.

Monday, November 10

Drink Some Wine; Save Pets' Lives

This is happening tonight, so jump on this if you want in. Chef Danny Trace of Brennan's of Houston is collaborating with Bruliam Wines for a charitable wine dinner. Bruliam is a unique wine producer--they donate 100 percent of their profits to charity. Houston pet adoption group Friends for Life is the beneficiary for this dinner. A wine magnum will be auctioned, with the profits from that also going to Friends For Life. Winemaker/co-owner Kerith Overstreet will be in attendance, as well as Brennan's sommelier David Anderson. Call 713-522-9711 to reserve. 6:30 p.m. 3300 Smith Street. $125 plus tax and gratuity.

11/10/14 1:08 p.m. We've been informed by Brennan's public relations firm that the above event has been canceled. The reason was not given.

Tuesday, November 11 Added 11/1014 3:34 pm.

Ronnie Killen recently named Joe Cervantez Executive Chef of Killen's Steakhouse and they are collaborating on an Italian wine dinner this week. The Vigna Rionda-Massolino Winery in Piedmont, Italy is known for their spicy Barolos. Diners will have an opportunity to see what happens when these wines are tried alongside chef-driven fare with some hearty Texan twists. A press release promises "an extraordinary dinner not to be missed." Among the delicacies: Braised Rabbit Donut with foie gras ganache, confit cherries, chicory greens and quail egg paired with Serralunga d'Alba 2009. Yes, that sounds like that will work nicely. Call (281) 485-0844 for reservations. 7 p.m. 2804 S Main St, Pearland. $125 per person plus tax and gratuity

Wednesday, November 12

Latin Wine Night at Rainbow Lodge

This is the next in Rainbow Lodge's monthly series of reasonably-priced wine events and it focuses on Latin wines. Four wines, from Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile, are each paired with a single dish. Dishes include Smoked Chile Braised Beef Short Ribs (which sound great with a Malbec) and Almond de Touchino Cake Bars and Caramel for dessert. Sounds yummy. The event is casual, "walk-around" style. Call 713-861-8666 to reserve a spot. 5:30 p.m. 2011 Ella. $35

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Trucks & a Christmas Pub Crawl

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Houston Food Truck Fest @ Stereo Live
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
6400 Richmond

Head to Stereo Live to catch local vendors, live music, and art showcases alongside 20 of Houston's baddest food trucks. Look out for Phamily Bites, The Waffle Bus, and more (see the complete lineup here). And did we mention the beer and drink specials that run all day? Yeah. Tickets are $18 per person (or $5 for kids 6 to 12), with family packs available.

Market on the Avenue @ West Ave
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
2800 Kirby

West Ave merchants will be expanding onto the avenue outside their doors for this open air market and street fest. The afternoon will feature a pop-up cook-book shop and a tasty bites competition from Nara Sushi and Korean Kitchen, Del Frisco's Grille, Eddie V's and CRU (3 p.m.), alongside food and drink specials all day long.

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Upcoming Events: Beer-aoke & a Whiskey Dinner

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Head to Karbach and fill up your mug for a good cause.
On Wednesday, November 12, K-9 Angels Rescue and Karbach Brewing Co. are teaming up to bring you the K-9 Angels Pints for Pups Fall Fundraiser. The event, held at Karbach Brewery from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., features all you can drink Karbach beer, BBQ dinner, and desserts. All proceeds go to saving Houston area dogs from kill shelters, providing veterinary care, and re-homing them. Get tickets ($30) here.

Like karaoke but don't have the guts? Problem solved! Woody, a giant traveling barrel of beer from Oregon's Deschutes Brewery, will be at Hans Beer Haus on Thursday, November 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Beer-aoke. Fill up on awesome brews and you sing your little heart out.

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This Week in Food Events: A Chili Cookoff for Charity and Drinking Events Out the Wazoo

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Just in time for the holidays, learn how to make cocktails at Julep

Monday, November 3

Shake Off the Afternoon Slump with Free Coffee From La Madeline

Did that extra hour of sleep from the time change the night before just not do enough for you? La Madeline invites you to come have a cup of coffee on them today. Yes, you may take it to go. No, you may not have refills on your free cup of coffee. Don't be that guy (or girl). All Houston-area locations. Free.

Tuesday, November 4

Don't forget to vote, if you haven't done so already. Then, don't you deserve a reward? Of course you do. Consider one of these events (or both if you can manage it).

Del Maguey Mezcal Tasting at The Pastry War

If you don't have to work in the afternoon (or can sneak away for a bit), drop by The Pastry War from 2 to 4 p.m. to try the Del Maguey Vino de Mezcal series and snack on tamales. Alba Huerta of Julep, Bobby Heugel of The Pastry War and Boston bartender and Del Maguey rep Misty Kalkofen will be on-hand to discuss the small batch, traditionally made mezcals. 2-4 p.m. 310 Main.

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Vote and Get a Free Beer at The Bird House

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What's better than beer? Fried chicken and beer!

The Bird House, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company and the upcoming Southern Goods restaurant from chef Lyle Bento and partner Charles Bishop want you to get out and vote in the November 4 elections. They are also willing to reward you for it with a free beer.

The event is called "Don't Be a Chicken and Vote" and it starts at 5 p.m. at The Bird House. Show up with proof that you voted and with the purchase of fried chicken you'll get a free beer from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company.

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