This Week in Houston Food Events: Sweeney's Waiting (With a Cocktail)

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As Melange Creperie's Kickstarter effort for a brick-and-mortar comes to a close, a Ghetto Dinner is being held to help out.

Monday, March 2

Ghetto Dinner Benefitting Melange Creperie

Melange Creperie's Kickstarter is nearing the end, and Pax Americana's chef Adam Dorris and Will Walsh are putting on one of their notorious Ghetto Dinners on to help. Downtown bar Moving Sidewalk is hosting the festivities. Expect a memorable, inexpensive gourmet dinner served with zero frills and a whole lot of fun. Bring cash and cards for food, drinks and Kickstarter pledges. 306 Main. 7 p.m.

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Dish of the Week: Bobotie

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The South African dish is not dissimilar to moussaka.
From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. Find other dishes of the week here.

This week, we're covering a traditional South African food: bobotie.

Bobotie is a baked dish consisting of minced, slightly sweet curried meat (often beef or lamb) topped with egg custard. The dish is thought to have its roots in the Indonesian dish bobotok, a similar minced meat and custard concoction that was likely introduced to South Africa by colonists aboard the Dutch East India Company's spice ships in the 17th century. Those ships also carried Malay slaves, who introduced sweet and sour flavor combinations, as well as their knowledge of curries, chutneys, and spices.

While originally very complex, the use of curry powder makes the recipe much simpler. Dried fruit like apricots and raisins are often incorporated, adding a slight sweetness to the dish.


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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Plenty of BBQ & Texan Pride

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HLSR's annual cook off is one Bar-B-Que event you don't want to miss.
"Go Texas" Day @ Brennan's of Houston
Friday
3300 Smith

In honor of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's "Go Texan" day, Brennan's of Houston will feature a special prix fixe, Texas edition meal with Creole flare for $29. The three-course menu (available for both lunch and dinner) features a goat barbacao tamale, 44 Farms cheeseburger with rattlesnake chili, cowboy onion rings, and bone marrow aioli, and a strawberry jubilee funnel cake with Cognac glazed Froberg Farm berries. Go, Texas, go!

Boot Scootin' Steak Night @ MKT Bar
Friday
1001 Austin

Giddy up and GO TEXAN at MKT Bar's last night in a series of Boot Scootin' Steak Nights. Savor great grub with Texas twang, then wash it down with beer and wine specials and two-step till the cows come home with live country music. The special menu features frito pie w/ Haig's chili, ribeye with iron skillet baked beans, Texas beer flights and wine specials, and more. Lucas Eason and The Panhandlers start jamming at 5 p.m.

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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Celebrate Texas Independence With Beer

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The beer will be flowing at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.'s Texas Independence Day party.
Every Friday through April 20, Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, will be offering a "Fish on Fridays" Lent special featuring two courses and beer for $19. To ensure a spot, you can prepay online, then show up anytime between 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to take advantage of the special. The offerings change weekly, but you can expect things like fried shrimp and cheese grits, Weedwacker mussels and handcut frites, Lawnmower-battered cod and more. See their website for all of the daily specials. And be sure to check our Lent roundup here.

Paul's Kitchen, 2502 Algerian, will be hosting a Houston Rodeo Chili Cook Off Party on Tuesday, March 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature complimentary appetizers, drinks, and giveaways, as guest judges -- including Paul's Kitchen chef Paul Lewis and KPRC Channel 2 news anchor Phillip Mena -- help pick the best chili of the bunch. Tickets are $20 per person with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.


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Kids Put Their Nutritional Knowledge to Work in the Houston Rodeo Food Challenge

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An Iron Chef-style competition for FFA and 4-H kids.
Kids from 48 FFA and 4-H chapters all across Texas will put their food knowledge to the test in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Food Challenge.

This "Iron Chef-style" competition is designed to promote the importance of agriculture. Allyson Tjoelker, executive director of Agricultural Exhibits, says, "It's based not as much on the kids' cooking skills as it is on how much they know about nutrition. They'll also be judged on visual appeal and cost analysis."

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Fourth Annual Bento Competition Takes a Look at the "Fifth Flavor"

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The winning bento by Junko Janvier from this year's Bento Competition, sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, H-E-B, SATAKE and Glen Gondo.

There were smiles all around as five competitors gathered around two tables in the H-E-B Community Room at Bunker Hill and I-10 to create the most beautiful bentos that they could from the random meats, cheeses and vegetables provided. Competitors had only ten minutes to make a winning bento. Themes ranged from very cute to neat, practical bentos anyone could proudly claim as his or her lunch.

The winner, Junko Janvier, had a great deal of experience in making bentos, as she just recently came to the United States from Fukuoka, Japan. The other competitors were Runa Katayama, Sayaka Stephens, Joshiah Ho and Yuko Ouchi.

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This Week in Houston Food Events: Kipper Club Season 2 Comes to a Close

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A lovely salmon dish served at Kipper Club ,which closes its second season this week with a seafood dinner.

Monday, February 23

A Burgundy Symphony at Charivari
Spec's fine wine buyer Bear Dalton presents a "symphony" of ten wines from Burgundy "in five movements." The wines are paired with selections from Charivari chef Johann Schuster. The menu includes pairing two selections each from Domaine Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees and Domaine Michel Gros Vosne Romanee aux Brulees--2009 and 2010 vintages--with Braised Black Angus Short Ribs aux Jus with Texas Yellow Grits. To reserve, call Susan at 713-854-7855. 2521 Bagby. 7 p.m. $200 per person cash/$210.53 by credit card.


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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Celebrate National Margarita Day

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Celebrate National Margarita Day with an ice cold one.
Chinese New Year @ STRAITS Restaurant
Friday - Sunday
800 Sorella

STRAITS will be celebrating the Chinese New Year all weekend long, as Chef John Sikhattana has created a unique and modern menu. Feast on "Fertility & Long Life", a roasted duck, bamboo and bean thread noodle dish; the "New Horizons + Eternity", wok seared scallops served with long beans and garlic chives; or "Strength & Wealth", a fried pork chop with ginger apricot chutney; to name a few of the many festive dishes. On Friday only, from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., guests will be delighted with a traditional Lion Dance, a custom performed during Chinese New Year to bring happiness to celebrating onlookers.

Annual One Pot Cook Off @ The Ginger Man
Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
5607 Morningside

The Ginger Man's annual One Pot Cook Off benefits the Best Buddies Texas, a non profit organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Come for tastings of gumbo, chili, stews, and all other types of one pot wonders in addition to a silent auction, raffle and live music. Call 713-526-2770 for tickets and more info.

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Upcoming Houston Food Events: A Special Charity Beer Dinner With Two of Houston's Best

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Underbelly and Saint Arnold are pairing up for a special 32-seat Beer Dinner for charity.
13 Celsius, 3000 Caroline, will be welcoming Markus Hubert, 10th generation winemaker and owner of Hubert Vineyards, on Monday, February 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Hubert will be pouring his wines, sharing his family history of winemaking, and enlightening guests on the process of making wine in the smallest and almost unheard of region in lower Austria: Traisental Valley. These wines are extremely small in terms of production, as esoteric as they get, and just plain hard to find. No reservations are needed. Just stop by and join the fun.

Join Saint Arnold and Whole Foods Market Houston in raising a glass to support Whole Planet Foundation, an organization that supports microentrepreneurs in 61 different countries around the world. On Thursday, February 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, will be hosting a "Pints for the Planet" tasting featuring six international eats paired with beer. Tickets are $30 and include the tasting plus a commemorative Saint Arnold pint glass.

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UPDATED: This Week in Food Events: It's Mardi Gras Time!

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Fat Tuesday is upon us. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Monday, Febuary 16

Wine Class: Vintage Focus on Bordeaux 2006

Spec's fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is teaching a class with a lineup of 12 Bordeaux all from 2006. Dalton writes that the "vintage was initially under-rated by the press and has been ignored for the last several years. While 2006 is not a "Great Vintage," it is a "Classic Vintage" that is now coming into its own as the wines emerge from the dumb stage." The class is meeting at L'Alliance Fran├žaise, the French cultural center in Houston. Reserve your spot by calling To reserve your spot, call 713-854-7855 and ask for Susan. 427 Lovett. $100 cash or check / $105.26 credit card. 7 p.m.

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