Where to Eat This New Year's Eve in Houston

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Ring in the new year in style.
Whether you want a quick bite before a New Year at home or an extravagant feast complete with overflowing champagne, here is your 2014 Guide to Dining Out on New Year's Eve:

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

Américas
2040 W. Gray, 832-200-1492
21 Waterway, 281-367-1492

Ring in the New Year at one of these swanky Latin American hotspots, who are offering a 3-course meal for $67 per person. Feast on lobster corndogs, ceviche mixto, their infamous churrasco steak and more before finishing off the meal on a decadent sweet note. Choose tres leches, a chocolate delirium cake, or alfajores.

Artista
800 Bagby, 713-278-4782

Enjoy Latin beats from a live band alongside a 4-course meal featuring goat cheese salad, lobster chupe, churrasco steak, tres leches and more. Tickets ($145 per person) include a champagne toast, party favors, prizes, and 3 drink tickets. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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This Week In Food Events: See Holiday Lights On The Wave Then Have Dinner Downtown

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Ride The Wave to view holiday lights around down, then return to have dinner at Batanga or other area restaurants.

Monday, December 15

Growers Champagne Tasting at Julep
Life the fancy life at Julep tonight! Taste nine different growers' Champagnes and have all the oysters you can eat for $50. Champagnes include Vincent Carre Premier Cru Brut Marne and Pierre Gimonnet Cote des Blancs "Special Club." Contact Julep ASAP for more info. 4 to 7 p.m. $50

3rd Annual Tom Bawcock's Eve At Double Trouble

Tom Bawcock's Eve is traditional in Mousehole, Cornwall, but Houston has its own rendition of the event. It honors the legend of Tom Bawcock who saved the village by fishing during a severe storm This is the third year that chef Richard Knight (formerly of Feast and currently part of the Kipper Club pop-up dinners) has led the celebration at Double Trouble. Historic cocktails like Cornish Tin Miner's Punch, Mulled Cider & Mahogany will be served. At 9 p.m., enjoy a shadow puppet show of The Mousehole Cat, narrated by Knight and performed by The Shadow People. 3622 Main, Suite D. 8 p.m.


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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: A Chili Cook Off & Drunk Santas

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Nothing like dressing up like Santa and grabbing a beer with your buds.
Tomball German Market & Christmas Festival @ Old Town Tomball
Friday through Sunday, Fri. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
200 Market

Join the holiday cheer at this family-friendly music and street festival, held at the intersection of 200 Market and Walnut in Old Town Tomball (near the Train Depot Plaza). The event will feature the lighting of the City Christmas tree, an ice skating rink, an open air market, entertainment, and traditional German food and drink -- including Glühwein (mulled wine) and German beer, Christmas stollen & homemade breads, kaffee und kuchen (coffee and pastry), bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and apple strudel alongside festival foods like funnel cake, corn dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle korn, and barbeque.

Chili Cook-off @ The Petrol Station
Saturday, 1 p.m.
985 Wakefield

Houston's chillest craft beer bar is hosting a chili cook off this Saturday. Sign up at Petrol if you want to be a contestant, then show up with the chili made. The winner will be decided by a public vote, with the prize being an entire case of Prairie Christmas Bomb!.

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Upcoming Events: Lots of Beer and A Holiday Mixology Class

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Celebrate the holidays with beer and cheer at The Petrol Station.
Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands goes to the dogs this month, as top area chefs have created whimsical gingerbread doghouses displayed throughout the hotel. This four-legged take on a holiday favorite concludes on Monday, December 15 with an open to the public, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction benefiting Operation Pets Alive!. The local, non-profit, all-volunteer organization is dedicated to working with people and government to provide life-saving, no-kill programs through innovative programs that raise awareness, reduce the number of dogs and cats that enter shelters and increase the number of pets that leave shelters alive. 9595 Six Pines

On Tuesday, December 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Yellow Rose Distillery will be hosting a Holiday Mixology Class. They have enlisted Houston Farris of The Pastry War to lead an evening of cocktails and fun. Leave with the knowledge of how to impress your guests, friends and family with sensational libations for the holidays and long after. Tickets are $35 per person. 1224 N Post Oak

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This Week in Food Events: Celebrate One Year With "The Cats"

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Celebrate One Year With Fat Cat Creamery at their parking lot party this Saturday.
Tuesday, December 9

Toys For Tots Holiday Drive at Mr. Peeples
Sip a holiday cocktail, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and visit with Santa Claus and the U.S. Marines during Mr. Peeple's Second Annual Toys For Tots drive. 6 to 9 p.m. $20 donation or one new toy.


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Upcoming Event: Dinner in the Dark, a Special Lights Out French Wine Dinner at Lucille's

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On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 chef Chris Williams of Lucille's will be holding a special "Lights Out" French Dinner in the Dark.

Imagine this: You're dining in a restaurant and the lights go out on the whole entire block. If you're the chef and owner, what do you do?

Last year, Chris Williams of Lucille's found himself in that perplexing situation. "It was a Friday or Saturday night and there was an explosion that took down the entire power grid on the block," he recalls. "And so the servers are looking at me, saying 'So I guess we're closed, right?'"

"I told them 'No, we're staying open' -- that we would just keep on serving. All we had on was the emergency light. So we get some candles, we put them on the few tables that were already seated, and I told them anybody comes in, get a candle for them."

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Celebrate the End of Prohibition

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Celebrate the end of a very dark era with classic cocktails and good old fashioned fun.
Repeal Day @ Prohibition Supperclub & Bar
Friday, starting at 3 p.m.
1008 Prairie

The dark era of Prohibition -- which lasted a long 13 years and very well may have been the birthplace of the craft cocktail movement -- was lifted on December 5, 1933. To commemorate the date, Houston's own Prohibition is celebrating with a night of revelry. Start at happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., where the restaurant will be kicking off the evening with specials like $1 oysters, $1 crudo bites, $6 old fashioneds. From 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., the Bootlegger's Ball -- featuring live music, bottled cocktail specials, and aerial bartenders, and more -- takes over the bar. And of course, The Moonlight Dolls will be doing a special Repeal Day Dinner & Show from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Prohibition's theatre. Get your tickets to the show here.

Tamale Festival Houston @ TBH Center
Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (VIP); Saturday noon to 9 p.m.
333 S Jensen

This two-day festival features all kinds of delicious Tex-Mex, including Texas barbecue from local pit masters and -- obviously -- tamales. Enjoy live shows and musical performances ranging from rock and country to R&B and tejano as you feast on some of the best tamales in town. A tamale-eating contest will determine the festival's hungriest attendee, while a Best Tamale competition will crown the city's top tamales. Buy tickets (starting at $7.50) here.

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Upcoming Events: Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza Is So Close We Can Almost Taste It

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We can't wait until Thursday.
After much anticipation, Chicago-based pizzeria Gino's East will be opening its doors in The Woodlands on Thursday, December 11. The restaurant is looking to fill the Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza void with a menu that focuses their signature pies alongside new Texas-inspired menu items like BBQ Brisket Za. Celebrate the grand opening from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. to 11 p.m on Friday. 25657 Interstate 45

Whole Foods Market Wilcrest, 11145 Westheimer, is offering a free Knife Skills class on Thursday, December 11 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by to learn basic knife skills and cuts as Chef Trung demonstrates how to increase your safety, texture and creativity in the kitchen. As an added bonus, bring one of your own knives and Trung will sharpen it for you. Register here.

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This Week In Food Events: Tequila, Tamales and So Much More

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This week is full of fun and relaxing events, so there is no excuse to not take bit of time for yourself in between the holiday madness. We hope to see you at Tequila & Tamales Event this Wednesday! There's also a patio stroll with a slew of craft beers, a nine-course farm dinner under the stars, a whiskey tasting for charity and more.

Tuesday, December 2

Pancake Tuesdays Start at Ouisie's Table

Every Tuesday in December, Ouisie's Table will offer special holiday pancake breakfast. The flavors are peppermint, blueberry, cinnamon and pomegranate. If you're not feeling that festive, don't worry: you can still get buttermilk. The breakfast comes with two eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. It sounds like a fine and filling way to start a December morning. 3939 San Felipe. 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. $17 plus tax and gratuity.

Taste Whiskey & Help Homeless Dogs

Reserve 101 will host a special Wild Turkey whiskey tasting with associate distiller Eddie Russell, the son of master distiller Jimmy Russell (who has been at Wild Turkey for 60 years, the longest tenure of any master distiller in the industry). Attendees will try five different Wild Turkey expressions, including Wild Turkey 81, Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit and Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Guests will also sample Reserve 101's very own private bottling of Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve, which was hand-selected by Reserve 101's owners at the distillery in Kentucky. The event is a mere $20 per person and all proceeds are donated to Lucky Dog Rescue. 1201 Caroline. 6:30 p.m. $20.

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend (Besides Leftover Turkey)

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Because beer tastes way better than Black Friday lines.
Black Friday Brewery Tours @ Karbach Brewery
Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
2032 Karbach

Skip the Galleria madness and head to Karbach this Black Friday. The brewery will opening its doors for extended hours on both Friday (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (noon to 5 p.m.). It's the perfect way to get over your Turkey Day food coma.

Pints for Pups @ Winston's on Washington
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
5111 Washington

Downing a few pints never felt so good, because this Pints for Pups event raises funds for Red Collar Rescue. The day will feature craft brew from No Label Brewing Co., good eats from Winston's kitchen (from the Bulldog Burger to homemade dog treats), and adoptable dogs onsite. A $10 suggested donation includes a pint glass and a pour.

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