Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Thai Brunch & a Rare Beer Fest

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You can expect plenty of rare and one-off cask beers at the Houston Firkin Fest.
2nd Annual Patio Crawfish Boil @ Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1212 Waugh

Head to this Gulf coast kitchen for a good ol' fashioned Cajun crawfish boil on Saturday. Live music starts at 1 p.m. but the mudbugs start at 11 a.m. Get them for $8.99 per pound with potatoes and corn, or $16.99 per pound with potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, shrimp and whole artichoke. You can also expect happy hour prices on selected beverages throughout the day.

Houston Firkin Fest @ Hennessy Park
Saturday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
1900 Lyons

Head to this beer festival to get a taste of rare cask beer from your favorite local breweries, including Saint Arnold, No Label, Buffalo Bayou, and more. A $35 ticket will get you a tasting cup, plus eight samples, with additional sampling packages available for purchase ($4 for 4 sample tickets, $8 for 8). VIP packages with early admission, plus a T-shirt and growler ($70) and designated driver tickets ($10) are also available.

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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Celebrate National Oyster on the Half Shell Day, Passover Seder and MOM

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Get Holley's beautiful oysters for half off on National Oysters on the Half Shell Day.
Tuesday, March 31 is National Oyster on the Half Shell Day. Since that actually exists, Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana, will be celebrating by offering all happy hour and dinner time raw and baked oysters at half the price. The slurping begins at 4 p.m.

Also on Tuesday is the Houston Press Menu of Menus annual event! Tuesday, March 31

Houston Press Menu of Menus
It's held at Silver Street Station where you can sample food and drink from several Houston area restaurants. The highlight of the evening is the Iron Fork Competition where undefeated chef Kevin Naderi of Roost and Lillo & Ella will try to successfully defend his title from new contender Randy Rucker of forthcoming Bramble. Chef Randy Evans is the host and the competitors will be judged by Phaedra Cook, restaurant critic for Houston Press, Eric Sandler, contributing writer for Culturemap Houston and Whole Foods Bellaire team leader Kelly Nelson. Get your tickets asap because they're going fast 1500 Silver Street. 7 to 10 p.m.

And on Tuesday, March 31, Brand Ambassador for Cooley, Cain Fitzgerald will be hosting a Cooley Irish Whiskey Tasting at Reserve 101, 1201 Caroline, at 6:30 p.m. 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of tickets will be donated to Lucky Dog Rescue. RSVP at Reserve101.com.

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Longtime Houston Restaurateur Opens Waitstaff School

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A longtime Houston restaurateur is starting classes for training waitstaff.

Manfred Jachmich has been involved in the Houston restaurant industry for a very long time. He grew up in Koblenz, Germany, and worked as a pastry chef there and in Switzerland before emigrating to Houston in 1963. He earned a degree in economics and management from Houston Baptist University.

In 1972, Jachmich opened the original Ruggles Grill on Westheimer near Montrose, and managed it during its peak years before selling it. (It's since been bulldozed, ostensibly to make way for a second, long-delayed concept called FM 903 led by chef Ryan Hildebrand of Triniti.)

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The 10 Best Crawfish Dishes in Houston

Crawfish season is back! And while, yes, we love the regular ol' Cajun crawfish boil, we ALSO love these spectacular crawfish loaded dishes. From a seriously creamy crawfish bisque to deep-fried crawfish mac and cheese (yes, your heard that right), check out our top picks for mudbugs this season:

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Deli Man Movie Examines an Endangered Dining Tradition

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Ziggy Gruber of Kenny & Ziggy's deli in Houston has a prominent role in the new documentary, Deli Man.

According to David Sax, author of Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen, in 1930, there were more than 3,000 Jewish delicatessens in New York City in 1930. In 2009, that number had dwindled to a few dozen.

The numbers haven't just been dwindling in New York. The new movie Deli Man says that there are now only a few hundred Jewish delis nationwide.

Ziggy Gruber, chef and co-owner of Kenny & Ziggy's in Houston, is one of the few "deli men" holding the line and ensuring these repositories of food, culture and tradition survive. He has a prominent role in Deli Man and his scenes with his dad, girlfriend (now wife), and brother are emotional focal points that give the film a whole lot of heart and soul.

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Where to Eat Seafood During Lent 2015 in Houston

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Head to select Berryhill locations for half-price fish tacos on Fridays throughout Lent.
With the all out decadence of "Fat Tuesday" behind us, the 40 days of Lent -- a time of prayer, atonement, and (most importantly for the purposes of this article) meat-free Fridays -- has begun. But just because you may sacrifice meat, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice deliciousness. From one of our favorite tuna melts to half-price fish tacos, check out the restaurants offering Lenten specials and delectable seafood dishes:

Berryhill Baja Grill, select locations

Great news. You can have your fish taco and eat it, too. Select Berryhill locations in the Greater Houston area are offering their internationally famous original or grilled fish tacos for $1.99 (regularly $3.99). The offer begins Wednesday, February 18 and is then offered every Friday through April 3 at the Berryhill stores near the Galleria, West U, The Woodlands, Memorial City Mall and the original on Revere.

D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe, multiple locations

In addition to fire-roasted pizzas, soups, salads and more, this Italian market offers weekly lunch and dinner specials perfect for Lent. This Friday's seafood options includes salmon ravioli and tilapia D'Amico (Rice Village location).

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