Thanks to Houston's diverse culinary landscape, each week brings a fresh array of can't-miss events. To keep you up to date on the latest food and drink experiences, we've rounded up the best events of the week, including a birthday bash at 8th Wonder Brewery, The Hay Merchant's seventh anniversary party and crawfish boil, and a Lenten cooking class at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen.
Tuesday, March 12
Houston Pets Alive! Fundraiser at Shake Shack
For the entire month of March, animal rescue nonprofit Houston Pets Alive! is partnering with Shake Shack for a unique fundraising promotion. Mention Houston Pets Alive! while ordering from any of Shake Shack's three Houston locations, and 25 percent of your purchase will be donated to HPA.
Outdoor Cooking Series at Eight Row Flint
As part of their Outdoor Cooking Series, chef Marcelo Garcia will serve up chili-rubbed ribs and Mexican-style street corn at Heights hotspot Eight Row Flint. Plates are $15 and are served from 5 pm until they sell out.
Wednesday, March 13
7th Anniversary Party and Crawfish Boil at The Hay Merchant
Head to Montrose mainstay The Hay Merchant to celebrate seven years of beer at their anniversary party, starting at 4 pm. In addition to a massive crawfish boil — sold at cost — the party will be replete with lots of Louisiana beers, and they'll be tapping eight to 10 kegs from their cellar.
Persian New Year Dinner at Roost
Join Iranian-American chef Kevin Naderi and his mother Zoe in celebrating Persian New Year at Roost with two nights of special dinners. The restaurant will feature a three-course, family-style dinner of Persian delights, including appetizer options like Aush, a barley and herb soup, and Koo-koo Sabzi, an herb fritatta with fenugreek. Entree options include an eggplant stew with braised short rib, a traditional celery stew with local roasted quail, and pan-fried Gulf redfish. Dessert offerings include Sohleh Zard, a rose water and saffron rice pudding, and Tupak-e Khorma, rolled date truffles with coconut and Texas pecan. The dinners, which include wine and begin at 7 pm on both March 13 and 14, are $75 per person. Reservations are required.
Thursday, March 14
Cultured Cocktails Benefiting MantecaHTX at Bar Boheme
Join MantecaHTX, the nation’s first online directory of Latinx creatives practicing in the literary, performing, and visual arts, for cocktails and conversation at Bar Boheme. During happy hour from 5-8 pm, a portion of all drink sales will support MantecaHTX.
Thursday Pop-Up with Chefs Andrew Musico & Rog Villarosa at Glitter Karaoke
Fresh off of a stint at Aqui, Glitter Karaoke will host Andrew Musico and Rog A. Villarosa for a special pop-up event featuring Filipino specialties. From 8 pm to 2 am, Musico and Villarosa will present lengua empanadas, Filipino "breakfast" hot dogs, and pork sisig sandwiches, as well as mini Kaldereta rice bowls, Mama Mila's chocolate flan cake, and Filipino pastel.
Friday, March 15
The Culinary Boricua at Axelrad Beer Garden
Head to Axelrad Beer Garden to get a taste of authentic Puerto Rican street food from The Culinary Boricua. From 6 pm to midnight, they'll be serving up specialties like tripletas, 10-inch subs filled with pulled pork, ham, and steak topped with cheese sauce, garlic mayo-ketchup and shoestring potatoes; pinochos, Asian barbecue chicken skewers; and mofongo, a fried green plantain mash with garlic butter and a side of carne frita (fried pork).
Saturday, March 16
6th Annual Celebr8ion at 8th Wonder Brewery
The EaDo brewery will celebrate six years of Dome Faux'm and Rocket Fuel with an all-day festival that features live music, limited-release beers, and snacks from the Eatsie Boys food truck. The Bright Light Social Hour headlines a bill that also includes The Nude Party and Swimwear Department. General admission ($35, $45 day of) gets attendees into the party; VIP ($100) comes with perks like upgraded seating and an open bar. Get tickets here.
Lenten Cooking Class at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen
For those who have forsaken meat for Lent, Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchens’ owner Sylvia Casares offers a cooking class to teach several great ways to make meatless enchiladas. The class include how to make Crystal City Enchiladas using spinach, Enchiladas Morelia with salsa roja and queso fresco, and Enchiladas Sarita with squash. As part of the class, guests will also learn Sylvia’s Texas Two Step, a special method to prepare tortillas before rolling. The hands-on class is $64 per person and includes all materials, the class, and a meal. Held at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen at 1140 Eldridge Pkwy. from 1-4 pm, attendees must register online or by calling 832-230-3842.
Sunday, March 17
Dumpling Haus Pop-Up at Southside Espresso
Get your soup fix with Dumpling Haus' pop-up at Southside Espresso from 9 am to 3 pm. They'll be serving up hot bowls of their beef noodle soup and will feature vegan options as well.