This week’s food and drink events prove that the culinary scene in the Bayou City isn’t taking a break in the shadow of Easter brunches.
For some foodie fun, look for an adults-only brew fest at the Houston Zoo, a block party in Asiatown, and two high-end fundraisers that bring together chef-driven talent and philanthropy.
Wednesday, April 24
Celebrity H-Town Chefs Against Cancer at The Four Seasons
Seventeen of Houston’s most talented chefs gather on the rooftop pool deck from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for an evening of exciting food for a good cause. Proceeds benefit Camp H-Town, a summer sleep-away camp for kids 8 to 15 at Four Seasons Hotel Houston conducted in partnership with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.
Featured chefs and restaurants include Chef Richard Sandoval and Alejandro Di Bello of Bayou and Bottle, James Reedy of Brennan’s of Houston, Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar, William Wright of Helen Greek, Dominick Lee of Poitín Bar & Kitchen, and Alex Padilla of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. Tickets are $100 each and available here.
Thursday, April 25
Brew at the Zoo at the Houston Zoo
At this brew bash, adults 21 and older can enjoy samples from more than 20 breweries who offer more than 50 beers. The $45 ticket includes zoo admission with some special animal experiences, lives music, a Brew at the Zoo souvenir mug and a host of other entertainment options. VIP admission, available for $60, comes with an early admission at 6:30 pm.
“Herbally Yours” Botanicals Dinner at Radio Milano
Chef Ana Amaya celebrates the flavors of spring with this four-course dinner that begins with seasonal cocktails. Expect undercurrents of herbs in her menu, which includes zucchini with sage cream; quinoa flavored with lemon, parsley, mint and cilantro; an herb-crusted tenderloin and poached pear with star anise sorbet. Dinner starts at 7 pm. The cost is $60 per person. Call 713-827-3545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Saturday, April 27
Soundbites Food Truck Fest 2019 at Peggy Park
Black Restaurant Week sponsors this popular, family-friendly event that kicks off at 1 pm. Enjoy music from several Houston DJs and bites from vendors such as Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill, EaDeaux’s Cajun Cuccina, J Harvey’s Grill, Muddy Water Crawfish, Saucy Nosh, and a bunch more. Tickets are $10 and free for kids under 10.
2019 Starry Nite Festival at Southwestern National Bank Plaza
This Asiatown block party features street food, music and art, and an array of entertainment. Available menu items include Bulgogi kimchi fries, Vietnamese spring rolls, Taiwanese sausage skewers, Bubble waffles with whipped cream and toppings, and shaved ice. Those who register by April 26 get free entry and a raffle ticket; otherwise, tickets are $30 and available online.
Sunday, April 28
Taste of the District at River Oaks District
From 11 am to 3 pm, enjoy this open-air, walkable feast, featuring the flavors of popular River Oaks District restaurants, such as Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar, Casetta Cucina, High Brew Coffee, Le Colonial, Little Kitchen HTX, and Toulouse Café. Hope Farms will be there, with fresh produce for purchase, and there will be chef demos and a market with local vendors selling everything from chocolate to home goods. Proceeds benefit Recipe for Success Foundation.