Issues to Do: Upcoming foods and drinks occasions in Houston this week

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Here’s a look at this week’s hottest culinary events:

Tuesday April 20th

420 specials at Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom is celebrating April 20th with select $ 4.20 munchies available to order online all day at order.mellowmushroom.com. The pizzeria is also giving away 420 of the newly launched Merry Prankster Cake (Small) at 4:20 p.m. ET on the Mellow Mushroom Instagram page.

Wednesday April 21st

Earth Day in the White Rhino Cocktail Bar

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White Rhino Cocktail Bar

, 319 Milby, are hosting a free tree giveaway from 4pm to 8pm to celebrate Earth Day. At the White Rhino, you can pick up a free tree along with a gift bag of sustainable products and enjoy a curated cocktail menu for the occasion.

Thursday April 22nd

Courtyard Social: Cooking Lobsters at Brennan’s in Houston

Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith, is hosting a Courtyard Social: Crawfish Boil from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to celebrate spring with a Texan Creole crawfish boil (with all fixins) in the restaurant’s picturesque courtyard. Tickets are $ 40 per person and include all-you-can-eat lobster and a choice of sides. The event is rain or shine.

Friday April 23rd

National picnic day

Local restaurants have partnered with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to create special dining packages and outdoor picnic options in honor of National Picnic Day. All participating restaurants donate income from each NPD offering to the organization. Confirmed participants for 2021 are BOH Pasta & Pizza, Common Bond, Franks Americana Revival, La Lucha, Loch Bar & Ouzo Bay, Ouisies Tisch, Picnic on the Green, Pondicheri, Postino Weincafé, Safina Mediterranean, The Blind Goat, The Grove, and Xin Chao. The idea is to go to a local park to enjoy the picnic and those who want to document the experience can use the social media hashtag #HtownPicnicDay.

Saturday April 24th

Lobsters cook in the Armadillo Armadillo Palace

From 12 noon to 4 p.m., the Armadillo Palace of the Goode Company, 5015 Kirby, in collaboration with Young Professionals in Energy, will host an open lobster cooking. Participants can enjoy unlimited lobster, corn, and potatoes, as well as live music and dancing. Pre-sale tickets are $ 35 through April 19 and $ 45 between April 20 and April 24. Part of the event proceeds will go to YPE’s community outreach initiatives.

Virtual wine tasting with Agricole hospitality

The Agricole Hospitality team will host a virtual wine tasting with four ounce samples of six different Marchesi Antinori wines from 4pm. Tasting kits cost $ 65 and also include a Revival Market Snack Box. Wines can be picked up on that day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Revival Market in 550 Heights.

Tequila & Wine Dinner at Alicia’s Mexican Grille Spring

Alicia’s Mexican Grill, 20920 Kuykendahl, is hosting a multi-course tequila & wine dinner at its spring location at 7:00 p.m. Dine on tequila and wine dishes such as spring salad with watermelon and fig balsamic vinegar, fillet with porcini mushroom agave demi-ice cream and mini banana crostata with tequila cajeta. The cost is $ 75 ++ per person.

All month long

Free children’s meals in selected Galleria restaurants

Galleria restaurants such as Blanco Tacos + Tequila, the French Café La Madeleine Country, the South African cuisine Peli Peli, Poke Fresh and Shake Shack currently offer free children’s meals with the purchase of an adult main course. Families just need to mention the redemption offer by May 31st.

Fight hunger. End waste. with second servings

The local charitable food rescue service Second Servings has launched the first “Fight Hunger. End Waste”. Food and beverage series held in April in honor of Stop Food Waste Day on April 28th. During the month, 15 of Houston’s most popular restaurants – including One Fifth, Local Foods, 93 ‘Til, Roots Wine Bar, Hando, El Topo and more – are presenting a waste-free dish or cocktail, each with a small donation to benefit second serving is attached. For every dollar donated, $ 50 worth of food is delivered to a local charity through the Second Servings rescue effort.

Fundraiser for Kids Meals Inc. at Etoile Cuisine et Bar

Over at Etoile, 1101-11 Uptown Park, Chef Philippe Verpiand has put together two special Prix Fixe menus, one for dinner and one for weekend brunch, to raise funds for the restaurant of the month charity: For Kids Meals Inc. and his End Child Starvation Mission in Houston. The cost of this dinner is $ 65 per person, plus tax and tip, with $ 7 going to charity. The special brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday is three courses for $ 36 per person plus tax and tip, with $ 4 set aside for the program for each program sold.

Taco of the month at Torchy’s Tacos

Torchy’s fan favorite Scallywag Taco is back as April’s Taco of the Month. The Scallywag is available for $ 6.50 and features shrimp with coconut batter, bacon, green chili peppers, freshly grated jack cheese, pickled onions, and coriander with homemade peach and habanero jam on a flour tortilla.

The “Hot Chick” sandwich is available now at Max's Wine Dive and The Tasting Room.EXPAND

The “Hot Chick” sandwich is available now at Max’s Wine Dive and The Tasting Room.

Photo by Becca Wright

New and ongoing specials

Green hour in the Brasserie du Parc

Brasserie du Parc

, 1440 Lamar, introduced new happy hour offers during its green hour (a nod to the time of day in 19th century Paris when Parisians drank absinthe). Small bites like mini sandwiches, crepes, chicken wings, and cheese platters cost between $ 4 and $ 18. and classic and signature cocktails like Day Drinker’s Julep are $ 6, as are house wines and beers. The green hour takes place Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Spring courses at the Central Market

CM Cooking School has announced its schedule for spring classes at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, with topics like Make & Take: Tamales (Wednesday April 21), Meatless Meals from a Greek Garden (Wednesday April 28) and more.

Fried Chicken Picnics at Love Shack

Chef Tim Love’s Love Shack, 3709 Eastside, in Levy Park has launched fried chicken picnic baskets for diners to enjoy this spring. Each basket contains a whole hot or cold roast chicken, smoked white fish dip with homemade french fries and potato salad. Orders can be placed in advance and picked up at Love Shack. These are available from Wednesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from Saturday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“Hot Chick” sandwich in the tasting room and Max’s Wine Dive

The company’s chef, Beto Gutierrez, brings the heat up with his own version of Nashville’s Hot Chicken Sandwich, available at the Tasting Room, 818 Town and Country and Max’s Wine Dive, 214 Fairview, 4720 Washington. The “Hot Chick” sandwich consists of a spicy fried chicken breast, kale salad, house cucumber and lemon aioli on a brioche. It costs $ 13 and comes with a side of fries (you can also add bacon for $ 3 and cheese for $ 2).

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer dedicated to sharing Houston’s coolest, tastiest events with the Houston Press readers.

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