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:

All week long

Teachers and Nurses Recognition Week

Tarka Indian Kitchen, 3701 South Shepherd, 721 West 19th, is offering a 20 percent discount to all teachers and nurses who present their proof of employment upon check-out May 3rd through May 12th.

Monday to Friday

Teachers and Nurses Recognition Week

Grimaldi’s is offering all teachers and nurses a 15 percent discount on Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week from May 3rd to May 7th. Eligible parties must present a valid school or hospital ID to receive the discount.

Monday 3rd May

Grand opening of Rakkan Ramen

Rakkan Ramen, 600 North Shepherd, will be serving 100 free ramen meals to mark its opening this Monday. The first 50 ramen vouchers will be handed out at 11 a.m., the second 50 ramen vouchers at 6 p.m. The free ramen vouchers are given out first, served first, and can be redeemed for any ramen on the menu. In addition to the ramen giveaway in the store, there are also two social media giveaways on Facebook and Instagram. The restaurant is due to open at 11 a.m. and is located on the yellow back path in MK-T building 5, which is in front of the Heights Hike and Bike Trail.

Tuesday 4th May

“Dinner in the Dark Side” Wine Dinner at Max’s Wine Dive

May the fourth be with you. MAX’s Wine Dive Washington, 4720 Washington, is hosting a Star Wars wine dinner starting at 7 p.m. For $ 77 per person, indulge in a four-course dinner of wine pairings to celebrate all things Star Wars. Highlights include the seasoned lamb with the outer rim shank, Mustafar Red Lava Chocolate Molten Cake and more. Costumes are expressly desired.

Cinco de Mayo French Wine Dinner at

Sylvias Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, is being prepared for the holiday on Tuesday, May 4th from 6:30 p.m. with a French wine dinner from Cinco de Mayo. Dinner includes six courses with six Liberation de Paris wines, including highlights of ceviche tostada, mesquite-grilled quail, dainty enchiladas, and chocolate tres leches cake. The cost is $ 75 per person plus tax and tip.

Wednesday May 5th

Cinco de Mayo food and drink specialties

Make your celebration plans by reading our 2021 Cinco de Mayo bar and restaurant guide, which features happy hour with margarita, festive celebrations, takeaway tacos, and more.

Thursday May 6th

National Nurses Day at Ike’s Love & Sandwiches

In celebration of National Nurses Day on May 6th, all medical workers receive a 50 percent discount on orders at Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, 1051 Heights. You must present ID to redeem.

Live music at Max’s Wine Dive Fairview

Max’s Wine Dive, 214 Fairview, brings live music by Gabe Montoya to the terrace every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are also happy hour specials on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Thursday Sunday

Slim Thugs “Still Tippin ‘Cone” at Chick’nCone

Chick’nCone, 1919 North Shepherd, partnered with local celebrity Slim Thug to raise funds for teenagers in low-income Houston communities. This is how the “Still Tippin ‘Cone” was created, which is inspired by the artist’s favorite taste of Kickin’ Ranch and Mac & Cheese topping. The restaurant donates $ 1 for every cone sold to the Boss Life Foundation, Slim Thugs’ nonprofit that focuses on educational programs for young men ages 8 to 24. Slim will perform at Restaurant Heights for a welcome fan gathering at 4pm Thursday, May 6th, and the Still Tippin ‘cone will be available on these two dates and each following weekend.

Friday Saturday

Wild Game BBQ Cook-off at Pier 19

The Yaga’s Children’s Fund is holding its 25th annual Wild Game BBQ Cook-off on Mother’s Day weekend, starting on Friday, May 7th with a sponsor party (purchase of a $ 100 competition ticket), followed by the Cook-off on Galveston’s Pier 19 on Saturday May 8th.

Live music in the tasting room?

In the Tasting Room, 818 Town and Country, live music continues every Friday in May during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the first set and a second set until 11 p.m. Experience the live music along with happy hour specials, including half of our French brie bites or kefta flatbread with lemon aioli. The fun continues on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with songs from various musicians, including Kevin Diaz, Rick Horner, and others.

Saturday May 8th

Puppies for breakfast on the East River

The tenth annual Puppies for Breakfast takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Midway’s 150-acre East River Project 100 Clinton in East Downtown. The event is free and open to the public (with a suggested donation of $ 5 to support local dog rescue and the Freedom Fence Project). It includes a range of food trucks serving breakfast and lunch, over 50 vendors and artists, the world’s largest 12-foot dog pinata, dog stunt and training demonstrations, DJ music and photo booths, fun dog competitions and much more.

Cooking lobsters at BB Lemon

BB Lemon, 1809 Washington, uses the lobster season three more times before it ends, starting with brunch on Saturday and cooking lobster that Saturday (with boils on Saturdays, May 8 and June 5). Enjoy a regular brunch menu, scrumptious mudbugs cooked by Berg Hospitality’s NOLA native Jeff Baron, and DJ music from 11am to 3pm. The crawfish are served with potatoes, sausage and corn for $ 12.99 a pound with a minimum of two pounds per order. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 713-554-1809 or through OpenTable.

Sunday May 9th

Restaurant guide for Mother’s Day

Would you like to give something nice to the mothers in your life on this Mother’s Day? There’s no shortage of Houston restaurants ready to serve a special Mother’s Day brunch for you and your loved ones. From luxurious affairs of seafood crepes and chocolate cake to casual brunches the whole family will love, read our restaurant guide for Mother’s Day 2021 in Houston.

Blind wine tasting in the mutiny wine room

The Mutiny Wine Room, 1124 Usener, hosts a special blind wine tasting on Mother’s Day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Under the guidance of a mutiny wine steward, guests enjoy four wines and a small meal that goes well with each wine. The cost is $ 85 per person and includes a take-away bottle. Reservations are required. Call 832-618-1233.

A grill collab and new lemon pepper ribs are now on the menu at YELO.EXPAND

A grill collab and new lemon pepper ribs are now on the menu at YELO.

Photo by Cuc Lam

All month long

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the Central Market

May is National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To celebrate, Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will recognize 24 different American Asian and Pacific Islander-owned companies as part of its ongoing Be the Change campaign. Some highlights include Yummi Sushi, the country’s first clean ingredient sushi program. Mylk Labs offers a variety of natural, non-genetically modified, gluten-free and vegan whole grain cups with oatmeal that are only sweetened with organic coconut sugar. and Sanzo Soda, which celebrates high-quality Asian flavors with no added sugar, artificial flavors or preservatives.

Brett’s Barbecue Shop Collab and a new snack at Yelo

Yelo, 23119 Colonial Parkway, is working with Katy colleague Brett’s Barbecue Shop for a time-limited Burnt Ends Banh Mi. Brett’s BBQ will deliver the goods and Yelo will pack Banh Mis to the brim with burnt ends and all of their signature Banh Mi fixings like pickled papaya and carrot coleslaw. The collaboration will be available on Saturdays through May. Chef Cuc Lam also unveiled their latest creation: lemongrass, pepper and pork riblets, which are among the snacks like fresh spring rolls, crispy crab crackers and chilli crab rangoon.

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.

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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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