Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Dinner Menu at olive & june - Austin, Texas

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Austin, Texas

olive & june
3411 glenview ave. Austin, Texas 78703

Happy Hour Drinks & Botanas at Abraham Salum’s Komali - Dallas, Texas

Monday, October 1, 2012 - Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Dallas, Texas

4152 Cole Ave. #106
Dallas, Texas 75204

Abraham Salum’s Komali has happy hour prices on drinks and botanas (Mexican tapas), all day MON-THURS.  Happy hour drink specials are available throughout the restaurant from 11:30am - 7pm and include:

$3 OFF glasses of wine
$1 OFF beers
house margaritas for $5 each, and
signature specialty drinks for $7 each (including the Tamarind Margarita--named "Best Margarita" by D Magazine in 2011 & 2012)!

Plus enjoy HALF OFF all botanas, at the bar from 4:30 - 7pm.

Also, be sure to try one of the many botanas added on Komali’s new menu.  During the week, stop by for Comida Corrida (“food on the run”), a fast and healthy prix fixe 3-course lunch for $14 per person (plus tax & gratuity).

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Old Pecan Street Festival - Austin, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM - Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

24 Blocks on 6th Street from Brazos to I-35
Austin, Texas 78701

Twice a year, twenty-four blocks of 6th Street, downtown Austin’s Entertainment District (Brazos to I-35) are transformed into the annual Pecan Street Festival. With more than 300 artists and original artisans, three stages of live music, a wide variety of ethnic and regional food, children’s...
workshops and more.

this falls musicians include:
MUSIC LINEUP: check daily for updates
Saturday, September 29th NECHES STAGE
NOON Majestic Revelation
1:00PM The Peterson Brothers
2:00PM Shane Henry
3:00PM Maggie McClure
4:00PM Kaye Reznick (California)
5:00PM Vanessa Peters
6:00PM The Please, Please Me
7:00PM SHEL (Colorado)

Saturday, September 29th TRINITY
1:00PM Paperthreat
2:00PM Slash Future
3:00PM The Angel Babies
4:00PM Tuerka (Houston)
5:00PM End Wave
6:00PM BK & MR E
7:00PM Mobley

Saturday, September 29th RED RIVER
NOON The Harvest Thieves
1:00PM Edison Chair
2:00PM Guns of Navarone
3:00PM Hannah Claire
4:00PM East Cameron Folkcore
5:00PM Frank Smith
6:00PM Wiretree
7:00PM Oh No Oh My

Sunday, September 30th NECHES
1:00PM David Fridlund
2:00PM Jonathan Fox
3:00PM Geoff Union
4:00PM Danny Santos y Los Bluegrass Vatos
5:00PM Tall Boys
6:00PM Cowboy Donley

Sunday, September 30th TRINITY
NOON Lucy Ryder
1:00PM The Fledglings
2:00PM Haun's Mill
3:00PM Scorpio Rising
4:00PM Sheer Khan and the Space Case
5:00PM Befriend The Bears
6:00PM The Preservation

Sunday, September 30th RED RIVER
NOON Unleashed
1:00PM TBA
2:00PM Black Tabs
3:00PM Residual Kid
4:00PM 71's (Houston)
5:00PM Foxy Dangerous
6:00PM Scorpion Child

Mimosas in Montrose (All Ages) - Houston, Texas

Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Houston, Texas

Baba Yega Restaurant
2607 Grant St; Houston TX 77006
Houston, Texas 77006

Baba Yega is one of Montrose’s most popular Brunch spots. Great views from the front deck provide visitors with plenty of shade by an old oak tree and people-watching along the street. The gardens inside are a romantic escape with picturesque water fountains and flowers surrounding the area. Eight Friends Out is looking forward to hosting Houston singles at this fun brunch spot. We’ll have Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s while socializing and enjoying the laid-back Montrose atmosphere.

Event Contact:
Eight Friends Out

Cost: Memebers: $38.00 Guests: $48.00

Messina Hof's Wine Appreciation Class: The Wonderful World of Moscato - Bryan, Texas

Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bryan, Texas

Messina Hof Winery & Resort
4545 Old Reliance Road
Bryan, Texas 77808
800-736-9463  ext 238

Wine Appreciation Classes are designed to help you decipher the wonderful world of wine. Our topics change every month so no two classes are the same. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the wine varietals, wine pairings and wine tools; as well as taste award-winning Messina Hof wines.

Every class is taught so that everyone from the beginner to the connoisseur can follow along.

All classes are held on the last Sunday of the month at 3:00pm.

Classes fill up quickly, so please call (979) 778-9463 x244 to register.

Cost: $19.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Inwood Estates - Stone Carving & FALL "Live Music" - Florence, Texas

Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Florence, Texas

Inwood Estates Tasting Room at The Vineyard at Florence
100 Via Francesco, 8711 W. FM 487
Florence, Texas 76527

Join Us for the .....
   6th Annual Stone Carving Competition
       FALL "Live Music" Sunday
                   September 30,  2 - 5 p.m.

Featuring Acoustic Guitarist & Songwriter
              Brian Mullin
 "Performing jazz standards, folk/rock classics,
           and his own original material. "
    And Now Offering Anti-Pasta Appetizers
       By Chef Steve Southern

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Wine & Food Festival - Fredericksburg, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fredericksburg, Texas

Texas Vineyards & Beyond
329 East Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Caprock Winery
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
Dionisio Winery
Westcave Cellars Winery
Red 55 Winery (Miranda Lambert Wines)
Cathy's Sweets
Fredericksburg Pie Company
West End Pizza Co.
Cranky Frank's BBQ
Music by Graham Warwick

Tickets are $12.00 and are available at the door or by phone with a credit card.  Includes logo wine glass, wine & food tastings.

Meet the Winemakers!  Autographed and personalized bottles available.

For more info, please visit or e-mail at or call  830-990-9199 .

Brown Bag Blind Tasting, Part II - Free! - Sugar Land, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Sugar Land, Texas

Top Shelf Wine & Spirits
16535 Lexington Blvd Suite 150
Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Come out to Top Shelf Wine & Spirits in Sugar Land this Saturday for some outstanding selections in

Part II of our "Brown Bag" tasting. Here's what we'll be featuring:

Wines being poured from a brown bag, of course! 

So stop by between 4:30-6:30pm this Saturday to enjoy these fabulous handpicked selections. Remember, you will also save 10% on all of the wines we will be pouring! As always, all of our tastings are complimentary. In addition, we offer 6% off on all other transactions paid with cash or a debit card. However, If you purchase a case (12 bottles) of wine/spirits, you will automatically receive a 10% discount (in lieu of the 6%) and you may choose whatever payment method you desire. Top Shelf Wine & Spirits is located on Lexington Boulevard at Austin Parkway, right across the street from First Colony Mall. We hope to see you all there!    

Cost: Free Tasting

For more information, click here to website their website.

Saturday Night 9/29 Live Music- Jawad & Food Truck- St. Johns Fire - Houston, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Houston, Texas

Memorial Wine Cellar
7951 Katy Freeway, Ste. B
Houston, Texas 77024

LIVE MUSIC from 8pm-11pm: Live Entertainment-Jawad returns to the Cellar playing his soothing “Rainbow-Colored Sounds”.  Visit his website for more details.

FOOD TRUCK SERVICE from 7pm-10pm: St. John’s Fire will be on site serving their fiery gulf coast seafood dishes. Visit them online for more details.

Cost: Free Admission to Live Music, Food & Drink available for a fee

Houston Wine Fest 2012 - Houston, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Houston, Texas

Houston Wine Fest 2012- Tranquility Park
900 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Come out this Saturday for the Houston Wine Fest 2012!! Over 100 varieties of wines to choose from.  Music, Food and Fun for all!

Cost: $20 General Admission/ $100 VIP

For more information, click here to website their website.

The Magic of France Without Leaving Houston! - Houston, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Houston, Texas

French Country Wines
2433 Bartlett
Houston, Texas 77098

French Country Wines is a winery business which imports wine from small, family owned, estate bottled and organically grown vineyards throughout France.  On Saturdays from 12PM to 6PM, we offer wine tastings, free of charge, to the public.  This gives you the opportunity to try the wine before purchasing it! 

The wines we have picked out are rich and complex on the palate, and easy on the pocket book. 

Most wine prices range from $12-$44. 

Join us!

See all our special events here:

Cost: Wine Tasting Complimentary - try before you buy...

Little Tennis...a Little Matchmaking...A Whole Lotta Fun - Houston, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Houston, Texas

Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club
5015 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056

Looking for a fun way to get some exercise and expand your social life at the same time? Join Eight Friends Out to play and socialize with some indoor tennis fun! Mix, mingle and play with the possibility of finding your special someone right on the court! An afternoon of no pressure, no dating quirks - just tennis with a twist. Whether you''re a Pro or just a beginner, during each heat, we will match you with other singles for match games and fun.

We have exclusive use of the courts at this popular indoor tennis facility. Matches will take turns playing 30 minute matches and having 25min socials in between your time on the court you can mix and mingle with other attendees in the lounge. Be prepared for an afternoon of fun, and the chance of a court-side connection!

The event starts promptly at 2:00 pm. Tennis players are matched based on ability and arrival time.

First come, first served.

Note: a limited number of tennis racquets will be available for use at the event for no charge, if you need one.

Cost: $25.00

For more information, click here to website their website.

Wine and Chocolate Trail Tour - Dallas, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Dallas, Texas

Calais Winery
3000 Commerce
Dallas, Texas 75226

Wine & Chocolate Trail Tour
Saturday, September 29,
1-4:30 p.m.

Follow us to some premier wine and chocolate destinations in the Dallas area including Calais Winery and Zen Bistro. Lots of samples and sipping for all!  Cost includes wine tastings, chocolate samples and bus transportation to venues.

Cost: $40

For more information, click here to website their website.

Spanish Wine Tasting - Fort Worth, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fort Worth, Texas

Grand Cru
5500 Overton Ridge Blvd, Suite 222
Fort Worth, Texas 76132



This week's tasting features wines from four different Spanish regions.

NV  Anna Codorniu Brut Rosé

2010 Nora Albarino
Rias Baixas

2008 Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial
Castilla y Leon

2009 Alto Moncayo Veraton
Campo de Borja

For more information, click here to website their website.

A Wine Affair - Hamilton, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hamilton, Texas

Fine Arts Center
107 W Main Street
Hamilton, Texas 76531

A Wine Affair  benefits the Hamilton General Hospital Healthcare Foundation in Hamilton, Texas. 

This in and outdoor charitable event will feature wine tastings from:
Brennan Vineyard
Flat Creek Estate
Wedding Oak Winery
Alamosa Wine Cellars
Fiesta Winery
Texas Legato
Salado Creek Winery
Pillar Bluff Vineyards
Pilot Knob Vineyards
     * Introducing: Red Wing Dove, information only

Ticket price includes admission, 10 one ounce wine tastings, food samples, logo wineglass, door prize ticket, entertainment by "No Worries", and both silent and live auctions.  

Proudly Featuring Fine Foods From:

Wiseman House Chocolate
Wenzel Lonestar Meat Co.
Eagle Mountain Cheese
Texas Olive Oil Ranch
Lana's Cafe
Cake and Cookie Creations
and more...

Exciting auction items include fine art from the Ramsey Collection, Dallas Cowboys and Maverick's tickets, vacation home stays in Utah and New Mexico, fine wine, golf tickets, private wine tasting event and much more!

Cost: $30 advance tickets, $35 at the door

To RSVP, click here.

Live Performance by Jeff Wood - Dripping Springs, Texas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dripping Springs, Texas

Solaro Estate Winery
13111 Silver Creek Rd
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Jeff Wood is a singer/songwriter phenomenon born in Springfield, MO, on December 14th, 1977.
From an early age, Jeff was writing and composing his own music. His love for writing led him to the University of Missouri – Kansas City where he excelled, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.

Teaching himself to play guitar, bass, and piano, Jeff went onto form a band that quickly caught attention, allowing the group to play 100 to 150 shows per year, and tour through 22 states.

Come out and enjoy some Great Music and Award Winning Texas Wines.

For more information, click here to website their website.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Grapes On The Brazos - Sept. 28th - Oct. 7th - Rosenberg, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2012 - Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Rosenberg, Texas

2012 Fort Bend County Fair
4336 Highway 36 S
Rosenberg, Texas 77471

Grapes on the Brazos: A High-Style Wine Event Served With Texas Hospitality!

Within the Fort Bend County Fair there is an exciting  event where you can explore a variety of wines in an attractive, friendly, and affordable venue. It's a place where guests can enjoy learning about and tasting wines especially selected to enlighten the palates of both new and experienced wine-drinkers, while also contributing to scholarships and other educational opportunities for the Youth of Fort Bend County. Come join us and let's have some fun!

FYI: See website for exact hours of operations.

Cost: $10 Fair Admission: $2-$4 a taste, $4-$8 a glass & $20-$45 a bottle

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Brennan's Date Night Cooking Class - Stirring the Pot - Houston, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2012 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77006

Cooking Class: Stirring the Pot
Chef Trace will demonstrate a 3-course dinner paired with wines.

Menu to include (may vary based on ingredient availability):
Smoked Chicken & Mushroom Gumbo
King Trumpet mushrooms, trinity, crushed sassafrass and Duck egg potato salad

Texas Redfish & Shrimp Courtbouillon
Matagorda Bay shrimp, Spanish saffron, caramelized fennel and fire roasted tomatoes over toasted garlic "Jazzmen" rice

Opelousas Sweet Potato "Hubigs" Pie
Steen's cane syrup, Imperial powdered sugar glaze, Pecan Street rum, sweet potato chips and Creole cream cheese ice cream

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Premium Tasting: Chardonnay - Burgundy, Washington, and Napa Valley - Fort Worth, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2012 from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fort Worth, Texas

Grand Cru
5500 Overton Ridge Blvd, Suite 222
Fort Worth, Texas 76132

CHARDONNAY: Burgundy, Washington, and California

This weekend, we're featuring three Chardonnays that express the differences of the three distinct terriors from which they're sourced.  Enjoy a 2-oz pour of all three for only $21 (a $30 value)
Premium flights are always eligible for Happy Hour pricing of 25% off, Fridays 5-9pm.

2009 Michel Bouzereau "Les Grands Charrons"
France/ Burgundy / Meursault
Open, approachable fruit, with concentration, grip, and backbone.  Bouquet of ripe fruit and toasted nuts in a floral and mineral (flint) frame.  Rich and fat, riding a silky balance of unctuousness and freshness.

2009 Cote Bonneville, DuBrul Vineyard
USA / Washington / Yakima Valley
One’s nose fills with tropical fruits, citrus, hazelnut, and fresh brioche. The color recalls a field of straw. On the palate this beauty carries the ripe fruit, tropical notes and rich texture just a step further. We taste the bottom layer of a pineapple upside down cake: oven warm fruit, baked brown sugar and luscious cake. Its power is undeniable. The wine was vinified using traditional Burgundian techniques, aged on the lees for 17 months in French oak, then bottled, unfined and unfiltered, on February 16, 2010. Only 229 cases were produced.

2010 Antica
USA / California / Napa Valley
Lemon peel, flowers, spices and crushed rocks are some of the notes that flow from this taut, mineral-driven wine. Hints of lemon, mint and jasmine reappear on the crisp, delineated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
The Chardonnay grapes came from 10 to 22-year-old vines harvested from nine vineyard blocks that each have their own identifiable qualities. The vineyards (5 different clones) are planted at an average elevation of 1,420 feet on Atlas Peak.

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Sonoma Favorites with Live Music - Flower Mound, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2012 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Flower Mound, Texas

WineStyles Flower Mound
6100 Long Prairie Road, Suite 400
Flower Mound, Texas 75028

Free Wine Tasting!  Sonoma County is not just a special place to grow world-class grapes and make great wines: It’s one of the most beautiful and resource-rich places on earth! Sonoma wineries are world class, but without all the pretensions that goes with it. Jon us in tasting some of our Favorites from Sonoma County while enjoy live music from local duo Varian Reynolds!

For more information, click here to visit their website.

CrossRoads Winery Wine & Live Music Friday - Frisco, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Frisco, Texas

CrossRoads Winery
15222 King Rd.
Frisco, Texas 75034

CrossRoads Winery is a "grape to glass" winery in northwest Frisco.  We currently feature 13 wines on our menu and great music every Friday night that starts around 7:30pm.  Happy hour starts at 5:00 and we close at 11pm. 

This Friday’s feature: Bill Gutekunst!  Must be 21 or older.

We are also open Saturday and Sunday for tastings from 1-6pm.

Check out our website for directions and loads of more information and Special Events.

Wine and Jazz - Garland, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Garland, Texas

D'Vine Wine at Firewheel
426 Town Center Blvd
Garland, Texas 75040

Eric King and the New Socieety Band will provide an evening of funky, classy jazz and soft R & B.

For more information, click here to visit their website.

The Austin City Ballet Wine Tasting and Silent Auction - Austin, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2012 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Austin, Texas

The Austin City Ballet
13291 Pond Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78729

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction: Friday, September 28th from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The event will be held at The The Austin City Ballet, 13291 Pond Springs Road, Austin, TX 78729. 
The cost is $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple.
Tickets can be purchased by calling  512-989-3363 .

Sommelier Zahir Walji will present the wines which are accompanied by hors d'ouerves, cheeses and desserts prepared by chef Eric Welle.
Updated information can be accessed on our website at or on our Facebook Page.

Facebook | The Austin City Ballet.  For additional Information e-mail us at

The Austin City Ballet is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.
All proceeds benefit ACB.

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival - Austin, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2012 - Saturday, September 29 from 6-11 on Friday and Noon to 11PM on Saturday
Austin, Texas

Saint Elias Mediterranean Festival
408 E. 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Mark your calendar now for one of Austin’s most beloved, delicious, and fun-filled festivals—the St. Elias Mediterranean Festival scheduled for SEPTEMBER 28TH & 29TH. Friday 6 - 11 and Saturday Noon - 11 pm. Free Admission Saturday, Noon to 4:00 p.m!! This year’s festival will be the 80th annual edition of this event, named one of Central Texas' Top 10 Food Festivals by the Austin Chronicle.

Dancing and live music by Laand Greek Ensemble
The renowned foods of Lebanon, Palestine, Greece, Eritrea and Romania. Gyros, Kibbee, Baklava, Spanakopita and Mici are only the beginning as you feast outdoors on delicacies from the Orthodox world.


Shop in the Festival Marketplace including a diverse Orthodox Bazaar.
 Tap your foot to the Dance Demonstrations.

Treat your children to games in the Festival's Kids' Oasis.

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival – Music, food, and fun on the church grounds Friday night and Saturday from noon, September 28 & 29, 2012.

See you there. Opa!

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Free SPANISH wine tasting with appetizers at Trattoria Bella Sera - El Paso, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
El Paso, Texas

Trattoria Bella Sera
9449 Montanta (At Rutherglen)
El Paso, Texas 79925

Introducing the wines of Sanchez Muliterno from La Mancha, Spain
New to the USA
A Free wine tasting with free appetizers
You are invited to stay for dinner
Highly Discounted Prices on wines by the glass, or by the bottle, or bottles for Take Home
Thursday, 27 September from 5 pm – 9 pm

Trattoria Bella Sera
9449 Montana

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Wine Tasting Event at Deco Pizzeria - San Antonio, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
San Antonio, Texas

Deco Pizzeria
1815 Fredericksburg Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78201

The Rootless Grapvine Wine Club at Deco on Thursdays. 6:30pm-8:30pm.
$10.00 for 6 tastes of wine. It's a blind tasting this week.

It's a great time for wine lovers to get together and just enjoy some wine.

There is No charge to join and  Everyone is  Welcome. Stop by to enjoy wine with great food! Who Knew Wine and Pizza.

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Spanish Wine Dinner - Houston, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas

Strata Restaurant & Bar
122 Vintage Park Boulevard, Suite A
Houston, Texas 77070

~ Thursday, September 27, 2012 ~
                              Reception  6:30 p.m.| Wine Dinner  7:00 p.m.

Executive Chef John Ly and his culinary team have taken inspiration from the theme “September in Spain” and have tailored the menu to compliment these amazing Spanish wines.  Served tapas style, each wine is paired with two unique dishes that highlight the versatility of these gorgeous wines. 

First Course
-Jicama & Avocado Ensalade with Pina Vinaigrette
-Seafood Croqetas with Jalapeno Lime Alioli
2010 Muga Blanco Rioja Viura,Malvasia
Second Course
-Paprika Crusted Salmon with Cilantro Mojo
-Roasted Chicken and Red Pepper Stew
2007 Marques del Grinon ‘Caliza’ Domino de Valdepusa Syrah-Graciano

Intermezzo – Third Course
Lime Sorbet with Tamarind Reduction

Fourth Course
-Braised Pork Belly with Sofrito
-Crispy Pork Belly with Queso Blanco Brûlée
2008 Guelbenzu Tinto, Aragon Tempranillo

Fifth Course
-Seared Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Spanish Potatoes and
 Black Cherry Habanero Sauce
-Grilled Beef with Roasted Corn and Romesco
2010  Emilio Moro ‘Resalso’ Ribera del DueroTinto Fino

Sixth Course
Dulce de Leche Torte with Crema de Limon

64.95 per guest
Plus tax and gratuity.

Menu & wines subject to change without notice.

Reservations are required due to limited seating

For reservations call (281) 379-2889 | email:

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Flora Springs Wine Dinner - Houston, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Houston, Texas

Kiran's Restaurant and Bar
4100 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77027

Champagne Reception
Pistachio-crusted Goat Cheese & Roasted Beets
Hydroponic Watercress, Baby Arugula & Fresh Tangerines
Cumquat Vinaigrette
Flora Springs Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc Oakville 2010
Tandoori Scallop with Toasted Almonds & Balsamic Glaze
Crispy Lotus Root Chips
Flora Springs Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010
Organic Tandoori Cornish Hen
with Onion Marmalade & Poached Plum
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Flora Springs Merlot Napa Valley 2010
Pineapple Sorbet
Lamb Porterhouse with Mixed Berry Chutney
Fingerling Potatoes with Tarragon
Cracked Wheat Pulao
Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley 2009
Hatch Chile-Infused Valrhona Chocolate Mousse
Fresh Raspberries & Banyuls Coulis
Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009
Mysore Coffee
Bon Appétit
Chef Kiran

Cost: $125.00

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Brennan's Hosts James Beard Celebrity Chefs Tour Dinner - Houston, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Houston, Texas

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77006

James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner Tour
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Five of Houston’s top chefs will be featured at the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour which returns to Brennan’s of Houston this year on Sept. 27. Host chef Danny Trace of Brennan’s is welcoming Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Justin Yu of Oxheart, Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s and Backstreet Café, and Philippe Schmit of Philippe Restaurant & Lounge to collaborate on a lavish, six-course dinner highlighting the city’s culinary diversity. It promises to be a highlight on this year’s culinary calendar.

Brennan’s owner Alex Brennan-Martin and Trace invited the Houston chefs to participate in the dinner because of the culinary perspective each brings to the food culture of Houston.

$170 per person, Dinner Begins at 6 PM

For more information, click here to visit their website.

"Days of Wine and Sustainability" benefitting Recipe for Success - Houston, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas

Mirabeau B. at Hyde Park
2410 Waugh Drive
Houston, Texas 77006

Please join Killen's Steakhouse Chef Ronnie Killen and hosts Anne and Joe Romano, director at the award-winning Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, for an extraordinary wine dinner featuring the bounty of the Gulf Coast, paired with world-class pinot noirs, sparkling wines and chardonnays.

Known as the "Sparkling Jewel of California's Central Coast", Laetitia wines are produced in the Aroyo Grande Valley in San Luis Obispo Country under the Sustainability in Practice (SIP) umbrella. 

$500 per person.  100 percent of your ticket supports Recipe for Success Foundation's work to combat childhood obesity. 

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Eight Dollar Flight Night: Trio of Alsatian Wines - Fort Worth, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fort Worth, Texas

Grand Cru
5500 Overton Ridge Blvd, Suite 222
Fort Worth, Texas 76132

This Week:
Alsatian Trio

Each Thursday 5-9pm, we feature a different flight of wines (2-oz pour of each) for the special price of only $8 . Themes change weekly.

This week's flight features Sparkling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France.
  • NV  Fonne Cremant d'Alsace Rose Brut
  • 2010 Barth Rene Pinot Gris
  • 2010 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc
Also lots of other reds & whites by the taste, glass or bottle!

Cost: $8

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Concha Y Toro at Gaylord Texan - Grapevine, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Grapevine, Texas

Gaylord Texan
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, Texas 76051

Cheers! Delight your palate at Gaylord Texan’s Wine and Food Society Concha Y Toro Dinner with special guest speakers Marcio Ramierz and Italo Jofre! Enjoy a mouth-watering assortment of wine that perfectly complements each course in our elegant Old Hickory Steakhouse restaurant. James Beard Recognized and award-winning Executive Chef Joanne Bondy’s menu features Salmon Bruschetta, Mojo Chicken and Black Bean Gorditas, Achiote Chilean Seaball, Wagyu Flank Steak a la Parilla, and much more!

The Concha Y Toro dinner features a variety of delicious wines: Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Gran Reserva Malbec 2010, Gran Reserva Carmenere 2009, Don Melchor 2008, and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Cost: $155 for non-members. Wine and Food Society Members receive 20% discount.

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Discover Spanish Wines - Plano, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Plano, Texas

Matador Meat & Wine
8200 Preston Rd, Suite 100
Plano, Texas 75024

Our fourth installment of discovering wine regions outside of California.  Jim Holihan, with Serendipity Wines, will be expoloring wines from Spain.  Jim has chosen varietals that are specific to the Spanish and that you don't find here in the US.  Come learn about how Spain approaches wine making and taste some beautiful wines.

Plus, a special Vermouth tasting that you do not want to miss out on!!

Although we do not normally carry imported wine, Jim will have all wines available for purchase. 

Each wine is reasonably priced at under $20.00.

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Wine 101 ~ How to Buy, Serve, and Store Wine - Frisco, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Frisco, Texas

The Wine Studio
3204 Hampshire Court
Frisco, Texas 75034

Wine 101 ~ How to Buy, Store & Serve Wine
September 27, 2012              7-830pm   $25

Not sure what temperature to serve your whites, reds and bubbles?   Faced with fear when ordering wine in a restaurant? Confused about whether or not you need a wine "cellar," or wine fridge?
Then this session is for you! You’ll learn the proper way to serve and store your wine; how to order wine confidently in a restaurant; and how to host a wine party.  By the time you leave you'll be ready to assume "official wineaux" status amongst your friends, family and co-workers!

Register for this class via PayPal at:

Join your instructor, Kathy DiPietro, for a look at the basics of wine buying, serving and storage.
Kathy has taught wine classes in north Dallas since 2007 and holds certifications from the Society of Wine Educators, Court of Master Sommeliers, and the Wine Century Club.

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Distributor Tastings are Back! Meet Sue from Ambiente! - Dallas, Texas

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dallas, Texas

4140 Lemmon Ave Suite 130
Dallas, Texas 75219

During the months of August and September WineTastic will team up with our wine distributors to give you the opportunity to taste wines like we do.

Each week one (sometimes two) of our distributors will pour wines from their portfolio.

One of our most popular events!

7-9PM $10

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Celebrate Fall with Cold Beer & Football - J. BLACK'S Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge-Austin

J. BLACK'S Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge-Austin
710-B W. 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Central Texas' Chefs Go Hog Wild for 2nd Annual Wine & Swine, Nov. 4 - Austin, Texas

Central Texas' top chefs will go whole hog for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance's 2nd Annual Wine & Swine on Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 - 5 pm, with a dozen chefs preparing whole pigs for an authentic pig roast raising funds for culinary grants. Tickets go on sale today with an early purchase discount through Oct. 8 at

Chefs will prepare whole Berkshire pigs in their own unique culinary styles for the outdoor event that includes live music by Warren Hood and The Goods; premium wine tastings, spirited cocktails, craft brews and plenty o' pork tastings. Early purchase discount tickets are available to the first 100 ticket purchasers for $60 and then pre-purchase tickets are $75. Tickets will be sold at the door for $95.

Pioneer Farms, just 15 minutes north of downtown Austin, provides the pristine historical backdrop as chefs, winemakers, spirit makers and craft brewers showcase their cuisine and pairings in the 1880s town square replica. The farm is situated on 90 pristine wooded acres and showcases the life and community of early Texas settlers.

Readying to roast pigs both in-ground and above-ground and provide other pork-centric delicacies are Central Texas' celebrated chefs including: Alma Alcocer-Thomas, El Alma; John Bates, Noble Pig; John Bullington, Alamo Drafthouse; Jason Dady, Bin 555 (San Antonio);  Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine; Jack Gilmore, Jack Allen's Kitchen; James Holmes, Olivia's & Lucy's Fried Chicken; Eric Lucas, Whole Foods Market®; Charles Mayes, Café Josie; Zack Northcutt, Swift's Attic; Rebecca Rather, The Pink Pig; Josh Watkins, The Carillon; and Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo.

And to really get the competition squealing, the Texas Pork Producers Association will award a $1,000 prize to the chef named Greenling Fan Favorite. Attendees will vote via Twitter and text vote on their favorite dishes to determine the winning chef.

Wine & Swine is a fundraiser for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, Central Texas' newest culinary non-profit, which is dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and beverage community. Through a vibrant grant program, the Alliance will award $20,000 in grants in 2012 for chefs, farmers, artisan producers and culinary nonprofits for projects focused on culinary innovation and community giveback. Grant applications are being accepted now through Oct. 19 with additional info at

As the key beneficiary of the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, the Alliance features educational programming and culinary events showcasing Central Texas' chef talent along with artisan and local producers, world-class wine and spirit makers, and craft brewers. 

The pig roast attracted a near sold-out audience in its first edition and is expected to sell out this year with estimated attendance of 500 enjoying an afternoon on the farm with innovative pork dishes, an amazing sampling of extraordinary wines and spirits, a hearty selection of local craft brews and foot-loose live music for a full-blown party o'pork. Tickets are available for online purchase now.

Wine and Swine also will feature a selection of finalists from the inaugural 2012 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, a competition recognizing and celebrating the best of Austin's culinary and cocktail scene. A percentage of proceeds from the annual Tastemaker Awards benefit the Alliance's mission and grants.

The Alliance has gained tremendous community support with Whole Foods Market® as presenting sponsor and other key supporters including Maker's Mark® Bourbon, Texas Pork Producers Association, FreshPoint, Twin Liquors, Texas Monthly, Glazers Distributing, Republic  National Distributing Company, AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, Greenling and Field Branding & Design. 

For more information about the AFWA, visit, call (512) 348-6847  or email The AFWA mailing address is PO Box 685306, Austin, TX, 78768. Stay up to date with Austin Food & Wine Alliance happenings on Facebook and Twitter.

Heitz Cellar Wine Dinner - San Antonio, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
San Antonio, Texas

Perry's Steakhouse San Antonio
15900 La Cantera Parkway Suite 22200
San Antonio, Texas 78256

Heitz Cellar Wine Dinner
San Antonio
Wednesday September 26th, 7:00 p.m.

Tuna tartare with smoked salmon dill mayo
Paired with 2011 Heitz ‘Grignolino’ Rose, Napa Valley

1st Course
Frisée salad with Lardon tossed in a Champagne vinaigrette topped with a Quail egg
Paired with 2010 Heitz Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

2nd Course
Crisp skin black bass with cauliflower purée haricot vert and hazelnut reduction
Paired with 2010 Heitz Chardonnay, Napa Valley

3rd Course
Herb encrusted lamb lollipops over golden Chanterelles and baby root vegetables
Paired with 2006 Heitz ‘Trailside’ Cabernet, Napa Valley

4th Course
Sous-Vide pork cheek gnocchi  with peppercorn beurre fondue
Paired with 2007 Heitz ‘Bella Oak’ Cabernet, Napa Valley

5th Course
Chocolate creme brûlée with honey and bacon
Paired with 2008 Heitz ‘Ink Grade Vineyard’ Zinfandel, Napa Valley
$130 per person plus tax and gratuity
Seating is limited for this event
Please call 210-558-6161 today for reservations.
For more information, click here to visit their website.

Four Course Menu of the Season at Bistro Le Cep - Houston, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Houston, Texas

Bistro Le Cep
11112 Westheimer Road @ Wilcrest
Houston, Texas 77042

Four Course Menu of the Season
at Bistro Le Cep
Plus Tax and Gratuity
Choice of:
Soup of the Day
Grilled Caesar Salad with Shaved Parmesan  
Fresh Mango Sorbet with Champagne
Choice of:
Pan Roasted Bandera Quails
Fresh New England Cod Saute Meuniere
Seasonal Vegetables and Roasted Potatoe
Choice of:
French Cheeses and Crusty Bread
Freshly Baked Texas Peach Tart & Vanilla Ice Crem
Coffee or Tea
Suggested Wines:
$8.50/8 oz. per glass or $29.50 per bottle
Pinot Grigio – Estancia Estate, CA 2008
Côtes du Rhone, Chemin des Papes, France 2009

For more information, click here to visit their website.

El Meson Spanish Wine Dinner - Houston, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Houston, Texas

El Meson Restaurant
2425 University Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77005

Come and join us at the chef's table at El Meson Restaurant with special guest Trinidad Villegas, export manager for Bodegas LAN of Rioja and Santiago Ruiz of Rias Baixas. We'll be serving the 2005 LAN Gran Reserva and 2005 Lanciano Reserva, Parker rated 93 and 92 points, respectively. If you haven't been to a wine dinner at El Meson, then it's time to do so, because I always make sure it's as informative as it is fun. Visit our website for the complete menu. 

For more information, click here to visit their website.

French Country Wines with L'es-Car-Go Food Truck - Houston, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston, Texas
French Country Wines
2433 Bartlett
Houston, Texas 77098

Join us Wednesdays from 5pm-8pm.  French Country Wines has teamed up with L'es-Car-Go, a food truck, from the owners of Bistro Provence.  You'll have the opportunity to sample some wine, order some food, and purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal!  

For more information, visit their website.

“Viva Argentina” Wine Dinner - Houston, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Houston, Texas

Charivari Restaurant
2521 Bagby @ Mc Gowen
Houston, Texas 77006

Suckling Pig Rillettes &
Cranberry Almond Fruit Bread
Edu Pulenta Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza 2011
Chanterelle Risotto with Foie Gras Medallions
Silver Range Torrontes, Mendoza 2011


Wild Boar Sausage & Black Garlic Smashed
Peruvian Purple Potato
La Flor Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 2011


Bavette Steak over sautéed Wild Mushrooms &
Yukon Gold
Potato aux Gratin, Malbec Reduction
Finca 8 Malbec, Mendoza 2009


Chocolaté Crêpes au Flambe, Candied Finger Lime
Riglos Gran Malbec, Mendoza 2008
For more information, visit their website.

Nice Winery Wine Dinner at Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar - Houston, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Houston, Texas

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
1985 Welch
Houston, Texas 77019

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar presents
Nice Winery Wine Dinner
with special guest Ryan Levy, co-owner/winemaker of Nice Winery
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
6:30 pm reception - 7 pm seated dinner

Passed Canapes
2010 Nice Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza, Argentina
First Course
Lobster and Crab Tortellinis, Chardonnay-poached Fava Beans,
Roasted Chanterelles, Lobster Emulsion
2010 Notorious Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California
Second Course
Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Crispy Kurabuta Pork Belly,
Brioche Pain Perdu, Malbec / Maple Glaze
2009 Nice Malbec Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina
Third Course
Colorado Lamb Duet
Roasted Lamb Ribeye and Lamb Marmite, Braised Baby Vegetables,
Sweet Potato Gratin, Cabernet Reduction
2008 Nice Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
Boucheron Panna Cotta, Grilled Baby Pears, Hazelnut Praline, Truffle-infused Honey
2011 Nice Demi-Sec, Mendoza, Argentina
$125 per person, plus tax and 20% gratuity
For reservations and information, please call 713-533-0200 or visit their website for more information.

"Spirited" Cocktail Dinner at Philippe Restaurant + Lounge - Houston, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Houston, Texas

Philippe Restaurant + Lounge
1800 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, Texas 77056

Philippe Restaurant will be your special host for a special cocktail dinner on Wednesday, September 26th in continuation of their cocktail dinner series. The evening will once again pair beverage director and sommelier Vanessa Trevino-Boyd, who recently was recognized as one the nation’s top sommeliers by Food and Wine magazine, and Master Chef Philippe Schmit for an unforgettable drinking and dining experience. Led by Boyd, this dinner will feature a range of exciting fresh flavors and innovative cocktails.  To make reservations, please email or call 713.439.1000.

For more information, click here.

Meet the New "Crew" at Cru-Allen, Free Wine Tasting and Complimentary Bites - Allen, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Allen, Texas

Cru Allen, Watters Creek
842 Market Street
Allen, Texas 75013

Come Meet the New "Crew" at Cru Allen!
New Management Team, New ways to make you smile!
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 @ 6:00-8:00pm.
Complimentary Bites and Wine Tasting
Please RSVP by Tuesday September 25th or call  972-908-2532

For more information, click here.

Wind Down Wednesdays - Lewisville, Texas

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Lewisville, Texas

Lunada Tex Mex Restaurant in Castle Hills
2560 King Arthur Blvd #142
Lewisville, Texas 75056

It's the middle of the week better known as 'Hump Day'.  Half of your work week is over with half of it left to go, so it's hard to get excited about anything!  Well I have just the plan for you, "Wine Wednesdays"!

That's right we are celebrating the hot summer with cool, refreshing glasses of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay for only $5.  They pair exquisitely with our signature chicken dish "The Chick" better know as 'Grilled chicken with sauteed spinach, fresh garlic, onions and melted Monterey Jack cheese  for only 8.95'.  If you are not fond of chicken, our signature seafood dish "The Fish" aka. 'Your choice of Grilled fillet or lightly battered fillet served with a marinated slaw and topped with a jalapeno tartar sauce for only 10.95', will also pair nicely.

These are only two of our dinner entrees that will pair with an ice cold Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. Don't forget to ask your waiter for more suggestions.  And remember, all of your glasses of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay are only $5 all evening long.  What a great way to get through your 'Hump Day' in style at Lunada, the 'One of a Kind' Tex Mex Restaurant!

For more information, click here.

Wurstfest 2012 Opens November 2, 2012 - New Braunfels, Texas

Wurstfest 2012, a unique celebration rich in German heritage and full of Texas fun, opens Nov. 2 and continues through Nov. 11, offering 10 days of family-style fun on the Wurstfest grounds along the Comal River in Landa Park in New Braunfels. The festival features the sounds of more the 40 bands playing at four different venues, a carnival, tasty German/Texas foods, the Marktplatz shopping area, and the opportunity to visit with friends while enjoying the view of the scenic Comal River.
Wurstfest officially kicks off with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Wursthalle with the “biting of the sausage” and the ceremonial tapping of the keg. The Comal Community Band and Alex Meixner will provide music on opening day from 4 to 5 p.m. For a complete list  of entertainment, visit Admission to the grounds on Nov. 2 is free from 4 to 7 p.m.
Wurstfest President Martin Allen described Wurstfest as a community reunion.
“Adults remember the days when they went to Wurstfest as a kid, and now, they come back with their families. It is very family oriented,” he said.
Accompanying Allen at this year’s Wurstfest are Al Leach as Festival Chairman and President elect and Frank Witting as Grosse Opa.
The festival began in 1961 as a promotional event for the city’s sausage-making industry. It quickly grew from a two-day event into a week-long event, before expanding into a 10-day affair.
This past year, Steltzenhaus (the “stilt house”), opened as a fourth venue at the festival. Patrons can dance to live bands at the venue that sits above the banks of the Comal River. They also can still enjoy listening to bands at Wursthalle, Das Grosse Zelt (the Big Tent) and Das Kleine Zelt (the Little Tent).

Returning favorites to this year’s Wurstfest include the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, Alex Meixner, die Schlauberger, Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen and The Squeezebox, just to name a few. Die Bayrische 7 (The Bavarian 7) will be traveling from Munich to perform at Wurstfest. The band is comprised of seven female musicians.

“I would describe this band as having the same type of high-energy band as Alex Meixner and Die Schlauberger,” said Marc Allen, entertainment chair.

For those ready to kick up their heels, the Waltz Contest takes place the first Sunday, Nov. 4, of Wurstfest. The Polka Contest takes place during the second Sunday, Nov. 11, of Wurstfest.
Wurstfest 2012 will offer plenty of festival food favorites including kartoffel puffers (potato pancakes), potato soup, bratwurst, Wurst tacos, chicken-on-a-stick and sausage sampler plates. Dessert booths include strudel, funnel cakes and fried Oreos.

Kinderhalle, hosted by the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, provides an evening of entertainment for the younger ones attending Wurstfest on both Saturday nights (Nov. 3 and Nov. 10) during Wurstfest. As part of Kinderhalle, several family events take place during Wurstfest as well.

The Circle Arts Theatre will present its annual Wurst melodrama, “Alice in Wurst-erland,” as part of the festival – encouraging the audience to throw popcorn and boo the villain.
Wurstfest patrons also will be able to take part in a Veterans Day Salute on Nov. 11 honoring those who are serving or who have served in the military with a presentation of colors, military songs medley and the playing of “Taps.”

Several area-wide, Wurst-related activities take place during the festival including the Wurst Tour de Gruene, Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake, the Wurstfest 10K Walk hosted by the New Braunfels Marsch-und Wandergruppe and the Wurstfest Skat Tournament at Landa Haus.

Admission to the festival is $8 at the gate; and children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free at all times. Admission is free from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and after 3 p.m. on Nov. 11. Group rates, advance discounts and special weekday promotions are available.

Patrons can take advantage of the Park and Ride custom shuttle service provided by Rockin’ R River Rides. The service allows patrons to buy admission tickets ahead of time and tickets for use on the grounds prior to their arrival on the grounds.

For information, call (830) 708-7300 or visit

The Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to promote the local economy through tourism and promote and preserve the community’s rich German heritage. Proceeds from the event benefit a wide variety of projects.

For information about Wurstfest, call 830/625-9167 or 1-800-221-4369, or visit the Web site at

Monday, September 24, 2012

Green Beans & Guacamole Happy Hour & Book Signing - Houston, Texas

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Houston, Texas

2040 West Gray
Houston, Texas 77019

The Houston based non-profit Friends for Good, will host a Green Beans and Guacamole cookbook signing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Américas featuring Executive Chef David Cordúa and other top chefs and restaurants showcased in the cookbook-for-a-cause. 

With a limited number of copies left, Houston foodies who have not already bought their copy of Green Beans and Guacamole will have the chance to purchase the limited edition cookbook. Guests will mix, mingle and swap stories with a star-studded lineup of chefs and restaurants including David and Michael Cordúa of Américas, Abbas Hussein of Sorrento Ristorante, David Denis of Le Mistral, Jamie Zelko of Zelko Bistro, Tony Mandola of Mandola’s, Chef Kiran Verma of Kiran's Restaurant and Bar, Randy Evans of Haven and Hugo Ortega of Hugo's & Backstreet Café.

As attendees get to know their favorite chefs, they can indulge in the flavors of South America with specially prepared passed hors d'oeuvres and wine parings provided by Ikal 1150 Winery.
Guests will also have an opportunity to be entered into a drawing for two door prizes, including a Green Beans and Guacamole logoed apron and bamboo cutting block, as well as a gift certificate for a winery tour at Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley for four guests. Castello di Amorosa is an authentically-styled, 13th century, Tuscan castle and winery. The tour features a barrel tasting and complimentary tastings of their current releases. For more information, please visit

Green Beans and Guacamole, an expertly-photographed cookbook and compilation of recipes from a star-studded lineup of nearly 50 Houston chefs, benefits the ARC, an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cookbooks will be available for purchase onsite and all proceeds will benefit the ARC.

For more information about Green Beans and Guacamole, or to order a copy online, please visit Also, be sure to follow Green Beans and Guacamole on Facebook and Twitter.

Stellekaya South African Wine Tasting at 13 celsius - Houston, Texas

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas

13 celsius
3000 Caroline
Houston, Texas 77004

Taste 5 Exceptional South African Wines from Stellekaya
Join us next Tuesday, September 25th with Branware Wine Distributing Co. as they unveil some of the best wines coming out of South Africa. Headed by native South African female wine maker, Ntsiki Biyela, Stellekaya has consistently produced exceptional wines epitomizing the terroir of the famous Stellenbosch region. South African wines are becoming more and more prevalent in the U.S. market and Stellekaya is one of our personal favorites. On this night, we will taste through Stellekaya's premier line of red wines. This is an open tasting so no reservations are necessary and, of course, we'll be offering a one-night-only retail special on bottles to-go.

For more information, click here.

Joseph Phelps Wine Dinner - Houston, Texas

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Houston, Texas

Mo's A Place for Steaks
1801 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, Texas

Enjoy a 5 course meal featuring the wine of Joseph Phelps Winery.

For more information, click here.