Top 15 food & drink events in Houston this month: May 2017

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With Cinco de Mayo and rosé weather in full swing, this month is sure to be a refreshing one.

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May’s culinary happenings offer plenty of ways to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite, starting with a five-course beer dinner and ending with a porcine throwdown that brings together 5 chefs, 5 pigs, and 5 winemakers.

In between, there’s a Kentucky Derby pre-game, island-style wine and food festival, and Greek-fueled weekend of fun. Here’s a look at everything you need to eat and drink this month.

Top 15 food & drink events in Houston this month: May 2017

  • Beer Dinner with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. at Roost | Tuesday, May 2 – Chef Kevin Naderi is teaming up with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company for a five-course beer dinner, which will be limited to just 20 people. Guests can dine on dishes such as caramelized onion and thyme soup with Figaro Fig Ale broth and gruyere cheese crouton, paired with Great White Buffalo; and Broken Arrow Ranch’s venison bratwurst with parsnip and potato mash, roasted garlic and More Cowbell gravy, paired with Don’t Fear the RIPA. Cost is $90 per person or $160 per pair, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and along with dinner, each guest will receive a swag bag complete with Nadri’s Maple Chili Jam mustard. Tickets purchased in pairs will also include two bombers of Buffalo Bayou beer to take home. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Kentucky Derby Garden Party at Backstreet Cafe | Thursday, May 4 – The charming eatery is continuing its Garden Party Series with mint juleps, big hats, and bourbon. More details to come.
  • Cinco de Mayo at Eight Row Flint | Friday, May 5 – The modern ice house will be serving up $5 margaritas and palomas and $3 Tecate and Modelo all day long. Happy hour runs from 2pm to 6pm, with $3 tacos stuffed with things like Gulf shrimp and sesame salsa or braised 44 Farms beef cheek. Noon to 2am.
  • The Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival at Galveston Island Convention Center | Friday, May 5 through Saturday, May 6 – The island’s annual food and wine festival features Friday’s Premium Wine Tasting, offering an exclusive selection of premium wines alongside bold food pairings; and Saturday’s Grand Wine Tasting, with premium wines and tapas-style plates. There is also a 5K Champagne Fun Run on Saturday morning beginning at 9am and a Sunday brunch at Hotel Galvez from 11am to 2pm. Tickets start at $72, not including ticket fees. Friday 6pm to 8pm; Saturday 2pm to 5pm.
  • Katy Wild West Brew Fest at Katy Mills Mall | Friday, May 5 through Saturday, May 6 – This beer-tastic festival kicks off with a Launch Party ($35) on Friday, with an exclusive tasting at the Hop House Katy Mills Mall. On Saturday, beer geeks can geek out over 500 different brews. Saturday’s Brew Fest tickets start at $30 for general admission, and include access to the event, musical entertainment, and a sample card for 12 2oz pours. Additional ticket options are available, including combo tickets, VIP and designated driver. Friday 7pm to 10pm; Saturday 3pm to 9pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo Weekend at El Big Bad | Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7 – Details are tbd, but last year’s fiesta included -320 degree liquid nitrogren frozen margaritas, 12 DJs and musical acts, over 70 different infused tequilas, and daily pop-up markets. Tickets are $10 to $15. Friday 11am; Sunday 4pm.
  • Bernie’s Backyard Crawfish Festival at Bernie’s Backyard | Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7 | Free to Attend – This family-friendly crawfish festival returns for its second year, with live music, food trucks, face painting, a video arcade, outdoor games, cold beer, and mudbugs, of course. No tickets are required and the event is free to attend. Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm; Sunday noon to 8pm.
  • Annual Rosé Revival at Le Mistral’s Rouge Wine Bar | Saturday, May 6 – Join this Spring tradition at Rouge, as guests are invited to take a journey through seven different rosé varietals from France ($20). Additionally, a refreshing ceviche bar, featuring red snapper, with lime, red onion and jalapeño and shrimp, with avocado, tomatillo and lime ($6 each). The event will take place in the patio from and entertainment will be provided by The Chris Bitten Project. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Santo de Mayo 5k at Saint Arnold Brewery | Sunday, May 7 – Run (or walk) a 5K and you’ll be rewarded with a Santo de Mayo pint glass, three tasty beers, and a breakfast burrito. The cost to run is $50 and includes all of the above, plus a race shirt with chip timing, a race bib, and a finishing medal. Guests who want to cheer on the runners can get beer and party passes for $25 each, which include the pint glass, three beers, and burrito. 8:30am.
  • Heights Rosé Social benefiting Susan G. Komen at Southern Goods | Saturday, May 13 – Southern Goods is partnering with local wine distributors— including Dionysus Imports, Republic National, Vintage Select Wines and more— to offer tastes of over 20 different rosés while raising money for breast cancer awareness. In addition to the rosés, the eatery will be serving hors d’oeuvres like oysters on-the-half-shell. 1pm to 5pm.
  • The Marx Brothers Movie Night at Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restauarant (Galleria) | Saturday, May 20 – To honor the 90th anniversary of iconic 1927 deli, The Rialto Delicatessen—the first Jewish deli to open on New York’s Broadway, which welcomed stars like Walter Winchel, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, the Marx brothers and just about every other famous name that graced a stage or screen—Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen is offering a special movie night. Guests can enjoy a three-course dinner, snacks, and a showing of the Marx Brothers’ 1930 film, Animal Crackers, for $32.95, plus tax and gratuity, with wine and beer available for an additional cost. Reservations must be made by Monday, May 8. 6:30pm.
  • 2nd Annual Houston Whiskey Social at HSR Event Center | Friday, May 19 – The second annual whiskey-fueled event features select single barrel offerings and whiskeys from around the globe alongside fine food. This year, the event will also offer a private barrel of bourbon, specially selected by guests from the Houston Whiskey Social and bottled specifically and exclusively for the event. Tickets are $75 for general admission or $130 for VIP, with a portion of all ticket sales donated to the Warriors for Freedom Foundation, a charitable organization that provides support to our nation’s heroes and their families. Business casual/cocktail attire required. 7pm to 9:30pm.
  • Houston Greek Fest at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church | Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21 – Take part in Hellenic culture with an expected 15,000 attendees as you enjoy the finest in Greek foods, pastries, church tours, shopping, dancing, and children’s activities. Dig into eats like pastichio, pork souvlaki, spanakopita, and baklava. This year, the fest is partnering with Ronald McDonald House Houston to assist with its mission of helping families of seriously ill children stay close together. Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.
  • Houston Press BrewFest at Silver Street Station | Saturday, May 20 – There will be over 150 local and global beers at this fifth annual indoor/outdoor beer sampling event, all alongside live music and local food trucks. All tickets include eight 3-ounce beer samples, with additional tasting cards available for purchase at the event. VIP ticket-holders will receive early admission (2pm), plus access to a VIP area with specialty/seasonal beers and complimentary appetizers. The event is rain or shine. Advanced tickets are $25 per person for groups of four, $35 per person for single tickets and $60 for VIP. 3pm to 7pm.
  • Cochon 555 at Hughes Manor | Sunday, May 21 – Cochon555 brings together 5 chefs, 5 heritage breed pigs, and 5 winemakers for a riveting nose-to-tail competition. This year’s chef-competitors include Luis Roger of BCN Taste & Tradition, Bobby Matos of State of Grace, Felix Florez of Ritual, Manabu ‘Hori’ Horiuchi of Kata Robata and Monica Pope of Sparrow Cookshop. Guests can feast on epic dishes and vote for their favorite bite, plus mix and mingle over bites from the pop-up ramen bar, Farmstead cheese bar, luxe butter bar and more. Tickets are $125 for general admission and $200 for VIP. There is also a Bespoke Dinner on Saturday night, available for $400 and including a 30-minute early admission on Sunday. 4pm to 7:30pm.
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Brooke Viggiano
Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .