Top 11 Food & Drink Events This Month: March 2018

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With the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in town, there is obviously no shortage of great smoked and fried eats this month. But that’s not all of the

But that’s not all of the tastiness that March has to offer. There are mudbug bashes, Irish cook-offs, and beer celebrations, too. Savor it all at these hot culinary events.

Top 11 Food & Drink Events in Houston: March 2018

  • Rodeo Special at Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen | Tuesday, February 27 through Sunday, March 18 – Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen will be offering guests a cowboy-sized special this rodeo season. Purchase one regular price entrée and present your Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo ticket stub to receive the Rodeo Special, a 6-to-8 ounce lobster tail and a 14-ounce ribeye, for free (a $45 value).
  • 40th Anniversary Celebration at Treebeards at Market Square | Thursday, March 1 through Friday, March 16 – In honor of its 40th anniversary, Treebeards will be offering an original menu item for the same price it was 40 years ago. Guests can stop by Treebeards Market Square location (315 Travis Street) and enjoy a Red Beans & Rice Plate for only $1.95. The meal includes a sausage link and onions if you are up for them, plus complimentary French bread. This offer is only good at the Market Square location and for dine-in only diners.
  • Harvest Green’s Chef Fest at Harvest Green Village Farm | Sunday, March 4 – Experience culinary creations from the regions top chefs—with talent including Monica Pope, Matt McCallister, and Jillian Bartolome—at the second annual Chef Fest. Located on a sustainable 12-acre farm, the festival will highlight local food, local brews, live music, family-friendly activities including a “Kids Can Cook” tent, farm tours, farm animals and more. Tickets are $75 (limited) for early bird and $90 regular price, with kids tickets available for $30 (ages 5 to 16) and a VIP experience offered for $140. Noon to 4pm; 10am for VIP.
  • Thursday Night Take Over at Fluff Bake Bar | Thursday, March 8 – Fluff Bake Bar owner Rebecca Masson is switching up her popular “Dinner with My Friends” series, switching it to a “Thursday Night Take Over”. The event will showcase a new guest chef each month, with this month featuring Christine Rivera of Galaxy Taco, San Diego. Each guest chef will create a menu of 3 to 4 items available a la carte from 6pm to 9pm – “like you’re going to a food truck”, Masson said. No tickets or reservations are required. Four “chef’s table” seats will be available for purchase each month at 6pm and 7:30pm. Masson will create a special dessert to complement each chef’s menu, with optional wine pairings and specialty beer from Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program.
  • 21st Annual Irish Cook-off and Music Festival at Griff’s | Saturday, March 10 | No Cover – Kick off St. Patrick’s week with the annual Irish Cook-off and Musical Festival at Griff’s. This year, 18 teams will be competing for the coveted Irish Brick in 5 categories, and tastings are free with registration online. The categories are Irish Stew, Chili, Chicken, Desserts, and an Irish Open Dish. 11am to 10pm.
  • 5th Annual Celebr8tion of Beer at 8th Wonder Brewery | Saturday, March 17 – 8th Wonder is celebrating its fifth birthday with a rain-or-shine throwdown. Tickets include beer and will grant you admission to the festivities, which will feature live music, food trucks, and plenty of fun. Tickets for general admission are $35 in advance and $45 at the door and include four beer tokens and a limited edition pint glass. VIP tickets ($100 in advance or $125 at the door) include open bar, a limited edition specialty glass, and light bites, plus access to VIP areas. 2pm to 10pm.
  • St. Patrick’s Day at Saint Arnold Brewery | Saturday, March 17 – Head to Saint Arnold Brewery for a Special Irish Breakfast and St. Patrick’s Day party. The party is free to attend, but tickets to the special Irish breakfast can be reserved for $40 (including eats and beer). Held in the Investors Pub, the buffet breakfast will feature traditional eats like eggs, breakfast sausage, black and white puddings, baked beans, potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, and beer bread with jam and butter. The Irish festivities will continue throughout the day, with live music, special beer releases, food trucks, a World Elevated Beer Pouring Championship, and the Donegal Beard Growing Competition. Breakfast 10am to noon; Party 11am to 6pm.
  • Third Birthday Party at Johnny’s Gold Brick | Sunday, March 18 – Heights cocktail bar Johnny’s Gold Brick will be celebrating its third birthday with a blowout bash, featuring live music, guest bartenders, a menu of Johnny’s Greatest Hits, and Texas barbecue (6pm to close) from Chapman House BBQ. 2pm to 10pm.
  • Keels & Wheels Uncorked at the Bentley Showroom of Post Oak Motor Cars | Thursday, March 22 – Guests are invited to sip, eat, and mingle alongside Master of Ceremonies and longtime radio host Sam Malone at the 9th annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked event. Participating restaurants—including spots like Mastro’s Steakhouse, Grotto Ristorante, and Vic & Anthony’s—will each be assigned a classic automobile or vintage wooden boat to draw inspiration from, pairing a specific wine alongside a hors-d’oeuvre. The event will also feature luxury items and experiences in the form of a live and silent auction, with proceeds from the event and both auctions benefiting the Boys & Girls Harbor. Tickets are $75 in advance; $100 per person at the door. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Tomball German Heritage Festival in Old Town Tomball | Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25 | No Cover – Head to Old Town Tomball to enjoy a weekend filled with German culture and heritage, from traditional music and dance to food and drink. The family-friendly festival will offer a heritage center, four music stages, more than 200 street vendors, a petting zoo, street performers, arts and crafts and more. Times vary.
  • 4th Annual BigAss Crawfish Bash at Gulf Greyhound Park | Saturday, March 24 – This family-friendly crawfish cook-off will feature all-you-can-eat mudbugs for $25 to $30 pre-sale, plus live music, rides, vendors, a food court, and Veterans VIP tent. The charity event (which is known to sell out) will be donating to Camp Hope, Texas Special Olympics and local Education Foundations, Boyscouts, C.E.R.T. and more. Rain or shine. 11am to 11pm.

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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 .