Top 12 Food & Drink Events This Month: January 2019

Beer & Brass at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Photo courtesy of ROCO

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This month, you can kick off 2019 with a “return to life” brunch at a Houston icon, test your spice tolerance in a Hot Pepper Eating Contest, head to the Island for chili and beer, sip cherry-picked bourbons, and eat your weight in truffle-kissed dishes. And that’s just the beginning. Take a peek at what January has to offer.

Top 12 Food & Drink Events This Month: January 2019

  • El Buffet que te Vuelve a la Vida at Hugo’s | Tuesday, January 1 – Return to life with a special New Year’s Day brunch at upscale Mexican spot, Hugo’s. Favorites from ceviches and costillas to chilaquiles and huarache will fill the buffet for $42 per person ($15 per child). Tack on cocktails for some hair of the dog. 11am.
  • Beer & Brass at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Thursday, January 10 – Enjoy an evening of Beer & Brass with the ROCO Brass Quintet at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Guests can ring in the new year with craft beers and yummy bites alongside traditional beer hall music, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $35 for adults; $10 for kids 12 and under. Taps open at 6pm, music begins at 6:30pm.
  • 2019 Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival at SpindleTap Brewery | Saturday, January 12 – Guests can enjoy a variety of spicy offerings, food trucks, fresh craft beers, listen to live jams, and participate in or cheer on the daring during the third annual Hot Pepper Eating Contest. There will also be a kids play area with bounce houses and more. Tickets are $10 at the door (free for kids under 12). 11am to 6pm.
  • Tasting Series: Sparkling Wines at Third Coast Restaurant | Tuesday, January 15 – Join Third Coast Restaurant to learn how sparkling wines have evolved and matured to become a revered alternative to the great wines of Champagne. Award-winning sommelier David Cook will teach the course and each wine will be paired with bites from executive chef Jon Buchanan. Tickets are $55. 6pm to 7:30pm.
  • 10th Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest | Friday, January 18 through Saturday, January 19 – Galveston’s annual Chili & Beer Fest returns, kicking things off with a party at Yaga’s Café on Friday, followed by plenty of tasty events along the Historic Strand the next day. Saturday’s fest will feature chili-sampling and beer tastings alongside live music, a washers tournament, 5K fun run, Jackpot Margarita Contest, and merchant walk-about. Tickets are $12 for the chili tasting; $30 to $40 for the beer tasting; and $39 for a beer and chili tasting combo package. Times vary.
  • Eggs, Grains and Vegetables Cooking Class at Pondicheri | Wednesday, January, 23 – Learn how to hone your intuition to cook by sight, touch, and smell at this transformative cooking class, which will teach you how to cook simple egg dishes using various masalas, savory oats, and uppma, as well as how to incorporate vegetables into the first part of each day. Classes are limited to 12 students. Tickets are $100 per person, including ingredients, dinner, and recipes for one. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Proprietary Bourbon Dinner with Morgan Weber at Revival Market | Thursday, January 24 –  Beverage guy Morgan Weber will share his love of bourbon and the years he’s spent hand selecting proprietary barrels for Agricole Hospitality. This special dinner will showcase his favorite barrels—and plenty of bourbon-fueled stories—starting with bites and a cocktail and followed by a tasting and discussion. Finally, the Revival Market culinary team will serve a family-style meal paired with Agricole’s proprietary bourbons. There are only 30 seats available, priced at $95 per person, plus gratuity. 5:30pm.
  • 4th Annual Whiskey in the Winter at Yellow Rose Distilling | Saturday, January 26 – SoléAna Stables and Yellow Rose Distilling invite guests for an evening of award-winning whiskey, friends, and fundraising. The evening will include music, savory bites, tours of the Yellow Rose distillery and several whiskeys to enjoy. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Proceeds go directly to the continued improvement of SoléAna Stables. 7pm to 10pm.
  • One Pot Showdown at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Sunday, January 27 – Whether you think you can use Saint Arnold beer and your secret ingredients to make a dish better than anybody else’s or you just want to taste the dishes of people who think they can, this 12th annual culinary showdown is one event you won’t want to miss. The One Pot Showdown combines a traditional chili, gumbo, and stew cookoff with ten parts Saint Arnold goodness. Tickets are $40 and are known to sell out quickly. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Truffle Masters 2019 at The Revaire | Monday, January 28 – Guests can hit this culinary throwdown to indulge in decadent dishes using fresh black truffles as 25 top chefs compete for the title of the “2019 Truffle Master.” Now in its fifth year, this year’s chef lineup includes Luis Roger from BCN Taste & Tradition, Kiran Verma of Kiran’s, and Austin Simmons of Tris to name a few. Tickets are $175 for general admission; $275 for VIP. 7pm to 10pm; 6pm for VIP.
  • Butchery Demo at Revival Market | Thursday, January 31 – Revival Market is ringing in the new year by bringing back its butchery demos. At this first event, guests can enjoy a selection of meats from Revival Market’s charcuterie case before heading into the kitchen for a whole hog butchery demo by Morgan Weber and Jack Matusek. A family-style meal will be served following the demo, and guests are encouraged to bring their own wine, beer and/or bourbon to enjoy throughout the night. Only 35 seats are available, priced at $125 per person, plus gratuity. 5:30pm.
  • Cuisine Of Quebec & French Wine at Le Bistro Houston | Thursday, January 31 – The Culinary Institute Lenotre and the students from Le Bistro invite you to enjoy the cuisine of Quebec, alongside French wine, at this monthly event. Menu prices vary. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

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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 .