Here’s a look at the best culinary events this weekend:
Art market at Finn Hall
Friday, 6pm to midnight
It’s been a week since New Years Eve, so it’s time to get back in the saddle and celebrate our second weekend of 2022 with some hip-hop dancing, art, shopping, eating and drinking. Finn Hall will have it all on Friday as it hosts the first All Access art market of the new year. Attendees can stroll among the different vendors and view and purchase the various artworks on display. The hip-hop theme will run all the time and there will be dancers and DJs as well as a free dance competition at 9pm. Those who want to screw up a movement and try to win the $150 prize are welcome to register until 8:30pm, the day of the event.
There are plenty of food vendors in Finn Hall including the Dish Society, Papalo Taqueria, Pizza Zquare, Pho Binh Downtown, and Yong plus beverage options like Greenway Coffee and Swallow’s Nest, which serve cocktails, beer, and wine until 11pm on event days.
Mixer Elixir Ranch Water CBD Launch Party
Saturday, from 3 pm to 6 pm
For those who believe in the powers of CBD and also enjoy farm water, Mixer Elixir is launching the first ever Ranch Water CBD Seltzer in partnership with Sipple, the first non-alcoholic bottle store, in Rice Village. The launch event will offer free tastings and giveaways.
Alcohol-free sparkling water is zero-calorie, calorie-free and contains no sugar. It’s made with lime, a pinch of aloe vera and sparkling water plus 25mg of CBD. It’s an easy way to start dry January. While you’re there, check out the range of non-alcoholic drinks on offer, from non-alcoholic wines to alternatives to spirits.
Lifting the grand opening of Qin [Updated]
Saturday, 8:30 am
13840 Northwest Highway
Dogs can rejoice as the Chicken Finger Chain opens its 46th location in the Houston area. Originally scheduled for Friday, January 7, the grand opening was pushed to
Saturday January 8The grand opening has been postponed to January 11th. At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, the restaurant will begin accepting entries for the “Lucky 20” drawing with winners announced at 9 a.m. The lucky ones (13 and over) will get Free Cane’s for a year. There will be a free gift of Cane t-shirts for the first 100 diners who will also receive a valid Box Combo Card for their next visit.
Houston Farmers’ Market
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 5:30 pm to 6 pm
This indoor/outdoor market and dining destination continues to add to the list of restaurants and shops. Last week, Chris Shepherd’s “Underbelly Burger” opened on January 6. Last month, RC Ranch Butcher Shop joined the market on December 17, selling Wagyu beef as well as Wagyu beef as well as poultry and seafood from local producers.
These two heavy hitters are joining the vendor’s market, some of whom have been in the airline market for decades like Martinez Produce with dried beans and seeds and Chito Produce which serves fresh fruits and vegetables. There are also newer kiosks like those at Marisol Castro Produce and Los Cavazos, a family-owned business of herbal teas, coffee, dried fruits, soaps, and Mexican sweets. Shoppers can stop by De Mi Tierra Chiles to restock their spice cabinets and buy some healthy exotic tropical fruits from JJL Produce. For those who want to try growing their own plants, Cilia Curiel at Mi Jardin has herbs, plants, and roses for sale.
Business hours may vary for each seller. Underbelly Burger is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
Boiled lobster in a monkey’s tail
Friday, 4 pm to 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm
This Lyndale Park bar makes boiled lobster early in the season, starting Jan. 7, and Mud Bugs are $10 a pound and are available in two flavors, regular and jalapeno.
Besides lobster on the weekend, it also offers red camels on Thursdays from 4pm to 10pm, and if you’re lucky, you might still score some tamales at Monkey’s Tail, according to its Facebook page.