Things to Do: Upcoming Food & Drink Events in Houston this January

Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss these fun and delicious culinary events:

Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest returns to Galveston on January 15th. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and takes place in the Galveston Historic Strand at 2302 Strand. Calling will start at 11 am. The festivities will be preceded by the Beerfooter 5K Fun Run that begins at Beerfoot Brewery, 2816 Avenue R 1/2 and runs along the Seawall. Fun Race participants will receive a free beer after the run, a T-shirt and an entry medal (for the first 250 runners). Crazy and creative outfits are encouraged.

The 13th annual Chili Cookoff Festival will take place from noon to 3pm with over 40 teams competing and attendees can vote for their favourite. For the first time, there will be a Cornhole Championship between competing chili teams and the Patron Margarita competition will be back this year.

Click to enlarge Gather some friends and head to Galveston for Chili Quest and Beer Fest.  - Photo courtesy of YAGA'S Entertainment

Gather some friends and head to Galveston for Chili Quest and Beer Fest.

Photo via Yaga’s Entertainment

The Beer Fest portion of the event starts at 1pm and runs until 4pm and there will be dozens of beers and spirits from breweries and distilleries, both local and national. VIP tickets offer early access at noon with a guaranteed chance to try special event drinks including Karbach Clutch City Lager, Shiner Tex Hex Bruja IPA and Sierra Nevada Powder Day IPA. Beer Fest is located on the third floor of the League Building, 2301 Strand.

Tickets are available here and vary in price. There are chili and beer ticket packages that must be pre-ordered. Please note that Beer Fest tickets have been sold online in previous years.

Click to enlarge Ouisie has beef and bubbles.  Photo by Adam Denari

Ouisie has beef and bubbles.

Adam Denari’s photo

Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe, is offering the Prime Rib Special every Monday and Tuesday starting January 10. Deal includes a 12-ounce steak or prime rib and a whole baked potato with all fixings for $25, plus taxes and gratuities.

The elegant, homey Southern-style restaurant also extends its sparkling wine for a limited time in the new year. Guests who spend $100 or more (per ticket) will receive a bottle of sparkling wine for just $1. Offer available from Sunday to Thursday evenings.

Click to enlarge A Houston Hot Chicken sandwich can be enjoyed any day.  - Picture of Isabel Protomarter

A Houston Hot Chicken sandwich can be enjoyed any day.

Photography by Isabel Protomartier

International Hot and Spicy Day is January 16 and with so many options for Mexican, Sichuan, Indian, and hot chicken in Houston, there’s no dearth of places to celebrate a totally unnecessary event like this. The Dish Association has six locations to get spicy and spicy chicken. It features a Houston Hot Chicken sandwich with a buttermilk-fried chicken breast dipped in spicy Houston sauce, drizzled with local honey and then topped with pickled onions and ranch salad. It’s served on a pretzel and comes with house chips for $13.75.

Click to enlarge break it.  - Picture of Dragan Harris

break it.

Photography by Dragan Harris

Tobio Sushi & Bar, 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, revives its bluefin division Jan. 17. The kitchen crew will deconstruct a full-fin blue tuna and turn the beast into a 10 to 12-course tasting showcasing the fish in all its glory. The tasting begins at 6pm and is expected to last for two and a half hours. The cost is $225 per person, plus taxes and gratuities. Reservations can be made at 7156-394-281.

For those who need to kickstart their New Year’s fitness routine but don’t want to give up all the fun, Urban South-HTX, 1201 Oliver, hosts Get Fit Thursday at Sawyer Yards Brewery. Every Thursday, the Weekly Running Club meets at 6:15 p.m. for a three-mile run on Houston’s Greenway Trails, led by a member of the Urban South team. Next, yoga begins at 7:15 p.m. in the barrel room. Participants are welcome to join either or both fitness events regardless of their skill level. Running and yoga class is free but a donation to a yoga instructor is appreciated.

For all that hard work, attendees will receive one free draft of a choice and then $2 off all drafts for the rest of the evening until the sitting room closes at 9 p.m. Exercise is its own bonus but a free pint of beer makes it even better.

Click to enlarge Thursday night is a carnivorous delight at J-Bar-M.  - Photograph by Robert J.  erma

Thursday night is a carnivorous delight at J-Bar-M.

Photography by Robert J. erma

J-Bar-M BBQ, 2201 Leeland recently opened last November and has added meat and eat Thursdays to its specials. For $35, meat lovers can enjoy a dinner deal that includes different meats and plenty of sides. Guests will enjoy thick slices of prime roasted rib with a choice of hand-cut French fries or roasted potatoes, salad and homemade horseradish sauce. Special offer for dinner only, starting at 6 pm. The $35 offer does not include taxes and gratuities.

The restaurant will also serve its regular menu as well as beer, wine and cocktails. Thursday’s specials will feature a different cut of meat each week but prime rib is the current cut. There are plans for a steak evening showcasing the signature steaks of the grill of the future.

The last day to visit Kenny and Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen at its current Post Oak location will be January 16. Next, the popular Deli, with its soaring sandwiches and famous desserts, will head to its new and larger location down the street at 1743 Post Oak. Therefore, for those who have had a fondness for its present location for the past two decades, it is time to say goodbye to the old space in which demolition was planned.

Kenny and Ziggy’s movers are expected to open in late January, two weeks after moving in.

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