Upcoming Houston Food Events: Taste Exotic Specials at Kata Robata

Fresh off a trip from Japan, chef Manabu Horiuchi will be exploring the world's treasures from the sea.

Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:

With the holiday season in full swing, The General Public, 797 Sorella, Suite 118, is serving up two of its specialty pies – the Whole Peanut Butter Pie ($27.95) and the Whole Butterscotch Pie ($24.95). The holiday pies are only available for takeout only through December 24.

Inspired by a recent trip to Japan, chef Manabu Horiuchi of Kata Robata,3600 Kirby Drive, has been shopping the world’s seafood markets for treasures from the sea. From now through the next several months, the Horiuchi will showcase his findings on the restaurant’s cutting-edge specials menu. Last week, guests were able to watch the kitchen prepare the strange-lookng flute fish (cornet), and on the menu now and at least for the next several weeks are seared Japanese red barracuda, braised sea eel, several kinds of oysters, caviar, hokkaido scallops, Japanese sea perch, blue fin fatty tuna, and one of the most popular dishes, hay-smoked Japanese skipjack. The fresh deliveries come in almost daily, but here’s a little secret: when it comes to the most adventurous fish specials, the best evening to go fishing is Tuesday, when the more exotic seafood tends to arrive.

A new Pluckers Wing Bar opens in Webster.

A new Pluckers Wing Bar opens in Webster.
Photo by Melissa Skorpil

Pluckers Wing Bar will officially open its third Houston area location in Webster, 20821 Gulf Freeway, on Tuesday, November 21. Once open, the new restaurant will offer the Pluckers’ signature rewards program, Pluckers Club, for a discounted $10 (usually $20) through Sunday, December 10. Pluckers’ Club members can enjoy a variety of rewards, including but not limited to free birthday meals, invitations to exclusive events and exclusive specials on food and drink.

Those looking for an nontraditional Turkey Day feast can check out Roka Akor, 2929 Weslayan, which will be offering a special Thanksgiving Omakase Menu ($75 per person) from 2 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The Omakase (“entrust the chef”) tasting will offer festive Japanese dishes such as robata-grilled pumpkin miso soup, Japanese-style fried turkey leg with smoked chili aioli, and pecan pie with persimmon pomegranate compote and salted caramel ice cream. Roka Akor’s standard dinner menu will also be available. Call 713-622-1777 or email [email protected] And for even more dining options, check out our Thanksgiving Day Dining Guide.

Originally set for Labor Day weekend but postponed due to Hurricane Harvey, the eight annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival returns to the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, 7 Hope, on Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26. The festival will bring more than 400 specialty beers to the island, along with a weekend full of events including the Nacho-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting and BrewMasters Pub Crawl on Friday, the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour and BrewHaHa Grand Tasting on Saturday, and Sunday’s Brew-B-Que. Tickets for the events range from $8 to $165.

“Tis the season for gingerbread! Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will offer Gingerbread House Decorating classes for all ages on Sundays, November 26 through December 17 (there will also be Saturday classes on December 16). For $65 per person, guests can build an authentic Swiss Lebkuchen (gingerbread) house, complete with lots of royal icing, mountains of candy and edible decorations.

Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith, will be hosting its annual Holiday Brunch with Santa on Saturday, December 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include a two-course brunch with a dessert bar, photos with Santa, a keepsake ornament for the adults and an interactive ornament for children. Cost is $55 per adult (includes one mimosa) and $35 per child. Seating is limited and reservations are required.