WINE GETS “KRASI” AT HELEN HELEN
GREEK FOOD AND WINE is now offering retail wine prices on Wednesdays during dinner. In a program called “Krasi for Helen,” local sommelier and oenophile Evan Turner is celebrating customer appreciation by offering retail wine prices during dinner service on all bottles, starting at 4pm. The all-Greek retail krasi (wine) promotions will run through the spring.
“The concept behind this program is to offer the opportunity for guests to enjoy a night of Greek wine exploration at even better prices than what Helen already offers,” commented Turner. “I want our guests to feel that they can take a leap of faith without breaking the bank.”
Guests can always purchase take-out retail wine at Helen Greek Food and Wine, but Wednesday evenings are meant for customers to enjoy the retail pricing in the restaurant, located at 2429 Rice Blvd.
For more information,
call 832.831.7133 or visit www.helengreekfoodandwine.com.
RED CROSS HAS BIG NEWS
Broadcast journalism icon DAN RATHER will offer the keynote address at the American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast’s Wrapped in Red Luncheon, to be held on Thursday, March 23, at 12pm at Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar. The Wharton, Texas native will reflect on his 60-year career at the event, which is aimed at raising funds for critical community services while honoring donors and partners who help make those services possible. With any luck, maybe he’ll offer some thoughts on our current interesting times.
“We are delighted that Mr. Rather will be our keynote speaker on March 23,” said Jessy Morgenroth, Red Cross Regional Chief Development Officer. “His unique perspective as a journalist chronicling six decades of world events will surely offer a memorable experience to all who attend.”
For more information, visit www.redcross.org/Houston.
PRIME RIB IN A PRIME LOCATION
Grab your appetite and head to 1910 Bagby St. in Midtown to enjoy the second outpost of LAURENZO’S BAR AND GRILL, a partnership between the Laurenzo family (maybe you’ve heard of El Tiempo) and Landmark Hospitality Group, which owns both Hearsay restaurants and 51fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails inside Saks Fifth Avenue. Laurenzo’s has a pareddown menu from that of the mothership on Washington, but features prime rib, of course, along with a life-changing spinach dip, beautiful beef filet, ahi tuna salad and (gasp!) even kale salads. Don’t miss the super-chocolately brownie topped with whipped cream and a cherry for dessert.
Check out the menu at www.laurenzos.net.
THE TOUR DE HOUSTON returns to the city on Sunday, March 19. Presented by Apache Corporation and benefiting the Re-Plant Houston Program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the tour welcomes cyclists of all ages and proficiency. The ride begins and ends at City Hall, with the first start at 7:30am (61.45-mile route) followed by another at 8am (43.55- mile route) and 8:30am (20-mile route). Mayor Sylvester Turner will be on hand to start and ride in the event with the route heading to Missouri City for the first time in history.
“We are thrilled to welcome back the Apache Corporation as the title sponsor of this event. They continue, year after year, to provide support and generosity in helping to reforest our parks and open spaces,” said Mayor Turner. “I can’t think of a better way for Houstonians to see our scenic city and enjoy the outdoors.”
For more information, visit www.tourdehouston.org.
LEVY PARK BLOOMS AGAIN
On February 25, the LEVY PARK CONSERVANCY celebrated the grand re-opening of Levy Park, a six-acre City of Houston park in the Upper Kirby District of Houston. The newly re-imagined, state-of-the-art civic jewel features: a performance pavilion and mini-amphitheater for kids’ performances; a 17,500sf event lawn that can accommodate up to 3,000 visitors for bands, movie screenings and symphonic orchestras; a 22,000sf activity lawn that includes a putting green and space for yoga, tai chi, fitness boot camp, petanque, badminton, fitness classes, picnicking and astronomy; a 24,000sf play area for kids and families; and 27 community garden beds for volunteer cultivations of edible plants and flowers. Coming in the near future: a beer garden, food kiosks, a restaurant and park-wide free Wi-Fi. Projects like this one demonstrate once again that Houston has the finest public-private park system in the country.
Learn more about the Conservancy and Levy Park at www.levyparkhouston.org.
ART IN THE PARK
Over 300 artists from around the country and 19 different disciplines will showcase their art at BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL MEMORIAL PARK on Friday– Sunday, March 24–26. As the nation’s premier outdoor fine art event, the three-day festival will provide guests with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works and purchase world-class art. Bayou City Art Festival, produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their artwork to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. The festival will benefit six local nonprofit partners and feature music, local food vendors, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and much more.
For event and ticket information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bayou-city-art-festival-memorial-park-2017-tickets-30495366462?aff=ehomecard.