As DESSERT GALLERY celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the delish dessert store is undergoing a new look while staying true to its roots. This new look will bring an innovative and fresh vibe. Owner Sara Brook plans to keep all the homemade and rich desserts the bakery is known for. “Our desserts are all about love and comfort,” said Brook. “Over half of our menu is long-time favorites that our customers have let us know in no uncertain terms that they simply cannot do without!”
GREEN VALENTINE brings together top Houston chefs to present their version of Green Eggs and Kale at Canopy (3939 Montrose), which is offered to the public February 1 through February 15 with proceeds benefiting Urban Harvest. Established in 2005 as a tree-planting celebration in The Heights, Green Valentine has since branched out into a two week long series of events honoring Valentine’s season and supporting local artists, restaurants, nonprofits and businesses that are impacting healthy communities. www.GreenValentine.org
GRAY’S PUBLIC HOUSE, Midtown’s newest Gastropub, will officially open its 510 Gray St. location with a Mardi Grasthemed grand opening on Thursday, February 5, from 6:30–9:30pm. A DJ will keep the party going while guests enjoy happy hour drink prices on signature cocktails (including the famous New Orleans Hurricane as the special drink of the night) and canned beer as they savor complimentary light bites. Partygoers will delight in a complete Fat Tuesday experience with face painting, beads, face masks and festive Mardi Gras décor. A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Urban Green.
It’s hard to believe that Houston’s first cupcake shop, Crave Cupcakes, opened up six years ago. With stores in the Galleria area and West University, the shop is set to debut a new concept in The Woodlands called CRAVE which will go beyond the cupcake category and showcase another side to their genius. Expect a presentation of fresh pastries, including housemade scones, kolaches and cinnamon rolls, as well as exquisite cakes. Plus the coffee program, which is CRAVE’s own blend will have a bigger presence as well.
Beer lovers have pub crawls and wine lovers have wine tours. Coffee lovers have…the CAFFEINE CRAWL! February 21 will bring a jolt back to Houston with the city’s second Caffeine Crawl and LOCAL Houston Magazine is a sponsor. Join us in enjoying some of the city’s best offerings of this highly addictive bean. All routes will kickoff at Honeymoon Cafe and Bar by Boomtown Coffee. For tickets, www.caffeinecrawl.com and follow us @local_houston for free tickets.