CultureMap Houston: These are the 11 best food and drink events in Houston this week

14th Annual International Risotto Festival at the Houston Design Center
This celebration of Italian food is a sip-and-stroll sensation, with tastings of  antipasti, all of the event’s risotto entries, Italian music and entertainment, an exotic car display, plus activities for kids and designer showroom tours. This year’s festival benefits B.E.A.R., Be a Resource for CPS Kids. From 2 to 6 pm, enjoy the creations from chefs such as Brandi Key of Alice Blue, Luigi Shimaj of 51 Fifteen, Daniel Berg from B.B. Italia, Johnny Wesley of Poitin, and Nick Fine from Underbelly Hospitality. General admission tickets are $100 and include food, wine, and beverage tastings. For $225, guests can enjoy a VIP experience that includes a signature wine glass, entry to the VIP lounge, coffee and desserts, plus a meet-and-greet with chef Chris Shepherd who will be signing his new cookbook Cook Like A LocalTickets available online. Read More.