Celebrate National Poetry Month at Mongoose Versus Cobra with readings by Katharine Jager, Caitlin Maling, Andrew Zawacki, Joshua Edwards and Mark Dostert. The event begins promptly at 7:30 PM (1011 McGowen; 713-650-6872).
Join Haven and Karbach for a happy hour brew demo at 4 PM. A four-course dinner highlighting the flavors in Karbach's best beers will follow; the evening is $55 per person (2502 Algerian Way; 713-581-6101).
Chef Danny Trace joins forces with James Beard award-nominated chef Rich Landau and his wife, chef Kate Jacoby of Vedge in Philadelphia, to host the "Collaboration Farm Dinner With a Southern Drawl" at Brennan's. The innovative menu will be prepared with bounty from local farms in an ode to spring vegetables and the vibrant flavor combinations of the south for $95 per person (3300 Smith St.; 713-522-9711).
Rienzi hosts the "A Gin Craze Dinner," an enlightening evening with bartender and spirit expert Jeremy Olivier to celebrate the notorious history of gin. Guests will sample gin and gin cocktails from the 16th century through the 1980s, paired with a four-course dinner. The menu, by notable local chefs Richard Knight and Benjy Mason, will feature brawn, pickled apples, edam and black bread; cottage herb soup; and roast pork with crackling, root vegetables and chutney. For the final course, Samantha Mendoza of Triniti will create a trio of desserts. Start time is 6:45 PM (1406 Kirby Dr.; 713-639-7800).
Compass Box Whisky U.S. brand ambassador Robin Robinson will host a tasting this Thursday at Reserve 101. All proceeds will benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. The event begins at 6:30 PM and the cost is $20 per person (1201 Caroline St.; 713-655-7101).