Have a Hugo’s Dinner & Fun Night at Home While Helping Seriously Ill Kids

On Thursday, January 28, Hugo’s will be hosting, virtually, the 9th annual Hops & Hot Tamales charity event benefiting the Periwinkle Foundation, which develops creative programs that help children with cancer and other serious diseases cope with their illnesses. This year, participants will enjoy the event in the comfort of their home via Zoom from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Tamales at Hugo’s. Courtesy photo.

The menu will feature a Tamale Sampler, which includes tamales stuffed with wild mushroom, chicken and mole and cochinita pibil (vegetarian options are also available); Tamal Azetca, a layered tortillas and cheese casserole; an assortment of sides such as Clay Pot Black Beans and housemade tortillas chips with salsa and guacamole; and tres leches cake. Participants can also chose one of three beverage pairings: Mexican craft beer sampler, Hugo’s sangria or Altos Tequila margaritas. In addition to the food and beverages, guests will enjoy a conversation with H Town Restaurant Group chefs and sommeliers and play trivia.

Tickets, which include annual Friends of Periwinkle dues, can be purchased online. The cost is $25 per person or $50 per couple for those under 35 and, for those 35 and over, tickets are $35 per person or $70 per couple. Tickets must be purchased by noon on Tuesday, January 26. Food and beverages can be picked up at Hugo’s (1600 Westheimer) on January 28 between 12 and 6 p.m.

H Town Restaurant Group beverage director Sean Beck serves ice cream sundaes to Camp Periwinkle campers. Courtesy Photo.

The foundation is also the beneficiary of the well-regarded Iron Sommelier competition and fundraiser, an annual event that H Town Restaurant Group beverage director and Periwinkle Foundation board member Sean Beck helps organize. Funds raised for the organization help it conduct various camps as well as arts and creative writing programs that help children and their families deal with the challenges posed by their serious illnesses. To learn more about the foundation and about additional ways to help, please visit its website.

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