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New Year's Eve in '60s Mexico Style; Chefs Compete

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DOWNTOWN— The OKRA Charity Saloon is celebrating New Year's Eve as soon as the doors open at 4 p.m. and will have a balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight. There's no cover to join and, as always, your drink goes to charity. Plus, you'll be right around the corner from other bars celebrating NYE, too. [Eaterwire]

MONTROSECuchara is hosting a "Fiesta de Barrio" to ring in the new year. They're ready to transport guests to '60s Mexico with a trio of musicians, vendors, shoe shines, and food that veers from the traditional pozole and tamales to tacos and quesadillas. Two seatings, one at 5 and the other at 8 p.m., are each $100 and will include the midnight toast, entertainment and party favors. More info here. Call 713-942-0000 to reserve a seat, or email them here. [Eaterwire]

DOWNTOWN— Last week we told you about Free Press Houston New Year's Eve concert/party and the Gastrodome, food central for this concert/party. A competition between Uchi, El Big Bad, Lowbrow, Nara, Fluff Bake Bar, Prego, Boheme, and Radical Eats chefs will determine who can put the best twist on festival food. To join this fair, check out their event page here. [Eaterwire]