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Houston Restaurant Weeks
We're nearing the end of Houston Restaurant Weeks, so make sure that you're eating out to support the Houston Food Bank. Not sure where to go? Check out our list of new restaurants that are participating.
15 Days of the Aztecs at Cuchara
You can learn a bit about Aztec mythology at 214 Fairview with Cuchara's celebration of Aztec culture; this is the third such anniversary celebration. Every day this week and next, there are different food specials, each of which celebrates a different Aztec god or goddess, such as Coatlicue, the mother of the gods, and Xiutecuhtli, god of fire. Monday's special is $2 tacos, and Tuesday's is a half-price dinner menu from 5 to 10 p.m. You can find updates about each day's offerings on the Cuchara Facebook page.
Retail Wine Week at Sonoma
When you purchase three bottles of wine at either Sonoma location, 801 Studewood or 2720 Richmond, you'll get 30 percent off. There are no rules; pick any three or more bottles from the list, and you'll save some cash. Maybe even enough to buy another bottle.
Tuesday, September 1
Berryhill's New Taco of the Month
This will be the fourth Taco of the Month at Berryhill Baja Grill, which has locations all around Houston. This month's feature is the chicken tacadobo, which is stacked with adobo sauce, shredded chicken, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese and cilantro. You can find it all month long at any location for just $3.99.
Blue Bell Social at Gallery Furniture
In honor of Blue Bell's return, Gallery Furniture is having ice cream socials with free vanilla Blue Bell at all three locations: 6006 Interstate 45 North, 7227 West Grand Parkway South and 2411 Post Oak. Go for the ice cream and stay for the monkeys. 6 to 9 p.m.
Riesling Class With Bear Dalton
This wine tasting at L'Alliance Française, 427 Lovett, has more than just samples; attendees will learn nearly all there is to know about Riesling wines, which originally hail from Germany. Bear Dalton, Spec's wine buyer, will present 14 Rieslings and information on their origins, creation and best pairings. Bread and cheese will be available for snacking. Call 713-854-7855 for reservations. 7 p.m., $60
Donkey & Goat Wine Dinner
Clear Lake native Tracey Brandt is half of the duo behind Donkey & Goat Winery out of Berkeley, California, and she's coming back to town to help host a wine dinner at The Pass & Provisions, 807 Taft. There will be six courses with paired wines for each; all of the wines are wood-aged and are kept as close to the grapes' original flavors as possible, so it may be a wine purist's dream dinner. 7 p.m., $110
Wednesday, September 2
Sundown at The Grove Has Beer and Bites
This week and next, you can find beer flights from various craft breweries and custom cuisine to pair with the brews at The Grove, 1611 Lamar. Brewmasters will be there to mingle with you, and DJ Sun will provide tunes. There will be giveaways, including tickets from presenting sponsor Southwest Airlines. This week's featured brewery is Cycler's. Reservations are recommended, and you can make them via The Grove website. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $20
Friday, September 4
Food and Films Series at Quattro
As part of the new Friday night cinematic series at Quattro, 1300 Lamar, you can see a film and get a five-course feast for $79, or $145 per couple. This week's movie is the comedic genius of Monty Python. Beverages are extra, but beverage packages will be offered each evening. Reservations are required, and you can make them by calling 713-276-4700. 7 p.m.
Stand-Up Comedy at MKT BAR
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Every Friday until the end of October, you can find BETA Bracket's stand-up competition at MKT BAR in Phoenicia, 1001 Austin, and, as part of the audience, you can help select the winners. Ten local comedians (or people who think they're comedians) will perform in a five-minute round, then the competition will be thinned out to a ten-, then a 20-minute set, and the winners go home with lots of money. As in, the top prize is $3,000. Admission is free, and you can enjoy MKT BAR provisions while you laugh. 10 p.m.
Friday through Sunday
Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens
It's time for the sixth annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Boulevard in Galveston, and it kicks off with a pub crawl at 8 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, there's a Texas Brewery Tasting Tour at 11:30 a.m., followed by the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting in the Moody Gardens Convention Center from 3 to 6 p.m. On Sunday, there's the Brewlicious Brews & Food Pairings at 5 p.m. There will also be live concerts on the beach on Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Check out the BrewMasters website for all the juicy details.
Sunday, September 6
Labor Day Brunch at Quattro
To celebrate the end of summer, Quattro, 1300 Lamar, is offering an expanded Sunday brunch menu, plus various stations, including a breakfast buffet, rotisserie chicken and pasta. Also, and more important, there will be complimentary mimosas and Bloody Marys, so add some Quattro to your Labor Day day-drinking plans. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $65