This Week in Houston Food Events: It's Independence Day!
The Opa Dog, last in JCI's series of Funky Dogs
Photo courtesy of JCI Grill
Wednesday, July 1
Sundown at The Grove has Beer and Bites
Every Wednesday between now and September 9, you can find beer flights from various craft breweries and custom cuisine to pair with the brews at The Grove. 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 Houston classic Saint Arnold. Reservations are recommended, which you can make via The Grove website, and you can get season tickets for $250 per person or $450 per couple. 1611 Lamar, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. $20
Chocolate and Impact a Hero
Annie Rupani, owner and chocolatier of Cacao and Cardamom, is partnering with Impact a Hero to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from her American candy bar re-creations to the charity, which supports wounded veterans and their families. You can try Almond Snickers, Almond Joys, peanut butter cups and turtles. These candy bar favorites are a special treat and will only be available until July 5. If you come to the store on July 4, you can also get a free chocolate of your choice in honor of the shop's one-year anniversary. 5000 Westheimer.
The Final JCI Funky Dog
Chef Randy Evans presents this final installment of the JCI Grill Funky Dog specialty hot dog series with the Opa Dog, a locally-made lamb sausage topped with lettuce, cucumber, red onion, tomato, Kalamata olives, feta cheese and tzatziki, all perched happily on a toasted onion bun. You can find it at any JCI Grill location for only $5.29 all month long.
Berryhill Taco's Second Monthly Taco
The Sunny Side Swine, Berryhill Taco's second Taco of the Month feature, will be unveiled on July 1. It's a pulled-pork taco with barbecue sauce, red cabbage, cilantro, pickled red onions and Cotija cheese, topped with its namesake sunny-side-up fried egg. You can try it at any Berryhill location in Houston except for the Sugar Land location all month long, so check out the Berryhill website to find a location near you.
Thursday, July 2
Introducing Steak Nights at Paul's Kitchen
There's a new regular steak special in town; on Thursday nights, you can pop over to Paul's Kitchen for a 10-ounce ribeye and two sides for $20, plus live music. Paul's is also celebrating all day, every day happy hour if you sit at the bar or on the patio, which includes the obvious drink specials and a new happy hour menu that boasts fried oysters, Bloody Mary tartare, and more. Be sure to check out the house-made sausages, salumi and pastrami while you're there. 2502 Algerian Way, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. $20
Pop-Up Dinner at Glitter Karaoke
There's another pop-up this week at Glitter with Chef Arash Kharat, who will be presenting a feast with crispy gold pork belly, 72-hour beef rib and sambal chicken skewers. Pick your poison and head on over to enjoy part of this popular dinner series. You can check out the Glitter Facebook page for more details. 2621 Milam, 8 p.m.
Friday, July 3
Red, White and Garth at Quattro
Garth Brooks is performing at the Toyota Center four times in the next two weeks, and each time, Chef Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro, who apparently drives a pick-up, is pulling out all the stops and the chops for a barbecue fiesta, complete with 40 different barbecue-related menu items (!), a beverage package and live music and dancing. In perhaps the best perk of all, you can park for free at the hotel and walk to the concert. There will also be an after-party at the hotel when the concert is over. Reservations are required, and you can make them on the Quattro website. 1300 Lamar. 4 p.m. on June 26 and 27 and July 3 and 4. $39 for barbecue, $25 additional for the beverage package.
Hands-On Tours at Four Seasons
Every Friday in June and July, Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese and his team will lead a group of brave culinary explorers on a tour that's part cooking class and part fine dining. There will be tequila samples, mix-your-own-scapece (which is a marinated vegetable mix), a caviar bar, pasta cutting, a dinner complete with a wine flight and a lesson in layering tiramisu. Attendees will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchens of the Four Seasons. Reservations are required, and can be made by visiting the Quattro website. 1300 Lamar. 7 p.m. $79 per person or $145 per couple
Saturday, July 4
Burgers and Lots of Brew Bus Tour
This three-stop bus tour will make its way to BRC Gastropub for burgers and beer, then to Buffalo Bayou Brewery for a tour and tasting, then finally to a fireworks viewing with, you guessed it, more beer. If you'd rather bring some BRC home for the family, the gastropub is offering some picnic pack options, including sliders by the half dozen or dozen, a three-foot Heisenberger on a plank and a six-count of chicken and biscuits. Of course, each option comes with your choice of a Karbach or Saint Arnold growler. The bus tour leaves from Silver Street Studios, 1525 Silver, at 5 p.m. $60 per person or $10 for fireworks only. Register here for the tour, and check out the BRC picnic packs here, which should be ordered by July 3.
Patriotic Pies at Fluff
You can reserve your Independence Day pie in advance from Fluff Bake Bar, or you an stop by on the big day to pick one up. Fluff doesn't usually offer pies, so it's anybody's guess what flavors there will be. One thing's for sure— the Sugar Fairy has yet to disappoint. 314 Gray.
Patio Party at NEXTDOOR
This neighborhood bar has just completed a new patio, complete with lounge seating and plenty of fans, for you to spend Independence Day afternoon on. You can enjoy $5 patriotic-colored margaritas, $6 tacos and $7 burger and fry combos. Local band 57 State will be providing live music. If you're interested in attending, don't be late; NEXTDOOR will be closing at 7 p.m. to observe the holiday. 14714 Memorial, 2 p.m.
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