This Week in Houston Food Events: Pre-Independence Day Celebrations
July is National Lasagna Month (who knew?), which means you can find special lasagna offerings at some of your favorite restaurants, like this spicy seafood lasagna from Tony Mandola's.
Photo courtesy of The Epicurean Publicist
Monday, June 27
Domaine Zind Humbrecht Wine Dinner
Join Southern Goods, 632 West 19th, for this 7 p.m. wine dinner that exclusively features wines from Domaine Zind Humbrecht in Alsace, France. There will be five courses and seating is extremely limited. Tickets are $80 each and can be reserved on Eventbrite.
Tuesday, June 28
Harold's Tap Room Dinner
This is the first special, multi-course dinner at Harold's Tap Room, 350 West 19th, and it features Southern-inspired fare like crispy chicken livers with peach jelly; lamb-stuffed rigatoni with mint and brandy cream; and goat milk gelato sundaes with chocolate bourbon sauce. Attendees can choose infused cocktails, beer or wine pairings to accompany the 6:30 p.m. dinner. Tickets are $65, and seating is extremely limited, so call 713-360-6204 to reserve your spot.
Burger Joint Venture with Justin Turner
What could be better than gourmet burgers created by not one but two burger masterminds! Head over to The Burger Joint, 2703 Montrose, from 6 to 10 p.m. to check out extra-special renditions created by Justin Turner of Bernie's Burger Bus. The specials, including the red eye burger with grilled ham, caramelized onions, fried egg and red eye gravy aioli, will benefit The Periwinkle Foundation.
Sharpen Your Knife Skills
Get better with sharp objects at this 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. You'll not only learn basic and advanced cutting methods, but also how to select good knives and take care of them properly. Bring your own chef's knife, or purchase one at a discount at the class. The end result of all that cutting, slicing and chopping practice will end up being dinner. Cost is $60 per person, and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website.
Saint Arnold's Independence Day Bash
The annual Independence Day Bash at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons, features live music, prizes, a silent auction and plenty of beer — plus, it's all for a good cause. This year's event is from 7 to 9 p.m. and will benefit the Houston Area Women's Center. Tickets range from $25 to $3,000 and can be purchased on the Houston Area Women's Center website.
Wednesday, June 29
Sundown at The Grove : Cyclers
Each Wednesday this summer, The Grove, 1611 Lamar, will feature brews from a craft brewery alongside food pairings by chef de cuisine Ryan Williams. This week's featured brewery is Cyclers. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. Season passes are also available for $250 per person or $450 per couple. The party runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Landry's Annual Chef Series: Brenner's on the Bayou
Each year, Landry's puts on a series of chef-hosted dinners at several of its Houston-area restaurants. Each features an elaborate prix fixe meal and the opportunity to meet the chef and discuss the food. This week's chef is Ryan Braden, and dinner will be at 7 p.m. at Brenner's on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall. The menu includes crispy veal sweetbreads, bigeye tuna tataki and venison chops, all with wine pairings. The cost is $95 ($80 for Landry's Select Club members), and reservations can be made by calling 713-868-4444.
Not Another Pint Night at Conservatory
Continuing its new series of pint nights, Conservatory, at 1010 Prairie, will host Sixpoint this week with $2 pours of Puff IPA, which can be paired with special dishes from the food hall's vendors. The vendors will also feature pairings with other Sixpoint beers, such as Crisp pilsner with chopped beef tacos from El Burro and the Bull, as well as Sweet Action cream ale with banana Nutella crêpes.
The advent of July means that there's a new Taco of the Month at Berryhill; this month features the Korean fried chicken taco with cilantro, jalapeño, scallions and sesame seeds.
Photo courtesy of Berryhill Baja Grill
Thursday, June 30
Taste of Yucatan Wine Dinner
The cuisine of the Yucatán region at the tip of Mexico's main peninsula combines Mayan traditions with European elements for an unusual, seafood-oriented culinary style. Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer, wants to show you what the food of the Yucatan is like with a four-course wine dinner that includes grilled mako shark, achiote-rubbed suckling pig and black chile-rubbed lobster with tamales. The reception begins at 7 p.m. and reservations are $97 per person. Call 713-524-7744 to book your spot.
Glitter Karaoke Pop-Up Dinner
The weekly pop-up dinner at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, features chef Anthony Calleo of Pi Pizza this week. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the menu includes Broken Arrow Ranch venison sausage dogs with port wine cherry relish, Dr. Pepper short ribs with bacon-braised collard greens and house-made meatballs with provolone and pickled cherry pepper mayo. RSVP in advance by emailing Glitter.
Friday, July 1
Brennan's Date Night Cooking Class
This 6:30 p.m. class gives you and a special someone the chance to pick up cooking tips from chef Danny Trace of Brennan's, 3300 Smith, while also enjoying a luxe dinner for two, complete with wine pairings. The menu includes Louisiana soft-shell crab bisque, Creole-spiced Black Hill Ranch pork tenderloin and blueberry cobbler. Cost is $150 per couple, and you can reserve your spot on the Brennan's website.
Saturday, July 2
Zip into Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, for this 10 a.m. cooking class that will cure your Independence Day dessert woes. You'll make a trio of red, white and blue desserts: strawberry basil tarts, key lime banana pies and blueberry hand pies. Plus, you'll learn an essential pie crust method. Cost is $55 per person, and you can reserve your spot online.
Independence Day Wine Tasting
Wine retailer French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett, holds a weekly free wine tasting from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and this week's is all about celebrating the United States' independence– a success that the French had a large hand in! Pick out the perfect combination of patriotic wines through this tasting that features French reds, whites and Rouge-Bleu wines from the Rhone Valley. Reservations aren't necessary, and you can come and go as you please.
Red, White & 'Que Fest at Goode's Armadillo Palace
This Independence Day celebration at Goode's Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby, features tacos, light bites, beer tastings, cocktails and live music by The Guzzlers from 4 to 10 p.m., plus a first look at the Armadillo Palace's brand-new dance hall. Half of the proceeds from tickets will benefit the Lone Star Veterans Association. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.
Sunday, July 3
Brunch Pop-Up at The Tasting Room
Each Sunday through August 28, you'll find a brunch twist at The Tasting Room, 1101 Uptown Park – there will be brunch menu items available from MAX's Wine Dive, such as MAX's famous fried chicken and red velvet pancakes. The pop-ups are a contest between MAX's menu items and those from The Tasting Room, so be ready to make brunch into a competition. Make sure you hashtag your social media posts about it with either #TTRBRUNCHSQUAD or #MWDBRUNCHSQUAD to let your friends know which side you're on.
Watson's Fourth Annual Brew Fest
From 2 to 6 p.m., Watson's House of Ales, at 14656 Grisby, will become a celebration of all things beer with its fourth annual Brew Fest. Local breweries will be on hand to give out samples of their beers, and attendees will also get a Guinness T-shirt, a pint glass, a Deep Eddy snow cone and a class on making your own beer with Texas Home Brewers. There will be live music, too, and the top three beers of the event will be on tap at Watson's for the rest of July. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Kitchen Takeover at Wooster's Garden
This kitchen takeover is all about burgers, including offerings like bulgogi burgers with pickled Asian slaw, all-American cheeseburgers and adobo Latin burgers with jalapeño and caramelized onion relish. You can also get a slider sampler of the three specialty burgers for just $16! The food is available à la carte from 3 to 9 p.m. at Wooster's Garden, 3315 Milam.
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