This Week in Houston Food Events: Tastings, Special Menus and Father's Day (Updated)
Nash D'Amico of D'Amico's Italian Market Café celebrates 40 years in the business this week.
Photo by Phaedra Cook
Russo's Treasure Hunt (Added 6/17, 2:25 p.m.)
For the next two or three weeks, you can search for specially marked and concealed bottles of olive oil in businesses around the city. Follow the instructions on the bottles for a Russo's Pizzeria gift card that's good for any location. Clues will be released via Russo's social media pages to help get the bottle rolling, as it were. Check out their Facebook page here.
Vinoteca Introduces a Trattoria Menu
Vinoteca, the wine bar at Four Seasons Houston, is unveiling a brand-new Trattoria menu, and, from June 15 to 21, it's pay what you want, within limits. Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese designed the menu, which includes a scapece bar (scapece is marinated mixed veggies), antipasti, rotisserie chicken, various main entrees, tiramisu and an intriguing mozzarella station. Alcoholic drinks will also be on happy hour pricing all night long. Reservations are required, and seatings are between 5:30 and 10 p.m. Visit this page for reservations. Vinoteca is on the third floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar.
Tuesday, June 16
D'Amico's Celebrates 40 Years
Restauranteur Nash D'Amico opened his first restaurant on June 16, 1975, and he wants to celebrate those 40 years of success with a special menu at D'Amico's Italian Market Café that features favorite dishes from different restaurants that he's owned over those four decades. Check out the scampi lambrosino, insalata spinachi with avocados and mushrooms, clams casino and his take on straw and hay, called paglia fieno. Only the Rice Village location will be offering the special menu items at 5510 Morningside until June 30.
Wednesday, June 17
Sip and Stroll at Tony Mandola's
This casual get-together features four different food and wine stations featuring signature Cajun and Italian dishes from Tony Mandola and French, South African and Californian wines. Phyllis and Tony Mandola will entertain guests in the private dining room and on the patio at Tony Mandola's. No reservations required. 1212 Waugh. $35
Friday, June 19
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, June 20
Liquor Before Beer Tour
The Houston Wave is presenting this local liquor and beer tour, which leaves from Hotel Icon in Market Square Park. There are three stops on the tour: Yellow Rose Distilling, Karbach Brewing and Saint Arnold Brewing. You'll get free samples of these three Houston brewing favorites, plus guided tours. Purchase tickets here. 220 Main. There are two tour times: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. $75
German Wine Class at Memorial Wine Cellar (Added 6/17, 2:15 p.m.)
Justin Bryan, an expert from the Deutsche Wein- und Sommelierschule, will teach a class on the wine regions of Germany, complete with plenty of delicious tastings, at Memorial Wine Cellar. You'll get six wine samples, as well as appetizers. The lecture is geared towards the average bear, so no need to feel like you'll be unwelcome if you can't rattle off wine trivia at a moment's notice (although surely you'll be the life of the party if you can!). Purchase your ticket here, and don't delay, because seating is limited. 7951 Katy Freeway. 6 p.m. $49
Summer Celebration and Father's Day at French Country Wines
In the spirit of the French holiday for the first day of summer and Father's Day, French Country Wines in the village will be celebrating with free wine tastings and an open call for musicians to turn the tasting room into a gallery of street music. The featured wines have been selected to pair perfectly with your Father's Day barbecue, so grab Dad and go pick out a bottle for the big day. Check out their website for more information. 2433 Bartlett. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 21
Yes... It's Father's Day!
If you need a place to go get some grub on Father's Day, don't worry— we made this handy list for you, and oh boy, do you have options. May we suggest a three-course meal featuring Hill Country quail at Brennan's, house dry aged steaks at Hubbell & Hudson Bistro or fried lobster tail and grits at The Tasting Room Uptown Park?
Fogo Hosts a South American Wine Dinner
Everyone's go-to churrascaria steakhouse is putting on a four-course meal with plenty of South American wines to go around. Spoiler alert: the courses are basically their standard fare. However, that fare is always a great choice if you're looking for respectable steak, and you get plenty of wine and dessert included in the price. Reservations required and can be made on the Fogo de Chão website; 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. 8250 Westheimer. $95
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