Upcoming Events: Island Weather Is Perfect for Beer

If you're a fan of casseroles, cookbooks and retro cuisine, you'll want to head to Blue Willow Bookshop next week: the Casserole Queens are coming to town. The cookbook authors -- Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock -- will be visiting the West Houston bookstore on Thursday, September 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The duo will also be signing cookbooks at Kroger on Buffalo Speedway the next day, September 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

That weekend, the Brewmasters International Beer Festival is hitting Galveston Island once again for its second annual beer-stravaganza. Held from September 2 to 4, the festival features beer tastings, beer seminars and a beer-and-brats buffet as well as...a Kids Zone? Ah, well. Bring those brats, too.

If you're more of a homebody on the weekends, eating cheese in your pajamas while you catch up on old episodes of House Hunter International (what?), stick to your sofa on Sunday, September 4. That's when Houston's own Bobby Jucker of Three Brothers Bakery will be competing against Beaumont's Dena Bryngelson on Food Network's Challenge: Pirate Cakes. Jucker brings lots of game to the game show: He was nominated for Best Pastry Chef as well as Bakery of the Year in this year's My Table Houston Culinary Awards. The show airs at 7 p.m. Tune in to see if Jucker takes the cake.

(And don't forget to watch our other two pastry chefs -- Rebecca Masson and Vanarin Kuch -- on Top Chef: Just Desserts this Wednesday.)

Next weekend, the Brazilian Festival will once again light up Jones Plaza. The festival brings with it plenty of food and drink from Brazilian restaurants around town, including Pradaria. The festivities run from 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 4, and tickets are $8 per person.

Haven't yet made it to one of the cooking classes that our former food critic Robb Walsh holds in his home? Don't fret; they sell out quickly. But Quattro will be hosting Walsh as their guest chef along with executive chef Maurizio Ferrarese at the next installment of its ongoing Guest Chef series. The dinner will be held at Quattro on September 16 and tickets are $58 a person. Call 713-276-4700 for reservations.

At the end of September, Eater Houston tells us that Peter Bjorn and John will be rolling through Houston on the band's All You Can Eat tour. So why does a food blog care about musicians' touring schedules? Because the band will be teaming up with a food truck at every stop -- including Houston -- to feed their fans free food during the show. Any guesses as to which food truck the band will be partnering with in Houston?

Last but not least, put on your walking shoes and drinking pants: The latest Saint Arnold pub crawl will take place on Galveston Island tomorrow, August 27. The crawl starts at 2 p.m. at Fisherman's Wharf and ends at 5:30 p.m. at Murphy's Irish Pub. Remember to complete all of the stops for your special pint glass, and drink plenty of water between pubs.

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