Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
Tree House Happy Hour and Sunday Supper at The Grove
Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. (Happy Hour): Sunday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Sunday Supper)
Head to the beautiful Discovery Green to enjoy a Tree House deck happy hour at The Grove. Guests can hit the upstairs patio, which is typically reserved for private events, to beat the heat with drink and food specials.
Those looking to close out the weekend in style can check out its Sunday Supper dinner series, when guests can enjoy the restaurant in a private event setting with a multi-course, family-style dinner and interactive cocktail hour. This week’s menu features dishes such as grilled jalapeño sausage, golden trout grilled on corn husk, Prime NY strip with charred red pepper sauce, and bacon-wrapped quail bites. The event is limited to 40 seats. Dinner is $50 per person and includes a welcome cocktail, valet and gratuity. Wine pairings can be added for $20, and a cash bar will also be available.
8th Wonder Brewery Beer Dinner at Beaver's Westheimer
Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Join Beaver’s Westheimer for a beer-fueled dinner featuring the brews of 8th Wonder. Guests will enjoy five beer-paired courses, featuring dishes from lamb barbacoa street tacos to smoked oxtail spicy fried rice. Tickets are $59 per person, plus taxes and fees.
Houston Food Fest at Hermann Square Park
Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
The Houston Food Fest returns to Downtown’s Hermann Square Park, offering more than 70 food vendors with everything from pizza-in-a-cone to bao buns. Early bird admission tickets are available for $5, with food and beverages available for purchase at the festival.
Saint Arnold North Heights Pub Crawl
Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Saint Arnold’s cult-favorite Pub Crawl is returning to the North Heights, starting with a punch card pickup at Wicklow Heights, 1027 West 19th, between 5 and 6 p.m. Hit the next four stops — Cedar Creek, 1034 West 20th, Bungalow Heights, 1919 Beall, Hubcap Grill, 1133 West 19th, and The Boot, 1206 West 20th — in any order before finishing with the 9 p.m. after-party at McIntyre’s, 1230 West 20th, where those who complete the crawl will earn a commemorative pint glass.
Houston Restaurant Weeks
All weekend (and month) long
Houston Restaurant Weeks is back, running now through Monday, September 3, and raising money for The Houston Food Bank. More than 250 area restaurants are expected to participate this year — including longtime favorites Café Annie and Backstreet Café and exciting newcomers Maison Pucha Bistro, Poitín and International Smoke. Each will be offering prix fixe meals for brunch ($20), lunch ($20), and/or dinner ($35-$45), and every meal sold will aid local hunger relief charities.