Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
Ex-CRAB-Aganza Fridays @ Brennan’s of Houston
Friday, 5:45 to 10 p.m.
Every Friday evening in July, chef Danny Trace and his team serve up a five-course, crab-centric tasting menu to showcase the crustaceans during peak season ($65, plus tax and gratuity). Dishes include Louisiana Blue Crab Bisque with charred tomatoes, saffron, deviled crab boulette and marinated claws; Crispy Des Allemandes Softshell Crab with heirloom tomatoes, cucumber ribbons, petite greens and pickled okra tartare; Brennan's Blue Crab Cake with Texas creamed corn, chayote squash and moonflower sprouts; Blue Crab Fondue with St. Andre cheese and French bread croustade; and a Crepe Suzette Soufflé.
Galveston Island Brewing Pub Crawl @ The 1888 Toujouse Bar (starting)
Saturday, 2 to 7 p.m.
Hit the beach for this second annual island-style pub crawl, featuring brews from Galveston Island Brewing. Crawlers can pick up their punch cards at the The 1888 Toujouse Bar (The Tremont Hotel lobby bar) between noon and 2 p.m., then make their way to stops including Brews Brothers, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Murphy's Irish Pub, and Fuddrucker's. The final stop is Tsunami & Yaga's Café, where you can present your punch card with all five locations punched and receive a Galveston Island Brewing Pub Crawl Pint Glass.
Tapas and Whites @ Beckrew Wine House
Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m.
2409 West Alabama
Stop by the wine bar for refreshing summer whites paired with Spanish tapas. The lineup includes pairings such as Galician-style octopus served with Alzueta Rueda Verdejo “Hizan” 2014 and codfish-stuffed piquillo peppers served with Rives-Blanques Limoux Mauzac “Occitania” 2014. Cost is $27 per tasting.
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Stoked Summer Luau & Pig Roast @ Stoked Tacos & Tequila
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Don your coolest Hawaiian shirt for an evening-long luau featuring a pig roast, pop-up shops, a DJ and free leis for all party goers. Food and drink specials include $4 suckling pig tacos, ahi tuna poke tacos, and baja fish tacos along with $3 Kona Longboards and Big Waves, $7 Casamigas margaritas, $3 Suerte Blanco shots, and $5 Mai Tais and Stoked Rum Punch.
Koreatown: A Dinner @ Underbelly
Sunday, 7 p.m.
Chef Deuki Hong and writer Matt Rodbard, the authors of The New York Times best-seller Koreatown: A Cookbook, will be joining chef Chris Shepherd and team in the kitchen at Underbelly. Tickets to the special event are $125 and include a Korean feast, plus a signed copy of the cookbook.