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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: International Smoke Debuts Brunch

Enjoy "Fuego's Brunch" buffet at International Smoke.EXPAND
Enjoy "Fuego's Brunch" buffet at International Smoke.
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Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:

Booze Bazaar at The Cottonmouth Club
Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.
108 Main

The Cottonmouth Club will be hosting its first Booze Bazaar this Saturday, an epic monthly tasting featuring world-renowned spirits professionals, an array of fine spirits from around the world, rockstar mixologists and restaurants from around Houston. In honor of National Bourbon Heritage Month, the kickoff event will feature America’s native spirit, including selections from Maker’s Mark, IW Harper, Bulleit and Buffalo Trace. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door and include a taste of every bottle in the room, plus a cocktail and food samples.

Kick-Off Brunch at International Smoke
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
800 Sorella

International Smoke is debuting its new, buffet-style brunch service coined “Fuego’s Brunch,” available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The globally-kissed dining experience features live music on the patios and interactive food presentations throughout the restaurant, including a Sweet & Savory station offering everything from croissants and morning buns to red curry cornbread, Colombian empanadas, pan con tomate, and chicken karaage; Fuego’s Eggs boasting plates like the shakshuka and smoked short rib hash; and brunch specialties from smoked whole hog Kalua bbq and Mexican al pastor to Gulf crab-filled scallion crepes. Guests can also expect made-to-order tropical bellinis and a Bloody Mary bar. Cost is $35 per person and $12 for kids under 10 years old.

Beer and Cheese Tasting at Saint Arnold Brewery
Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
2000 Lyons

The Houston Dairymaids and Saint Arnold Brewing Company are be teaming up for a Beer and Cheese Tasting, featuring handcrafted beers with Texas-made cheese. Tickets are $30 per person and reservations can be made online.

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Sunday Supper at The Grove
Sunday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1611 Lamar

Launching this Sunday (and with more dinners coming August 19 and September 9), Sunday Supper offers a multi-course, family-style dinner and interactive cocktail hour in an intimate setting. Guests can enjoy dishes such as achiote marinated snapper, blue crab tostaditas with sweet corn and peach, Gulf shrimp campechana, and grilled chicken with guajillo and lime. 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. 

Tiki-3000 Pop Up at 1111 Studewood Place
Sunday, 6 p.m. to midnight
1111 Studewood

Drink masters Lainey Collum and Andy Maurer will be crafting futuristic tiki cocktails at this one-night-only Tiki-3000 Pop Up. Guests can sip inventive drinks while getting views of the Houston skyline.  

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