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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Get Mole, Noodles and More with Chef Collabs at Leaf & Grain

Leaf & Grain has collaborated with Cochinta chef Victoria Elizondo on a chicken mole plate.
Leaf & Grain has collaborated with Cochinta chef Victoria Elizondo on a chicken mole plate. Photo by Michael Ma
Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:

Homegrown favorite Leaf & Grain is rolling out three new dishes for the fall season, including one crafted by James Beard Award semifinalist Victoria Elizondo (Cochinita) to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Chef Elizondo's Chicken Mole Plate will be available through October 15), featuring Cochinita’s mole and totopos chips. Other fall features include a Ginger Scallion Noodle Bowl from former UB Preserv chef Nick Wong and an Oktoberfest tribute featuring roasted potatoes, sauerkraut, roasted peppers and onions, bratwurst meatballs, and honey mustard with pretzels on the side.

Local celebrity chef and Southern Smoke Foundation co-founder Chris Shepherd will be hosting an exclusive series of conversations with world-renowned chefs, dubbed “Table to Stage,” at Stages Theater, with the first event featuring Johnny Carrabba on Monday, September 25 and with dates through June of 2024. Upcoming featured chefs include Chris Williams, Greg Gatlin, Leonard Botello IV, Patrick Feges, Aaron Bludorn, Sarah Grueneberg, David Chang and Priya Krishna.

Berg Hospitality Group has been hosting its annual “First Responders Appreciation Week” since Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017. This year the event will be held on Tuesday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berg Hospitality restaurants including B&B Butchers & Restaurant, B.B. Lemon, Benny Chows, The Annie Cafe & Bar, NoPo Café, Market & Bar, Trattoria Sofia and B.B. Italia Bistro & Bar. All on-duty First Responders can enjoy a complimentary three-course lunch. Guests of the First Responder can enjoy the menu for $25/person.

After a successful run in spring, Heights & Co., 1343 Yale, has brought back its popular collaborative Wednesday night dinner series for five evenings this fall. First up is a dinner collab with The Original Ninfa’s on Wednesday, September 27, followed by Dante’s River Oaks on October 11, Burmalicious by Suu on October 25, Hamsa on November 15, and a Heights & Co. Friendsgiving on November 22. Reserve a spot at the communal table via Resy.

Ouisie’s Table Restaurant, 3939 San Felipe, will host its Orin Swift Wine-Pairing Dinner on Thursday, September 28. Six wines of St. Helena’s Orin Swift winery will be featuring along with an introductory wine reception with appetizers and fall inspired five-course meal, with highlights including grilled romaine salad with scallops, crispy duck breast with an apricot glaze, herb-crusted South Texas antelope with blueberry sauce and fig tart with cream sauce. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and cost is $150 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call 713-528-2264.

Beginning September 28, Old Town Spring Spanish restaurant Plane and Level, 203 Midway, will be hosting flamenco dancers on the last Thursday of each month. Tickets are $95 and include the eatery’s award-winning paella and the one hour show. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30.

The returning Chefs For Farmers affair will be held at Autry Park on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. This year’s top culinary lineup includes chefs Kirthan Shenoy (Auden), David Skinner (Th_Prsrv and Eculent), Alex Au-Yeung (Phat Eatery), Travis Mcshane and Ray Melendi (Ostia), Jassi Bindra (Amrina) and more with varying participation by day. Tickets are $135 GA and $185 VIP daily. 
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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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