Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:
Houston’s first black-owned distillery — Highway Vodka — is debuting its “Libations for Liberation” cocktail competition
commemorating Juneteenth on Monday, June 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Historic Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin. Benefiting The Innocence Project, the bracket-style competition will feature 10 local bartenders creating libations that embody the spirit of the national holiday. Suggested donation is $10 at the door.
On Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Brennan’s
, 3300 Smith, is hosting a multi-course Orin Swift Cellars Dinner
. Highlights include selections such as Mannequin Chardonnay, 2021, Dept 66 Grenache Blend, 2016, and 8 Years in the Dessert Red Zin, 2021, paired with dishes such as Red Snapper Lyonnaise, Cast Iron Roasted Duck Breast with Goat Cheese Galette and more. Cost is $165 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
On Wednesday, June 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., R-C Ranch
, 2520 Airline, will host a Smoke Essentials: Smoked Brisket and Ribs class with expert pitmaster Brian DeVore. Guests will learn how to trim, prep, rub (or brine) and cook a brisket from start to finish while enjoying pre-smoked brisket samples, sandwiches and ribs. Tickets
, 7620 Katy Fwy, will host a four-course Saint Arnold’s Beer Dinner on Thursday, June 22 at 6 p.m. for $99 per person. Highlights include Saint Arnold Summer Pils beer battered soft-shell crab, duck breast pad Thai, 30-day dry-aged NY strip with caramelized shallot Tarnation beer butter, and golden kiwi pavlova. Reservations can be made at 833-365-7272 or online.
invites guests to a Duckhorn Portfolio Wine Dinner
on Friday, June 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendees will be greeted with Decoy’s Sparkling Brut Cuveé and bites like housemade chips and caviar; followed by four courses include chilled lobster salad, wild Alaskan halibut, duck leg confit and scallop, and flourless chocolate torte with raspberry coulis. Tickets are $175 per person including tax and gratuity.
Chef Lior Lev Sercarz is celebrating the release of his “A Middle Eastern Pantry” cookbook with a three-course meal at Navy Blue
, 2445 Times, on Thursday, June 29. Chefs Aaron Bludorn and Chris Shepherd (both longtime friends of Sercraz) will also be collaborating on the menu, which features dishes such as family-style salatim including an olive spread with pistachio and rose, tahini and Muhammara accompanied by freshly baked za’atar laffa and simit. Seats
are $105 per person and all attendees will receive a signed copy of the book.
On Friday, June 30, Bludorn
, 807 Taft, will also offer a three-course meal with a slightly different menu but still highlighting recipes from the cookbook. Highlights include Fesenjan, a traditional Persian stew with dukkah seasonal vegetables, crispy tahdig (Persian rice) and sabzi salad. Seats
are $65 with a sighed copy of the book.