Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
All month long
Specials of the Moment at Tacodeli
Tacodeli, 1902 Washington, has debuted two new Specials of the Moment — one breakfast and one lunch — for September. The “My Morning Taco” features organic scrambled eggs topped with tender belly housemade sausage (or chorizo), grilled corn, roasted peppers and queso fresco; and the “Chile En Nogada offers roasted Anaheim chile filled with HeartBrand Beef - Certified Akaushi Beef picadillo (Harwood, TX) topped with chévre goat cheese, pomegranates and cilantro.
Tuesday, September 11
Outdoor Cooking Series: End of Summer Grilling at Eight Row Flint
Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale, continues its Outdoor Cooking Series with an End of Summer Grilling session. Chef de cuisine Marcelo Garcia will be serving up Vietnamese grilled chicken with summer vegetables ($15) from 5 p.m. until sold out.
Wednesday, September 12
Pilates and Prosecco at Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden
Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden, 1920 Houston, will host a Pilates and Prosecco event along with Happy Belly Studios. Guests can enjoy a one-hour pilates mat class beginning at 6 p.m., followed by happy hour prices from 7 to 8 p.m. Register in advance for $10 or pay $15 at the door, and don’t forget to bring a towel, mat and water bottle.
Thursday, September 13
“Thursday Night Takeover” at Fluff Bake Bar
Fluff Bake Bar, 314 Gray, continues its "Thursday Night Take Over" series, in which guest chefs from around the country create a three to four item menu available a la carte from 6 to 9 p.m. This month, the series features a barbecue takeover with Patrick Feges and special guest. No tickets or reservations are required, though four “chef’s table” seats will be available for purchase each month at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Masson will create a special dessert to complement each chef’s menu, with optional wine pairings and specialty beer from Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program.
Pizza Making Class at Coppa Osteria
Coppa Osteria, 5210 Morningside, will be hosting Pizza Making Classes every Thursday in September. Each class will be limited to ten guests, offering an intimate and interactive “pizza making” experience in Coppa’s Dough Room and paired with a three-course pizza dinner. Cost is $40 person and the classes will be held on Thursdays, September 13, 20, and 27 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 713-522-3535.
Chefs + Brewers Dinner at The Dunlavy
The Dunlavy, 3422 Allen, will host its next Chefs + Brewers Dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will feature a meal paired with craft beers from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company for $75 per person. Book online or call 713-360-6477.
Hunger Dinner at Houston Food Bank Community Room
Houston Food Bank’s f.r.e.s.h. young professionals and IKEA Houston are teaming up for the Hunger Dinner, an eye-opening event on the reality of hunger, held at Houston Food Bank Community Room, 535 Portwall, from 6 to 8 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.). The event raises funds for the Houston Food Bank and is intended to raise awareness of the issue of hunger, especially in Houston. Participants will draw a ticket that randomly assigns them an income level, then receive a meal that represents their income tier. The event will be followed by a reception with dinner provided by IKEA. Tickets are $20 for f.r.e.s.h. members and IKEA family members and $25 for the general public. All proceeds benefit Houston Food Bank. Price includes food, drinks and swag bag.
National Caipirinha Day at Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil, 822 Town & Country, will be offering $5 Caipirinhas all night long in honor of National Caipirinha Day. The national drink of Brazil, caipirinhas are made with cachaça — the Brazilian spirit made by distilling fermented sugarcane juice — along with fresh lime and sugar. Pair the tangy drink with Texas de Brazil’s savory churrasco grilled meats and items from the bountiful 50-plus-item salad bar.
Friday, September 14
Eat a Hoagie Day at D’Amico’s Italian Market Café
D’Amico’s Italian Market Café, 5510 Morningside, will be selling its regular, signature Hoagie Poboy for $5 a roll (normally $8.95) for both lunch and dinner. The two-hander is made with the traditional submarine-shaped roll and stuffed with slice of ham, turkey, Genoa salami, provolone, lettuce and tomato.
Bourbon Benefit Dinner at Truluck’s Woodlands
Guests are invited Bourbon Benefit Dinner at Truluck’s Woodlands, 1900 Hughes Landing, beginning with a “Meet the Maker” cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and followed by the dinner from 7 to 10 p.m.. A collaboration between Truluck’s and Garrison Brothers Distillery, the event raises funds to help preserve Balmorhea State Park and its iconic spring-fed pool, offering an exclusive four-course dinner and award-winning small-batch bourbon pairing. Tickets are $200 per person.
Date Night Cooking Class at Brennan’s of Houston
Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith, will host its last Date Night Cooking Class of the summer from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The theme will be “Authentic & Memorable,” offering a traditional Southern Texas Creole meal. Cost is $150++ per couple.
Perrier-Jouet & G.H. Mumm Champagne Dinner at Artisans
Artisans Restaurant, 3201 Louisiana, will host a Perrier-Jouet & G.H. Mumm Champagne Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Elise Cordell will be the guest speaker, and guests can enjoy five courses — from butter-poached lobster and seared diver scallop to truffle-stuffed chicken in garlic cream — for $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-529-9111 or book online.
Saturday, September 15
Texas Taco Music Fest at Discovery Green
Hit the annual Texas Taco Music Fest at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, from noon to 8 p.m. and treat yourself to a blend of specialty tacos, live indie, rock and Spanish music, crafts beers and margaritas, tasty treats, crafts and live art, and more. General admission tickets are $15.
Forage & Gather: Dining on the Wild South at Finca Tres Robles
Join Finca Tres Robles, 257 North Greenwood, as it kicks off its fall season of farm pop-ups with a special Forage & Gather dinner at 6 p.m. (farm tours run from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and the evening runs until 10 p.m.). The event will combine Southern comfort food with the foraged flavor of the Houston area, with chef Sky Hanka, foragers Kristen and Joshua Rosas, and Binky "Bee" Holleran from Flora Cocina leading four-course meal using ingredients from beauty berry and chicken of the woods to chantrelles, elderberry and eggplant. Tickets are $85 each.
Sunday, September 16
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Mexican Independence Day at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen
Both Sylvia Enchilada Kitchen locations, 6401 Woodway, 1140 Eldridge, will offering a special Mexican Independence Day Enchilada Plate featuring three different enchiladas, each displaying one color of the Mexican flag. The Mexico City Enchilada, a chicken enchilada topped with salsa verde, showcases green. The Sarita, a traditional Mexican vegetable and queso enchilada topped with cream sauce, serves as the white, and the Morelia comes with a spicy chili sauce that tops it all in red. This one-day-only flag-waving combination will sell for $13.95, plus tax and gratuity.
Houston BBQ Throwdown at Saint Arnold Brewery
The fourth annual Houston BBQ Throwdown will be held at Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, from 1 to 4 p.m. This year will feature 14 of Houston's best barbecue restaurants competing to create the next great barbecue dish that represents Houston-style barbecue, including top spots like Beaver's Westheimer (2017 Judge's Choice co-winner), Blood Bros. BBQ, Buck's Barbeque Co, El Burro & the Bull (2017 Judge's Choice co-winner), Feges BBQ, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, The Pit Room, Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue and Victorian's Barbecue, to name a few. Tickets are $65 and include samples from each of the barbecue competition entries as well as Saint Arnold beer.