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This Week in Houston Food Events: Wine, Dine and Have a Creole-Style Date Night

Toast to date night with Brennan's $99 Wine and Dine for Two deal this September.
Toast to date night with Brennan's $99 Wine and Dine for Two deal this September. Photo by Isabel Protomartir

Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:

All week long

Houston Restaurant Weeks

Houston Restaurant Weeks is finishing off its run on Labor Day, supporting local restaurants and raising funds for the Houston Food Bank. Now is your chance to peruse the HRW restaurant and menu list to make your reservations for a great cause.

Monday, August 30

Pro-Choice Summer 2021 Happy Hour Series at 93 ‘Til

Local women-led organization I’ll Have What She’s Having — which unites chefs, hospitality professionals and physicians to raise health awareness and improve health care access — continues its Pro-Choice Summer 2021 happy hour series, a response to the  "heartbeat" abortion ban set to go into effect this fall. Held each Monday in July and August, the series benefits organizations such as Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Clinic Access Support Network, the Lilith Fund and more. Next up is happy hour at 93 ‘Til, 1601 West Main.


Lyons Avenue Night Market at Saint Arnold

Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Saint Arnold, 2000 Lyons, invites you to shop with local farmers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs outside at its Beer Garden (with some beer in hand, obviously).

Saturday-Sunday (and through Labor Day)

Labor Day Drink Specials at Phat Eatery

Starting Saturday and running through Monday, September 6, Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway, will be toasting the three day weekend with $3 pints of local draft beer and $3 large pours of hot sake. Dine-in only.

Sunday, September 5

Labor Day Market at Karbach Brewery

Local vendors, artists and makers will be setting up shop in the Beer Garden at Karbach, 2032 Karbach, for a special Labor Day Weekend Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tokyo Night Festival at Social Beer Garden

Shun Japanese Restaurant will be hosting its own first-ever Tokyo Night Festival with OCA of Houston over at Social Beer Garden, 3101 San Jacinto, from 5 to 11 p.m. The night will feature 30+ vendors, live entertainment, cars, cosplay, anime and local chefs who specialize in Japanese cuisine. The event is free to attend.

All month long (September)

$99 Wine and Dine for Two at Brennan’s

Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith, has brought back its $99 three-course meal for two, available September 1 through 30 and accompanied by wine selections (a bottle or four glasses) to help jazz up your next date night. Choose from Creole classics including Turtle Soup, Blue Crab Cakes, Grilled Filet Mignon and Shrimp and Grits, as well as Bananas Foster and Creole Bread Pudding.

Alley Theatre Benefit Menu at Eighteen36

The Alley Theatre is celebrating its 75th anniversary this fall, reopening for the first time in 18 months, and Eighteen36, 2221 West Alabama, wanted to commemorate and give back to the historic art organization. The bar & restaurant has curated a specialty cobbler cocktail, The Alley Cobbler, which will be available throughout September. Made with Amaro Montenegro, house made blueberry syrup and lemon juice over crushed ice, it goes alongside a number of menu items in benefit of the Alley Theatre, including Greens, Eggs and Spam (available Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the Kickin Chicken Bowl and Turkey Burger Bowl.

BARC Foundation Fundraiser at Etoile Cuisine et Bar

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park , will be raising funds for the Houston BARC Foundation this September, supporting its effort to improve the quality of life for all animals in Houston. Chef Philippe Verpiand has created two special prix fixe menus, one for dinner ($65 for four courses, with $7 going to charity) and one for weekend brunch (36 for three courses, with $4 going to charity.

New and ongoing specials

New Brunch Items at Dozier’s BBQ

Dozier’s BBQ and Meat Market, 8222 Farm to Market 359, has added three new menu items to its popular Sunday brunch menu, which pitmaster Jim Buchanan debuted in April. New items include: Chicken Fried Brisket & Pancakes, Breakfast Tacos stuffed with your choice of chopped brisket, pork pan sausage, or beef chorizo and served with breakfast potatoes, and the smoked Breakfast Biscuit with choice of sliced brisket, pork pan sausage, or turkey, with a scrambled egg served with breakfast potatoes. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
click to enlarge Badolina Bakery has the goods for Rosh Hashana. - PHOTO BY RALPH SMITH STUDIOS
Badolina Bakery has the goods for Rosh Hashana.
Photo by Ralph Smith Studios

Jewish High Holidays Pre-orders

Dessert Gallery, 3600 Kirby, is celebrating the Jewish High Holidays with a selection of dessert specials, available for preorder by September 1 for Rosh Hashanah and by September 12 for Yom Kippur. Choose favorites from the classic Apple Brown Betty and Chocolate Concorde Cake to hand decorated holiday cookies.

Born out Doris Metropolitan's highly successful bread program, Badolina Bakery, 5555 Morningside, will be taking orders for Rosh Hashana offerings through Thursday, September 2 (for pickup on Sunday, September 5 from noon to 5 p.m.). Choose from $7 challah, $15 babkas and specialty holiday cakes.

Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak, is now taking orders for Yom Kippur (which begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 15), offering fast-breaking packages available for preorder by Wednesday, September 8 and for pickup on Wednesday, September 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The ready to feed packages are $220 (serves 4-6 people) and a la carte options are available as well. To place an order, find the order forms online, then email [email protected] or call 713-871-8883.
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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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