Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
Monday, September 13
Meatless Monday at PondicheriThe menus at both Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby, and its upstairs Bake Lab + Shop will be meatless every Monday beginning on September 13. Guests can expect a Pickled PB&J (peanut butter, local jam, spicy mango, herbs, sourdough), Market Curry (a light vegetable curry loaded with local vegetables, spices, and herbs), Pumpkin Chai Oats (steel-cut oats, pumpkin, cardamom, jaggery, and almond milk), Oondhiya (a decadent vegetable curry made with flat green beans, eggplant, and baby potatoes) and more.
Wednesday, September 15
Penfold Wine Dinner at Le ColonialLe Colonial, 4444 Westheimer, is hosting a Penfold Wine Dinner, showcasing a collection from the Australian wine producer’s wine library along with a five-course menu curated by executive chef Hassan Obaye. The progressive menu will feature by-the-glass pairings with dishes including spot prawn aquachile, pan seared halibut with yuzu beurre blanc, slow lamb and foie gras sando, and apple tarte tatin. The event will be hosted in Le Colonial's sultry upstairs lounge beginning with a cocktail reception and featuring hand-passed hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $249.99 excluding tax and a 20 percent gratuity.
Five-Year Anniversary Special at The Pit RoomThe Pit Room, 1201 Richmond, is celebrating five years of Texas BBQ with a Chopped Brisket Sandwich for $5 (regularly $10) on Wednesday, September 15. The special is available dine-in only from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Virtual Whiskey 101 with Julep and Woodford ReserveJulep’s Alba Huerta will be joined by Woodford Reserve’s Elizabeth McCall for a Whiskey 101 Class beginning at 7 p.m. McCall will teach about the bourbon distilling process, the history of Woodford Reserve and then share tips for the at-home bartender from selecting the right glass to the best ice and dilution techniques, and more. Tickets are $15.
Thursday, September 16
Reopening of MARCHAfter a brief hiatus, MARCH, 1624 Westheimer, will be reopening on Thursday, September 16. With a reset menu, the team’s studies of the Mediterranean are taking them north into Andalusia and Murcia, where they'll continue to explore the richness of the region. Score reservations online.
Mexican Independence DayMonkey's Tail, 5802 Fulton, will be offering $20 Model beer buckets and special birria tacos– offering a sneak peek of the hospitality group’s next concept, Grease Monkey, set to open later this fall.
Ninfa’s, 2704 Navigation, 1700 Post Oak, will be featuring a green (cucumber mint), white (spicy margarita with jalapeño), and red( watermelon) margarita flight emblematic of the Mexican flag in honor of Mexican Independence Day.
True Anomaly Beer Dinner at Roots Wine BarRoots Wine Bar, 3107 Leeland, will host a Beer Dinner with True Anomaly Brewing Company at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy a five-course Tasting Menu from Roots executive chef Andre Garza, and a featured beer pairing with Spencer Chruch from True Anomaly Brewing. Tickets are $95.
Saturday, September 18
Trucktoberfest at Truck YardTruck Yard, 2118 Lamar, will host its all-day Trucktoberfest on Saturday, September 18, featuring a lively line-up of adult, kid, and dog-friendly activities such as a Stein Holding Contest, Pretzel-Eating Contest and Wiener Dog Race, plus the tapping of the Trucktoberfest brew. The event is free to attend.
Oktoberfest Kick Off at Flying Saucer Draught HouseDowntown’s Flying Saucer Draught House, 705 Main, will host its Oktoberfest celebration from Saturday, September 18 through Thursday, September 23. The event kicks off by tapping Saint Arnold Oktoberfest and Saint Arnold Guten Tag on slow pour, as Saint A’s Brock Wagne leads faithful beerknurds in the annual stein hoist toast at 5 p.m Guests can expect a dozen Oktoberfest tappings, commemorative glassware, food specials and happenings from trivia to Oktoberfest flights throughout the week.
Sunday, September 19
Best Dish Throwdown at Rice Village Farmers MarketThe Best Dish Throwdown competition continues at the Rice Village Farmers Market and Heights Mercantile Farmers Market this September, alternating locations and with two chefs competing in a knockout-style competition to create the best dish as voted on by market attendees. This weekend’s cookoff features The Informal Grub chef Megan Snell versus Cochinita & Co.’s Alexandra Sainz at the Rice Village Farmers Market. The final cook-off and winner of the Best Dish Throwdown will be announced on September 26 at the Heights Mercantile Farmers Market.
All week long
Negroni Week at C. Baldwin Lobby BarC. Baldwin, 400 Dallas, will be celebrating Negroni Week in its Lobby Bar from September 13–19. Now in its ninth year, Imbibe and CAMPARI’s Negroni Week is a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails, and a collective effort by the restaurant and bar industry to raise money for charitable causes around the world. Lobby Bar’s Negroni cocktail will benefit No Kid Hungry, selling for $12 and with $1 going to charity.
All month long