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This Week in Houston Food Events: A Charcuterie Dinner and a Romanian Pop-Up

All Month Long

Houston Restaurant Weeks

Don't forget that this fundraiser is in full swing all month and into September! Not sure where to go to celebrate? Check out our list of new Houston restaurants that are participating in this year's Houston Restaurant Weeks.

French Wine Summer-Cleaning Sale

Do you have a hankering for some very unique French wines? You'd better head over to French Country Wines, 2433 Barlett, this month as they prepare their storerooms for new fall wine shipments. They've got many single bottles whose brethren have all been sold, as well as sample bottles that will be uncorked during the shop's weekly Saturday tastings at noon. You can also go to tastings on Wednesday nights at 5 p.m. Visit the website to know what's on sale and what's being sampled each week. 

Build Your Own Panini at D'Amico's

August is National Panini Month, and D'Amico's Italian Market Café,  5510 Morningside in Rice Village, is celebrating with a create-your-own panini menu for $8.99, which includes one meat and three other toppings. Of course, you can add more extras as well, if you want to celebrate even harder. 

All Week

Flying Saucer's Funky Anniversary

Monday through Saturday, you can visit the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 705 Main, and help them celebrate their 15th anniversary with $3 sour fire sales and keg tappings at 6 p.m. daily. Visit their website for hours and more details.

Tuesday, August 18

Charcuterie Dinner at Prohibition Supperclub

This four-course meal will show off the talents of seven charcuterie masters from Houston and Austin, including Craig Deihl from AMS; Josh Jones, Bryan Butler and Ben Runkle from Salt & Time; Andrew Vaserfirer of Revival Market; and Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack of Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, 1008 Prairie.  Lainey Collum will be creating pairings with Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky. Visit the Prohibition website for more information and reservations. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $150

Wednesday, August 19

Sundown at The Grove Has Beer and Bites

Every Wednesday between now and September 9, you can find beer flights from various craft breweries and custom cuisine to pair with the brews at The Grove, 1611 Lamar. Brewmasters will be there to mingle with you, and DJ Sun will provide tunes. There will be giveaways, including tickets from presenting sponsor Southwest Airlines. This week's featured brewery is Sierra Nevada. Reservations are recommended, which you can make via The Grove website, and you can get season tickets for $250 per person or $450 per couple. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $20

Sip and Stroll at Tony Mandola's

It's time for the third Wednesday of the month sip and stroll at Tony Mandola's,1212 Waugh,  and this month's features are perfect for summer. You can try mini crab cakes with pineapple jalapeño salsa, lobster mezzaluna, mini spiedini and a southwestern ribeye, plus wine pairings for each. You can make reservations by calling 713-528-3474. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $35

Friday, August 21

Food and Films Series at Quattro

As part of the new Friday night cinematic series at Quattro, 1300 Lamar, you can see The Big Lebowski and get a five-course feast for $79, or $145 per couple. Beverages are extra, but beverage packages will be offered each evening. Reservations are required, and you can make them by calling 713-276-4700. 7 p.m.

Stand-Up Comedy at MKT BAR

Every Friday until the end of October, you can find BETA Bracket's stand-up competition at MKT BAR in Phoenicia, 1001 Austin, and, as part of the audience, you can help select the winners. Ten local comedians (or people who think they're comedians) will perform in a five-minute round, then the competition will be thinned out to a ten-, then a 20-minute set, and the winners go home with lots of money. As in, the top prize is $3,000! Admission is free, and you can enjoy MKT BAR provisions while you laugh. 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday

Borsch Belt Pop-Up at Kenny & Ziggy's

For two nights, the Schmooze Room at Kenny & Ziggy's, 2327 Post Oak, will become an imitation of Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse in New York's Lower East Side in honor of performer Dani Luv, who will be taking a break from Sammy's to entertain at the so-called Ziggy's Roumanian Steakhouse. Of course, the fare will be mostly Romanian and served family style; examples of menu items include tableside chopped liver, steak with fried onions and chicken schnitzel. Klir Red Fermented Vodka will be a special alcoholic offering for these two nights, and it will be served frozen in ice, just the way they do at Sammy's. Reservations are required, which you can make by calling 713-679-8453. 7 p.m. $95, drinks extra

Saturday, August 22

Last Rosé of Summer at French Country Wines

Did somebody say "free wine"? French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett, is pulling out all the stops for a grand, free tasting event for everyone to try (and buy) rosé wines, which are considered an especially appropriate wine for the dog days of summer. As fall inches closer (very, very slowly), French Country Wines is looking to clear out some summer inventory, and you might as well partake in those free samples. Noon to 6 p.m.
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Alexandra Doyle