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This Week in Houston Food Events: An Oxheart Pop-Up & Super Tuscan Wine Dinner

All Week Long

Wine & Cheese Week at Pappas Bros.

National Wine and Cheese Day is this week, but Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is celebrating all week long with unique cheese pairing offerings at both locations. The location at 5839 Westheimer is featuring Croatian Paski Sir cheese with off dry German riesling, while the location at 1200 McKinney is offering Pure Luck goat cheese from Dripping Springs, accompanied by Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Rouge 2014.

Monday through Thursday

Presidential Convention Menu at Ouisie's

To celebrate the Democratic National Convention, Ouisie's Table at 3939 San Felipe is offering a three-course, prix fixe menu of politically themed dishes, such as the "Make America Grape Again" Waldorf salad, "Feel The Boarn" pasta with boar sausage and "Secretary of Steak" rib eye with twice-baked potato and green beans. The dinner is $25 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $10, anytime during business hours.

Tuesday, July 26

The Road to Oktoberfest

Join Uchi, 904 Westheimer, as it kicks off this three-part beer dinner series that will lead up to Oktoberfest. This 6 p.m. dinner is all about Karbach Brewery, and the fare includes vermilion snapper with heirloom tomatoes and berries, pig's head with violet mustard and branzino with Thai mango salad. Cost is $85 per person, and you can reserve your spot by sending Uchi an email.

Sautéing & Pan Sauces

Get better acquainted with your sauté pan during this 6:30 p.m. cooking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer that's all about sautéing and pan sauces. Attendees will make fresh fish fillets with tomato, caper and olive sauce, paillard of beef with mushroom sauce, spinach with pine nuts and currents, and sautéed peaches with rum sauce and ice cream. It's $65 per person, and you can book your spot on the Central Market website.

Mostly Foraged Dinner and "WEEDEATER" Screening

This two-part event kicks off with a five-course dinner at 7 p.m. at Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy, followed by a screening of WEEDEATER, a documentary about urban foraging. The dinner is mostly foraged fare created by chef German Mosquera of Aces of Taste, with dishes such as roasted quail in wild herbs with crispy lamb quarters and cornbread, as well as rabbit and shrimp tostadas with cherry avocado salsa. The filmmaker will also be on hand to discuss the film. Reservations for dinner and the screening are $55, while tickets to the screening only are $8.

Bubbles & Baubles 

Head to Rouge Wine Bar, 1400 Eldridge Parkway, for this 7 p.m. bubbles and baubles event, where you'll find a jewelry trunk show, accompanied by a glass of complimentary bubbly, artisanal cheese bites and 15 percent off retail wines. There's no entrance fee, and there will also be a raffle of Positano earrings.

Wednesday, July 27

Sundown at The Grove : Goose Island 

Each Wednesday this summer, The Grove, 1611 Lamar, will feature beers from a craft brewery alongside food pairings by chef de cuisine Ryan Williams. This week's featured brewery is Goose Island. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. Season passes are also available for $250 per person or $450 per couple. The party runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Cooking Techniques: Chicken & Duck

This 6:30 p.m. cooking class at Well Done Cooking Classes, 2811 Airline, focuses on the best ways to cook chicken and duck, as well as to select the best cuts of each. Attendees will make buttermilk fried chicken, roasted chicken with herbs and vegetables, braised coq au vin and crispy duck breast with honeyed haricots verts and hazelnut vinaigrette. The class is BYOB, but alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. It's $79 per person, and you can get your tickets online.

Landry's Annual Chef Series: McCormick & Schmick's

Each year, Landry's puts on a series of chef-hosted dinners at several of its Houston-area restaurants. Each features an elaborate prix fixe meal and the opportunity to meet the chef and discuss the food. This week's chef is Andrew Oliver, and dinner will start at 7 p.m. at McCormick & Schmick's, 1151 Uptown Park. The menu includes seared sea scallops, wild Alaskan halibut and seared ahi tuna with roasted heirloom baby vegetables. The cost is $95 ($80 for Landry's Select Club members), and reservations can be made by calling 713-840-7900.

Lucille's Goes Italian, Part 2

Chef Chris Williams of Lucille's, 5512 La Branch, is hosting this all-Italian wine dinner, featuring pairings by Vino Vero and house-made pastas. It's at 7 p.m. and costs $85; reservations can be made by calling 713-568-2505.

Thursday, July 28

Deep in the Heart of Houston

This charity event for the Wesley Community Center takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons. There will be live music by Lainey and the Tramps, live and silent auctions, plenty of food and free-flowing beer. Tickets are $40, which go to helping the Wesley Community Center's outreach programs, such as food assistance services, youth outreach and promoting educational opportunities for disadvantaged families.

Chef Kiran at Artisans

Join chef Kiran Verma of Kiran's for this multi-course, Indo-French dinner at Artisans Restaurant, 3201 Louisiana. It kicks off at 6 p.m. with amuse-bouches  of aloo tikki chaat and yogurt with mint and tamarind chutney, followed by dishes like pan-seared Gulf red snapper with saffron beurre blanc and cumin-scented succotash, as well as braised Colorado lamb shank with saffron rice pulao. Reservations are $75 per person and can be made by calling 713-529-9111.

30-Minute Meals Cooking Class

Too tired to cook, but too tired to go out? We've all been there, and the folks at Well Done Cooking Classses, 2811 Airline, want to prepare you for just that situation with this 6:30 p.m. class on quick and easy meals. The fare includes chicken goujons with noodles, baked cod with avocado and beef sirloin with baby bok choy. The class is $69 and BYOB, but there will also be beer and wine available for purchase.

Superb Super Tuscan Dinner with Tony Vallone

Tony Vallone will host this 7 p.m. wine dinner at Ciao Bello, 5161 San Felipe, which is all about the Italian Marche. The wines include Garofoli Verdicchio Podium and Poderenuovo a Palazzone's Super Tuscan, which will be paired with spinach lasagna, braised octopus stew and braised lamb shank, among other classic Italian fare. Reservations are $95 per person and can be made by calling 713-960-0333.

Beat Bobby Flay Viewing Party

Head over to 8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas, to watch the most recent episode of Beat Bobby Flay, which features chef Kevin Naderi of Roost and Lillo & Ella. The viewing party starts at 7 p.m., although the episode doesn't air until 9 p.m., and there will be live music by Muddy Belle, bites from Eatsie Boys and, of course, plenty of beer. Admission is free.

Friday, July 29

LÜNCH at Oxheart

Chef Peter Jahnke, Master Sommelier David Keck and Jillian Bartolome will take over Oxheart, 1302 Nance, for a ten-day pop-up called LÜNCH that kicks off today. As its name suggests, the pop-up will be available for lunch only, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the fare will be light and summery, with plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to go with it. There are no reservations, so come early to get yourself a spot.

National Chicken Wing Day

To celebrate National Chicken Wing Day, Big City Wings will offer 65-cent chicken wings in dine-in orders at every location all day long. You can also check out Pluckers Wing Bar, which offers more than 20 house-made sauces to accompany your wings.

National Lasagna Day

You'll be able to pick up lasagna to go today at Damian's Cucina Italiana, 3011 Smith, with special curbside delivery of lasagna bolognese, available in half pans for $75 and full pans for $150. To place an order, call 713-522-0439.

Ex-CRAB-Aganza Fridays

Every Friday in July, Brennan's of Houston, at 3300 Smith, is offering a five-course tasting menu of favorite crab dishes, including Louisiana blue crab bisque, soft-shell crab, blue crab cakes and blue crab fondue, anytime between 5:45 and 10 p.m. The dinner is $65 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 713-522-9711.

Float & Flick at SPLASH

Head to Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop South, for a screening of Sandlot on the three-story movie wall by SPLASH, the hotel's pool. Admission is $15, which includes gourmet popcorn, one drink ticket, self-parking and pool access, and additional food and drink will be available for purchase. The party starts at 6 p.m., and the movie will begin after sundown. You must RSVP in advance.

Mix & Match Cakes Class

Caroline Wright, author of CAKE MAGIC!, will lead this 6:30 p.m. cake-baking class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. In the class, you'll learn how to make a basic cake mix yourself, then how to spice it up with different flavors, frostings and toppings that will lead to confetti cake and vanilla and olive oil cake with rosemary and lemon. You can also purchase her cookbook to have it signed by Wright after the class. Cost is $60 per person, and you can reserve your spot on the Central Market website

Friday and Saturday

A Midsummer Night's Bling at Prohibition Supperclub

On Fridays and Saturdays from now through September 24, you can find Terrible Enfants Theatre Co. and the Moonlight Dolls Burlesque Revue at Prohibition Supperclub and Bar, 1008 Prairie, for a glitzy variety show featuring singers, dancers and aerialists. The show is accompanied by a three-course prix fixe meal, which costs $45. Show tickets cost $22 to $65, and the performances are on Fridays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 

Saturday, July 30

The Hangover Brunch Cooking Class

Make your own late-morning hangover cures in this 10 a.m. class at Well Done Cooking Classes, 2811 Airline. The menu includes chocolate-covered doughnuts with candied bacon, huevos rancheros and eggs Benedict with chipotle hollandaise. In case you need some hair of the dog, the class is BYOB, and there will be beer and wine available for purchase. Book your spot for $69 on the Well Done website.

National Cheesecake Day Wine Tasting

Head over to French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett, to take advantage of National Cheesecake Day with the wine shop's weekly free wine tasting, which focuses on dessert wines this week. It's from noon to 6 p.m., and you'll also get cheesecake samples to accompany the wines. Reservations aren't required, and you can come and go anytime during the tasting.

The Art of Sausage Making

In this 2 p.m. class at Well Done Cooking Classes, 2811 Airline, you'll learn to grind and make your own sausages, as well as curing meats. The menu includes lamb, deer and pork sausages, as well as spice blends and how to smoke meats. It's BYOB, but beer and wine will be available for purchase. Cost is $69, and you can reserve your spot online.

Frogs & Saint Arnold Brews

Learn about frogs during this 8 p.m. lecture at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway, which will be accompanied by brews from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, sips from Katz Coffee and light bites. Chris Bednarski of the Houston Zoo will teach attendees about endangered frogs, frog diversity and which kinds of frogs might be found in your own backyard. It's $30 for members and $45 for non-members.
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