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This Week in Houston Food Events: Bastille Day, A Book Launch and A Butchering Demonstration

Monday, July 13

The Cocktail Chronicles Launch Party

Paul Clarke, executive editor of Imbibe, is hosting this book signing and celebration for the release of his new book, The Cocktail Chronicles, at The Nightingale Room. The book is a guide to the new world of craft cocktails, which you can purchase at the event. The Nightingale team is creating a special menu to match the contents of the book, and Clarke will be crafting a few cocktails from behind the bar. 308 Main, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14

Bastille Day at Bistro Provence

To commemorate the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution, Bistro Provence  is offering a three-course dinner menu in addition to its regular options. The specials include tomato carpaccio, coq au vin rouge, market fish with ratatouille and a tarte bleu, blanc et rouge. Yes, the menu it's a color-coordinated menu that will make you say bon appetite! For reservations, call 713-827-8008. 13616 Memorial.

More Bastille Celebrations at Étoile

Resident Chef Phillippe Verpiand and guest Chef Jose Hernandez of Radio Milano are teaming up for this four-course meal at Étoile Cuisine et Bar, featuring goat cheese tarts, serrano ham with arugula, Alaskan halibut with rôti, duck breast with nectarines and chocolate mousse with rhubarb compote and raspberry sorbet. You'll also get a healthy dose of live accordion music. Call 832-668-5808 for reservations. 1101 Uptown Park, seatings between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. $78, plus wine pairings for $32 or $48.

Five Course Dinner at PAUL's

Chef Paul Lewis of PAUL's Kitchen is putting on a "Nose to Tail" prix fixe that will guide you through the different cuts of pork, from a protein-heavy reception to a coppa grilled cheese sammich, braised pork belly, smoked pork shank and finally, a peach crostata with maple and brown sugar chicharrón. Sound incredible? Wait until you see the live butchering demonstration with Jeff Weinstock of Black Hill Meats. The Jem Beverage Co. will be providing drinks. Make your reservations online or by calling 713-360-2002. 2502 Algerian Way, 7 p.m. $75

Wednesday, July 15

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. 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 Goose Island. 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. 1611 Lamar, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. $20

Sip and Stroll at Tony Mandola's

This indoor-outdoor event pairs four wines with four food stations: peach sorbet with macerated fruits, blackened salmon with grits, lamb meat balls and roasted beets with goat cheese and arugula. Tony Mandola's specializes in Cajun- and Italian-style seafood, and owners Tony and Phyllis host these light-bites, casual meals regularly. Call 713-528-3474 for tickets. 1212 Waugh, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $35

Brenner's Pop- Up Chef's Dinner

Chef Ryan Braden of Brenner's on the Bayou is pulling out all of the stops for this year's annual pop-up dinner, part of the Landry's Annual Signature Chef Series. The menu includes duck confit blini, griller lobster, a chicken-fried egg, and a 30 day dry aged brangus New York strip steak, plus wine pairings with each course. Attendees will get to chat with the chef and his team, too. Call 281-796-3688 for reservations. Brenner's is still closed for flood recovery, so the dinner will be at 5226 Elm. 7 p.m. $95 per person or $80 for Landry's Select Club members. 

Thursday, July 16

Carnival Eats Viewing at Berryhill

Back in March, Noah Cappe and his crew from the Cooking Channel's Carnival Eats visited the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to experience the majesty that is rodeo food. That episode is finally airing, and, since the crew visited the Berryhill Baja Grill location at the fair, Berryhill in West University is throwing a watch party, complete with $4 margaritas and food specials. 5110 Buffalo Speedway, 9 p.m.

Friday, July 17

Silver Oak Wine Dinner at Harwood

Attendees will experience four Napa and Alexander Valley wines from Silver Oak Cellars, as well as Akaushi beef and other farm-to-table ingredients arrayed in a four-course meal created by Chef Craig Bianco. There are cocktails and appetizers as well, including grilled bone marrow on toast points and skirt steak on crostini. Check out the whole menu on the Harwood Grill website and call 713-360-7757 for reservations. Can't make it to the dinner? Visit Harwood between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday until the end of July for buy one, get one free Akaushi beef burgers. 2300 Westheimer. Cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. $150

Saturday, July 18

Bake Sale at Fluff

Samantha Mendoza, executive pastry chef at Triniti, joins the Sugar Fairy for her weekly bake sale. Mendoza may be young— she's in her late twenties— but she's got plenty of experience and competitive cooking awards under her belt. Fluff Bake Bar, 314 Gray; opens at 10 a.m.

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate at VOM FASS

Sample new delicacies from Chocolate Harmony, enjoy cheeses from VOM FASS, and partake in wines from Rosinka WIne and Tea House during this casual event. There will be stations for each item, plus experts in each field to guide you in their intricacies and pairings. Space is limited, so reserve your space here. 2424 Times, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Discovery Scene Saturday with Judy Pryor

Judy Pryor, Houston artist and fashion designer, will be in the lobby of the Four Seasons for this art show and sale, the third in the Discovery Scene Saturday series. There will be drinks for sale at the bar, featuring Absolut Vodka cocktails and Perrier Jouet Champagne, and live music. Visit the Four Seasons website for information. 1300 Lamar, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission.

Quattro Offers Food, Parking for Concertgoers

If you're going to Nicki Minaj at the Toyota Center, you might consider going to Quattro at the Four Seasons beforehand. Chef Maurizio Ferrarese has a summer menu just for you, with a two-course meal, wine after the concert, and free parking. If you know anything about Houston, you know that the free parking offer alone is practically irresistible— then there's the amazing food! Be sure to make reservations first by calling 713-276-4700. 1300 Lamar.
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Alexandra Doyle