Poke Week at Izakaya
This week, Izakaya, 318 Gray, is celebrating all things poke by offering poke specials at both lunch and dinner. Poke is an increasingly popular raw fish salad that originally hails from Hawaii. It often includes onions and other flavorful veggies. Interested in trying some? Dip into Izakaya this week.
Monday, July 11
School Supply Drive Kick-Off
From today through August 1, Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen at 1212 Waugh, Laurenzo's at 4412 Washington and all locations of El Tiempo Cantina are collecting school supplies to help the Transforming Youth Center get Houston's inner-city kids a good start on the school year. New backpacks, school supplies and gift cards will go a long way toward helping out.
Tuesday, July 12
Wine & Cupcake Reunion at 13 celsius
For one night only, 13 celsius at 3000 Caroline is reviving its former tradition of wine and cupcake night with sweet treats from Jody Stevens of Jodycakes and wines selected by sommelier Marc Borel (currently of Rainbow Lodge) and Adele Corrigan, wine director and general manager at 13 celsius. All of the wines are from the Loire Valley, in keeping with the wine bar's current Loire Fest program. Wine and cupcake pairings are $10 each. Cupcakes will be available from 4 p.m. until sold out.
Summer Cooking Series at Eight Row Flint
This edition of Agricole Hospitality's summer outdoor cooking series features Jacob Pate, a line cook at Coltivare, who will be preparing a Jamaican feast at 5 p.m. at Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale. Pate and his girlfriend, Sarah Troxell, co-own Sarah's Shrubs, which makes tangy cocktail syrups. The pair will make a special Jamaican-style punch to accompany the meal using their own mango lime shrub. The food is available à la carte until it's gone.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Cooking Class
Head to this 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, to learn about proper hunting and fishing techniques from a representative of Texas Parks and Wildlife. Then, make three meals you can catch yourself: Gulf crab and avocado salad, sweet corn and shrimp soup, and sweet and spicy catfish sandwiches. The class is $65 per person, and reservations can be made online.
Wednesday, July 13
La Tour de France at Rainbow Lodge
Join Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, for its monthly wine tasting event at 5:30 p.m. In honor of Bastille Day, this month's event features French wines paired with duck liver mousse on crostini, grilled salmon with squash couscous and braised lamb belly with lentils. The tasting is $35 per person and reservations can be made by calling 713-861-8666.
Sundown at The Grove : 8th Wonder
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 local favorite 8th Wonder. 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.
Prince Tribute Dinner at Lucille's
This all-vegan wine dinner at Lucille's, 5512 La Branch, is all about Prince. It starts at 7 p.m., has seven courses and costs $77, after Prince's hit song, "7." The meal comes with wine pairings, and you're encouraged to wear– what else?– purple. Call 713-568-2505 to make your reservations.
Irish Country Cooking
In this 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, you'll learn how to make authentic Irish country fare, such as cauliflower and bacon soup, crusted rack of lamb and sticky date pudding. All of the featured recipes come from Irish Country Cooking: More Than 100 Recipes for Today's Table, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. The cost is $65 per person, and you can reserve your spot online.
Landry's Annual Chef Series: Willie G'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 Jose Parada, and dinner will start at 7 p.m. at Willie G's Seafood and Steak House, 1605 Post Oak. The menu includes fresh Alaskan halibut with tomatoes, peppers, capers, olives and citrus, plus beef wellington and seven-layered mocha almond cake, all with wine pairings. The cost is $95 ($80 for Landry's Select Club members) and reservations can be made by calling 713-840-7190.
Thursday, July 14
To celebrate the French independence day, called Bastille Day, La Madeleine is giving away free mini Liberté Tarts, which are covered with fresh blueberries, raspberries and whipped cream, the colors of the flag. These will be available at locations across Houston. Another French eatery, Bistro Provence, at 13616 Memorial, is offering a special three-course menu all day that features red, white and blue dishes, such as herb-infused market fish with beurre blanc sauce and coq au vin rouge (chicken with red wine). Etoile Cuisine et Bar is also offering a celebratory four-course dinner for $78 per person, plus additional wine-pairing options. The menu includes seared halibut with fennel and carrot mousseline, as well as roasted duck breast with caramelized nectarines. Public Services, 202 Travis, is also having a very untraditional Bastille Day celebration featuring Frito pies made by Justin Yu paired with French wines, absinthe and sparkling wine cocktails.
Rib Mania Cooking Class
This 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, is all about ribs; attendees will make braised Jamaican jerk ribs, deep fried ribs, ale-braised ribs with mushrooms and shallots, and Tuscan baby back ribs. Cost is $65 per person, and spots can be reserved on the Central Market website.
Friday, July 15
Summer in the South of France at Charivari
Visit Charivari, 2521 Bagby, for a taste of French summer with this 7 p.m. five-course wine dinner. The fare includes Colombia River salmon tartare, abalone sashimi and rose champagne sorbet with strawberry salad. Reservations are $75 and can be made by calling 713-521-7231.
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 16
Denny's Baytown Guest Appreciation Celebration
To say thank you to its loyal customers, the Baytown Denny's, 1876 East Freeway, will offer deep discounts all day, including $2.99 Grand Slams, $3.99 Super Birds and $5.99 Country-Fried Steaks. There will also be prizes and freebies throughout the day.
Sylvia's Grilling Class
Have you let your grilling skills get a little rusty since last summer? Brush up with this 1 p.m. cooking class at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, 1140 Eldridge Parkway, led by Sylvia Casares. Attendees will make beef fajitas, potato salad, flour tortillas, salsa and rice and bean soup. The entire repast will be enjoyed at the end of the class. Cost is $64, and you can register by calling 713-334-7295.
Creole Afternoon Tea & Trunk Show
Enjoy a high-class afternoon of shopping and Creole-style tea offerings at Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The trunk show mostly consists of women and children's clothing, jewelry and pottery, while the food includes tea sandwiches, such as blue crab ravigote on fried green tomato and pimento cheese on chicory coffee bread, as well as jalapeño cornbread madeleines and pecan ice cream balls. Tickets are $45 for adults (or $55 with sparkling wine selections) and $25 for children 12 and younger. Call 713-522-9711 for tickets and information.
Loire Fest Wine Tasting
Favorite wine bar 13 celsius, 3000 Caroline, is celebrating all things from the Loire Valley, and this 2 p.m. tasting will help attendees learn more about the wines from that region. The tasting is $13 per person, and there will be many Loire Valley wines available for retail purchase at special mark-down prices. Reservations aren't necessary.
Learn how to make your own authentic kolaches at this cooking class hosted by the Czech Center Museum Houston, 4920 San Jacinto. The class kicks off at 4 p.m. with a kolache tasting, then instruction in kolache dough and fillings. Cost is only $10 per person, and you can register by calling 713-528-2060.