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 it prepares its storerooms for new fall wine shipments. French Country Wines has 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.
Monday, August 24
DIY Koozies at Houston Watch Company
If you love beer and you love crafts, this one's for you! Houston Watch Company, 913 Franklin, is hosting a make-your-own felted koozie craft night, which is the fourth installment of the bar's Crafty Happy Hours series. The $20 admission fee covers the cost of the koozie-making supplies, and, of course, you can buy booze while you learn how to create quality felting. Buy your tickets in advance here. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lamb Butchery Demonstration at Revival
This demonstration has it all — there are snacks, a full butchering demonstration and a chef's choice meal — plus, the whole thing is BYOB! The resident experts are Revival Market co-owner Morgan Weber, butcher Andrew Vaserfirer and representatives from Tierra del Sol Farm. Guests will also learn about the history of lamb breeds that are specific to Gulf Coast ranches. Call 713-880-8463 for information and tickets. 7 p.m. $125
Bordeaux Class with Bear Dalton
Spec's wine buyer Bear Dalton is hosting another wine class; this time, he'll take a close look at Bordeaux from five chateaux and three different vintages. Attendees will experience verticals from the south to the north of Haut-Médoc in the form of wines that Dalton thinks of as excellent and fairly priced — a bonus for any oenophile on a budget. The class will take place at L'Alliance Française, 427 Lovett. Call 713-854-7855 for reservations. 7 p.m. $100 cash, $105.26 card.
Wednesday, August 26
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 Freetail from San Antonio. 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
Avion Tequila Dinner
Visit El Big Bad at 419 Travis for an extensive sampling session with Avion Brand Ambassador Sheldon Richardson that will include blanco, reposado, añejo and reserva 44 extra añejo tequilas. There will be a build-your-own taco bar, and Richardson will give a talk on the making of these tequilas. Get your tickets here. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $30
Napa Valley Wine Dinner at Whole Foods
Executive Chef Joshua Shobe and Wine Specialist Katie Perry of Whole Foods Market, 1700 Post Oak, are hosting a five-course dinner featuring wine pairings from the Napa Valley. The food offerings include baked triple cream with cherry and fig preserves, slow-roasted spiced tri tip and Japanese-style shrimp yakitori over cabbage slaw. You can buy tickets and view the full menu on Eventbrite. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $50
Thursday, August 27
Scotch Dinner at Harwood Grill
This four-course meal by Executive Chef Craig Bianco of Harwood Grill, 2300 Westheimer, will be paired with premium whiskies for each course; the Scotch selections are Haig Club, Oban Little Bay, Dalwhinnie, Talisker Storm and Lagavulin. Cocktails will precede the dinner, starting at 6, and seating for the dinner is at 7 p.m Send the restaurant an email to book your reservation. $95
Friday, August 28
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Food and Films Series at Quattro
As part of the new Friday night cinematic series at Quattro, 1300 Lamar, you can see a film and get a five-course feast for $79, or $145 per couple. This week's movie is the classic musical The Sound of Music. 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.
Sunday, August 30
Sake and Sushi at KUU
This six-course omakase meal will feature fresh seafood flown straight from Japan's Tsukiji Fish Market and local produce, plus three sake pairings selected by sommelier Ricky Cheung. The courses, created by chef Adison Lee of KUU, 947 Gessner, include agadashi miso, sashimi, nigiri and wagyu. Call 713-461-1688 for reservations. 6:30 p.m. $80