This Week in Houston Food Events: Fourth of July & Summer Wines

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Monday, July 4

Independence Day

Celebrate our nation's independence and the 1776 version of #Brexit with a cold drink and hearty American fare, like a milkshake, fried chicken or a heaping burger. Not sure where you should celebrate America this year? Check out our Fourth of July dining guide for the inside scoop.

Tuesday, July 5

Teens' Camp: Sharpen Your Knife Skills

This 10:30 a.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, will teach your 13- to 17-year-old how to use a knife properly and safely, thus helping you sleep easier knowing that he or she is less likely to chop off a finger while cooking a late-night snack in the dorm kitchen a few years from now. Cost is $45 per person, and lunch will be prepared during the class.

Wednesday, July 6

Teens' Camp: Sautéing and Pan Sauces

Get your surly teenager cooking with the Teens' Camp summertime cooking classes at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. This one will train your almost-adult in the art of sauté by making dishes like garlic shrimp croustade with sherry chile sauce and sirloin steak with Roquefort, walnuts and red wine sauce. The class starts at 10:30 a.m. and costs $45 per person.

Sundown at The Grove : Sierra Nevada

Each Wednesday this summer, The Grove, 1611 Lamar, will feature brews from a craft brewery alongside food pairings by chef de cuisine Ryan Williams. This week's featured brewery is Sierra Nevada. 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.

Savory & Southern Cooking Class

Kody McHenry of the Central Market Cooking School, located inside the grocery at 3815 Westheimer, will lead this 6:30 p.m. class in the art of classic Southern fare. The dishes include sweet and sour pork chops, purple hulled peas with smoked sausage and tomatoes, and hoecakes. The cost is $60 per person and reservations can be made online.

Thursday, July 7

Teens' Camp: Fundamentals of Baking

Take your teen to Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, to learn the fundamentals of baking in this 10:30 a.m. class. He or she will learn the basics of biscuits, muffins and creaming with recipes like cream scones, blueberry muffins and lemon tea bread. Reservations are $45 per person.

Tradição Brazilian Steakhouse Celebrates Five Years

From Thursday through Sunday, Tradição Brazilian Steakhouse will celebrate five years in the business with all kinds of food and drink specials. In addition to its usual unlimited meats and seafood, the steakhouse will offer Texas Kobe beef rib eye, as well as $5 caipirinhas, wines by the glass and desserts all day long.

Friday, July 8

Summer Wine Tasting at Pappas Bros.

It's time for the annual summer wine tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 5839 Westheimer, and this year's edition features wines from Burgundy, including Chablis, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet wineries. The tasting begins at 5:30 p.m. and costs $110; reservations can be made by calling 713-780-7352.

Cook with the Wine You Love

Learn how to make gourmet dishes by using wine to enhance the ingredients' flavors in this 6:30 p.m. class at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. You'll make honey tangerine and watermelon soup with grapefruit sorbet, wild mushroom ragout and beef tenderloin medallions with mushroom and wine sauce, and then you'll enjoy the same wines used while cooking as a pairing for each dish. Reservations are $70 and can be made on the Central Market website.

Jester King Presents: Not A Freakin' Food Court

Join Jester King Brewery and Conservatory, 1010 Prairie, for a beer dinner with fare options from each of Conservatory's vendors: El Burro and the Bull, Samurai Noodle, Myth Kafe and Melange Creperie. Each one has been assigned a Jester King brew to create pairings for, and additional Jester King beers will be available for purchase. Reservations are $70 per person, and the dinner begins at 7 p.m. Visit Eventbrite for the beer lineup and to purchase your tickets.

Friday and Saturday

Summer in Clinique Food Truck

This weekend, the Summer in Clinique food truck strikes again with free Clinique products and free chocolate-dipped popsicles from Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit. On Friday, the truck will be at the Gray Street entrance of the River Oaks Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Macy's parking lot at Memorial City Mall from 1 to 4 p.m. and at the Galleria Dillard's, 4925 Westheimer, from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, you can find the truck at the Macy's at Deerbrook Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and between Macy's and Nordstrom at The Woodlands Mall from 2 to 6 p.m.

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 9

Bastille Day Wines at French Country Wines

Get in the Bastille Day spirit with the weekly free wine tasting at French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett. The July 14 holiday is the French independence celebration, so the wine seller is pulling out all the stops (and many corks as well), including free cake and live accordion music at 3 p.m. The tasting is from noon to 6 p.m., and attendees may come and go as they please.

Willamette Valley Wine Dinner

Gabi Prefontaine, assistant winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards and part of the cooking school staff at Central Market, will lead this class, which revolves around Willamette Valley wines and their perfect pairings. The fare includes watermelon gazpacho, porcini-crusted salmon and tamarind-glazed pork chops. Cost is $70 per person, and you can reserve your spot online.

Eye Shine & Ice Cream Social

This event at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway, combines ice cream from Amy's Ice Cream and a night hike where attendees will try to spot the reflective eyes of various nocturnal critters, like owls, rabbits and frogs. Other goodies include non-dairy fruit ice, beer from Saint Arnold and Katz Coffee. It all kicks off at 8 p.m., and kids over the age of five are encouraged to attend, too, if they can stay until the event ends at 10 p.m. Registration is $30 for members, $45 for non-members and $15 for children.

Sunday, July 10

Pints for Pups at Saint Arnold

Enjoy a beer at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons, while you hang out with and support the pups of Pup Squad Animal Rescue. The event goes from 2 to 4 p.m., and tickets include beer (or root beer), pizza, sweet treats, commemorative pint glasses, bingo and a door prize ticket, as well as access to the kids' zone for the younger ones. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door for adults, $10 in advance or $15 at the door for those under 21 and free for children 11 or younger. Get more information and purchase your tickets on Eventbrite.

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