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Colombian Independence Day at Liberty and BRC

From Monday through Sunday, you can check out special Colombian offerings at every Liberty Kitchen location, as well as BRC Gastropub. Each restaurant will offer beef and potato empanadas with aji pique sauce; the Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar at 1050 Studewood will have a bandeja paisa platter with pork and beans, ground meat, chicharrón, fried plantains and much more. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette at 4224 San Felipe will offer a fish stew with coconut milk and potato, as well as a stuffed pork belly roast on Friday and Sunday. BRC's special is a pork leg marinated in beer sauce and slow-roasted, served with rice, fried plantains and more, which you can find at 519 Shepherd.

Wednesday, July 22

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 Sweetwater Brewery. 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

Chef's Dinner at Willie G's

As part of the Landry's, Inc. annual summer chef series, Chef Jose Parada will be serving up a five-course meal of Texas favorites at Willie G's Seafood and Steak House. Highlights include a Black Hill Ranch stuffed pork cheek, dry aged ribeye with bacon-mushroom-cipollini onion ragout and blueberry-lime tres leches. Attendees will also receive wine pairings from a variety of vineyards and the opportunity to interact with the chef. Call 713-840-7190 for reservations. 1605 Post Oak Boulevard, 7 p.m. $95

Spanish Wine Dinner at Tony Mandola's

This four-course dinner features paired wines from different Spanish wineries, which Executive Chef Sam Beier says perfectly complement the Cajun-meets-Italian fare of Tony Mandola's. The menu includes braised beef shanks with candied beets and wild mushrooms, a seafood playa, and Spanish style flan for dessert. Call 713-528-3474 for reservations. 1212 Waugh, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $65

Friday, July 24

National Tequila Day at Pico's

Celebrate this all-important holiday at PIco's with a cocktail hour, live agave harvest and tequila demonstration, and four-course dinner honoring the Mexican state of Jalisco, the origin of tequila. The dinner will be designed by Executive Chef Arnaldo Richards, and Beverage Director Monica Richards will design cocktail pairings. Representatives from Herradura tequila will be present, as well as a third-generation jimador, or agave grower, who will teach attendees all about the process of growing agave and creating tequila. Call 832-831-9940 for information and reservations. 3601 Kirby; cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., agave and tequila demonstration at 7:15 p.m., dinner at 7:35 p.m. $99

More Tequila Celebrations at Cadillac Bar

Both the Houston and Kemah Cadillac Bar locations will be hosting an all-day fiesta for National Tequila Day, featuring $6 Herradura Silver margaritas and other drink specials. Each location will also have tequila samples and giveaways to help you get in the spirit. 1802 Shepherd and #7 Kemah Boardwalk.

Saturday, July 25

French Culinary Tour with Phaedra Cook

One of our very own food writers (whom we kindly share with My Table Magazine) leads this tour of the Houston area's French cuisine "where the food writers eat"– or, at least, where Phaedra eats! The catch? You won't know the destinations until you get there. You'll definitely get a swag bag filled with things from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau, as well as Central Market, and there will be beer available from Saint Arnold Brewery and wine from French Country Wines. Only a few spots available, so visit the Eventbrite page to reserve your spot today. Transportation provided by The Wave. Board the tour bus at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, at 12:45 p.m. and prepare for adventure. $125

Midsummer Night's Dream at Rosinka

If you're interested in both Shakespeare and wine, this one's for you! Rosinka Wine & Tea House in the village is hosting a night dedicated to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is a tale of love, magic and troublemaking. Local musicians and thespians will perform, and the ticket price includes one glass of wine. Standard menu offerings will also be available for purchase. Visit the Rosinka website for information and tickets. 2509 Rice, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $35

Sunday, July 26

World Cheese Class at Houston Arboretum

Ever wondered things like, "How does the type of milk really change a cheese?" or "How do they make cheese for the lactose intolerant?" If so, this class will satisfy both your palate and your curiosity. Attendees will try eight types of cheese, as well as wine pairings, and Chef J'on Strange will offer advice for making unusual combinations with cheese. Visit the Houston Arboretum website for information. 4501 Woodway, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $60 for members, $75 for nonmembers.

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