Monday, June 8
Triniti/ Mercury Orchestra Dinner
It’s the next, long-awaited installment of the collaborative dinners between Triniti and Mercury—The Orchestra Redefined. Chef Ryan Hildebrand conceptualizes a menu set to the music of the 12-piece string orchestra. This performance is entitled, “A World Tour: A Unique Evening of Food & Music. Tickets are not cheap, nor are they refundable (they are transferrable) but prior collaborations have proven to be among some of the most memorable dining experiences in Houston. Visit this page to purchase tickets. 2815 South Shepherd. 6 p.m. $195 inclusive.
Tuesday, June 9
Amber Turns 21
Saint Arnold Amber Ale, that is! Brewery representatives will be at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium downtown, and, if you're celebrating your 21st birthday, you get Saint Arnold Brewery passes for life. The belle of the ball will be just $3 all night, and there will be cake and Saint Arnold swag, while supplies last. Don't worry if Flying Saucer is too far away for you— Saint Arnold is throwing parties all around town, so visit their website to find a party near you. 705 Main. 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10
Chef Randy Evans at JCI
We're in the third month of Chef Randy Evans' James Coney Island Funky Dog series, with one more month and one more dog to go. To celebrate the current specialty coney, Midnight in Paris, Evans will visit the Meyerland JCI and sign copies of his cookbook, The Kitchen Table: Brennan's of Houston. If you're one of the first ten customers to buy the Midnight in Paris dog, you'll get your copy of the cookbook for free. It's not such a cheesy promotion, after all! 530 Meyerland Plaza. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Oxheart Presents Whatacat at Julep
Because Whataburger's reduced breakfast hours have everyone needing a little more breakfast, Money Cat, or the trio of Justin Yu, Justin Vann and David Buehrer, is presenting a late-night, Whataburger-inspired breakfast bonanza. The menu includes breakfast taquitos, honey butter biscuits with crispy chicken skin, a French omelette station with Louisiana caviar, bourbon granita, and more. In case the menu alone didn't convince you to attend, the whole shebang is actually a benefit for Yu's friend Eli Kulp, a Philadelphia chef who was injured in the Amtrak derailment last month. 1919 Washington. 9 p.m.
Thursday, June 11
Holley's Wine Dinner with Grochau Cellars
Featuring courses called Study in Crab, Halibut Cheeks and Duck Fat Diver Scallop, this six-course meal is paired with five wines from Grochau Cellars, located in Oregon's Willamette Valley. It's limited seating, and reservations are required. In good news for bargain hunters, Holley's is also extending its half-price oyster special at Lancelot Bar, offering select oyster dishes at half-price from 4 to 7 on Mondays and Tuesdays in June. Call (713) 491-2222 for reservations. 3201 Louisiana. 7 p.m. $99
Pop-Up Dinner at Glitter Karaoke
Chef Patrick Feges of Southern Goods and Feges BBQ will be cooking up something delicious and possibly BBQ-related. He won CultureMap's Tastemaker Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year, 2015, so whatever he makes will assuredly be worth experiencing. 2621 Milam. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, June 12
Hands-On Tours at Four Seasons
Every Friday in June and July, Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese and his team will lead a group of brave culinary explorers on a tour that's part cooking class and part fine dining. There will be tequila samples, mix-your-own-scapece (which is a marinated vegetable mix), a caviar bar, pasta cutting, a dinner complete with a wine flight and a lesson in layering tiramisu. Attendees will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchens of the Four Seasons. Reservations are required, and can be made by visiting the Quattro website. 1300 Lamar. 7 p.m. $79 per person or $145 per couple
Saturday, June 13
Mixers and Elixirs at HMNS
Four years ago, the Houston Museum of Natural Science thought that they had cancelled Mixers and Elixirs for good. Boy, are we glad that they were wrong! This 21-and-up party features live music by Latin ensemble Grupo KaChe, a cash bar and possibly the nerdiest dance moves ever. This month's featured food trucks are It's a Wrap!, Pho-Jita, and Tila's Food Truck. Visit the HMNS website for tickets. 5555 Hermann Park Drive. 7 to 10 p.m. $20, $12 members.
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Sunday, June 14 (Added 6/8, 2:11 p.m.)
BRC Celebrates National Bourbon Day... With Beer
Everyone's favorite rooster invites you to a four-course feast that focuses not on the food but the beverages. Attendees will sample bourbon-barrel-aged brews from four favorites breweries: Karbach, Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues, and Saint Arnold. However, the smoked salmon, seared scallops with candied bacon, bourbon braised short ribs and pumpkin crème brûlée don't sound too shabby, either. Call (713) 861-2233 for reservations, which are required. BRC is at 519 Shepherd. 6 p.m. $70
Vinoteca Introduces a Trattoria Menu
Vinoteca, the wine bar at Four Seasons Houston, is unveiling a brand-new Trattoria menu, and, from June 15 to 21, it's pay what you want, within limits. Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese designed the menu, which includes a scapece bar (scapece is marinated mixed veggies), antipasti, rotisserie chicken, various main entrees, tiramisu and an intriguing mozzarella station. Alcoholic drinks will also be on happy hour pricing all night long. Reservations are required, and seatings are between 5:30 and 10 p.m. Visit this page for reservations. Vinoteca is on the third floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar.