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This Week in Houston Food Events: Restaurant Weeks Are Upon Us

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Sunday Brunch Everyday at Cadillac Bar

You can head over to Cadillac Bar for a special offering of their Sunday brunch buffet Monday through Friday of this week. If you take some photos of your visit and tag them with #ILikeBigBrunch, you'll be entered to win a Bruch Bunch 4-Pack. Any day can be like a Sunday when you've got a buffet filled with chilaquiles, empanadas and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Make a reservation by calling 713-862-2020. 1802 Shepherd, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular adult price, $26.99

Tuesday, July 28

Boisset Collection Dinner at Aura Brasserie

This reception and four-course meal will be paired exclusively with wines from the Boisset Collection, a group of wineries located mostly in California and France. The offerings at Aura Brasserie include frisée salad with goat cheese and beet vinaigrette, Greek style octopus salad and almond dusted shrimp (just try to imagine that!) and chicken fried quail with foie gras gravy or smoked duck magret with cherry sauce. The meal alone is tempting enough, but when you think about the wines, this one's an absolute steal. Call 281-403-2872 for reservations. 15977 City Walk in Sugar Land, 6:30 p.m. $69.99

Wednesday, July 29

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 Firestone Walker. 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 La Griglia

The Landry's chefs' dinners continue, and this week's is hosted by Chef Luis Rubio at La Griglia. Diners will not only get to meet the chef and his team, but they'll also experience a five-course meal with fritti di mare, a pan-seared sea bass with roasted tomatoes and kale, and a roasted honey mustard Black Hill Ranch rack of lamb. Call 713-526-4700 for reservations. 2002 West Gray, 7 p.m. $95

Vegetarian Dinner at Backstreet Cafe

This wine-paired dinner features not a sumptuous steak or lobster, but lots of vegetables. Don't let that fool you into thinking that there won't be any flavor involved; the blue cornmeal crusted avocado slices and smoked portobello deviled eggs prove otherwise, and that's just the reception! The other courses include an orzo salad, a vegetarian poutine with crispy cauliflower and red pepper polenta. Sommelier Sean Beck will be in charge of the wine pairings. Send an email to the Backstreet Cafe for reservations. 1103 South Shepherd, 7 p.m. $92

Thursday, July 30

Rompre le Pain at La Madeline

It's La Madeleine's birthday, and that means perks like free food! The first 25 guests at the Sawyer Heights location will get free breakfast every month for a year, and, every hour until 2 p.m., more customers will win things like gift cards, baskets and free bread for a year. Head over for some tarts or tomato basil soup and you could walk away with more than an armful of freshly-baked delights. 2423 Katy Freeway, opens at 6:30 a.m.

Bubbly Dinner at Ouisie's

Head over to Ouisie's Table for an international tour of sparkling wines, plus a sumptuous five-course meal with smoked salmon zucchini wraps, smoked duck breast and poached pear with cream. The wines will include champagne and other sparkling wines from Italy, California and France; this is an unusual offering for a wine dinner, so don't miss it! For reservations, call 713-528-2264. 3939 San Felipe, 6:30 p.m. $75 per person, $140 per couple

Beer and Cheese Pairing at D&T

Craft beer legend Dogfish Head meets Houston Dairymaids cheese in this incredible tasting event at D&T Drive Inn. There is a beer-only appetizer course, plus four beer-and-cheese courses. Attendees will enjoy classics like Namaste, Dogfish Head's orange wit, plus more unusual offerings, like Sixty-One, the 60-minute IPA with syrah grape must. The cheeses include a cave-aged blue and goat's milke cheese blended with honey, pepper and thyme. Check out Eventbrite for reservations. 1307 Enid, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 31

Hands-On Tours at Four Seasons

Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese and his team will lead one last 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, August 1

Restaurant Weeks Kick-Off

Across Houston, fine dining establishments will begin to celebrate Houston Restaurant Weeks, a benefit event for the Houston Food Bank that features special menus, happy stomachs and happy consciences. You can find prix fixe specials at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, including two varieties of enchilada flights with four kinds of miniature enchiladas for lunch. Laurenzo's, 4412 Washington, will boast a fajita burger for lunch and salmon salmoriglio for dinner, amongst other courses on its prix fixe menus. Tony Mandola's, 1212 Waugh, is also offering specials, although these will benefit The Houston Area Women's Center; they iinclude rainbow trout almondine, mezzaluna and snapper Bernadette. Another restaurant participating is Amalfi, 6100 Westheimer, which is offering Parma proscuitto with figs and balsamic, Berkshire pork tenderloin medallions with black truffles, homemade red snapper ravioli and more. Check out Houston Restaurant Weeks across the city from now until September 7.

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