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Seven courses, wine pairings and even a pre-dinner reception: Think you can work your way through this menu? Considering that each course will be prepared by a different chef from a different upscale Houston restaurant, you'll want to consider saving up now for the $150 a person All Chefs Dinner Series Finale on August 17. Starting at 7 p.m. at Vic & Anthony's, seven of the Landry's group's flagship restaurants -- including Grotto, Brenner's and La Griglia -- will keep the dishes coming throughout the night, and they guarantee you won't go home hungry. Call 713-228-1111 now to reserve your spot.

On August 21, head out to Block 7 Wine Co. to help them celebrate their first anniversary in style. They'll even have a magnum of 2002 Cristal on hand -- as well as items like gift cards and bottles of wine -- to raffle off throughout the afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. and running through 4 p.m. But there's more to the party than just a raffle; Block 7 will be opening 60 to 80 brand-new bottles of wine for an afternoon-long Market Tasting and will be offering an array of tasty bites to snack on, as well. Tickets are $25 with purchase of a raffle ticket or $35 at the door.

Looking to catch up with the gal pals? Gravitas is still hosting its weekly "Chick Flick Nights" throughout August and September, with films like The Devil Wears Prada on August 23 and Sixteen Candles on September 20. A three-course dinner, cocktail and movie screening only costs $35, and let's face it: You'd probably spend that much at the movies for just an Icee and popcorn. Call ahead at 713-522-0995 to make reservations, as the Chick Flick Nights always sell out fast.

Don't forget: This coming week marks the last week of Houston Restaurant Week (they're going to need to change the name to "Houston Restaurant Month" at the rate it's going, though). If you haven't indulged in the lunch and dining deals yet, head out now to support the Houston Food Bank and enjoy a cheap and cheerful meal at some of the city's best restaurants.

HRW isn't the only way to eat up and support your local charities, though. Beaver's is hosting DiverseWorks on August 19 from 5 to 10 p.m. Ten percent of the proceeds from a selection of cocktails and appetizers will go to support the non-profits arts organization, so head out for a happy hour that supports one of Houston's happiest organizations.

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