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Despite the fact that it's now officially hot enough outside to melt Joan River's face, there is no end to the food events. We Houstonians are a hearty bunch, humidity be damned.

Dine Out For The Gulf Coast is running through tomorrow night, part of a nationwide effort to gather donations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. Participating restaurants are contributing a portion of their proceeds from these nights although, disappointingly, only four restaurants in the entire city are participating. A real shame, considering how close we are to the tragedy and how many of our friends and loved ones are affected by the disaster.

Wine & Food Week, the annual wine-intensive event held in The Woodlands, is kicking off this coming Monday, June 14. A full list of events and wine tastings can be found on their website although some of the more popular ones are already sold out. The festivities run through Sunday, June 20.

The week after next, Yelp Eats will run from June 21 through June 27. Similar to Houston Restaurant Week, the week-long event will feature some of Houston's best restaurants -- nearly 20 at last count -- which will offer $25 prix-fixe menus for diners to come and experience a restaurant they might normally discount as too expensive. Unlike Houston Restaurant Week, however, there is no charitable component to the event, unless you consider stuffing your face charity.

Wish you were on a beach on the Mayan Riviera but can't pony up for a plane ticket? Head over to Yelapa Playa Mexicana every Wednesday for the restaurant's "Mexico-on-the-Beach" patio parties. The all-evening happy hour event features specials like $2 tacos and cans of Tecate and Modelo, $4 margaritas and sangria and $5 campechanas. Bonus: Get a free hug from Chef Wiley and G.M. Brett Story if you come in with your flip-flops on. The fiesta starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until closing time.

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