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It's been a long time coming, but Americas on Post Oak Boulevard is finally closing after 20 years. And while it will indeed be sad to lose its iconic dining room -- which I've always fondly thought of as "Dr. Seuss on acid" -- the restaurant is treating this like anything but a funerary event.

Instead, Americas will be celebrating this last chapter in its storied 18-year history by hosting a "Last Supper" series starting on July 25 and running through August 20, its last day in business. The five-course meal will also be paired with wines from Cousiño Macul in Chile and costs $65 a person. Reservations can be made online or by calling 713-961-1492.

And while I don't typically include quotes from press releases in our posts, I found this quote from Michael Cordúa, who more or less introduced upscale Latin American cuisine to our country, a very fitting tribute to the restaurant that blazed trails when it first opened in 1993:

"As I look back over 18 years since what I like to refer to as 'the' discovery of the Americas, a quote from a favorite Latin poet, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comes to mind - What matters most in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it," says Michael Cordúa. "What I remember is a dream that became a vision - a vision that became an audacious expression both culinarily and in its design. My Americas! With humble disbelief, gratitude and a heart bursting with pride I will close this chapter, hoping for another journey. Remember one thing- you can't eat hope; you can't eat it but it sustains you. Here is to you and my love of unending sustenance."


Earlier this week, you may have heard the awful news that Bernie's Burger Bus closed "indefinitely" following the shooting death of one of its employees, Daniel Pacheco. Owner Justin Turner has banded together with his peers in support of Pacheco's family and is holding a benefit tonight at 6 p.m. at The Boneyard. In addition to Bernie's, other food vendors like Phamily Bites, Oh My! Pocket Pies, Cut and Fry, Frosted Betty Bakeshop and Fluff Bake Bar will be on hand tonight. And part of all sales will go to a funeral fund for Pacheco's family, so come out and show your support for Houston's mobile food community.

Also tonight will be the second Mixers & Elixers event of the summer season at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Food trucks will also be appearing at HMNS, including It's A Wrap, The Rolling Hunger, No Borders and Snow Dog Ice Cream. Mixers & Elixers runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and costs $15 for non-members or $10 for HMNS members. And remember: This is the last year for Mixers & Elixers, so enjoy the series while you still can.

Coming up later this month will be the second Food Truck Friday crawl, taking place July 22. Tickets are on sale now for $30 a piece, which includes food from each truck on the crawl and happy hour specials at the final landing spot (which, of course, is a trusty watering hole on Washington Avenue).

We aren't the only people in the world to enjoy crawfish, as you might imagine. But you've probably never had crawfish the Swedish way: cold and covered with dill. IKEA is hosting a traditional Kräftskiva (crawfish party) on August 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. where it will be boiling bugs the Swedish way and serving them alongside other treats like meatballs with lingonberries, hardboiled eggs with mayonnaise and shrimp, crispbread, cucumber salad and assorted Swedish desserts. The family-style feast costs only $9.99 a person ($2.49 for children) so mark your calendars for this once-a-year event now.

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Katharine Shilcutt