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Justin Basye, Peter Jahnke and their bunch of wild young hearts chefs were the talk of the week, as their new pop-up dinner series was announced this past Monday. Les Sauvages (translation: the savages, or the wild ones) is a series of pop-up dinners not unlike the recent Pilot Light series from Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner in that each evening's service is selling out very quickly. However, this series has at least nine dinners planned -- and possibly more -- with some of Houston's (and Austin's!) best chefs. Check out the entire lineup, then hurry and jump on those tickets while you still can.

But Les Sauvages isn't the only collaborative dinner game in town right now. Read on for more, including upcoming dinners at The Barbed Rose and Quattro.

Tomorrow afternoon, check out the first Green Arts Fest at Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 South Jensen) from 1 to 7 p.m. Described as "a day full of visual and performance artists expressing their art in ways that are environmentally conscious," the festival also plans to have a small food presence, too. H-Town StrEATs will be out in their food truck, and plenty of popsicles will be on hand to keep kids (and adults) sweat-free and sugared-up.

If the Happy Hour Scene today on the Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen got you going, then this next event is right up your alley: a craft beer dinner on July 12 (that's this coming Tuesday) for $55 a person. The dinner will get you beer, obviously, but also four courses of British-Indian fusion food. And two of the six beers poured will be from Jester King. Call 713-533-0022 for reservations.

That same evening, The Barbed Rose in Alvin will be hosting a feast fit for the Lone Star State with its Go Texan dinner. Six chefs will be serving six courses, and these aren't just any chefs or any courses: Check out Ronnie Killen from Killen's Steakhouse, Greg Lowry from Voice and The Barbed Rose's own Jason Chaney, among others. And the courses will also include local wine and liquor pairings as well as local chocolate from Chocolate d'Arte. The dinner is $99 a person, but 25 percent of that cost goes to the STAR Fund to benefit victims of the Texas wildfires.

Coming up next Thursday, July 14, it's not too late to purchase a seat for the Dialogues 2011 dinner at the Jewish Community Center on 5601 South Braeswood. Speaking at the dinner will be Teresa Byrne-Dodge, editor of My Table Magazine, and Brock Wagner, founder of the Saint Arnold brewery. Both of their respective tables are sold out, but there will be plenty of other stimulating conversations that evening to make it worth your while.

And next Saturday, July 16, make a date at Quattro in the Four Seasons as Chef Maurizio Ferrarese teams up with Jamie Zelko of Zelko Bistro for the latest round of the restaurant's Guest Chef Summer Series. The collaborative dinner will feature four courses for $65 a person, and wine pairings are also available for an additional cost. Call 713-276-4700 to make reservations.

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