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Upcoming Events: 91-Cent Original Coneys at JCI Grill

Planted: Houston will host a Traveling Speakeasy series to fund the project of developing a network of urban farms in Houston on Monday, August 18 at Beaver's Icehouse. Each Monday night a bar will host a "Traveling Speakeasy" where customers can sip on special drinks only offered that night; half of the proceeds will benefit Planted: Houston. During this upcoming speakeasy night from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m., there will be three special cocktails featuring lemon balm, lavender and lemon thyme. Each of these cocktails will cost $5. Beer drinkers can enjoy a $5 pint of Buffalo Bayou beer.

Ninety-one-cent coneys return to James Coney Island and JCI Grills on Thursday, August 21. All day, you can enjoy an Original Coney topped with mustard, chili and onions for 91 cents. If that's not enough on your dog, you can make it a Cheese Coney, but it'll cost you 30 more cents. This special is only offered on the third Thursday of the month, so if you've got a hot dog craving, get yourself to any JCI Grill for an Original Coney next week - you only need to bring a dollar!

On Thursday, August 21, Kiran's will serve a Champagne Dinner featuring five of the world's best champagnes hosted by Hugo Chambon Rothlisberger, corporate champagne specialist with Moet Hennessy. The meal begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception of Moet Chandon Imperial paired with passed hors d'oeuvres, shots of warm vichyssoise with caviar, and lobster bisque with truffles, as well as Oysters Rockefeller. The first course features a salad with quail tossed with champagne, raspberry and hazelnut vinaigrette; each guest will be served a glass of Dom Perignon champagne. Next, sip on a glass of Ruinart Rosé paired with sockeye salmon topped with a cranberry and kumquat chutney, and served with a potato and broccoli cake filled with paneer and mozzarella cheeses. Guests will then cleanse their palates with a Sabayon and Moet Champagne Rosé Granita.

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The third course features a glass of Krug Grand Cuvee along with a plate of lobster tail and duck breast served with fava beans, artichokes and chanterelle mushrooms. Pair a saffron crème brulee, fruit tart, cheeses or dark chocolate truffles with a glass of Vueve Clicquot Demi Sec for dessert. This entire champagne dinner costs $225 per person.

National Dog Day is August 26, but Three Brothers Bakery will be celebrating for the entire month of August. There's something for you and your pooch at all three locations. As you munch on a paw-shaped decorated cookie, your doggie can snack on a treat specially made for them. A portion of the sales from the dog-themed cookies will benefit Friends For Life, so you're not just making your pup happy. Make sure to visit any bakery location during the last week of August, too -- 100 percent of the cookie sales will go straight to Friends For Life. Customers will also have a chance to adopt a pet during the mobile adoption event with Friends For Life on August 30 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Don't forget that the patio at the Washington location is dog-friendly!

Make reservations for the August Wine Dinner at Tony Mandola's on Wednesday, August 27, at 7 p.m. for $85 per person. The first course features an Italian ceviche including shrimp, squid, ahi tuna, grilled snapper, avocado, sweet peppers, tomato and cucumber soaked in a lime strawberry marinade. This course is paired with Gustave Laurentz Pinot Rosé from Alsace, France. Next, dive into a second course of seared Alaskan King salmon paired with Brella Pinot Noir from Oregon. Guests will then be served a glass of Byron Pinot Noir from Santa Maria, California, with the final savory course of herb-infused lamb loin, along with a summer risotto tossed with Bay shrimp, chorizo, summer vegetables and three cheeses with fried leeks. Dessert features a glass of Taylor Fladgate 10 yr. Tawny Port with caramel-topped crepes stuffed with custard, toffee, cinnamon and vanilla.

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