The cool weather is finally on its way, and that means movie nights in Market Square Park will be gearing up once again. This month, look for a screening of Animal House presented by the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 30. The movie is free, while food and drinks (including beer, naturally) from Niko Niko's will be for sale all evening.
Next Friday, gear up for that cooler weather by tucking in to Saint Arnold's first ever Ale Dinner, hosted by the House of Blues. The dinner will feature four courses as well as appetizers, all of which will be paired with Saint Arnold beer. Two special beers will be on tap that night: Oktoberfest Ale and the limited-run Divine Reserve No. 10; the dinner is worth it for the latter beer alone. Tickets are $85 a person and can be purchased online.
And although the cooler weather teased us this morning, remember that summer isn't quite over -- at least not in Houston. You can celebrate the last of the season's heirloom tomatoes at Cru Wine Bar's ongoing Tomato Festival, which ends on Monday, September 5. Each Cru location is featuring a menu that showcases these summer gems, from a tomato and burrata BLT salad to a beef tenderloin and parmesan tart topped with heirloom slices.
The annual Polish Harvest Festival is coming up in mid-September, and although it's not as big as the Polish harvest festivals in cities like Chicago, it's still a fun time - and perhaps even better since it's more intimate, which means much shorter lines for the delicious food.
The festival will take place on the weekend of September 16 to the 18, running until 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights. And although it's held at Houston's largest Polish church - Our Lady of Czestochowa at 1731 Blalock (just down the street from Polonia) - that doesn't mean the beer and wodka won't be flowing.
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In addition to Polish favorites like pierogi, kielbasa and paczki, there will also be plenty of Texas barbecue on the pits; you can enjoy all of the food in the festival's biergarten (which isn't really Polish, but we're willing to let that one slide). Tickets are $3 and children get in for free. Na zdrowie!
Looking forward to October, you'll want to make your reservations now for the next Sweet & Savory dinner from Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant (and Houstonian) Rebecca Masson. The dinner will feature seven courses of sweet and savory dishes from Masson and a lineup of great chefs, including Ryan Pera, Jason Gould and Chris Leung. It starts at 4 p.m. on October 16 at Ralph Smith Photography Studio, and tickets are on sale now. To get them, make a $75 donation to Lucky Dog Rescue http://www.luckyrescue.org/ - the dinner goes to benefit the shelter and help foster adoptions for deserving dogs.