Upcoming Events: Corn Tamales Are Now at Hugo's

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Hugo's now has corn tamales, but it's only for the month of September. Chef Hugo Ortega is using fresh corn from Mexico, where it is harvested every year, to make these traditional tamales. Each order is made with masa, rajas (sliced poblano peppers), queso fresco, crema and tomatillo salsa and costs $9. These corn tamales will be gone as soon as October 1 arrives.

Your last chance to get a 91-cent Original Coney at James Coney Island and JCI Grills will be Thursday, September 18, as it is the last offering during the 91st anniversary of the Houston hot dog establishment. Get your Original Coney topped with mustard, chili and onions all day at any location in Houston; you can even upgrade to a Cheese Coney for 30 cents more if you so please. Next year, the coney special will be 92 cents due to it being the 92nd anniversary.

Purchase your tickets to the Sweet Sarriette Pop-Up Collaboration Dinner on Sunday, September 21, at Paulie's featuring four Houston pastry chefs: Andrew Musico, formerly of Oxheart and Tiny's, Christina Au, formerly of Pass & Provisions and Cloud 10 Creamery, Johnny Wesley, formerly of Killen's Steakhouse and Landmark Hospitality, and Samantha Mendoza, currently at Triniti. The pop-up dinner includes an eight-course menu with six wine pairings (there is an option for non-alcoholic pairings) from Felipe Riccio of Camerata. Tickets cost $130 per person, and there are two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. The courses will feature traditional pastry items with a savory twist, such as savory ice cream, tarts, macarons, breads and even rice krispy treats. Tickets must be purchased by Saturday, September 20.

Julep is celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month during September, and on Tuesday, September 23, Alba Huerta, owner of Julep, will hold a tasting of Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23yr. The month also includes daily staff whiskey picks and eight new bourbon cocktails. Tickets to the tastingcost $70 and include a 1.5-ounce pour plus oysters. Purchase your tickets at Julep.

On Wednesday, September 24, Ouisie's Table will host a wine-pairing dinner featuring two Napa Valley wineries, PlumpJack Winery and Cade Winery. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes seven wines from the two wineries. For the first course, guests will enjoy Bubbles by Schramsberg paired with a selection of appetizers, including ahi tuna on taro root chips, caviar with wasabi sauce, and Kobe beef tenderloin crostini. Next, Ouisie's Table will serve warm duck breast salad with PlumpJack Chardonnay. The third course features a pan-seared Wahoo filet with soy-orange beurre blanc and a warm chickpea salad paired with Cade Sauvignon Blanc, followed by foie gras and bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese and candied pecans with toasted brioche paired with PlumpJack Syrah. The final savory course includes a braised buffalo tenderloin tagine with caramelized apricots, prunes and sesame seeds, paired with Cade Cabernet and PlumpJack Cabernet. Choose a creamy caramel mousse on top of moist chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache or a raspberry tartlet with mango ice sorbet, each paired with Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port. Tickets for this dinner cost $125 per person.

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