Upcoming Events: Foodie Floats and a Month of Martinis

Tonight, the Houston Museum of Natural Science continues with its summer Mixers & Elixers series, the last year that the museum will be sponsoring these Friday night mixers -- so enjoy them while you can. Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin will be playing in the Planetarium, and four food trucks will be on hand to keep you fat and happy: H-Town StrEATs, Snowdog Ice Cream, It's A Wrap Truck and No Borders.

In case you needed another reason to drink (and who doesn't?), Samba Grille has launched a month of martinis throughout the rest of August. Through August 31, the South American steakhouse will be offering $1 martinis every day from 4:30 p.m. to close. No catches, no happy hour deals -- just good, cheap martinis in a variety of flavors: pineapple fusion, cucumber basil, ginger whiskey and watermelon basil. Although none of them are your standard gin martini with an olive, all sound pretty good on a summer day.

Drinks and dinner at The Queen Vic Pub will collide once again in another of the pub's popular beer dinners. This one will take place on Tuesday, September 13, at 7 p.m. No word yet on what will be on this four-course menu, but if the last beer dinner menu is any indication (fried oysters, tandoori barbecue, Texas quail and more), this one is sure to be delicious too. Call 713-533-0022 for more information and reservations.

In a little over a month, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership will be the hosting the first of its fall Foodie Floats. The sunset float will take place on Thursday, September 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., featuring picnic foods from newly-opened Cafe Luz and its team of chefs from Kitchen Incubator. You can expect local charcuterie, pickled seasonal vegetables and mini-pies as well as ginger beer and regional wines for your mini-voyage down the bayou. The cost is $50 per person; call Trudi Smith at 713-752-0314, extension 3, to reserve your spot -- and hurry, because these tickets always go fast.

Later that month, Brennan's will be hosting the James Beard Foundation in its storied dining room for the ongoing James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. September 29 will see chefs from each of the Commander's Palace restaurants coming together at Brennan's for a six-course extravaganza of a meal. Chefs Tory McPhail of Commanders Palace, Chris Lusk of Café Adelaide, Rolando Soza of Bistro Alex and Danny Trace of Brennan's of Houston will all be on hand that night, with wine pairings provided by Brennan's sommelier Jason Sherman. Tickets are $150 a person, with proceeds going to benefit the the James Beard Foundation's educational programs. Reserve your spot now by calling Jeff Black at 720-201-1853.

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