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Upcoming Events: Six Texas Spirits and Six Courses of Dessert

Did you know that it's National Ice Cream Month? You can celebrate by buying yourself a scoop at one of our 10 favorite ice cream shops, or you can let Prince's Hamburgers buy the ice cream for you. Prince's wants its guests to chill out this month, and will be offering complimentary ice cream floats, hand-dipped malts, milkshakes or ice-cold drinks when diners purchase a Classic Burger Platter.

These platters include options such as classics like The Bopper (a bacon cheeseburger with the works) for $6.99, The Lone Star (hickory sauce, grilled onions, cheddar cheese and bacon) for $7.29 and The King's Favorite (with chili, grilled onions and cheddar cheese) for $7.39. All of the Classic Burger Platters come with fries and -- of course -- your choice of free cold treat, throughout July.

Also throughout July, enjoy Emilia-Romagna classics at another of Houston's best Italian restaurants, Giacomo's Cibo e Vino. Chef/owner Lynette Hawkins has added limited-time dishes to her menu that feature three of the most iconic products from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy: Aceto Balsamico, Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano.

Dishes include Piadina, flatbread stuffed with Prosciutto di Parma, mascarpone, Parmigiano Reggiano, arugula and drizzled with balsamic vinegar; Spuma di Mortadella, mousse of mortadella, cream and pistachios served with grilled baguette slices; and Tagliatelle al Prosciutto di Parma, homemade pasta ribbons in cream-and-butter sauce with Parmigiano Reggiano, enriched with egg yolk and Prosciutto di Parma.

If you've never tried Chef Cunninghame West's cuisine at Valentino, now's the perfect time to check it out: West is partnering with six Texas liquor companies to create a tasting-and-tapas menu that will feature his food alongside cocktails created with the following spirits:

  • Rebecca Creek Whiskey
  • Enchanted Rock Vodka
  • Republic Tequila
  • Treaty Oak Rum
  • Waterloo Gin
  • Cinco Vodka

The Summertime Spirits Dinner event will take place on Wednesday, July 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $45 a person, which buys you all the food and adult beverages you'll need for the night. Call 713-850-9200 to reserve your spot.

Lastly, if you want to sate your sweet tooth, head to Kata Robata on July 22 for The Last Course. The meal will feature only one savory course but will have six dessert courses from pastry chef Chris Leung. The cost of the meal is $50 a person, with an additional $20 for beverage pairings if you so desire. Call 713-526-8858 to book a spot.

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