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Upcoming Events: Take Your Pick of Avocado, Snails and Beer

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Fed up with Cinco de Mayo? Just want to do something different from the rest of the crowd this weekend?

Then head out to the 6th annual Polish Festival this weekend. The two-day festival will take place at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church (1731 Blalock Drive) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. In addition to plenty of Polish food like pierogie, golabki, bigos and kielbasa, there will also be ice-cold Tyskie in the beer garden. Parking is free and admission is only $3.

Tomorrow is also the last day to celebrate La Fisheria's weeklong Avocado Festival, for which chef Aquiles Chavez has incorporated the fruit into dishes like an avocado gazpacho with bell peppers and shrimp.

Later this month, Bistro Provence will be celebrating another ingredient by putting it to work throughout its menu: snails. May 24 is National Escargot Day and the restaurant -- which also runs the new L'es-Car-Go food truck -- will feature an escargot-heavy menu that day. Look for specials such as escargots en brochette (oven-roasted escargots and bacon brochette), risotto d'escargots, rôti de boeuf aux escargots et échalotes (garlic-studded beef filet with sautéed escargots and shallots) and the Bistro's popular Pizza Nonni (snail pizza).

And next week, BRC Gastropub will be hosting a four-course beer dinner featuring Saint Arnold beers and founder Brock Wagner on Tuesday, May 15. The dinner from chef Lance Fegen costs $65 a person (not including tax and tip) and includes:

Course 1: Summer Pils with PEI mussels, spring onions, Tasso ham, blistered tomatoes and butter

Course 2: Brown Ale with backyard barbecued chicken thighs, thick and sweet sauce, and avocado-blue cheese slaw

Course 3: Endeavour Double IPA with mustard-roasted rack of Berkshire pork, smashed-griddled new potatoes and roasted black grape-cream jus

Course 4: Divine Reserve #10 (Barley Wine) with gingered Texas black-blue berry crisp and vanilla ice cream

Call 713-861-2233 to reserve your spot.


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