Upcoming Houston Food Events: A Brunch Showdown & the Return of a Summer Favorite

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Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary events:

It's soft shell Gulf Blue Crab time at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh, which is serving soft shell crabs topped with blackened jumbo shrimp, bay scallops, oysters and jumbo lump crab meat in a brown butter sauce, or with jumbo shrimp, artichokes hearts in a garlic lemon butter sauce. Cost is $46, plus tax and gratuity. The season is short and supply is limited, so order your soft shell crabs when you make your reservation.

Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, kicked off “Beer Fest” earlier this week, and it’s running through Tuesday, June 28. From ciders and sours to pale ales and pilsners, guests are invited to pour over hundreds of brews, including some of Central Market beer experts’ local, home-grown and international favorites. Discover new beers that pair with delicious foods as you visit with brewmasters and pairing experts. They’ll also be featuring Provolone Picante—an exclusive cheese shoppers won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

MAX’s Wine Dive, known for its chef-driven spins on Southern comfort food, is bringing its unique brand of brunch to The Tasting Room-Uptown Park, 1101 Uptown Park, for a summer long pop-up. The summer series titled, “Choose Your Squad”, will ask TTR-Uptown Park guests to choose from a customized menu that pits popular brunch selections from MAX’s against new selections from The Tasting Room. Get Max's Wine Dive favorites like the Famous Southern Fried Chicken and Red Velvet Pancakes alongside new The Tasting Room brunch items like Sweet + Spicy Fried Chicken, made with Thai-basil marinated chicken, a spicy pineapple glaze, curry fries and coconut yogurt dipping sauce. Guests will be encouraged to Instagram photos of their favorites using either the #TTRBRUNCHSQUAD or #MWDBRUNCHSQUAD to show their brunch allegiance.

Every Wednesday from June 22 through August 31, the fan favorite summer series Sundown at The Grove will be taking place from to 8 p.m. Each Sundown event—held at The Grove’s treehouse, 1611 Lamar, overlooking the beautiful Discovery Green—will offer skillfully-selected craft beer flights of four, 4-ounce pours from the best craft beers from Texas and around the country, complemented by skillfully-paired bites from The Grove’s chefs. On June 22, the lineup features pours from classic Houston brewery Saint Arnold. Tickets cost $22.75 and can be purchased online.

On Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m, enjoy The Flares of Lombardy Wine Dinner at Bramble, 2231 South Voss. Hosted by Beviamo International and presented by award-winning chef, restaurateur and sommelier Aldo Steccanella, the five-course meal will include pairings from Ca'Maiol/Provenza Winery, located in the Lombardia region of Italy. Highlights include smoked white seafood boudin blanc and whole-roasted fish served family style. Cost is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 832-819-0322.  
Spain’s nightlife is coming to Houston. Buckle up as Licor 43, the best-selling Spanish liqueur in the world, invites you to “La Marcha 43,” a unique, immersive experience designed to bring the best of Spain’s internationally-renowned culture and nightlife to Houston. The event will take over Batanga, 908 Congress, on Thursday, June 23 for an unforgettable night of entertainment, drinks, music, giveaways and food. Starting at 8 p.m., the event is free and open to the public for guests 21+. RSVP at LaMarcha43.com to secure your spot. They remind everyone to "Always Drink Responsibly." 

Harold's Tap Room, 350 W. 19th, will be hosting its first Tap Room Dinner on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. The special meal will include passed appetizers with five courses and guests have the choice of either a house-made infused cocktail, beer or wine pairing from the Tap Room. Chef Antoine Ware has created a scrumptious menu, featuring crispy chicken livers with peach jelly; Blue crab and corn vodka pudding with truffle salad; Barry Farm lamb-stuffed rigatoni with mint and brandy cream; 44 Farms beef with bone marrow broth and Udon noodles; and an All We Need Farm Honey Goat Milk gelato cream sundae with chocolate bourbon sauce. Tickets cost $65 plus tax and gratuity and seating is limited to 20 seats. Reservations can be made by calling 713-360-6204 or emailing alli@haroldsheights.com.

If you haven't found the perfect gift for Dad this year, Revival Market, 550 Heights, will be hosting a Hog Butchery Demo & Dinner on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. Head Butcher and Charcutier Andrew Vaserfirer and Revival co-owner Morgan Weber will be giving an overview of European and American fundamentals of hog butchery, a showing of seam butchery and a great way to learn how to break down a whole pig into smaller cuts. A fine chef's choice dinner will be served mid-way, and as always, they'll send participants home with some goodies. BYOB is encouraged. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased at Revival Market or by emailing info@revivalmarket.com.

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