Upcoming Houston Food Events: A Reverse Beer Dinner With Kevin & Chris

The flavors of summer in France have arrived on a new menu at Genevieve Guy’s popular west side French dining destination, Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial.The new menu debuts Monday, July 6 and features dishes such as Medaillon D’Agneau, tender-roasted cuts of lamb served with a house-made tomato sauce; Veau Marengo, a classic Provence summer dish with medallions of veal slowly cooked in rich wine sauce early seasonal mushrooms and herbs; an Heirloom tomato and soft goat cheese tart; and the amazing Tarte Chocolat et Basilic, a rich, dark chocolate tart infused with basil.

On Wednesday, July 8, you won’t want to miss the Reverse Beer Dinner at The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer. If you've ever been to one of HM's beer dinners, you know that beer guru Kevin Floyd usually chooses the beers and chef Chris Shepherd and team cook up the feast. Well this time, they’re switching it up. Shepherd will select the brews and Floyd will be behind the eats (they promise he's good). $75 will get you 5-7 courses with beer pairings and a sure to be good time. The dinner will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available for advance purchase, so reserve your spot now.

Great news! Monday, July 13 is National French Fry Day. To celebrate, Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, will remove everything else from its menu for a special French fry-athon from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Not only can you get a taste of Executive Chef Ryan Savoie's perfectly crunchy hand-cut frites, but Savoie is also planning a world-class spread of accompaniments, including chili, spicy cheese curds, guacamole, bacon bits, Million Island dressing, jalapeños, Santo Queso, garlic aioli and, of course, ketchup. Tickets to the event are $20, with beer and a commemorative mug included.

Also on Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m., Mike Criss and Bobby Heugel of the Nightingale Room, 308 Main, will be raising a glass for the Texas Launch of The Cocktail Chronicles, the new cocktail book by Imbibe Magazine Executive Editor and Author Paul Clarke. Clarke wrote the book as an enlightening field guide to the cocktail renaissance — a collection of approachable and easily replicable drinks that share a key role in the ongoing and thriving cocktail renaissance. The team from the Nightingale Room is creating a special menu with drinks featured in the book, and Paul will join them behind the bar, in addition to signing books.

To celebrate the annual ‘Summer Chef Series’, Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou, a Landry’s, Inc. Signature Group restaurant, will create the ultimate Pop Up Chef’s Dinner at 5226 Elm on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a five course menu paired with carefully-selected wines in an intimate and inviting setting. Indulge in dishes like grilled lobster with English pea puree, chicken fried egg on carbonara risotto, and 30-day dry-aged N.Y. Strip ($95 per person; $80 for Landry’s Select Club members).

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