The cognac-spiked shrimp and grits at Brennan's is just one of the entrées you can choose from the restaurant's $99 Wine & Dine for two.
The cognac-spiked shrimp and grits at Brennan's is just one of the entrées you can choose from the restaurant's $99 Wine & Dine for two.
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Upcoming Houston Food Events: A Saint Arnold and Original Ninfa's Meeting of the Minds

Cuchara, 214 Fairview, is honoring the main axis of its culture, The Aztecs, with a “15 Days of the Aztecs” event, which started September 1 and runs through Tuesday, September 15. Each night will feature different Aztec-inspired food or drink specials, with the entire celebration culminating in Cuchara’s Third Anniversary Party on Tuesday, September 15 (starting at 5 p.m.). Follow the restaurant on Facebook for details. 

To bring awareness to the important issue of hunger, the Houston Food Bank and hunger relief agencies across the country have designated September as Hunger Action Month. Monthlong events include the SNAP Challenge, in which you test yourself to see if you can live on $4 a day for food (our own Phaedra Cook has signed up), and the “Hunger Bites. Bite Back.” Photo Campaign on the Houston Food Bank website and social media. The month ends with SOS Taste of the Nation Houston on Tuesday, September 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. At The Corinthian, 202 Fannin, more than 40 of Houston's hottest chefs and mixologists will donate their time, talent and passion with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger in America. In addition to delicious food, fine wines, local craft beers and premium spirits, guests will also enjoy a premium silent auction and the opportunity to network with the region's tastemakers and trendsetters. General admission ($125) and VIP ($200) tickets are available for purchase.

During the entire month of September, Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith, will be offering a $99 Wine and Dine dinner for two. The daily three-course prix-fixe menu features a choice of salad or soup du jour; an entrée choice of blue crab cakes, filet mignon Tchoupitoulas, and shrimp and grits; and dessert of bananas Foster or creole bread pudding – plus a bottle of wine for $99 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended; mention $99 Wine and Dine when reserving. Additionally, the restaurant’s family-style Big Easy Dinners ($45/person plus tax and gratuity) will return for three iterations on Thursday, September 10; Wednesday, September 30; and Wednesday, October 7. The dinners feature a family-style meal of Southern fried chicken, with a spread of side dishes ranging from corn and okra maque choux to bacon braised collard greens, plus lemon meringue pie for dessert. Reservations are required; four-guest minimum, 12-guest maximum.

On Friday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m., join Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 5839 Westheimer, for a Tasting of Wines from the Rhône Valley. From Côte-Rôtie in the north to Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the south and everything in between, Pappas Bros. will showcase the Rhône's incredible diversity of styles and grapes. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and other Rhône varieties are a natural pairing for steakhouse fare, and guests will get a chance to sample the classics and discover new favorites. Cost is $95 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-780-7352 for reservations.

On Monday, September 14, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, 2704 Navigation, will be hosting a Saint Arnold Beer Dinner. Chef Alex Padilla’s special menu features dishes such as Santo-battered Texas redfish and mole-rubbed rib eye, all paired with rare Saint Arnold beers. Price is $65 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For reservations, contact Lawton Driscoll at 281-253-0243 or ldriscoll@ninfas.com. A credit card number is required to reserve a seat.  

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