In preparation for fall deliveries, August is cleaning out time at French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett. Every Saturday this month, the winery will be sampling one-of-a-kind wines from small, family-run vineyards in France from noon to 6 p.m. As with most wines French Country Wines sells, these last-in-stock bottles are not available at any other retail outlet in the country. And when they are gone, they are gone. Check their website to see what wines will be available and what wines will be tasted that week.
Thanks to Texas-based importing company, Heavy Metl Imports, two rare mezcal makers will be making their Houston debut at a tasting on Monday, August 3 at The Pastry War, 310 Main. Head there from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to get a taste of Real Minero, which is distilled uniquely in clay pots by the same family since 1898, and Rey Campero, famous for its wild agave varietals. All Real Minero and Rey Campero mezcals will be sold at cost, extending Anvil Bar & Refuge’s popular Break Even Bottle program to The Pastry War. All other mezcals on the back bar will be half-off for Mezcal Monday.
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On Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m., Executive Chef Martin Valerio at The Bird & The Bear, 2810 Westheimer, will be offering some of the best tastes of summer at a five-course pairing dinner featuring beer cocktails. Using only Texas beers, the restaurant will present drinks like “The Love Street Peach” – made with Karbach Love Street Kolsch style blonde beer, Dripping Springs Texas Orange Vodka, peach schnapps and sweetened lime juice. Every beer cocktail will be paired to one of Chef Valerio’s dishes, including smoked cheddar and beer soup with bacon and chives; and pretzel crusted Berkshire pork chop with beer braised red cabbage. The price is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. For information, call 713-528-2473 or visit thebirdandthebearbistro.com.
On Thursday, August 6, Bernie’s Burger Bus chef Justin Turner will be bringing his culinary stylings to a late-night pop-up dinner at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam, as part of their biweekly series. Enjoy what is sure to be a tasty experience...and don’t forget your duet partner. Menu coming soon.
Enjoy “A Summer Dinner in the South (of France)” at Charivari Restaurant, 2521 Bagby, on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton will pair Chef Johann Schuster’s Provence-inspired menu with wines from the south of France. Rather than the usual Champagne, guests will start with a sparkling Kir Violette and move on to and through a range of the brighter, fresher flavors that are the signature of this intriguing part of the world. Menu highlights include Bouillabaisse Marseillaise, Roasted Leg of Lamb al Provencal with Ratatouille, and Cherry Clafoutis. The unique dinner will cost $130 per person (including a 5 percent discount for cash or check) or $136.84 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, reply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Susan 713-854-7855.
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh, is hosting a Karbach Beer & Bites patio tasting on Saturday, August 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy four tasting stations, including pairings like Lobster Sliders with Love Street and BBQ Brisket with Hopadillo IPA. Cost is $35 per person. For more information or reservations, call 713-528-3474, or visit TonyMandolas.com.