Upcoming Houston Food Events: Hot Summer Specials

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

During the entire month of July, every day when the temperature is 95 degrees or hotter, Harold's Restaurant, Bar and Terrace, 350 West 19th, will offer a "Hot Houston Lunch Special" for $13. The special features lunch appetizer and entrée combos like hush puppies with cornmeal-crusted catfish (normally priced at $18).

Beginning Monday, July 18 and ending Wednesday, October 5, SaltAir Seafood Kitchen, 3029 Kirby, has created a 12-week chef series that will allow guests to travel the world without leaving the city. The menus will range from odes to chef Brandon Soverall’s home in Trinidad and chef Will Ducante’s Filipino culture to inspiration chef Brandi Key gained from her time in San Francisco, with dishes dedicated to Chez Panisse by Alice Waters, Gary Danko, Boulevard, Zuni Cafe and Tartine. The tasting menus are $50 per person with a beverage pairing at additional cost; and will be served on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the designated week. For reservations (highly recommended) call 713-521-3333.

Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer, will be hosting a four-course 8th Wonder Brewery Veracruz Dinner on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Get a taste of Veracruz through dishes such as blue crab soup with masa dumplings paired with “Pharmhouse,” an agave saison; and roast pork loin with peanut sauce alongside “Alternate Universe,” a German-style altbier. The dinner is $70 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Call 713-524-7744 for reservations.

Springbok, 711 Main, will be offering a family-style anniversary menu from Monday, July 18 through Sunday, July 24. Highlights include a Bushman's Platter with chicken peri peri, "bunny chow" and hangar steak accompanied by a variety of chutneys and South African dessert favorites malva pudding and a milktart platter. The cost is $29 per person with a two-person minimum. The special is available during dinner service only.

Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge, 7070 Allensby, will be hosting a special wine dinner with Master Sommelier Guy Stout on Thursday, July 21. It begins with a three-course wine and appetizer reception at 6:30 p.m., and a four-course, wine-paired dinner follows at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 713-358-5079.  

Both Houston locations of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 5839 Westheimer and 1200 McKinney, are celebrating National Wine & Cheese Day beginning Monday, July 25 and running all week long through Sunday, July 31. Sommeliers Bill Elsey and Steven McDonald have each selected an excellent bottle of wine from their expansive wine lists and paired it with a delectable artisan cheese. At the Galleria location, get Paski Sir from Croatia paired with an off-dry German Riesling; and at the downtown location, enjoy Pure Luck Goat Cheese from Dripping Springs, Texas, with Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Rouge 2014.

The usually Southern-inspired Lucille’s, 5512 La Branch, will be hosting another Italian wine dinner on Wednesday, July 27 (the first was in June). This time, the focus is on house-made pastas, with pairings provided by Vino Vero. Cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-568-2505 for reservations and more information.

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