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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Indulge in a Spanish Wine Dinner

Heading to a concert at the Toyota Center this summer? Quattro, 1300 Lamar, has introduced a new two-course Quattro Concert Dinner, available for $34 (plus tax and tip) on the nights of the big concerts. In addition to the two-course dinner – which includes choices such as hand-cut potato gnocchi with Fontina cheese sauce and a quail egg and Rebecca Creek braised short ribs with heirloom carrots – enjoy free parking (you can walk to the Toyota Center from the hotel) and a free glass of wine after the concert’s end. Reservations are required.

On Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m., Paul's Kitchen, 2502 Algerian, will be hosting a "Nose to Tail Dinner" with Blackhill Meats and Jem Beverage Co. The five-course specialty cocktail-paired dinner features dishes such as Cottechino Sausage & Beer Mustard, Pig Ear Crostini and Mesquite Smoked Pork Shank "Osso Bucco." There will also be a Pop-Up Butcher Shop and a live butchering demonstration raising money for the Native Texas Wildlife Conservation. Cost is $75 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call 713-360-2002 or visit them online.

Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, will be celebrating Bastille Day – the French National Day commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution – on Tuesday, July 14. The restaurant has created a special three-course menu featuring an array of dishes waving Blue, White and Red (the colors of the French flag), offered in addition to their regular menu. Among the colorful choices are heirloom tomato carpaccio with blue cheese, chateaubriand served with béarnaise sauce, and coq au vin in red wine sauce. Dessert brings the whole Bastille thing to a head with a bleu, blanc, and rouge tarte. The restaurant is also pairing the Bastille Day dishes with three wines from Houston’s French Country Wines. Purchase is optional.

When Cooking Channel’s “Carnival Eats” stopped by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo back in March, they scarfed down tamales and talked history at Berryhill Baja Grill’s giant midway booth. Since the show is finally airing on Thursday, July 16, Berryhill is throwing a watch party at its West University location, 5110 Buffalo Speedway. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant will be offering $4 margaritas, $1 spinach and corn tamales (featured on the show), and $2.50 Sunny Side Swine tacos, the July Taco of the Month which usually sells for $4.25.

Join Harwood Grill, 2300 Westheimer, for a Silver Oak Wine Dinner on Friday, July 17. HeartBrand Ranch’s Jordan Beeman will host a cocktail and appetizer gathering, which will be followed by a four-course meal featuring farm-to-table ingredients and Akaushi beef creations matched with four different Silver Oak vintages. Dishes include tarragon-marinated grilled giant prawns and pinot-braised osso buco with saffron-infused jasmine rice. The dinner is available for $150 per person. Credit card required upon confirmed reservation.

Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh, will be hosting a four-course Spanish Wine Dinner on Wednesday, July 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For $65 per person, indulge in a chopped Spanish salad, braised beef shanks with candied beets, seafood in saffron sauce, and Spanish-style flan, all paired with beautiful w ines, of course. For reservations, please 713-528-3474.

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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