Top 11 Food & Drink Events in Houston: August 2017

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Sure, August is Houston’s hottest month, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. This month’s hottest culinary happenings just may convince you to brave the summer heat.

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For starters, one of the most anticipated events of the summer, Houston Restaurant Weeks, is bringing the taste (and the charity) all month long. It’s the perfect excuse to try out that restaurant you’ve always been meaning to go to, but that’s not the only reason to get out of the house. Check out the pop-ups, boozy parties and perfect pairings that are going down in Houston this month.

Top 11 Food & Drink Events in Houston this Month: August 2017

  • Houston Restaurant Weeks | Tuesday, August 1 through Monday, September 4 – Dine out for a cause during this citywide philanthropic event, which has over $9.6 million to fight hunger in Houston, to date. A growing list of over 200 participating restaurants will offer special prix fixe meals for brunch ($20), lunch ($20), and dinner ($25, $35, $45), with a set portion of the proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank.
  • Houston Chef Series “Dining through the Decades” at Landry’s Inc. Signature Restaurants | Wednesdays, Aug 2 & 9 and Saturday, August 12 – Landry’s is continuing its annual Houston Chef Series dinners, finishing summer off with two more private and exclusive dining experiences and a Grand Finale Dinner, all of which celebrate “Dining through the Decades.” Dine on decade-spanning dishes like “disco” deviled eggs, chateaubriand with port wine demi, and a marshmallow fluff bar with chef Frank Lewis of Morton’s (August 2); go from the ‘50s to the ‘90s with dishes like lobster wellington, chipotle-rubbed wagyu, and grasshopper pie with chef Lawrence Kirkland at The Oceanaire (August 9); and taste all of the Landry’s chefs creations at the Grande Finale event (August 12). Cost is $95 per person ($80 for Landry’s Select Club members) for the regular dinners and $165 per person ($150 for members) for the finale. 7pm.
  • Sundown at the Grove at The Grove Houston | Wednesdays, August 2 through August 30 – The fan-favorite summer series has returned for its sixth year, with culinary pairings of bites and brews, plus fresh beats and fun giveaways in a picturesque setting overlooking Discovery Green. The pairing events continue with Saint Arnold and Denver-inspired eats (August 2), Oasis Texas Brewing Company (August 9), Southern Star (August 16), Under the Radar (August 23), and Karbach (August 30). Tickets for each event are $20. 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • King’s Cares at King’s BierHaus | Thursday, August 3 The Heights bierhaus will continue its charity initiative, King’s Cares, which donates 20 percent of the first Thursday of the month’s proceeds to a local charity nominated by you. Hit it to enjoy Thursday specials including 50 percent off all bottles of wines, $5 bites, $6 signature drafts, $7 cocktails, and reverse happy hour. To nominate a charity, leave a comment on King’s BierHaus’ Facebook page naming the charity and the cause it supports. King’s BierHaus will pick four of the nominated charities and a “Vote Off” will determine the winner. The charity with the most votes in the “Vote Off” poll will win the donation for that specific month. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Indian Summer Pop Up at Pondicheri | Friday, August 4 – This interactive feast will highlight Pondicheri’s renditions of the best street foods from India. Cost is $135 per person and includes food, wine, gratuity, and tax. The intimate dinner is limited to 16 people. 7pm to 9pm.
  • White Linen Night in the Heights | Saturday, August 5 – Don your finest white linen pants (or shorts) for the best block party of the summer, featuring pop-up shops, local art vendors, eats, and drinks. The 200 and 300 blocks of 19th are where the main art event takes place, though you’ll find bars and restaurants all over the Heights joining in on the fun with boozy parties and specials. 6pm to 10pm (block party).
  • Southern Fried Chicken Fest at Levy Park | Saturday, August 12 – Celebrate fried bird as talented chefs and culinary artists showcase their creative and flavorful fried chicken masterpieces. The event will feature live music, wing eating contests, a hot sauce competition, vendors, awards and more. Tickets are $10 for general admission, with food, beverages, and vendor offerings from art to hot sauce available for purchase. VIP tickets are $55 and include $20 in drink tickets, a fried chicken buffet, people’s choice voting card, festival t-shirt and mug, special VIP seating, restrooms, and parking. Children 8 and under are free with a ticketed adult. 4pm to 10pm.
  • Broc Cellars Wine Dinner at The Pass & Provisions | Wednesday, August 16 – Broc Cellars winemaker Chris Brockway will join P&P for a six-course dinner paired with his wines. The restaurant believes Brockway’s wines are perfect chef wines, calling them “interesting, great food wines, relatively low in alcohol (so you can drink a lot of them), affordable and really, really delicious!” Tickets are $105 per head, plus tax and gratuity. 6:30pm.
  • Date Night Cooking Class at Brennan’s of Houston | Friday, August 18 – The last Date Night Cooking Class of the summer will bring back some of Brennan’s greatest culinary hits from the past, with this month’s focus on eats from the 2000s. Cost is $150 per couple (plus tax and gratuity), including hors d’oeuvres, a three-course meal with paired wines, coffee service, and a cooking demonstration. Reservations (required) can be made online. 6:30pm to 9pm.
  • The Houston Food Fest at Hermann Square | Saturday, August 19 – This food lover’s paradise will showcase local eateries, from cafes to food trucks, with over 60 different participating food vendors. The day will also feature concerts, live cooking demos, and thirst-quenching beverages for adults and kids. Tickets start at $5 for early bird general admission, with VIP tickets available. Noon to 10pm.
  • 6th Annual Pearland Food & Wine Festival at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, August 26 – Celebrate Texas wines and local foods at the 6th Annual Pearland Wine and Food Festival by Dionisio Winery. Tickets are $30 and include admission, 10 tasting tickets, a commemorative wine glass, and wristband. VIP tickets are also available. Rain or shine. Noon to 8pm.