Top 14 food & drink events in Houston this month: August 2016

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Houston’s hottest month is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to hole up in your air-conditioned living room. We bet this month’s culinary happenings will convince you to brave the summer heat.

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With Houston Restaurant Weeks going down all month long, August is one of the most exciting months for Houston’s culinary scene. But that’s not the only excellent excuse to get out of the house, there’s plenty of pop-ups and beer and wine events, too. Check out the details on HRW and other happenings.

Top 14 Food & Drink Events to Hit in Houston this Month

  • LÜNCH Pop-Up at Oxheart | Friday, July 29 through Sunday, August 7 – For ten days beginning at the end of July, the popular Warehouse District eatery will be closed for vacation. But its doors are opening up for lunch service, while three of Houston’s top culinary contenders take over the kitchen. Former Underbelly chef Peter Jahnke, master sommelier David Keck, and pastry chef Jillian Bartolome will create a special lunchtime menu featuring light dishes perfect for the Houston summer (many of which will be available for takeaway). 11am to 4pm.
  • Wurstfest at King’s Biergarten | Monday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 31 – During the entire month of August, the restaurant will offer an “all you can eat” special on eight different kinds of traditional sausages starting at $9.95 and an “all you can eat special” on eight different kinds of traditional sausages plus five different kinds of exotic sausages starting at $12.95. Monday to Wednesday 11am to 9pm; Thursday 11am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm; Sunday 10am to 9pm.
  • SaltAir Chef Series at SaltAir Seafood Kitchen | Mondays through Wednesdays, August 1 through August 31 – This worldly chef series began mid-July and runs through Wednesday, October 5, offering 12 weeks of rotating menus for $50 per person with a beverage pairing at additional cost. Inspired by SaltAir chefs’ favorite flavors, cultures and experiences touching the water, August’s lineup of menus features coastal dishes from San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, South America, and France. Menus are subject to change and will be served on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of their designated week. Reservations are recommended. Call 713-521-3333.
  • New York Delicatessen Month at Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen and Restaurant | Monday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 31 – In a national effort to bring attention to the decline of the traditional New York deli, both of Kenny & Ziggy’s locations will join delis across the country in offering special three-course, prix fixe menus that not only provide a chance to try a number of outstanding traditional deli dishes, but also donate a portion of each meal sold to a charity in that community. With choices offered for each course, some of the dishes include chopped liver, stuffed kishka, Roumanian steak, Hungarian goulash, glazed wild salmon, kasha varnishkas, noodle kugel, cheesecake and Kenny & Ziggy’s famed 7-layer cake. The three-course meal will be offered for $37. For each meal sold, $4 will be donated to the Jerome Robinson Family Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Times vary daily.
  • Houston Restaurant Weeks | Monday, August 1 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5 – Dine out for a cause and get delicious savings during this citywide philanthropic event, benefiting the Houston Food Bank. This year’s dining options have expanded to include a $20 brunch, $20 lunch, and $25, $35, and $45 dinner, with every meal sold bringing in $3 to $7 to the Houston Food Bank. The growing list of participating restaurants is expected to reach over 200, and with last year’s event bringing in a record-breaking $1.9 million, we can’t wait to see what this year brings. Times vary by restaurant daily.
  • Cold Fried Chicken Picnic at Eight Row Flint | Tuesdays, August 2, 9, and 16 – Eight Row Flint sous chef Marcelo Garcia and culinary director Vincent Huynh have been spending their days off cooking outside by Marcelo’s pool for years now. One day when Marcelo got home, Vincent was already in the pool, floating around with a bucket of fried chicken in hand. He apologized that the chicken was already cold, and it became a long-running joke. So when it was time for Marcelo to choose what to cook for the Summer Series, the answer was simple—cold fried chicken. Get it alongside picnic-style sides like watermelon and corn and a Boozy “Big Red,” the bar’s nod to the popular Southern soft drink. 5pm until they sell out.
  • Pig Roast & Luau at Kirby Ice House | Saturday, August 6 | Free to Attend – Kirby Ice House and Kona Brewing Co. have teamed up for this Hawaiian-inspired pig roast with the famous BBQ team from Pitmaker. Enjoy barbecue fare, flowing Kona brew, entertainment, hula dancers, and raffles featuring a beach cruiser bicycle, longboard surfboard, and two folding beach chairs with a headrest and cup holder. Tickets are not required to attend, however, you cannot purchase the food separately. So those wanting to eat can purchase tickets in advance for $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with the tickets including four delicious selections from Pitmaker’s world champion BBQ team, your choice of one Kona Brewing Co. beer (Big Wave Golden Ale or Longboard Island Lager), and automatic entry into the raffle. 1pm to 7pm.
  • Poke Akua Pop Up at Lincoln Bar | Sunday, August 7 – Enjoy a poke-filled Sunday Funday on Washington Ave, as Chef Jason Liao and Dory Fung of Poke Akua serve up their take on the popular Hawaiian raw fish salad. Get hamachi, Bluefin tuna, or Atlantic salmon ceviche poke bowls alongside other specialties like spam musubi and coconut butter mochi cake. Prices vary by dish. 11am to 10pm.
  • Patz & Hall Wine Dinner at Le Bistro at Culinary Institute LeNôtre | Tuesday, August 9 – Donald Patz of Patz & Hall, a Californian winery and six-time winner of the Top 100 Wineries in the World, will be hosting a wine tasting seminar followed by an intimate four-course wine and food pairing dinner. Limited tickets are available for $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 6:30pm seminar; 8pm dinner.
  • Doña Paula Wine Dinner at Américas (River Oaks)| Thursday, August 11 – This showstopping wine dinner will feature four Latin-inspired courses, including the restaurant’s signature Churrasco steak paired with Doña Paula “Seleccion de Bodegas” Malbec and a decadent tres leches dessert. Cost is $59.95 per person. 6pm.
  • Landry’s Houston Chef Series Grand Finale Dinner at Vic & Anthony’s | Saturday, August 13 – Guests at the Houston Chef Series Finale Dinner will be greeted with hand-crafted cocktails followed by live music and a remarkable locally-sourced menu prepared by nine of the Signature Group executive chefs and Landry’s Signature Group executive chef, Carlos Rodriguez. Each of the chefs will weigh in with their favorite selections to create an unforgettable evening of exquisite food and wine. The exclusive dinner is priced at $150 per person. 7pm.
  • 8 Wonders of the World Beer Dinner at Hunky-Dory Tavern | Wednesday, August 17 – Chef Richard Knight of Hunky Dory is teaming up with 8th Wonder Brewery for a special beer dinner, featuring four courses of British and European-inspired cuisine paired with beers and beer cocktails. Get your passport stamped as you enjoy pairings such as HD’s the Silver Salver, a decadent selection of terrine, mousse, cheeses, fresh bread, relishes, and pickles served alongside a handcrafted cocktail, paired with Pharm House Ale; or mussels and chorizo, paired with IntellectuAle. Cost is $65 per person, tax and gratuity included. Seating is limited for this event, so purchase your tickets now. 7pm.
  • Izakaya Night at Eight Row Flint | Tuesday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 30 – Revival Market sous chef Todd Patterson has been inspired by Japanese cooking traditions—especially those of late-night izakayas, since high school. So he’ll be closing out the August sessions of Eight Row Flint’s summer series the best way he can imagine: through a lineup dishes frequently found on Japanese izakaya menus. Guests can expect deliciousness in the form of yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and musubi (grilled sausage and rice wrapped in seaweed). To pair alongside, beverage director Morgan Weber has selected a few of his favorite Japanese whiskeys. 5pm until they sell out.
  • Last Sunday Fried Chicken Dinner at Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar | Sunday, August 28 – See why Chef Mark Holley’s last Sunday fried chicken dinners are already becoming legendary. The family-style feast features Southern fried chicken, sides, and bread for $50 per person, with a six-person minimum. 5pm to 8pm.