Here’s a look at this week’s hottest culinary events:
Monday July 11
Mojito Day promotions at Julep
Julep, 1919 Washington, will celebrate National Mojito Day by serving two riffs alongside the classic Cuban cocktail, which dates back to the 1910s in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Customers can order the Classic Mojito; the Old Cuban, created by Audrey Sanders of Pegu Club, NYC in the 2000s; and Queen’s Park Swizzle, established in Trinidad in the 1920s. Peter Garcia, owner of El Meson – and former boss and mentor of Alba Huerta at the Twelve Spot – will serve his famous paella around 7 p.m. with a cooking demonstration beforehand . The bar will be open at the usual hours (from 4 p.m. to midnight).
tuesday july 12
Photographic Art Dinner in Chivos
Chivos222 West 11th, teams up with Houston Photographer (and Houston Press contributor) Marco Torres will present a intimate five-course dinner by Executive Chef Thomas Bille and cocktails by Bar Manager Leesly Valdez. The ticketed event ($160 per person) begins at 7 p.m. and new fine art photographs of Torres will be on display. Dishes include tuna with watermelon aguachile, prawns a la diabla, “street corn” agnolotti, double dry-aged duck and strawberries with cream (Mexican strawberries and cream) with olive oil cake. Attendees will receive a gift bag containing a cocktail to go, Bille’s famous Salsa Matcha and samples of Torres’ art.
Sauvignon John X Radio Milano Wine Dinner at Moran
Moran town center800 Sorella, hosts Sauvignon John X Radio Milano Wine Dinner 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During the event, guests will be able to taste three Sauvignon John wines as well as nine tasty light bites from Radio Milano Executive Chef Christian Cardenas. Highlights include Sauvignon Blanc paired with a scallop and sole ceviche shooter, Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a mini slider topped with smoked cheddar and bacon jam, and Rose paired with a Baja fish taco. Tickets are $90 including tax and tip.
Trash & Friends takeover at Trash Panda Drinking Club
trash panda, 4203 Edison, will continue the Tras$h & Friends Takeover series from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with an Atlanta-themed takeover. “Freaky Tiki” will feature custom cocktails with a dirty southern twist by special guest bartenders including Qwesha Byrd of Jojos Beloved in Atlanta and previously at Anvil Bar & Refuge, and Nathan Refell of Bacardi.
Wednesday July 13
713 Daily specials
Mambo Seafood6697 Hillcroft, celebrates its 25th anniversary and 713 Day with a pop-up from 6-9pm, featuring Donkeeboy & Friends, popsicles from Popston and Houston and Texas-themed t-shirts from State Line Designs.
Rosalie italian soul, 400 Dallas, will offer all cocktails at the special price of $7.13. Crowd favorites include peach bitters spiked with Dalai Mama and Hugo Spritz, with Prosecco, St-Germain, cucumber and lime.
Historic restaurant in the third arrondissement spanish village4720 Almeda, celebrates the 713th day (July 13) with a $7.13 plate featuring its El Clasico enchiladas.
Houston Chef Series at the Palm Restaurant
The restaurants of the Signature Group of Landry’s, Inc. continue their Houston Chef Series, presented on select Wednesday evenings until August 10 and with this year’s theme inspired by “Coast to Coast”. This week, chef Michael Coury will be offering cuisine from the Gulf Coast of the United States – with parmesan ice cream, tonno crudo, rib eye, Calabrian algio (creamy sea urchin) and bruciata cream with rosemary and orange – to The Palm Restaurant, 1201 Fannin. Tickets are $119.
Caviar Wednesdays at Tony’s
by Tony3755 Richmond, present Caviar Wednesdays ($125 to $160), served in the bar or main dining room all day on Wednesdays and featuring premium caviar, sides ranging from sea urchin butter bun to Yukon Gold silver blinis, and a bottle service (including ice cold shots of vodka poured from a LED-lit ice blocks Champagne offerings available.
Thursday July 14
Dinner on July 14 at the Etoile
Star Kitchen and Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, will celebrate the French Bastille with a four-course prix fixe party menu, plus the option of matching wines. Highlights include heirloom tomato gazpacho with Maine lobster and avocado marmalade; Alaskan halibut with mashed peas, potato gnocchi, morel sauce; rack of salted lamb from chef Philippe Verpiand, Provence herb garlic jus and courgette flowers from the garden; and “cannelloni” of white chocolate ganache with red fruits and strawberry syrup. Cost is $78 per person, plus tax and tip, with paired wines for $38. Reservations are encouraged.
Soft Shell Crab at Truluck
The soft-shell crab is coming Truluck’s, 5350 Westheimer, 11900 Hughes, for the weekend of July 14-17. The seafood kitchen will offer a limited-time entree of two Yucatan soft-shell crabs served fried on a bed of creamed spinach with grilled asparagus and onion salad with roasted pepper aioli for $44. A starter portion (a crab) will be available for $22.
Saturday July 16
Bastille Day Bash at Brasserie 19
Breweries 191962 West Grey, will host a Bastille Day Bash from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., joined by Veuve Clicquot for a very special French afternoon filled with bubbles, rosé, specialty cocktails, special dishes, large “brunch” bottles, swag and more.