The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Christmas in July at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

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Summer's Wit will be served at the Christmas in July party at Buffalo Bayou Brewery.
Christmas in July @ Buffalo Bayou Brewery
Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
5301 Nolda

Christmas is five months away, y'all. Get excited. Or just go drink some beer at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company this evening during Christmas in July. The fun starts at 6 p.m., and for $25, each guest will receive admission into the brewery (must be 21 years or older), one beer glass and as many samples of beers they can handle. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company will offer more than 20 different brews, including Christmas favorites like 2013 Gingerbread Stout and the 2014 Gingerbread Stout, plus Wit Da Eff, More Cowbell, Summer's Wit, and test batches of Blood Orange Wit, Lemon Ginger Wit, Blueberry Lemon Wit and Orange Imperial Cream Ale. And it wouldn't be a Christmas party without tacky sweaters. Whoever wears the tackiest one will win Gingerbread Stout goodies. All tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Alaskan Brewery Dinner @ Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
Friday, 7 p.m.
1510 Texas

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse will host a dinner featuring beers from Alaskan Brewing Co. tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets to the dinner cost $75 and include six courses paired with beer, beginning with an amuse of smoked sockeye salmon tartare paired with White, Wheat Ale. Next, guests will snack on crudo of Gulf swordfish served with grapefruit, pickled shallots and a chile puree, paired with Freeride, American Pale Ale. The next course includes quail stuffed with cornbread and served with mushrooms, duck egg yolk, and a slaw of pickled watermelon and radish; this course is paired with Hop Thermia, Double IPA and 2013 Jalapeno, Imperial IPA. Munch on a pretzel served with Madrange ham and rhubarb mostarda while sipping on Alaskan Summer, Kolsch-Style Ale, followed by bison brisket with hot German potato salad, lardons, cucumber salad and smoked tomato BBQ sauce paired with 2013 Smoked Porter. Dessert features roasted apricots with whipped ricotta, a slice of angel food cake and cocoa nibs paired with 2013 Barleywine.

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Sample cakes at BHLDN on Saturday; Crave Cupcakes will be there.
Cake Tasting @ BHLDN
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
4056 Westheimer

It doesn't matter if you're getting married, know someone who is getting married, or just like cake, because all are welcome to a cake tasting event at BHLDN in the Highland Village Center on Saturday, beginning at noon. Come sample sweet bites from Hannah Joy's Cakes, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Whisk Bakery and Crave Cupcakes. Who can pass up a free cake tasting?

East Coast Meets Gulf Coast @ D&T Drive Inn
Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
1307 Enid

The Brooklyn Brewery is paying a visit to D&T Drive Inn on Saturday for a summer beer dinner. From 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., D&T's kitchen will prepare crab and shrimp with beers on draft and in cans from The Brooklyn Brewery. Brooklyn Blast, Summer Ale and Sorachi Ace will be on draft, while Brooklyn Bombers and Brooklyn Lager will be served in cans. The shrimp and crab boil will be served until it's all gone, so get there early.

Planted: Houston Benefit Pop-Up @ Haven
Sunday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
2502 Algerian Way

This Sunday, Edible Earth Resources will kick off its crowd-funded campaign for its urban farming project, Planted: Houston, with a benefit pop-up dinner at Haven. Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Kaz Edwards of Uchi, German Mosquera of Restaurant Cinq and Dusty Sagasar of Beaver's will join Randy Evans of Haven to prepare dishes featuring local ingredients. The theme for the night is "Houston on a Plate," and each chef will serve one or two dishes at stations in a walk-around style dinner. Tickets to the dinner cost $50 in advance and $65 at the door, and include food, complimentary beer and the Planted: Houston signature cocktail. The live auction will feature restaurant-related packages from the participating chefs as well as a mix of garden-related items and services from Edible Earth Resources.

Location Info


Buffalo Bayou Brewery

5301 Nolda St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Highland Village Center

4056 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Nothing Bundt Cakes

5000 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Crave Cupcakes

1151 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

D & T Drive Inn

1307 Enid, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Haven - CLOSED

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Restaurant Cinq

3410 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2310 Decatur St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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