Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel Hosts Eid-al-Fitr Feast

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Chef Hassan Obaye will prepare the Eid al-Fitr feast at the Four Seasons this year.
For the second year in a row, Quattro, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel, will serve an Eid-al-Fitr buffet dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan. This year's feast will again be prepared by sous chef Hassan Obaye, who was born and raised in southern Morocco and learned much of his culinary skills cooking with his mom at home.

In an interview with the Houston Press last year
, Obaye says, "My mom deserves much of the credit for my career." Obaye received formal culinary training in southwestern regions of France and Germany at several Michelin-starred restaurants.

On Monday, July 28, at 6 p.m. the Four Seasons Hotel will celebrate the end of Ramadan with a buffet-spread feast. The entire meal costs $95 per person and reservations must be made 48 hours in advance...so do it now.

And don't be ashamed to fill up your plates because Eid-al-Fitr is a feasting celebration, and Obaye has prepared a menu complete with delightful dishes.

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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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Upcoming Events: Feast on Eel at Kata Robata & Get Ready for Houston Restaurant Weeks

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Kata Robata will feature several unagi specials on Tuesday, July 29.
Kata Robata will celebrate Doyo-no-ushinohi, Day of the Ox during the Doyo period, on Tuesday, July 29. Basically, it's a day of feasting on freshwater eel in Japan. Chef Manabu Horiuchi will prepare a variety of freshwater eel dishes (unagi), as well as ones featuring saltwater eels (anago). The specials will range from $3 to $22. One of the featured dishes prepared by Chef Hori will be unagidon, sliced eel on a bed of rice. Some of the specials will still be served after July 29, but not all of them will be offered.

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Eat Local Food & Support Planted: Houston at Benefit Pop-Up Dinner

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Head to Haven on Sunday to feast on local food and support an urban garden project, Planted: Houston.
Edible Earth Resources is a local edible landscaping firm that installs home gardens and landscapes, as well as many restaurant gardens, like the ones found at Haven and Coltivare. On Sunday, July 27, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Edible Earth will hold a benefit pop dinner at Haven as the kick off to the campaign funding their urban farming project, Planted: Houston.

Nick Panzarella, community liaison for Edible Earth Resources, says the firm approached the city of Houston to lease abandoned lots in order to build urban gardens as a means to redevelop those neighborhoods and combat food deserts. Instead of shipping all of the produce to restaurants outside of these communities, 10 percent of the food grown in the gardens will be sold at corner stores and convenience stores within the neighborhoods at grocery store prices, or lower if possible. Edible Earth will also have a produce share similar to a CSA box where people receive a box of produce every week; for every share sold, one will be donated. The rest of the produce will go to restaurants on contract with them.

While part of the project is being funded by chefs who are pre-purchasing produce from Edible Earth, the other half is crowd-funded. The pop-up dinner on Sunday marks the kick-off to this two-month campaign benefiting Planted: Houston.

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Ceviche Throwdown: Cuchara and Latin Bites Duke It Out

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The actual duel won't be quite so messy.
Mexican ceviche and Peruvian cebiche are two very different beasts, as Cuchara owner Ana Beaven and Latin Bites owner Rita Castre frequently find themselves explaining to customers.

"A lot of customers ask why doesn't our ceviche have tortillas, and we have to explain that we don't have tortillas in Peru," Castre explains. "And Ana has the same questions when she has customers in from South America. They want to know where are the sweet potatoes?"

It's hard to say which type of ceviche is superior--Mexican or Peruvian--so Cuchara and Latin Bites are putting their goods to the test. On July 22 and 23 (that's Tuesday and Wednesday), both restaurants are inviting guests to come decide for themselves before a panel of judges makes a final ruling on Sunday, July 27.

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Pub Night at Saint Arnold & Belgian Beer Tasting at The Ginger Man

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Pub Night @ Saint Arnold Brewery
Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2000 Lyons

Pub Night returns this Friday night at Saint Arnold, and they'll be tapping a keg of Siembra Azul Tequila Barrel Aged Divine Reserve 14; it's a Belgian strong golden ale and the first beer Saint Arnold has aged in tequila barrels. Pair this brew with the Bishop's Burger or a habanero chili cheese dog. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the tour hall will operate like a bar, so there's no entry fee; purchase beers by the glass or the bottle, and order food from the kitchen.

Mimi & Ziggy's First Wedding Anniversary Dinner @ Kenny & Ziggy's
Friday, 7 p.m.
2327 Post Oak

Ziggy Gruber, deli man at Kenny & Ziggy's, married Mimi McCaughey one year ago in Budapest, Hungary. In honor of their one year anniversary, Kenny & Ziggy's invites you to celebrate by feasting on a $75 per person five-course dinner featuring some of the dishes served at their wedding. Make reservations for 7 p.m. tonight to delight yourself in Goose Soup served with Hungarian ginger matzo balls; whole panko-crusted fried egg with apple chutney and chopped chicken livers; Zander (fish) from Lake Balaton topped with paprika cream dill sauce, served with roasted mushrooms and butter potato; filet mignon served Budapest style; and a slice of Hungarian Gundel pancake tower with chocolate rum sauce.

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Upcoming Events: How Do The British Taste Wine?

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Eleven XI and Buffalo Bayou Brewery have teamed up to serve an eight-course beer dinner.
Don't wait until the last minute to snag your tickets to this beer dinner. Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar has partnered with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company to serve an eight-course dinner paired with eight beers, four of which are custom-made specifically for this meal. Reserve your spot at Eleven XI on Tuesday, July 22, for $99. The meal begins at 7 p.m. As an added bonus, the restaurant's bar will be serving all 12 taps of Buffalo Bayou beers.

On Thursday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m., The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Art + Wine "Cheers! The British Taste for Wine." The organizing curator, Christine Gervais, will begin by explaining the complementing exhibition to the program, Houghton Hall: Portrait of a Country House. Afterward, Benjamin Roberts, wine educator and advanced sommelier, will lead a wine tasting and presentation paired with cheese and crackers. Tickets for members cost $55 and $65 for nonmembers.

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Houston Restaurant Weeks Announces Participating Eateries and Menus

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It's the best time of the year for many Houstonians -- Houston Restaurant Weeks!

From August 1 through September 1, Houston restaurants will prepare special multi-course menus that show off some of their best and most popular dishes for a low, fixed price. People wait all year to try out new restaurants during HRW because they know they'll be getting a great value and a portion of the money they spend will be donated to the Houston Food Bank.

Last year, Houston Restaurant Weeks raised more than $1.2 million for the food bank, while the estimated economic impact on the greater Houston area was more than $13 million. It's turned what used to be a slow month for restaurants into one of the busiest months of the year.

The dates for this year's event were announced last month, and just yesterday, HRW revealed the restaurant lineup for 2014.

Get ready, guys. It's gonna be delicious.

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Tickets on Sale Now for July 20 Sassafras Beer Dinner to Benefit Oak Forest Animal Advocates

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Oak Forest has a stray animal problem, and neighborhood residents are rallying to do something about it.

It's not an original problem; the entire city of Houston shares it. Our streets are home to about one million stray animals, and BARC has neither the money nor the manpower to handle these staggering numbers. Rescue organizations turn away calls and emails for help on a daily basis with the refrain, "No money, no fosters. We're full, and we're broke."

On Sunday, July 20, the Oak Forest neighborhood is taking action to raise awareness--and funds--for the newly-formed Oak Forest Animal Advocates organization in an effort to take control of the stray population in their own backyards. So much the better for us, that action is a three-course dinner with beer pairings for $40 a person at neighborhood bar Sassafras.

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Truck Chicken Throwdown & a Full Moon Party

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Head to Midtown Mobile Cuisine tonight to try some inventive chicken dishes.
Who Got The Gizzards! Chicken Challenge Championship @ Midtown Mobile Cuisine
Friday, 5 p.m.
4002 Almeda

This evening, eight local food trucks will compete to make the best chicken dish in the first part of a Food Truck Battle Series brought to you by Soul Cat Cuisine. Houston comedian Blue DaComic will be the guest host for the evening. Each truck will enter up to two chicken entrees to be judged by a panel of celebrity guest judges and the public in hopes of being awarded People's Choice and/or the Judges Award. The participating trucks include Soul Cat Cuisine, Pocket To Me, St. John's Fire, Les Ba'Get, Get Wing Theory, Angie's Cake Balls, Caribbean Blend and Sweet Ride Houston -- yes, there's a dessert truck and a snow cone truck competing. While these trucks are whipping together their chicken dishes, everyone can enjoy free beer and music from Here Come The Girls DJ. Judging will take place at 7:15 p.m.

Pre-Bastille Day Wine Tasting @ French Country Wines
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
2433 Bartlett

Celebrate Bastille Day early at French Country Wines during a free wine tasting with cheese and cake, in honor of the French holiday. French Country Wines will provide samples of sparkling wines and Champagne to be paired with slices of free cake and Houston Dairy Maids cheese. Find the French bubbly you enjoy so you can have it on Bastille Day (Monday, June 14). This tasting begins at noon and will last until 6 p.m.

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