The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Unlimited Spaghetti & Garlic Bread at Alamo Drafthouse

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Houston welcomes its first urban ice cream truck.
Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press
Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2603 La Branch

Kurbside Eatz will be parked outside of our offices from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to serve lunch during Food Truck Friday. Swing by our offices in Midtown and get something scrumptious to eat, like the Kurbside fries and the pork belly buns -- how can you say no to slow-braised pork belly stuffed inside a deep-fried bun? You also can't deny a crispy pork belly taco.

Grand Opening of Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream & Treats @ East End Studio Gallery
Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
708 Telephone, Suite C

Get a first look (and taste) of the new urban ice cream food truck, Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream & Treats, tonight from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the East End Studio Gallery. Chocolate Wasted carries a variety of the old-school, classic ice cream treats, such as Bomb Pops and various animated character pops. Customers can also nosh on Ben & Jerry's ice cream or sip on a root beer float made with Saint Arnold Root Beer and Blue Bell vanilla ice cream. The launch party coincides with the art show, Just Ink 4, a pen and ink art gallery show.

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Upcoming Events: Do You Know How to Spatchcock a Chicken?

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Support Planted: Houston at the Food-as-Medicinal Experience on Monday, August 25.
Discover why local foods matter during the Food-as-Medicine Experience at
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop Monday, August 25 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Chef and owner Monica Pope along with Ali Miller of Naturally Nourished, will teach guests about the medicinal qualities of foods, and demonstrate how to include these in recipes for food and drink. For $85, each person will enjoy food-as-medicinal cocktail pairings, listen to a lecture from Miller and watch Pope demo recipes; a panel discussion on the importance of local foods is included as well. Proceeds from the event will benefit the urban farming project Planted: Houston.

Treat your special someone to a date night cooking class at Brennan's of Houston on Friday, August 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the class cost $150 per couple and include a three-course meal plus wine. Executive chef Danny Trace will demonstrate how to prepare Creole cuisine with an African twist. The first course includes gumbo with beaucop greens, okra and sassafrass. Next he will prepare a version of Texas shrimp and grits made with coconut curry, parsnips, charred peppers and summer greens. Finally, Trace will show guests how to make sweet potato beignets topped with peanut butter icing and Porier's cane syrup ice cream.


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5 Can't Miss Weekend-Only Eats in Houston

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Imagine this inside a kolache.
The weekends are special times to relax and do things you don't normally get to do throughout the week. So, why eat at the same places you can on Monday through Friday, when you could spend your Saturdays or Sundays at places serving food or offering food events only available on the weekend?

Sure, surprise pop-up events are great, and the traditional Sunday brunch is a nice way to catch up with friends and fill up your stomach with incredible food, but so are these five weekend-only food offerings in Houston. Start planning your weekend now so you don't miss out on any of these eats.

5. Brisket Killaches at Pena's Donut Heaven
Recently, Pena's Donut Heaven and Killen's Barbecue teamed up to create the Brisket Killaches, and you can only get them on Saturdays and Sundays. Pena's Donut Heaven sells these meaty breakfast pastries on a first come, first serve basis, so wake up early on the weekends to treat yourself to something delicious. As soon as the last Killache is sold, they won't be available until the next Saturday and Sunday. Sure, it's a long drive to Pearland if you live downtown, but it's totally worth it to sink your teeth into the sweet kolache bread encasing tender juicy brisket from Ronnie Killen; don't forget to add a couple dosants or crazy doughnut creations, like ones topped with Froot Loops cereal.


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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Have Dinner With A Former NFL Head Coach

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Support the Houston Roller Derby at Saint Arnold Pub Night.
Pub Night @ Saint Arnold Brewery
Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2000 Lyons

Pub Night returns to Saint Arnold Brewery tonight featuring a newly released Bishop's Barrel No. 7, and cask-conditioned Amber Ale Dry Hopped with Liberty and Icon Green-Texas Common. Support the Houston Roller Derby during the Houston Roller Derby Power Hour from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.; a dollar from every pint sold during this allotted time will benefit the Houston Roller Derby. Remember, you must be 21 years or older to attend Pub Night, and there is no entry fee because the brewery will serve as a bar for the evening.

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

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse will host a special guest tonight for its Vermeil Wine Dinner; tickets cost $150 per person. Former NFL head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams, Dick Vermeil, will be in attendance during the dinner to present six of his Vermeil wines served with six courses prepared by executive chef Carlos Rodriguez. The meal kicks off with a Sauvignon Blanc paired with gazpacho andalouse with pickled shrimp and crispy chorizo, along with Nancy's Camembert with pain de mie (sliced bread) and fig agrodolce (sweet and sour sauce). Other courses feature wines, such as the XXXIV Proprietary Red (a reference to Vermeil's Super Bowl win) served with slow-roasted sturgeon with caviar-onion congee (rice porridge), as well as a plate of carved Akaushi tenderloin topped with a port-mushroom reduction, served with smoked potato puree and roasted cauliflower paired with two Cabernets.

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Upcoming Events: 91-Cent Original Coneys at JCI Grill

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Throw in some chili cheese fries because your hot dog only costs 91 cents.
Planted: Houston will host a Traveling Speakeasy series to fund the project of developing a network of urban farms in Houston on Monday, August 18 at Beaver's Icehouse. Each Monday night a bar will host a "Traveling Speakeasy" where customers can sip on special drinks only offered that night; half of the proceeds will benefit Planted: Houston. During this upcoming speakeasy night from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m., there will be three special cocktails featuring lemon balm, lavender and lemon thyme. Each of these cocktails will cost $5. Beer drinkers can enjoy a $5 pint of Buffalo Bayou beer.

Ninety-one-cent coneys return to James Coney Island and JCI Grills on Thursday, August 21. All day, you can enjoy an Original Coney topped with mustard, chili and onions for 91 cents. If that's not enough on your dog, you can make it a Cheese Coney, but it'll cost you 30 more cents. This special is only offered on the third Thursday of the month, so if you've got a hot dog craving, get yourself to any JCI Grill for an Original Coney next week - you only need to bring a dollar!


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September is Hunger Action Month at the Houston Food Bank

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The theme for this September is Hunger Bites, Bite Back.
Every year, the Houston Food Bank attempts to draw attention to and combat hunger in Houston through Hunger Action Month, essentially a call to action to get people involved in the fight.

This year's theme is Hunger Bites, Bite Back, and the Houston Food Bank, along with many local organizations and businesses, is hosting a series of events to raise awareness and funds for the cause.

"The word 'action' drives home an important message," says Brian Greene, president and CEO of Houston Food Bank. "We must do something, not only as a community but as individuals, to eliminate hunger in our communities. People can make a difference by advocating or giving time and energy, sharing information on social media or donating food and funds to help neighbors in need."

Check out the calendar of Hunger Action Month events for September to see how you can get involved.

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Presale Tickets Go On Sale Today for the Houston Press BrewFest

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Join the Houston Press and Lucky's Pub for the Fourth Annual BrewFest!
Ready for more beer, bands and bodacious food trucks?

Houston Press BrewFest returns Saturday, October 18 at Silver Street Station. The fourth annual event, held in conjunction with Lucky's Pub, will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with indoor/outdoor beer-sampling, local food trucks and live music.

Not a beer fan? There will also be samples of various local liquors and wines, great for washing down some of that fab food truck grub. We can't yet reveal which food trucks and which bands will be joining us--or what breweries for that matter--but we can offer you a special early bird deal on tickets to this event, which always sells out.

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Get Your Hatch on During the 19th Annual Hatch Chile Festival at Central Market

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Hatch chile peppers are back!
It's that time again. Central Market is rolling out the roasters and bringing the heat during the 19th Annual Hatch Chile Festival. Thursday, August 7, marked the kickoff to the two-week festival and featured a variety of recipes using the spicy New Mexico chile peppers, as well as samples of the products you can purchase inside the specialty grocery store.

During the Hatch Bash kickoff event, Central Market staff members set up stations outside the store to serve up classic Hatch chile dishes, such as Hatch chile guacamole and Hatch salsa, each with spicy tortilla chips.

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The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Fluff Bake Bar Pop-Up Bake Sale at Southside Espresso

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Get to Southside Espresso early on Saturday to secure a spot in line for Fluff Bake Bar's pop-up bake sale.
Fluff Bake Bar Pop-Up Bake Sale @
Southside Espresso

Saturday, 8 a.m.
904-C Westheimer

Get your butt to Southside Espresso early Saturday morning so you can stuff your face with Rebecca Masson's delightful treats during her pop-up bake sale. She'll be selling a variety of classic pastries, such as butter croissants, pain au chocolat, and kouign amann. And in Fluff Bake Bar fashion, there will be more out-of-the-box items, such as kimchi croissants with bacon jam, speck and raclette (cheese) croissants with homemade mustard, and a poached plum financier. Pair anything with a warm latte or cappuccino from Southside for the ultimate breakfast.

Free Label-Saving Workshop @ French Country Wines
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
2433 Bartlett

Normally on Saturdays, French Country Wines provides all of the vino during the free wine tastings, but this Saturday, owners Phyliss Adatto and Tim Smith are asking you to bring a few of your favorite bottles -- just make sure they are empty. Craftsman Kenneth Wickman will show you how to remove the labels from each bottle to preserve them. Every two hours, beginning at 1 p.m., Wickman will demonstrate his easy label-removing techniques. And as always, there will be cheese from Houston Dairymaids paired with the wine samples.


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Upcoming Events: How Much Spice Can You Handle?

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Prohibition Supper Club & Bar will give a sneak peek at its new menu during a Test Kitchen Dinner at Kraftsmen Baking.
The Bird & The Bear will host a Wild Game Dinner on Wednesday, August 13, crafted by executive chef Martin Valeiro; all of the game meat featured in this dinner is sourced from local farms and ranches. Choose three courses for $35 (or $45 with wine pairings), or fill up on four courses for $45 ($60 with wine). The August Wild Game Dinner features a salad with smoked gouda and foie gras for the first course, followed by venison tartar for the second course, and braised wild hare for the third course. Indulge your sweet tooth in a Kahlua chocolate flan for dessert. Make a reservation for dinner at The Bird & The Bear on the second Wednesday in August to feast on wild game.

Prohibition Supper Club & Bar is getting ready to reopen downtown, and on Thursday, August 14, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., the restaurant will hold a preview dinner at Kraftsmen Baking. Check out the new menu before Prohibition opens its doors to the public. Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack will serve a family-style dinner paired with wine for $75 per person. All of the proceeds from the test kitchen dinner will benefit Recipe for Success.

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