Things to Do: Upcoming Food & Drink Events in Houston this Summer 2021

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Tacodeli is adding cocktails and dinner features for the first time in its 22-year history.

Photo by Mackenzie Smith Kelley

Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:

As Torchy’s Tacos celebrates its 15th anniversary, it’s hosting “15 Damn Good Giveaways.” Now through August 31, fans can enroll in the Taco Junkies Rewards Club for a chance to win one of the prizes, including 15 Years worth of FREE tacos and a VIP trip for to Austin for two.


For the first time in its 22-year history, Tacodeli, 1902 Washington, is launching cocktails and beer along with a new dinner menu, available starting Tuesday, August 24. Drink highlights include the SenoRita Margarita and the La Dama Paloma; while dinner features include the Pastor Yucatan, Mole de Pollo, Escalopas Especiales, Arrachera Flank Steak and Esquites. The new menus will be available at all locations.


The PlumpJack Collection of Wineries and Mastro’s are partnering for a nationwide winemaker dinner, showcasing the legendary wine portfolio and taking place on Tuesday, August 24 at 7 p.m. at Mastro’s Restaurants across the United States (including its Houston location, 1650 West Loop South). The five-course menu features dishes such as Bone Marrow topped with Alaska King Crab paired with the 2019 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay and a Ribeye Steak with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes paired with a trio of 2018 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 2018 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Tickets are $350 per person.



Guests are invited to a special Liberation de Paris wine dinner at Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe, on Thursday, August 26. The River Oaks restaurant will join with the French family of wines to present a five-course dinner featuring French-inspired dishes and five of the French wines, with special guest Jean-Francois Bonneté. Menu highlights include seared scallops with tarragon sauce, sole Meuniere, duck confit with glazed peaches, lamb chops Provencal and pots de creme. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and cost is $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-528-2264.


In honor of National Red Wine Day, Sixty Vines, 2540 University, is highlighting its red wine on tap with customizable wine flights on Saturday, August 28. Guests can enjoy an off-the-menu, guided experience and sip on three to four 2.5-ounce pours from the 60-tap wine system.





On Sunday, August 29, Dandelion Cafe, 5405 Bellaire, will celebrate five years with a special $5 menu, featuring avocado toast, pancakes, housemade toaster strudel, boozy bevs, mocktails and more. The family-friendly event will have a local musician, facepainting and balloon art by Houston Facepainting, KICPOPS ice pops, and raffles and prizes, too.


Now through Monday, August 30, Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant, 2327 Post Oak, is taking orders for Rosh Hashana (which begins at sundown on Monday, September 6). Options include a la carte orders, complete meal packages and fast-breaking platters, with highlights from brisket, apricot roasted chicken and stuffed cabbage to smoked fish, deli platters and more. Order pickup will be Monday, September 6 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Go online for the order forms then email [email protected], fax 713-871-8884 or call 713-871-8883. The Post Oak location will close at 2 p.m. Monday, September 6 and will be closed all day Tuesday, September 7. 














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