Actions: Upcoming foods and drinks occasions in Houston this Summer season / Fall 2021

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Get them while they’re hot; Fresh Corn Tamales are on the menu at Hugo’s this month.

Photo by Paula Murphy

Make a note in your calendar, because you don’t want to miss these delicious culinary experiences:

In September, chef Hugo Ortega will again be offering fresh corn tamales from his namesake Hugo’s 1600 Westheimer. The tamales are made with fresh corn masa and come to order in pairs, served with salsa macha verde, crema fresca and homemade queso fresco for $ 12.

The menus in both Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby, and in the Bake Lab + Shop on the upper floor will be meatless every Monday from September 13th. Guests can enjoy a pickled PB&J (peanut butter, local jam, tangy mango, herbs, sourdough), Market Curry (a light vegetable curry made with local vegetables, spices and herbs), Pumpkin Chai Oats (steel oats, pumpkin, cardamom, jaggery and almond milk), Oondhiya (a decadent vegetable curry made from flat green beans, eggplant, and baby potatoes) and more.

After raising over $ 27,000 for the Southern Smoke Foundation through a series of fundraising events and campaigns, Chef Aaron Bludorn works with Southern Smoke’s Chris Shepherd on an exclusive one-night-only collaboration dinner at Bludorn, 807 Taft, from 5 to 10 p.m. together on Thursday, September 16. The celebrated duo serve a progressive four-course menu with chef-curated canapés, main courses and family side dishes, including charred bacon sausage with fresh green papaya salad; Smoked sturgeon served with chow chow, crème fraiche, caviar and Johnny cake; Smoked Short Rib with Black Garlic Hoisin Glaze; Charred Shishito, Corn, Ssamjang, Crunchy Maitake Mushrooms, and Carolina Gold Limpin ‘Susan. Guests will end with a Texas sheet cake from Bludorn’s renowned pastry chef and French Laundry alum Alejandra Salas. The menu costs $ 115 per person and $ 35 for children under 10, and excludes drinks, taxes, and tips. Reservations can be made online. All profits generated go directly to the Southern Smoke Foundation.

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The Flying Saucer Draft House in the city center, 705 Main, will host its Oktoberfest celebrations from Saturday, September 18 to Thursday, September 23 -Stickings, commemorative glasses, food specials and happenings from interesting facts to Oktoberfest flights.

Truck Yard, 2118 Lamar, is hosting its all-day Trucktoberfest on Saturday, September 18, with a lively line-up of adult, child and dog-friendly activities such as a Stein Holding Contest, Pretzel Eating Contest and Viennese dog races, as well as tapping of the Trucktoberfest brew. Participation in the event is free.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchens owner Sylvia Casares is bringing back her practical cooking classes from Saturday 18th September. First up, there’s a backyard BBQ class that runs from 1pm to 4pm on 1140 Eldridge Parkway that features grilled beef and chicken fajitas, corn-on-the-cob, flour tortillas, salsa, and charro beans. The cost is $ 65 per person. Register online or call 832-230-3842.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, will host a multi-course Heaven’s Door whiskey dinner on Thursday, September 23 from 6:30 p.m. on its Terrasse de Boeuf in an au poivre whiskey sauce and apple confit crumble Whiskey vanilla ice cream and paired cocktails created by mixologist Kimberly Paul. The cost is $ 98 per person plus tax and tip for the four-course meal and pairings. Reservation is required as seating is very limited. Call 832-668-5808 or go online.

Chef Fest will hold its fourth celebration on Sunday, September 26th, 11 am-3pm, returning to Richmond’s Harvest Green Village Farm, 8939 Harlem. Nine Houston chefs will demonstrate their passion and creativity around local produce while increasing awareness and revenue for the Houston Food System Collaborative while diners enjoy the day’s bites with craft cocktails, local beer and Texan wine, among others Enjoy experiences and rinse off. Farm tours and live music. This year’s chef lineup includes Brandon Silva from Degust, Dawn Burrell from late August, Emmanuel Chavez from Tatemó and more. Tickets are $ 95 for adults and $ 20 for children.

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