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

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Chef Eduardo Alcayaga will combine dishes with Oestermann Family Wines in the Mutiny Wine Room.

Photo by Jenn Duncan

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

In response to Hurricane Ida and to support the needs of our Louisiana neighbors, the Houston Food Bank is urgently looking for volunteers to help them build more disaster boxes. Individuals or groups can register online and find appropriate shifts for them, with morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available.

In September, six Houston area chefs will compete in the Best Dish Throwdown competition at the Rice Village Farmers Market and the Heights Mercantile Farmers Market. Rotating every weekend, two knockout-style chefs compete against each other to create the best dish chosen by the market participants. The final cook-off and the winner of the Best Dish Throwdown will be announced on September 26th at the Heights Mercantile Farmers Market. The line-up includes KIN chef Henry Lu versus Matt Zach from Prego on Sunday 5th September (RVFM), chef Paris Anton from Vegan AF (ish) versus cook and caterer Jane Wild on Sunday 12th against Alexandra Sainz von Cochinita & Co. on Sunday, September 19 (RVFM).

Mutiny Wine Room, 1124 Usener, welcomes Klaus Oestermann on Thursday, September 9th, for a special evening with Oestermann Family Wines, paired with a curated culinary experience by the chef. Oestermann is a small-volume, limited producer of single vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the top vineyards in the Napa Valley. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $ 140 per person. Call 832-618-1233 or reserve online (spaces are limited).

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On Friday, September 10th, the 8th Wonder Distillery, 2202 Dallas, is hosting a Shake Shack x 8th Wonder Distillery tasting, sipping Shake Shack’s seasonal summerades paired with 8th Wonder spirits from 5 to 8 p.m. Participation in the tasting is free.

Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer, is hosting a Penfold Wine Dinner on Wednesday September 15, which will present a collection from the Australian winemaker’s wine library along with a five-course menu curated by Chef Hassan Obaye. The progressive menu offers open combinations with dishes such as spot shrimp aquachile, fried halibut with yuzu beurre blanc, slow lamb and foie gras sando, and apple tart tatin. The event will be held in the sultry upstairs lounge of Le Colonial, starting with a cocktail reception and handpicked hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $ 249.99 excluding tax and a 20 percent tip. Reserve your place on OpenTable.

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