The holiday weekend offers food-obsessed Houstonians plenty of options for eating and drinking beyond grilled burgers in the backyard. From wine nights to barbecues to a Tokyo-inspired street fair, people have many reasons to brave the heat.
Friday 3rd September
Brisket and Lambrusco dinner at Henderson & Kane
The three-course menu presented by the Houston Dinner Club includes fried Gulf shrimp over green hatch chilli and cheese groats, chilli nogadas filled with smoked breast and rose-pistachio macarons for dessert – all paired with various lambruscos. $ 90, 6 pm-9pm.
Saturday 4th September
Boo’s Burgers pop-up at Cochinita & Co.
Discover why burger lovers including Houston Chef Dawn Burrell welcome Joseph Bourdeaux’s great burger pop-up. While previous boo pop-ups required a pre-order, this is first come, first served. 4-9 p.m.
Chef Sofia Cortina at Blacksmith
Café Montrose will be relaunching its Blacksmith by Night pop-up series to host the woman named the best pastry chef in Latin America by the world’s 50 best. Known for her work at La Vitrine Pâtisserie in Mexico City, Cortina serves a variety of sweets alongside Blacksmith’s signature coffees and works of art by Elena Johnston. The proceeds will go to the local non-profit organization I’ll Have What She’s Have. Get there early; this will sell out quickly. 17 o’clock.
Sunday 5th September
Best dish at the Rice Village Farmers Market
The first of three weeks of the competition begins this weekend with the duel between chefs Henry Lu (Kin) and Matt Zach (Prego). Farmers Market entrants will vote for the winner, who will make it to the finals at the Heights Mercantile Farmers Market on September 26th.
Schnapps can Sunday at Riel
The always lively party will feature guest chefs James Haywood and Ross Coleman (Kitchen 713, Lit Chicken), who will prepare a special menu paired with specialty drinks. In addition, DJ Seek will play tunes, local artists Jerry Guzman, Floyd Mendoza and Noke will show their work and Heavy Metal Racket will sell groceries. 3 p.m. – late.
Tokyo Night Festival at the Social Beer Garden HTX
Shun Japanese Kitchen’s Chef Naoki Yoshida has put together a group of grocery and retail vendors to bring a bit of Tokyo to Houston. Expect 15 food stalls – including Ramen Tatsu-ya, Click Virtual Food Hall, Izakaya Wa, and Hando – as well as live sumo matches, Japanese classic cars, cosplay, and more. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite anime characters. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Houston OCA “Stop Asian Hate” campaign. 5-11 p.m.
Pool party at the Heights House Hotel
Chef Lyle Bento serves up a $ 25 smoked meat platter with brisket, sausage, turkey, and side dishes while a DJ keeps the party going. Refreshment is available through special drinks and snow cones for adults. Discounted rooms are available with the code LABORDAY21. 5-11 p.m.
Monday, September 6th
Labor Day Party at Bobcat Teddy’s
The Ice House in The Heights will have a party with free hamburgers and hot dogs (while supplies last) along with live music from Roger Tienken. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Labor Day Luau at Preslees Southern Good Eatery
Join Pitmaster James McFarland from the Nomad BBQ pop-up with the Piper’s BBQ crew for an evening of tiki drinks, Hawaiian shirts and smoked meat. Each $ 20 plate comes with a pastrami-flavored whole pig sandwich served on marbled rye buns with pineapple sauerkraut, Caribbean rice, and smoked black beans. 5 p.m. until sold out.