The holiday weekend offers food-obsessed Houstonians plenty of opportunities to eat and drink beyond grilled burgers in the backyard. From barbeque wine dinners to a Tokyo-inspired street festival, there are plenty of reasons for people to brave the heat.
Friday, September 3
Beef Brisket and Lambrusco Dinner at Henderson & Kane
Presented by the Houston Dinner Club, the three-course menu features seared Gulf shrimp over green chili and cheese grits, chili nogadas stuffed with smoked brisket, and rose and pistachio macaroons for dessert, all accompanied by different Lambruscos. $ 90, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
saturday 4 september
Pop-up Boo’s Burgers at Cochinita & Co.
Find out why burger lovers, including Houston chef Dawn Burrell, salute Joseph Bourdeaux’s pop-up smash burger. While previous Boo pop-ups have required a pre-order, this will be on a first come, first serve basis. 4 pm-9pm.
Chef Sofia Cortina at Forgeron
Montrose Café will relaunch its Blacksmith by Night pop-up series to welcome the woman who was named best pastry chef in Latin America by the 50 best in the world. Known for her work at La Vitrine de Mexico, Cortina will serve a variety of sweets alongside signature Blacksmith coffees and Elena Johnston’s art. The profits will be donated to the local association I’ll Have What She’s Have. Arrive early; this one will sell out quickly. 5 p.m.
sunday 5 september
Best Throw-In Dish at Rice Village Farmers Market
The first of three weeks of competition kicks off this weekend with Chiefs Henry Lu (Kin) taking on Matt Zach (Prego). Farmers ‘Market participants will vote for the winner, who will advance to the final on September 26 at the Heights Mercantile Farmers’ Market.
Booze Can Sunday in Riel
The ever-lively party will feature guest chefs James Haywood and Ross Coleman (Kitchen 713, Lit Chicken) preparing a special menu that will be accompanied by drink specials. Additionally, DJ Seek will spin tunes, local artists Jerry Guzman, Floyd Mendoza and Noke will showcase their work, and Heavy Metal Racket will feature food selling items. 3 p.m. – late.
Tokyo Night Festival at Social Beer Garden HTX
Chef Naoki Yoshida of Shun Japanese Kitchen has assembled a group of food and retail vendors to bring a little bit of Tokyo to Houston. Expect 15 food vendors – including Ramen Tatsu-ya, Click Virtual Food Hall, Izakaya Wa, and Hando – as well as live sumo matches, vintage Japanese cars, cosplay and more. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite anime characters. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the OCA Houston campaign for “Stop Asian Hate”. 5 pm-11pm.
Pool Party at the Heights House Hotel
Chef Lyle Bento will serve a smoked meat platter of brisket, sausage, turkey and sides for $ 25 while a DJ will liven up the party. Refreshments are offered via drink specials and adult snow cones. Discounted rooms are available with the code LABORDAY21. 5 pm-11pm.
Monday September 6
Labor Day at Bobcat Teddy’s
The Heights Cooler will host a party that will include free burgers and hot dogs (while supplies last) as well as live music from Roger Tienken. 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Labor Day Luau at the Southern Good Eatery in Preslee
Join Nomad BBQ pop-up pitmaster James McFarland and team up with the Piper’s BBQ team for an evening of tiki drinks, Hawaiian shirts and smoked meat. Each $ 20 plate comes with a spiced pastrami whole pork sandwich served on marbled rye buns topped with pineapple sauerkraut, Caribbean-style rice and smoked black beans. 5 p.m. until exhaustion.