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Here’s a look at some of the yummy food and drinks this weekend:
National picnic day
Local restaurants have partnered with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to create special dining packages and outdoor picnic options in honor of National Picnic Day. All participating restaurants donate income from each NPD offering to the organization. Confirmed attendees for 2021 include BOH Pasta & Pizza, Common Bond, Frank’s Americana Revival, La Lucha, Loch Bar and Ouzo Bay, Ouisies Tisch, Picnic on the Green, Pondicheri, Postino Wine Café, Safina Mediterranean, The Blind Goat, The Grove, and Xin Chao. The idea is to go to a local park to enjoy the picnic and those who want to document the experience can use the social media hashtag #HtownPicnicDay.
Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Since Relish paused its brunch service in March 2020, Relish is again in the process of introducing the goodness of brunch on weekends. Chef Dustin Teague has added new dishes to the menu, from buttermilk pancakes with macerated berries, whipped cream, brandy pecans and bacon or sausage to a smoked salmon plate with cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumber, red onion, capers, dill and sourdough toast. Popular brunch items like avocado toast, chicken and waffles, and eggs Benny are also back.
Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Goad Company Armadillo Palace will organize an open lobster boil in collaboration with Young Professionals in Energy. Participants can enjoy unlimited lobster, corn, and potatoes, as well as live music and dancing. Tickets are $ 45. Part of the event proceeds will go to YPE’s community outreach initiatives.
Donation campaign “Stop the Hate” against discrimination and racism
Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The team from the upcoming Night Shift Bar and the local screen printing company APDAT Print Co. has teamed up with other local suppliers and sponsors for the first “Stop the Hate” fundraising campaign, the cooking competition and the outdoor market. The proceeds from the event will be 100 percent Donated to Stop AAPI Hate / CAA and OCA Greater Houston-Asian Pacific American Advocates. Buy tickets to eat, drink, shop and denounce hatred, discrimination, racism, bigotry and xenophobia. Local bars, restaurants and vendors including Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, Dumpling House, Shabu House, the Grand Prize Bar, Johnnys Goldstein, Miss Carousel, Bravado Spice Co. and others will offer cocktails and snacks. Tickets are $ 20 for Silver (with two drink cards and two grocery cards), $ 50 for gold (six drink cards and six grocery cards), $ 100 for platinum (12 drink cards, 12 grocery cards and a pouch), and $ 500 for Diamant (unlimited meal cards, unlimited drinks cards, VIP pouch bag and access to the VIP tent).
Fight hunger. End waste. Food & Beverage series
All month long
Local non-profit food rescue Second Servings launched the first Fight Hunger. End waste. Food & Beverage Series held in April in honor of Stop Food Waste Day on April 28th. During the month, 15 of Houston’s most popular restaurants – including One Fifth, Local Foods, 93 ‘Til, Roots Wine Bar, Hando, El Topo and more – are presenting a waste-free dish or cocktail, each with a small donation to benefit second serving is attached. For every dollar donated, $ 50 worth of food is delivered to a local charity through the Second Servings rescue effort.
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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer dedicated to sharing Houston’s coolest, tastiest events with the Houston Press readers.