Issues to Do: One of the best issues to eat and drink in Houston this weekend

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Here’s a look at some of the yummy food and drinks this weekend:

Maker’s Mark Derby Day Brunch and Specials at the Backstreet Cafe

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1103 South Shepherd

Guests can enjoy a Maker’s Mark Derby Day three-course brunch and cocktail pairings for $ 45 per person. The highlights include bacon devil’s eggs, fried green tomatoes with lobster tartar sauce, Hugo’s hot chicken sandwich, smoked duck leg with five spices and hearty bread pudding, grilled whiskey salmon, spaghetti carbonara and blackberry cobbler with Maker’s Mark Bourbon ice cream. Call 713-521-2239 for reservations. Additionally, those watching the race at home can get Kentucky Derby Julep and Snack Kits for two ($ 60), available on Friday April 30th and Saturday May 1st. and $ 10 Maker’s Mark cocktail flights are available for both diner and takeout on Saturday May 1st.

Derby Day at Julep

Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

919 Washington

After a year of shooting the JulepToGo delivery model, Julep reopens with its annual Derby Day party, where guests can enjoy drinks from four satellite bars, two main bars, mint julep carts, a no-liquor cocktail bar, and the JulepToGo truck . These include specialties such as grill and smoked oysters from Blood Brothers BBQ and Feges BBQ, a Topo Chico station and spritz bar, lawn games and a live DJ set, a T-shirt from Vinyl Ranch and a live stream of the race . Tickets are $ 10 upfront and $ 15 at the door. After the festivities, the bar will be open until 2am and the Derby Day menu will be available on both May 1st and 2nd.

Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Brenner’s on the Bayou welcomes its signature Spring Wine Festival with exclusive wine from award-winning vineyards, light bites from seven Landry concepts in Brenner’s beautiful countryside, plus live music and a Kentucky Derby hat competition with prizes. The event takes place in rain or shine, and tickets are $ 99 plus tax.

Kentucky Derby Party at BB Lemon

Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

1809 Washington

Guests are invited to host a Kentucky Derby Party with BB Lemon on the outdoor deck and lawn from 2pm to 6pm. Enjoy music from DJ Mohawk Steve, derby-inspired cocktails from Four Roses Bourbon and dishes to match, plus a hat contest with prizes. Photo booth, live pony and more. You can watch the race on a big screen or two outside TVs on the terrace and two inside TVs at the bar. In addition to the food / drink specialties, guests can also order from regular lunch / dinner. Reservations are recommended. Call 713-554-1809 or visit OpenTable.

Saturday all day

1121 Uptown Park, 1836 Polk

Both The Rustic locations bring the Kentucky Derby to Houston with soirees of “Talk Derby To Me”. Guests are invited to come early and stay late to enjoy live music, sip mint juleps, and immerse themselves in Triple Crown sliders. Participants must be at The Rustic by 4:00 p.m. to take part in the competition.

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer dedicated to sharing Houston’s coolest, tastiest events with the Houston Press readers.

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