Issues to Do: Upcoming Meals & Drink Occasions in Houston in Spring 2021

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Chick’nCone, 1919 North Shepherd, partnered with local celebrity Slim Thug to raise funds for teenagers in low-income Houston communities. This is how the “Still Tippin ‘Cone” was created, which is inspired by the artist’s favorite taste of Kickin’ Ranch and Mac & Cheese topping. The restaurant donates $ 1 for every cone sold to the Boss Life Foundation, Slim Thugs’ nonprofit that focuses on educational programs for young men ages 8 to 24. Slim will be performing at Restaurant Heights for a welcome fan get-together at 4pm Thursday April 22nd and May 6th, and the Still Tippin ‘cone will be available on these two dates and each following weekend.

Tacodeli, 1902 Washington, is offering the Banh Mi Taco ($ 4.25) in all Texas locations (Austin, Dallas, Plano, and Houston) through Tuesday, April 27th. The time-limited taco consists of tendererbelly pork shoulder, sweet and sour chilli tomatillo sauce, carrot daikon escabeche, basil and coriander.

Del Frisco’s Grille is offering a Gary Farrell Wine Dinner on Thursday, April 29th at 7pm, in the restaurant or virtually, featuring a four-course menu of handpicked Gary Farrell wines. The highlights include chilled lobster cocktail, Chilean sea bass with spring vegetable ragu, first-class NY strips with pinot and roasted grape butter, and chocolate pecan cake with raspberry coulis. Tickets are available now for $ 125 per guest for the personal dinner or $ 190 per couple for the virtual dinner.

On Saturday May 1st, guests can enjoy brunch on Maker’s Mark Derby Day, drink and take-away specials at the Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd. Those watching the race at home can get the Kentucky Derby Julep and Snack Kits for two ($ 60), available on Friday April 30th and Saturday May 1st. 1st of May. Also on Saturday, Maker’s Mark Derby Day brunch takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers three courses and cocktail pairings for $ 45 per person. Enjoy dishes such as bacon devil’s eggs, fried green tomatoes with lobster tartar sauce, Hugo’s hot chicken sandwich, smoked duck leg with five spices, hearty bread pudding, grilled whiskey salmon, spaghetti carbonara and blackberry cobbler with Maker’s Mark Bourbon ice cream. Call 713-521-2239 for reservations.

After a year of shooting the JulepToGo delivery model, Julep, 1919 Washington, reopens on Saturday May 1st with its annual Derby Day party. From 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., guests can enjoy drinks from four satellite bars, two main bars, and mint Julep Carts, a cocktail bar without spirits and the JulepToGo truck, as well as specialties such as grill and smoked oysters from Blood Brothers BBQ and Feges BBQ, a Topo Chico station and a splash bar, lawn games and a live DJ set, t-shirt pop up by 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.

Loch Bar, a seafood tavern in the River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, is celebrating Big Hat Weekend on Saturday May 1st with a Best Hat competition and several bourbon-inspired cocktail specials offered to the local nonprofit Bo’s Place will benefit Mark Flight with Maker’s Mark, Maker’s 46, Maker’s Loch Bar Private Select, and Marker’s Cask Strength ($ 22), Loch Bar’s rendition of a Mint Julep, and a Maker’s Gold Rush cocktail with an edible gold leaf – both cocktails are for $ 10 or you can upgrade to Loch’s Maker’s Loch Bar Private Select for an additional $ 5. The restaurant also offers Kentucky Hot Brown open-faced sliders ($ 16). Offers are available all day on Saturday.

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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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