The food and drink news is coming fast and furious this week. Here's a mid-week update:
Ivy Bar & Bistro is scheduled to open Friday at Fiori Spa at 2613 Potomac Drive in the Galleria area. Part of the spa's $2.5 million expansion project, Ivy Bar & Bistro draws from owner Roy Horlock's trips to London, Miami, New York, and Paris. Think floor-to-ceiling mirrors, French-inspired furnishings, and lots of booths for cozy conversation and group fun.
The menu focuses on small bites, pizzas, salads, paninis, and cheese boards, plus handmade sorbets and gelatos. Along with that will be a deep wine list from Tate Drennen (Sterling House, Lumen Lounge), plus cocktails and craft beer. Plus, weekly DJ nights and a Sunday jazz brunch will draw considerable traffic, whether coming from the spa or walking in cold. Hours are Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We told you that The Classic All Day is offering free lunch or dinner to those showing that they voted Tuesday. But it's not the only place rockin' the vote this year:
Johnnie Walker is hosting nonpartisan #VoteTogether events at three Houston hot spots. After voting on Tuesday, head to one of these bars to watch the results come in and celebrate raising your voice. They include Goodnight Charlie's, where actor Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) will host an event from 5-8 p.m. with a performance by Chicano Batman. Also having a party: Houston Watch Co. (5-7 p.m.) and Present Company (5-7 p.m.).
Also, Goodnight Charlie's is offering happy hour prices to anyone who votes (and is showing his or her sticker).
The 22nd Art on the Avenue, a fundraiser that features a silent charity art auction to benefit community development organization Avenue, is set for Saturday. But Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m., chefs from across the city will join Shepard Ross (Bravery Chef Hall, Brooklyn Athletic Club, Pax Americana) for the preview party at Winter Street Studios.
There are reasons to go, including bites from Poitin, B&B Butchers, International Smoke, Jonathan's The Rub, Cacao & Cardamom, Che Figata Gelato, and soon-to-open Bravery concepts Atlas Diner and BOH Pasta. Meanwhile, Ross has created a signature cocktail for the event. Kadinsky's Biomorphic Abstract Mule, a variation of a Moscow Mule, combines Tito's vodka, ginger beer, lime, and simple syrup, plus butterfly pea flower extract for color.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door; for those wanting the full experience of party and auction, tickets are $100 in advance, $125 at the door.
Also on Thursday, Armadillo Palace is hosting Oysters, Brews & Blues, an event benefitting oyster renovation in Galveston Bay. Starting at 6:30 p.m., listen to live music from The Mighty Orq while enjoying Gulf Coast fare: Mesquite-grilled gulf oysters, mini oyster and shrimp po'boys, seafood gumbo with oysters, shooters, campechana, and of course, plenty of fresh oysters ready for slurpin'.
Tickets are $75.