Confession: I don't drink coffee. This doesn't really mean much, other than I'm a bad journalist, but for the sake of my friends who do drink the stuff, can we stop trying to make broccoli coffee a thing? I don't know how The Broccoli Council (I assume this is a thing that exists, because if mushrooms have advocates than I broccoli must too) gave this idea any traction, but can we all agree that it's silly? If we're going to keep this "[x] is the new hip food trend" train going, you're going to have to try a lot harder than broccoli in a post-blue algae/activated charcoal world. I'm just saying. Onto the news:
- If you haven’t heard the news, Houston Restaurant Weeks 2018 kicks off August 1 and lasts until September 3. The other date you’ll want to remember is July 15, as that’s when the list of participating restaurants is released. Is your body ready? If not, at least you’ve got a few weeks to prepare.
- Ever wanted to know Chris Shepherd’s tricks of the kitchen trade? You can find out a few tonight at the Art Institute of Houston, as he chats and cooks alongside New York Times food writer and cookbook author Melissa Clark. It should be a fascinating night of culinary knowledge, starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Time’s event page.
- Poitin kicks off their brunch service this Saturday. They’ll be serving up brunch from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with menu items such as the Poitín Benedict, Blueberriest Buttermilk Pancakes, and the “Baolache," which is Korean short rib with Old Dad Farm eggs, Asian pear, and togarashi salad.
- Visintini winemaker, Cinzia Visintini, will be visiting Houston from Italy on June 21 to show off her wines at a five-course dinner at Star Fish. The evening will cost you $100 (plus tax and gratuity), and features dishes such as salmon and fennel tartare, Trumpet mushroom, arugula pesto and melted brie malvasia, and wood fire grilled lamb rack. Space, we are told, is extremely limited.
- “Ice cream-filled croissants” is a lovely phrase. They’ll be coming to Houston by way of Churned Creamery, debuting at 2587 A Town Center Blvd. in a few weeks. I’ll be reviewing it almost immediately because your boy has an addiction and it’s called “ice cream desserts that don’t involve cones.” (H/T Eater Houston)
- Just because you can’t celebrate on the 17th doesn’t mean you can’t make Father’s Day-related plans with your pop. On Wednesday, June 20, Reserve 101 is hosting a Father’s Day spirits tasting featuring St. George Spirits Master Distiller Lance Winters. At $20 a person, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Rescued Pets Movement, you and your favorite father(s) can get a taste of Single Malt Whiskey Lot 17, The Baller Whiskey, Pear Brandy, Terroir Gin, Raspberry Liqueur, and Bruto Americano.
- Sunday Funday doesn’t have to end once brunch is over. Frank’s Americana Revival is kicking off a new promotion dubbed Wine Down Sundays where guests can get a discount on special selections of rare and vintage wines. It starts at 5 p.m. and runs until they sell out, so consider dropping in sooner rather than later.
- For those of you who frequent Taco Cabana on the regular, keep in mind that the week of June 11-15 they’ll be donating $1 for every Kids’ Meal purchased to local children’s hospitals in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas and El Paso.