Get some goat biryani this week at Pondicheri.

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Pondicheri, one of Houston's most beloved restaurants, is celebrating 10 years with specials that start Monday. First, if you go to Pondicheri on Monday, you can get free pakoras and chutney with every order. Also, James Beard award-nominated chef Anita Jaisinghani is offering a menu that includes goat biryani, Texas shrimp chaat, chocolate bread pudding, and more. Plus, look for a specialty margarita available throughout March. 

Starting on Thursday, you can get the Southern Smoke chicken sandwich at the Montrose and Rice Village Shake Shack locations. The sandwich, pairing crispy chicken with spicy bacon jam, is a collaboration between the popular burger chain and Southern Smoke founder Chris Shepherd. Proceeds from the sandwich will go to Southern Smoke, which is helping members of the food and drink industry who are enduring crises. 

Dr. Peter Hotez shows off his banh mi.

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Antone's Famous Po'Boys has been collaborating on new sandwiches with notable Houstonians for its H-Town Originals campaign. The newest selection, launching Monday, lets Dr. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, take the spotlight with his Dr. Hotez One World Banh Mi. If you get the sandwich, 50 percent of its proceeds will go to Texas Children's Hospital to support its Center for Vaccine Development. The sandwich will be on offer through the end of May.

Misti Buard, owner of Brand Appétit, won a $10,000 grant from Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund, which is part of Beyoncé's nonprofit BeyGOOD. The nonprofit teams up with the NAACP to award $10,000 grants monthly. “I plan to continue expanding my business with the $10,000 grant,” said Buard, who, through Brand Appetit, offers elevated mobile food and drink experiences. “I am working hard to market my company and build awareness for Brand Appetit, while also investing in another bike cart.”

H-E-B announced last week a call for entries for its annual H-E-B Quest for Texas Best. The competition aims to find the coolest locally made products that it can sell in stores across the Lone Star State. Also up for grabs are $70,000 cash prizes. Find out more here; submissions will be accepted through April 7.