This week: Southern Smoke tickets on sale and a Cuban bar

Here’s a look at this week’s hottest culinary events:

monday august 29

Featured $10 Sandos at Dish Society

In honor of Back to School and National Sandwich Month, Dish Society is offering a different house favorite sammy for $10 every Monday in August, available at all dine-in locations. This week’s $10 feature is Turkey Avocado.

Resumption of bartending at Julep

As part of Julep’s guest bartending takeover, owner Alba Huerta invites spirits industry icon Julio Cabrera, cantinero and founder of Miami’s Cafe La Trova, to take over the bar from 7-10 p.m. The celebration of cocktails, music and Cuban culture will feature five of Cabrera’s signature cocktails as well as a small menu of dishes from La Trova cafe. Julep’s outdoor space will be converted into a cigar bar, with music from a Cuban jazz band.

Tuesday August 30

Tickets on sale for Southern Smoke

Tickets for the highly anticipated Southern Smoke Festival 2022 (held the weekend of October 21-23) go on sale Tuesday, August 30 at noon CT. This year’s event will feature more than 60 of the country’s top chefs and culinary celebrities, with events including a Texas-sized H-Town Welcome Wagon hosted by Aaron Franklin and Hot Luck on Friday, Southern Smoke on Ice featuring “the raw bar to end all raw bars” on Saturday, and The East Downtown Throwdown with live fires, trailers and pits on Sunday. All events benefit Southern Smoke Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that supports nationwide food and beverage workers in crisis and has distributed nearly $10 million directly to people in the F&B industry nationwide in crisis through the Emergency Relief Fund to date.

Thursday Friday

Bad Bunny cocktails at URBE

URBE, 1101 Uptown Park, has a cocktail named El Conejo Malo (the Bad Bunny), and to celebrate it and musician Bad Bunny’s upcoming concert in Houston on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2, the Mexican street food spot is giving away a ticket concert holders of a free El Conejo Malo cocktail on September 1 and 2 (present your ticket to redeem it).

Friday Saturday

Inauguration of the Abu Omar Halal Spring

Houston-based shawarma food truck Abu Omar Halal celebrates the grand opening of its new spring location, 16350 Stuebner Airline, Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. full menu of shawarmas, kebabs and more at 50% off Fridays and 25% off Saturdays.

The whole week

Houston Restaurant Weeks

Houston’s most anticipated culinary event of the year, Houston Restaurant Weeks, continues through Labor Day, featuring an array of restaurants and local cuisines serving special-priced, multi-course prix fixe menus , including brunch, lunch and dinner, available for dinner-in and take-out in an effort to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank. To date, HRW has raised $17.6 million, equivalent to 52.8 million meals to feed food-insecure people in the region.

Bacon Daily Specials at Snooze

International Bacon Day is approaching September 3 and Snooze, an AM restaurant, is celebrating with specials through September 7. All Snooze locations will be serving two extravagant pancake specialties for Bacon Day, with 100% of proceeds going to Snooze’s partner No Kid Hungry and its mission to end childhood hunger. The Elvis-inspired Graceland Pancake features a buttermilk batter filled with fresh banana slices, topped with peanut butter cream, caramel sauce, whipped butter, and lots of chopped smoked bacon; and the Bacon and Egg Pancake is filled with chopped bacon and cheddar cheese and topped with a crispy fried egg, chopped bacon and black peppercorn maple syrup.

New and current promotions

As a former teacher herself, local cupcake shop owner Patrice Farooq will be hosting the back to school supply drive at The Cupcake Kitchen, 2533 Southmore, until September 30. Farooq will be collecting supplies (including 8 1/2 x 11 Glossy Photo Paper, SD cards, white printer paper, exhibit markers and poster boards) for HISD teachers at Jack Yates High School – School Magnet Program communications. Customers who donate two supplies from the list have the choice of two free slices of Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake or German Chocolate Cake with the purchase of any of Farooq’s Southern Home Cooked Meals .

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