Upcoming Houston wine events

Bruliam wine dinner with co-founder/winemaker Kerith Overstreet: BRIX Wine Cellars & Restaurant, 110 Vintage Park; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; $75 plus tax and gratuity; 281-374-6100.

La Vie en Rosé, celebrating National Rosé Day with half-price rosé bottles:

Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial; Wednesday-Saturday; 713-827-8008 or bistro_provence@sbcglobal.net.

Father’s Day butchery demo with Quintessa wines:

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Upcoming Houston wine events

The Woodlands Grotto, 9595 Six Pines, Suite 100.

La Vie en Rosé, celebrating National Rosé Day (Saturday) with half-price rosé bottles:

Wine tasting with South African winemaker Ntsiki Biyela:

Brix Wine Cellars & Restaurant, 110 Vintage Park, Suite T. 6:30 p.m. June 14. $75 plus tax and gratuity. 281-374-6100.

Father’s Day butchery demo with Quintessa wines:

Vino and Vinyl, 3340 FM 1092, Suite 150, Missouri City. 2-4 p.m. Saturdays. 281-208-7453.

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The Ivy & James cooking up comfort in Evelyn’s Park

Ringed by herbs and flower beds outside, the room is washed in white, wood and hues of blue with lofty beams soaring above a handful of tables and the coffee bar/order counter.

For now, the cafe is a counter-service operation serving breakfast (muffins, granola and yogurt, biscuits and gravy, mixed fruit) and lunch – think salads, charcuterie, hummus and pita, flat breads and sandwiches.

Sweet treats include Good Pop popsicles, ice cream cones and tiramisu.

Captain’s Chicken (yogurt- and buttermilk-brined chicken served with mashed potatoes and green beans); shrimp and grits; Saint Arnold root beer-braised short ribs with white cheddar polenta; blue crab cakes; and Meyer lemon icebox cake.

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Texas comfort food is king at new FM Kitchen & Bar

The former Triniti chef, who cut his culinary teeth in French fine dining, found inspiration for FM in Texas farm-to-market roads and old-school roadside restaurants.

A retro garage-station vibe permeates the lofty dining room courtesy of Erin Hicks, who had architect Jim Herd’s clean, spare, heavily windowed building design to work with – think details such as vintage pickup-truck bumpers and grills and faded beer signs.

In the sprawling backyard, artistic flourishes – painted bricks, a mural by local graffiti artist Daniel Anguilu – mingle with Adirondack chairs; umbrella’d picnic tables; and patio games such as giant Jenga, bean bags and ping-pong.

Plates with more heft: chicken-fried steak, fried shrimp and hush puppies, lemon-thyme brick chicken and Salisbury pork chops with mushrooms and onion gravy.

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Upcoming Houston wine events

Five-course wine dinner:

Saltillo Mexican Kitchen, 5427 Bissonnet, Suite 200.

Farm to Table wine dinner:

Cool pool wines for the Texas heat:

Father’s Day butchery demo with Quintessa wines:

Vino and Vinyl, 3340 FM 1092, Suite 150, Missouri City. 2-4 p.m. Saturdays. 281-208-7453.

Vine Wine Room, 12420 Memorial, 3 p.m. Saturdays. 713-463-8463.

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