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Food from Fegen's 

Two Heights restaurants, Fegen's and Mastrantos, have unveiled their menus for the 2021 Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW). 

This year’s event is scheduled to run from Aug. 1-Sept. 6 and will benefit the Houston Food Bank.

Additional participating restaurants will be announced from July 15-Aug. 1.

At Fegen’s, 1050 Studewood St., the namesake restaurant of chef Lance Fegen serves up American and Southern Italian classics. Diners can choose from small plates like clam chowder or deviled eggs with bacon jam, liver and onions, or chicken parmesan with pasta and broccolini.

Lunch is served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Dinner at Fegen’s runs from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2:30-10 p.m. Saturday and 2:30-9 p.m. Sunday.

For dinner, a choice of small plates like beef carpaccio can be followed by a second course featuring portobello ravioli served with a Marsala-paradiso cream sauce and a grilled salmon paillard.

The dessert options are a ricotta and seasonal fruit crostada drizzled with honey or the raspberry-white chocolate bread pudding with caramel and cream.

Mastrantos, 927 Studewood St. #100, is highlighting a slate of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes for its Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. 

The gluten-free Texas Country Fruit is made with burrata, watermelon, avocado, heirloom and baby tomatoes, cucumbers and pesto and topped off with a balsamic glaze. It is available both on the brunch and dinner menu.

On the dinner menu, the Scarpe Della Signora showcases a scarpinocc pasta with butter, sage, parmesan and balsamic glaze.

Available only on the brunch menu, the Spring Baked Burrata is another gluten-free choice. It contains snow peas, English peas, broccolini, cauliflower, leeks, pistachios and basil pesto.

For meat lovers, Ragu Bolognese, Chorizo Carbonara and a gluten-free Blackened Gulf Filet with corn, lima bean succotash, Tasso ham and piqullo cream sauce round out the Mastrantos HRW menu.

The price tiers for the HRW menus break down as follows: $49 for a four-course meal (a $4 increase from last year’s menu), along with a $5 donation to the Houston Food Bank from participating restaurants. The food bank will receive $3 per $35 dinner sold and $1 per $20 lunch and brunch meal sold.

The HRW website, https://houstonrestaurantweeks.com/, has a full list of last year’s participating restaurants, as well as a map that allows users to search by cuisine type, neighborhood or zip code. HRW also lists restaurants offering to-go food and those with patios.

Local wine bar celebrates National Wine and Cheese Day

Mutiny Wine Room, 1124 Usener St., will have a special selection of wine and cheese available for National Wine and Cheese Day.

Pairings of four different wines with four distinct goat cheeses will be available July 24-25 for $37. 

The featured cheeses are as follows: 

- Fresh Chevre from Pure Luck farms of Dripping Springs

- Baby Caprino of CKC Farms in Blanco

- Patacabra (Goat’s foot) from Pardina Farm in Spain

- Pantaleo of Latteria in Sociale Santadi, Italy

Onion Creek debuts Summer Wine Series

Onion Creek Coffee House, Bar and Lounge, 3106 White Oak Drive, launched its Summer Wine Series on Wednesday.

The recurring event is scheduled to take place on the second Wednesday of each month.

For $20, guests can taste five boutique wines, sample snacks from a charcuterie board, and learn about wine from representatives of various wine labels about their products.

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