More people are staying home at their Houston property as much as possible. To help fend off boredom, we’ve put together a list of things to do at home. We’ve also included information on this year’s Restaurant Weeks, so you can pick up food to go and recreate your favorite restaurant in your house. Let’s get started!
Most of us living in Houston are doing a whole lot more cooking at home than we used to. Whether we’re trimming our budgets or it’s just too much hassle to go out or we’re just home more than ever, our kitchens are getting a workout like never before. For those of us who are not naturally great at cooking, all this at-home food prep can be stressful. Fortunately, Well Done Cooking Classes has come up with a virtual class schedule to help us out. The next virtual series starts on Monday, August 10th. The week-long course will cover basic techniques and teach participants how to use veggies, herbs, and spices, as well as egg preparation, potatoes, risotto, and grains. The cost is $295. Space is still available, but sign up fast, since these classes tend to fill up.
Once you have the food situation sorted out, level up your game with in-home wine tasting. Messina Hof is offering several wine tasting packages you can have delivered to Houston property. If you’ve never really tried wine tasting before, opt for the “New to Wine” package. For $55, you’ll get Tribute Series Riesling, Sophia Maria Rose, and Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Those who love red wines will appreciate the “Raving for Reds” package. There’s also a Riesling package, a port package, and a Champagne package. In addition to the wine tasting packages, you can check out Messina Hof’s extensive offerings from their own vineyards as well as from wineries all over the world. Pair your favorites with some of the gourmet foods and add a few wine glasses or wine pourers for fun. Visit Messina Hof online to learn more and consider joining the wine club for extra discounts.
One of the many events people living in Houston look forward to every year is the Art Car Parade. Like so many others, it was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. Fortunately, the Orange Show Foundation, which sponsors the parade, is full of creative people who figured out a way to do the parade virtually. If you hop over to the Art Car Parade website, you’ll find a series of eight videos. Meet the people who organize the parade and learn about how it all got started. You’ll hear from multiple artists as they show off their fabulous cars, some of which are touching tributes to family members and friends.
Houston is known for its eclectic arts scene, and especially for its many outdoor murals. At the Houston Mural Map website, you can find images of the many gorgeous murals throughout the city. Discover stunning and abstract work, as well as murals that celebrate community and seek to inspire. Using the interactive map on the site, you can create your own private tour of your favorite murals. Jump in the car and take a tour of the ones that interest you. This is a great way to get out of the house while avoiding crowds and enclosed public spaces.
If you’re really missing Houston’s art scene, check out Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The museum is closed to the public, but they have worked hard to create a lot of online content for people stuck at home. There are Instagram takeover events, where CAMH staffers offer a “day in the life” look at their work and life during quarantine. You can also find pop-up art workshops. On Saturday, August 1st, check out two different workshops. One is on zine making and the other is journal making. Both are free for all participants.
Developing artists ages 14 to 18 will be interested in the Teen Lab, a conversation hosted on Zoom by Adrianna Benevides, the Teen Council Coordinator, and artists Alexis Pye and Patrick Lostracco. The event will be held on Saturday, August 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will connect with working artists and other teens and talk about being a professional artist and developing a daily art practice. The deadline to register is Saturday, August 1st. Visit CAMH Museum from Home to learn more about these and other upcoming virtual events.
Houston Restaurant Weeks are coming right up. As in years past, it will begin on August 1st and run through Labor Day weekend. Participating restaurants will create special prix fixe and multi-course meals. A portion of the proceeds from each meal will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. Because of the ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the restaurants will offer their meals to go, so Houston property owners can still participate while keeping the risk of infection low. Restaurants will offer brunch and lunch for around $20 per person, and dinner for between $35 and $45 per person.
This is a great opportunity to discover new favorite eateries close to home. You also get to support local businesses and help less fortunate community members. Visit Houston Restaurant Weeks online to see a full list of restaurants, make reservations online, and keep up with all the news. You can also follow them on social media and interact with other Houston foodies.
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