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SATURDAY: If you need a beach vacation and can’t quite pull it off this summer, you’ll love today’s Grape and Grain tasting segment. As part of a promotion with Captain Morgan spiced rum (you’ve met the Captain, yes?), all 900-plus eateries in 61 countries in the TGIFriday’s group are dishing up 17 new Caribbean-themed appetizers, entrees and, of course, cocktails. The result may well be a vacation at your table, as described by the regional director of operations and one hands-on kitchen manager. Also, the start of August brings another Houston Restaurant Week. Event founder Cleverley Stone joins us in the studio, along with someone from the Houston Food Bank, to tell us about dining-out for a really good cause. Also, John-Philippe Guy stops by to talk about an exciting Italian wine dinner at Bistro Don Camillo.
SUNDAY: Speaking of summer travel with plenty of food and wine, a new company called Texas Toast is putting together long and short trips for people who love both. So far, all the itineraries are within the Lone Star State – places like Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin, with regular forays to Marfa and the rest of Far West Texas. But to say something like “Tomorrow the world” might not be much of an exaggeration. And in food, it turns out, the trip most worth taking might be right down Memory Lane, as we recently discovered at a lunch room called Lea’s in tiny Lecompte, La. From its baked hams to its fruit pies, Lea’s is the first restaurant we ever remember loving. It’s now run by the daughter of “ole Mr. Lea.”