Décor and More. The decorating experts of IKEA are offering a month’s worth of Saturday workshops, helping customers make the most of their space, lighting, décor, and more. Workshops take place in IKEA’s Kitchen Department between 1 and 3 p.m. (except Oct. 1), addressing the following topics: Oct. 1 (2–4 p.m.): making room for friends and family; Oct. 8: discover kitchen storage solutions; Oct. 15: kitchen treats (textiles, leather treatment, purifying plants); Oct. 22: dress your dining room; and Oct. 29: get cooking with IKEA cooking appliances. 7810 Katy Frwy. • ikeahouston.com • 713/688-7867.
Updated Kroger Offers More of Everything. The 24-hour Kroger grocery located in the heart of Montrose, known affectionately for decades as Disco Kroger, has completed its renovation. Now occupying 41,000 square feet, the expanded store offers more than 75 fresh organic fruits and vegetables, more selections in its full-service deli and bakery, more than 1,300 types of wine accompanied by a wine steward, a community mezzanine space, and much more. 3300 Montrose Blvd. • kroger.com • 713/526-7865.
Toque and Blues. Crossroads at House of Blues, a “new dining experience” located at the downtown music venue, features culinary creations by Food Network chef Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez’s new signature dishes on the menu include shrimp and grits, short rib meatball sliders, hand-stretched grilled flatbreads, chile-braised short ribs, “street” tacos,? and more, joining the House of Blues’often-requested favorite, jambalaya. “House of Blues is all about music, love, art, and spirituality,” Sanchez says. “In many ways, those are the same ingredients for great food, and that’s exactly what I’ve tried to capture in the new menu for the Crossroads restaurants.” Sanchez has also created updated versions of House of Blues staples like cornbread, pulled-pork sandwiches, and signature burgers that feature unique twists. 1204 Caroline Street • hob.com.
—By Nancy Ford