June is a busy month for food events, from special one-off dinners to big celebrations and galas. Now's a good time to break out the eating pants or start adding extra workouts to your schedule; this is a month of good eats.
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All month long, Agnes Moffit Park in West Houston will be hosting a series of farmers market and a movie nights starting tonight, June 3. Each Friday evening, the Urban Harvest farmers market will kick off at 5 p.m. followed by a free movie screening at 8 p.m. Tonight's movie is Grease, and the schedule for the rest of the month is as follows: Legally Blonde on June 10, Back to the Future on June 17 and The Wizard of Oz on June 24. You can purchase items for a picnic dinner on the lawn from the farmers market, or simply bring a cooler and store your items until the credits have run. Either way, it's a fabulously low-cost way to spend a Friday evening.
If this week's restaurant review of Pondicheri appealed to you, then you absolutely don't want to miss its very first cocktail pairing dinner on June 22 at 7 p.m. In partnership with Chris Frankel -- one of Anvil's most senior bartenders and a talented mixologist -- the restaurant will be creating a six-course dinner paired with wine- and beer-based cocktails. Dinner is $85 a person and space is limited to 20 people. Reserve your space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another multi-course extravaganza will take place on June 26 as The Burger Guys host a Pre-Fourth Party and Backyard BBQ at 5:30 p.m. The plan so far includes "at least ten dishes," according to The Guys themselves, as well as free beer. Yes, free beer. The cost is estimated at $35 to $40 a person, meaning that these seats are going to go incredibly fast. Call 281-497-4897 to save your spot now.
Also on June 26 will be the long-awaited gala to benefit Linda Salinas, to be held at Haven. We'll let you know as more details about the gala dinner and silent auction are released, but you can also follow @TeamQue_Linda on Twitter for updates.
Ongoing throughout the month are two excellent summertime activities to escape the hot weather and learn a few things while you're at it: cooking classes and an about-to-close art installation.
Central Market's schedule of cooking classes is filling up quickly, and with good reason. Some excellent chefs are being spotlighted this month, from Houston's own Indian cookbook author Shubhra Ramineni to Barbed Rose exec chef Jason Chaney. And on June 25, you can learn how to wow the crowds at backyard barbecues this summer with the Burger Bash class.
Over at Project Row Houses, catch the Matter of Food installation before it closes on June 19. The project asked artists to explore food-related topics that personally appealed to them; the result is an array of intimate, visually striking works that include "the labor conditions that bring us readily accessible food, the process of urban farming and sustainable practice, the role of food in our belief systems and daily rituals, the image of the African American cook, and the recipes that are passed down from generation to generation preserving cultural heritage and family legacy." It's on view in the Project Row Houses along Holman for only a few more weeks, and it's free.
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