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Upcoming Events: Do You Know How to Spatchcock a Chicken?

Discover why local foods matter during the Food-as-Medicine Experience at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop Monday, August 25 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Chef and owner Monica Pope along with Ali Miller of Naturally Nourished, will teach guests about the medicinal qualities of foods, and demonstrate how to include these in recipes for food and drink. For $85, each person will enjoy food-as-medicinal cocktail pairings, listen to a lecture from Miller and watch Pope demo recipes; a panel discussion on the importance of local foods is included as well. Proceeds from the event will benefit the urban farming project Planted: Houston.

Treat your special someone to a date night cooking class at Brennan's of Houston on Friday, August 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the class cost $150 per couple and include a three-course meal plus wine. Executive chef Danny Trace will demonstrate how to prepare Creole cuisine with an African twist. The first course includes gumbo with beaucop greens, okra and sassafrass. Next he will prepare a version of Texas shrimp and grits made with coconut curry, parsnips, charred peppers and summer greens. Finally, Trace will show guests how to make sweet potato beignets topped with peanut butter icing and Porier's cane syrup ice cream.

The Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival arrives in Galveston on Friday, August 29, at Moody Gardens. The weekend includes a variety of events, such as the BrewLicious Brews & Food Pairing on Friday at 7 p.m. featuring specific brews paired with a specific restaurant or vendor, such as the Karbach Hopadillo served with bites from Killen's Steakhouse. Stay out late on Friday night for the Brewmasters Friday Night Pub Crawl starting at 8 p.m.; hop on one of the four party buses that will transport you to various bars on the island. Saturday night concludes with the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting featuring more than 400 international, domestic and local Texas brews.

Making pies can be difficult, but that's what practice is for. Sur la Table in River Oaks will host a Summer Fruit Pies cooking class on Sunday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m. for $65 per person. The menu includes a peach-ginger pie with a crumble topping, raspberry and vanilla cream pie, and a lattice-top plum and blackberry pie. Learn how to perfect these fresh fruit desserts before the summer season is over. It's also good prep before the holiday season arrives.

Revival Market will host a hands-on cooking class on Sunday, August 31, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for $125 per person. The Advanced Knife Skills class will teach students how to properly handle proteins, such as whole chickens, pork and Gulf shrimp with a knife. Each student will learn how to take good care of their kitchen knives through sharpening with a wet stone and honing with a steel. The class also features instructions on how to fabricate a chicken drumstick, wing, thigh and split breast; how to spatchcock a chicken breast; how to prepare a tenderloin and julienne meat; and how to peel and devein shrimp. After all of the lessons and demonstrations, everyone will get to eat each of the prepared dishes. Closed-toed shoes are required and BYOB is encouraged.

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