Do you know how to say "Ghetto Dinner" in Greek? Courtesy of Evan Turner, now you do: γκέτο δείπνο. Turner is partnering with Ghetto Dinner chef Adam Dorris (recently of Stella Sola and the reprised Ghetto Dinners at Grand Prize Bar) to do a Greek version of the ultra-casual, ultra-hip dinner -- this time at 13 Celsius.
On June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., Turner will be hosting a Greek wine class -- his specialty, as you'll recall from his blow-out class and tasting at Memorial Wine Cellars -- to be followed by a full dinner from Dorris, featuring a whole roasted lamb on a spit. Prices and more details to come, so stay tuned.
This coming Sunday, enjoy the weather with a Montrose pub crawl to support OKRA (and help celebrate clothing store Mortar's two-year anniversary). The festivities will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Hay Merchant (where attendees are welcome to leave their cars for the day), then head to Anvil Bar & Refuge for cocktails and coffee from Greenway Coffee. The next stop will take guests to Poison Girl for live ukulele music and patio time, and then the party will head to Mortar for the grand finale celebration.
For those who want to join in the fun later in the day, the party at Mortar will begin around 7 p.m. and will feature live music by Poor Pilate, complimentary beverages by Grand Prize and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company and desserts by Paulie's. All proceeds from the first drink purchase at each bar will be donated to OKRA. In addition, Phamily Bites, The Modular and Oh My! Pocket Pies, all parked in the Mortar lot, will donate a percentage of their sales to OKRA. Mortar is even providing pedicabs for easy transportation back to your vehicle at the end of the night, so ditch your SUV and take a hike.
Coming up on Sunday, June 24, the heat is on with the 1st Annual Curry Crawl at STRAITS Asian Bistro in CityCentre, celebrating a cuisine with a nearly 4,000-year history. Ten of Houston's top chefs will compete for the dual prizes of Best Curry (judged by a panel of spicy food experts) and a People's Choice honor determined by crowd votes. The fiery lineup of chefs includes John Sikhatanna of STRAITS, Philip Speer of Uchi, David Guerrero of Samba Grille, Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of BLU, Mary Cuclis of Pondicheri, Kiran Verma of Kiran's, Shiva Patel of The Queen Vic, German Mosquera of Roots Bistro, Jimmy Kieu of RA Sushi and Simran Patel of Korma Sutra.
Between bites of curry, guests can cool off with a selection of cocktails from Grey Goose. The competition runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and coincides with CityCentre's Sunday Market, featuring more than 20 home, fashion, art, gift and accessory vendors plus jazz favorite Harry Sheppard. Tickets for the event are $55, with proceeds going to benefit PULSE, a new young-professionals group supporting Houston's St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.
Throughout the rest of the month, Lynette Hawkins, owner and chef of Giacomo's Cibo e Vino, will be participating with other Italian restaurants to raise funds for the earthquake survivors in Italy's region of Emilia-Romagna by donating the proceeds from the sale of her Tagliatelle al Prosciutto di Parma.
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The recent earthquakes have killed at least 14 people, left 6,000 homeless and destroyed hundreds of years of medieval and Renaissance-era monuments. The earthquakes have also destroyed the region's principal agricultural export, which is prized around the world: 400,000 wheels of "Parmigiano Reggiano," which were ruined when the shelves on which they were aging collapsed
"This dish features the two most famous, iconic and venerated ingredients of the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna: Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma," says Hawkins. "It consists of homemade pasta ribbons in a sauce of cream and butter enriched with egg yolk, grated Parmigiano Reggiano and strips of Prosciutto di Parma." The dish costs $14, and is a delicious way to help our Italian friends across the sea.