June is here and so are the almost daily afternoon showers. What’s in store this month in food events? Here are some picks.
Starting tonight and every Tuesday night during the summer, chef Michelle Bernstein will offer an all-you-can-eat Spanish BBQ served family style at Sra. Martinez. The BBQ menu will change each week but tonight starts on a high note with a Cuban pork roast. Cost is $35 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.
Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Participating Coral Gables restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus from June 7 to June 20. Prices vary from restaurant to restaurant but organizers claim diners save up to 20% off the regular menu prices. On Friday, June 4, Taste of the Gables gets things started with food samples and live music. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 the day of the event. Last year, the food was gone in no time so hopefully the tickets will help the situation. For more information and menus, visit the Coral Gables Restaurant Week website.
On June 11, Escopazzo hosts the first in a series of dinners to raise awareness about the world’s oceans. The series benefits The Big Blue and You Foundation, a non-profit founded by 23-year-old UM graduate Danielle Washington. This first dinner will focus on the state of the Mediterranean Sea and will feature a Mediterranean menu and wines. $50 per person. Seating is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.391.1016.
Henna, Hookah and Hani
Hani Khouri told me about this event at the Everglades Hostel. Mind you, I’ve never been to the Everglades Hostel but anyway, on June 12 at 8 p.m. to relax and enjoy good Mediterranean food, flavored tobacco and henna tattoos by Kristin Jayd. Tickets are $32 in advance and you can buy them here.
Italian Cooking Show: Sicily vs. Lombardi
Chefs Nicola Carro from Quattro and Rosario Corrao from Caffe Milano will participate in a cook-off on June 17 at MiaCucina in Coral Gables. This is the second installment of this year’s Italian Cooking Show, a monthly series of cooking demos showcasing the regional cuisines of Italy that runs through September. Tickets to the event are $45; $30 for members of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. To reserve a seat, email email@example.com. (You can read my recap from one of last year’s shows here).
2010 FIFA World Cup
What does this have to do with food? Not much but many area restaurants will be opening earlier and offering food and drink specials for the duration of the World Cup, which runs from June 11 to July 11 in South Africa. For a list, check out my round-up on Short Order.
Did I miss any fun events? Let me know in the comments.