Years before local was cool, Houston chef Monica Pope was beating the drum for the local and sustainable movement. And now she's doing a series of cooking classes at Central Market to launch her digital cookbook, "Eat Where Your Food lives." Her gonzo, five-cities-in-five-days book tour will take her to Houston on June 28, San Antonio on June 29, Austin on June 30, Dallas on July 2, and Fort Worth on July 3. I imagine the classes are selling out fast (Monica was on "Top Chef," after all, and was one of Food & Wine's best new chefs a few years back), so sign up now. The menu is fabulous, including endive salad with cremini mushrooms, blue cheese, and spicy pecans; three-cheese ravioli with blossom butter and pine nuts; balsamic-caramel cubes beef with sticky rice and shaved coconut; and a warm date-butter tart.
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