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Celebrate FM Kitchen and Bar's birthday this weekend.

Image: Alice Levitt

Dread it. Run from it. Summer still arrives. In time you will know what it's like to sweat from places you didn't know could sweat, to want so desperately to be cool, and to fail all the same. At least there are plenty of interesting things going on this weekend—local hero and incredible goat milker Morgan Kinney has you all taken care of on this weekend's events—if you're not hiding in the dark watching Avengers: Infinity War for the third or fourth time. Here's this week's news:

  • Houston’s Taste the Nation takes place on May 22 over at Silver Street Studios. Featuring a number of top chefs, bartenders, and pitmasters from the local area, this event’s goal is to raise funds to make sure kids have the food they need year-round, working with groups such as the Houston Food Bank, Kids’ Meals, Texas Hunger Initiative and the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Participants include Brennan's of Houston, Cacao & Cardamom, Fluff Bake Bar, Julep, UB Preserv, and Uchi. Get the full list of restaurants and grab your tickets at their event page
  • The Dunlavy has heard your requests, and they’ve got some news for you. The Dunlavy Dinner Series starts on June 6 and runs every other Wednesday. The theme for June 6 is lasagna and the theme for June 20 is chicken. The cost for the family style meal are $30 per person. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.
  • If you’re a tomato fan, add this to your calendar: Chefs in the Field at Hope Farms: A Tomato Tribute, taking place on June 24. Did you know that Hope Farms is growing 32 varieties of tomato? (Did you know that there are 32 varieties of tomato?) Tickets are $75 for cocktails and a tomato tasting and $250 for a dinner prepared by Alyssa Dole of Pinkerton’s Barbecue, Wayne Nguyen of Maba Pan-Asian Diner, and Martin Stayer of Nobie’s. Head over to their event page for more info
  • It’s birthday week over at FM Kitchen and Bar. This Saturday they’re celebrating by hosting the FM Farmer’s Market at 11 a.m., live music from Ruckus starting at 2 p.m., $6 birthday cake shakes, and $5 FM Margarita and Watermelon Mule Tap-Tails. You can also save a dollar on their burgers too. 
  • What won’t Houstonians put crawfish on? Add crawfish-topped elote to the list of ways you can get crawfish in your life without having to suck the head. You can find them over at Liberty House. (H/T Eater Houston
  • Love them or hate them, Chick-fil-A is wildly popular. So popular, in fact, it’s hard to imagine one closing, which is why so many were confused as to why the one previously located at 5005 Richmond Ave. shut down. Wonder no more: it was a victim of the great 610-59 interchange overhaul. Just think: it’s only a few years until you be waiting in line there once again, only this time with less chicken. (H/T Swamplot
  • The folks at Messina Hof Winery are headed to NYC to show off their wine and culinary products at the James Beard House. If you’re in the Big Apple on June 19 and want to support them, visit this page to get more info
  • Creamistry added ice cream sandwiches to their menu yesterday, and if you’ve seen me gush over any number of ice cream sandwich variants over the past few months you know I’m excited. The twist here is that the “bread” in these sandwiches are made from non-cookie options, including brownie, Cap’n Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Fruity Pebbles. 
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