Hash Over: Norma's Has Another Reason to Celebrate, Taste of Texas Dinner, Tour of South Africa Wine Dinner, and more

Norma's Café recently turned 54, and if a restaurant lasting more than 50 years wasn't enough reason to celebrate, they now have another reason to add to the list.

Ed Murph, owner of the restaurant, was inducted to the Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Honor, winning the organization's highest award. He will be honored today at a ceremony during the 2010 President's Gala in Houston.

A couple of reasons why received this award could be his yearly Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless and his support for local schools, nonprofits and other causes. He has also served as president of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, which is a TRA chapter. Oh, and he also serves a mean breakfast. Congrats, Ed Murph , sounds like you deserve the honor.

Also going on this week.....

Pyramid Restaurant and Bar will be hosting a Taste of Texas dinner this Wednesday, June 30. For $65 per person, executive chef Andre Natera will be cooking a three-course dinner featuring Texas products like Brazos Valley cheese and Texas Honeybee Guild honey. Sommelier Hunter Hammett will also be pairing the courses with drinks suitable for each dish. For more information, call 214-720-5249.

This Thursday, July 1, i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar in Irving will host a South African wine tasting. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is $20 per person. The restaurant will also serve tapas and imported cheeses to nibble on. If you can't make it this week, then next Thursday, July 8, they will have an Australian wine tasting for $25. Visit their website for more details.

Paciugo Gelato & Caffe will be letting the kiddos eat for free every Tuesday during the month of July. All children under the age of 12 will receive a free, two-scoop cup of any kid-approved flavor like Bubble Gum, Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Wild Berries when you make an adult purchase.

Plano's Central Market will offer a homemade ice cream cooking class this Saturday, July 3. For $55, you can learn how to make watermelon red wine sorbet, no-cook buttermilk vanilla ice cream, kitchen sink chocolate ice cream, mango saffron ice cream and much more. Check out www.centralmarket.com for more details and other cooking class options.

Want to know what's going on this weekend for Independence Day? Well, you better sign up for Hot Off the Grill today because we included a whole list of things you can do to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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