Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, August 10-12

Rich Rogers at Scardello. The man of your cheesy dreams. (photo by Joshua Martin)

It’s Friday and you’ve started to rely on my posts to get you through the weekend. This is good. This is very good. Lucky for you, I’ve picked out the best ways you can waste your time actually doing something.

Friday

Late  Night at Scardello is exactly where you want to be tonight. If you love cheese (and, c’mon, who doesn’t?), drop by Scardello after hours to drink bubbly and builds build-your-own cheese plate. Live jazz starts at 8 p.m.

You guys are probably well aware  KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market is next week, but did you know that there’s a “Preview” this weekend from August 10 through 12?  These restaurants will offer their same three-course prix fixe menus for $35 a person (with a portion of each meal still going back to charity).  To get a preview of Restaurant Week, make a reservation at one of these 48 eateries right here.

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Saturday

Every year I go to the Anand Bazaar to celebrate India’s Independence Day with friends, even though I stick out like a sore thumb. For twenty bucks, I get my fill of sigh-worthy kulfi, falooda, and batura  - this crispy, puffed, and deep-fried bread that goes so well with spicy lentils. The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at midnight with a fireworks display. If you decide to stay longer, be sure to join in the Bollywood dance party that inevitably forms in front of the stage. I’ll be there in spirit.

The TexSom is for the wine snobs, but anyone can join, really. Take educational classes  or sign up for a basics-of-tasting workshop that’ll get you to the pro level. The whole thing ends on Monday with a grand tasting reception that’ll feature some of the top wine sellers in our country.

Sunday

If you and your dog both need a cold beer to survive this weekend, join other dogs + owners at Summer’s Ruff! The Foundry is hosting a dog parade, stupid dog tricks contest (I’d like to see this), lookalike contest, and many more silly things. You should probably go if you need something to do with your best (nonhuman) friend.