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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas, September 7-9

Help volunteer at Paul Quinn farm this Saturday (photo by Carol Shih)

Lo and behold, we are nine hours away from the weekend from officially starting, but to be honest, my brain usually stops functioning after lunchtime on Fridays. Does this happen to you, too? Yes? Okay, good. I’m glad we’re on the same page here. Anyways, here’s what you should be doing if you’re not a nerd like me who likes to spend his/her weekends in the public library, looking for good audio books. If you have any good suggestions, please leave them down in the comments below. I will love you forever.

Friday

First of all, let’s not forget that Trader Joe’s just opened up in Plano today bright and early at 8 a.m. If you can’t make it to this grand grocery store event of the year, we’ll have photos up really soon so you can feel like you were right there.

Chef DAT’s back from his culinary travels, and the Underground Dinners are back. There’s a six-course dinner happening at My Private Chef on 2901 Elm Street at 7:00 p.m. It’s $70/person, but the menu includes a jumbo lump crab taco, crawfish-corn bisque, sous vide lamb, compressed peach, and other fancy schmancy stuff that DAT would like to share with you. I’m guessing he’s giving you a tour of all the places he’s been through each course, so get ready to hear about his adventures. RSVP to holly@my-privatechef.com.

Saturday

Rise and shine, earlybird. Paul Quinn College needs you to help take care of its football-field-turned-farm from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It’s the first volunteer day of the season, and you don’t want to miss out on prepping the fields for the fall. Bring hats and water bottles!

The Untapped Festival kicks off this Saturday, featuring over 120 beers and 50+  breweries (several of them are local). Music, drinking, and fun is all happening at Trinity Groves from 1 to 11 p.m. There are still many walk-up tickets, but it’s cheaper to get the concert + beer tickets if you buy them online beforehand.

There’s also the biggest food fight of the century occurring right here on Dallas soil. The Tomato Battle provides you with super ripe tomatoes that’ll help you create a ketchup-covered fray with your friends. This is your one and only chance to pelt that friend who has annoyed you for the past year about your hair…

Have lots of issues finding good gluten and allergen free food? Attending this expo designed especially for people like you might help. The gluten and allergen free expo takes place at The Westin Park Central from Saturday through Sunday.

The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas is also hosting its “Sugar and Paws” event from 7 to 9:30 p.m. to help place greyhounds into loving homes. It’s going to be an after-dinner tasting event with both sweets and savory items at Grubbs Infiniti 1661 Airport Freeway in Euless. ($25 per person or $40 per couple)

Sunday

Someone in The Grotto family has recently been in an automobile accident, so the Highland Village restaurant is showing its kindness by having an all-you-can-eat salad, spaghetti, meatballs, Italian sausage, and soda drinks night to help raise funds for this friend.

For more things to do, as always, go to Liz’s post on Frontburner.