Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, Nov 30 – Dec 2

Brûléed banana split from The Second Floor (photo by Kevin Hunter Marple)

Friday

Gina Gottlich is leading a food and wine pairing demonstration at The Second Floor Bistro at 7 p.m. Get ready to taste wines like Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, Cakebread Chardonnay, Laetitia Pinot Noir, Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon and Château La Freynelle Bordeaux. Execuchef Joel Harloff will also be preparing a wild mushroom soup and rib eye with potato puree as part of the meal. The cost is only $40 per person, but seating is limited, so please call (972) 450-2978 for reservations.

Bolsa launched its new winter bar menu last night. I spy lots of little treats, like the Chocoholic drink with Pecan Street Rum and Kahlua, and the Reindeer Games with cranberry-cinnamon infused bourbon.

Saturday

Bring your kids to the Brunch of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Ritz-Carlton, starting at 10 a.m. Yes, there will be a performance of The Nutcracker; and, yes, there there will be a cookie-decorating station. Tickets are $70 for adults and children of all ages. Go here to buy them.

If you like barbecue and bikes, drop by the Office Interiors Group in Carrollton between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bring a new bike or $40 for CCA (Christian Community Alliance) to purchase a new bike provided by Huffy. Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke is providing the grub. CCA takes the bikes and donates them to families in need.

Go to Pogo’s Wine Festival between 2 to 5 p.m. at 5360 West Lovers Lane. Taste 30 different French champagnes, including Dom Perignon 2003, Moet Nectar Rose, Michel Turgy Blanc de Blancs. Fruits and cheeses will be provided. This event is complimentary and open to the public. Lucky, lucky you.

Sunday

Melissa Wright (in red) and her Lab Rats

Owner Melissa Wright found The Lab at Lakewood broken into on Thanksgiving Day. A computer and several electronics were stolen. This Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., she’s holding an Open House with hot cocoa and coffee. Her Lab Rats will show off their favorite science experiments. Bring your kids. I promise they’ll be enchanted. It’s $5 per guest or $10 per family at the door.

You like oysters. We like oysters. Good. That means we’ll all be at TJ’s Seafood Market for Dollar Oyster Night, right? TJ’s is opening late every Sunday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. for dollar oysters and half-priced fish tacos. There’ll be beer and wine, so don’t bring your mother to this. The music will be loud.

For more things to do this weekend, see Liz’s post.