Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, April 19-21

It’s hard to tear your eyes away from the news, but I guess we all need a distraction this weekend. It’s been a long and sobering week for all of us. Here at SideDish, our thoughts go out to West and Boston.


I know this event isn’t in Dallas, but if you feel compelled to go to West this weekend and help out, please do. Frisco’s 3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House is “partnering with the The Ultimate Smoker and Grill and Slavocek Sausage Company to provide food and beverage to victims, relief workers, emergency responders.” 20 volunteers are needed for each day this is happening (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), so if you’re interested, I’d give 3 Stacks a call at 469-287-9035. Hot food will be available at GREG MAY CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP (225 TMW Parkway, West, Texas 76691) for those affected by the tragedy.


North Texas Taco FestivalThe North Texas Taco Festival, organized by a few of my friends, is happening on the 2800 block of Main Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Should be lots o’ fun (music, taco contests, good people, etc.), so there’s every reason to go. Free entry, and there’s certainly a taco for everyone. Tons of taquerias will be there, and the choices are bound to be endless and excellent.

There’s a chocolate and wine class with Zach Townsend at Calais Winery at 1:30 p.m. Townsend is an expert on fine chocolate, and he’ll lead the 1.5 hour, $60 per person class through a discussion and tasting of five different wines. To register, go here. The chocolates that have been picked for this class include:

  • Scharffen Berger 70% cacao dark chocolate
  • Patric Madagascar 67% cacao dark chocolate
  • Valrhona 55% cacao semi-sweet dark chocolate
  • Valrhona 41% cacao dark milk Jivara Lactée

Chef Holly Muller is helping bright young minds achieve their dreams. On Saturday, she’s hosting a dinner showcasing their work and also helping them fundraise for a chance to study under an award-winning chef. The dinner’s $65 per person and it starts at 8:30 p.m. RSVP or 601.955.4239 with number of guests and credit card number.

And since I probably can’t say it as well as the PR person can, here’s more:

“Deep Ellum’s My Private Chef will open its kitchen and showroom to three Le Cordon Blue culinary students this Saturday for a special fundraising dinner. Students Connor FitzGerald, Brittany Paul and Ashley Pellegrino are producing a dinner supervised by Certified Executive Chef and Art Institute educator Robbie Hooker to further their education and delight joining guests. Robbie and his wife Victoria, a Le Cordon Bleu Chef educator and the students have designed a five course menu, entitled Taste of Italy, that features farm fresh ingredients from the Coppell Farmers Market.  My Private Chef owner, Chef Holly Muller welcomes these students to her kitchen for a second time since February when they volunteered to help recreate a James Beard House dinner by and with acclaimed Chef Lorenzo Polegri. She recognized the potential in these students after the Polegri dinner sold out two successful seatings. Following the James Beard House dinner, Chef Holly heard that Connor, Brittany and Ashley qualified to serve an externship in Orvieto, Italy and study under Polegri at his restaurant Zeppelin. She hopes the Taste of Italy dinner will help these students raise funds for this once in a lifetime experience to study under this award winning chef.”


Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party is a football-themed fundraiser aimed at tackling childhood hunger. I believe today is the last day to buy advance tickets online for $150 per person or $250 per couple, but remaining tickets will be sold at the door at $175 per guest. First come, first served. Eat dishes from 15 gourmet food stations, mingle with hosts DeMarcus Ware #94 and Jason Hatcher #97, and participate in a silent and live auction with fancy prizes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Glass Cactus Nightclub in Grapevine.