Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, June 21

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We have officially entered the summer season today, and Aw Shucks/Big Shucks are celebrating the first day with great drink specials. Draft beers for $1.50, $2.00 tecates, $3.25 margaritas, $2.00 wine-a-ritas, and half price oysters (offerings vary at each location). You could probably find $2.00 in change in your couch or car. Need I say more?

The Dallas Arts District is also celebrating summer with its 5th annual Summer Block Party. Starting at 6 p.m., they are closing off Harwood and Flora Streets to traffic in downtown Dallas so that you can party until midnight. Walk through the streets and explore the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and Klyde Warren Park. All that for free. The streets will be lined with food, trucks, musical guests, beverages, and art.

Hotel St. Germain’s 70s Retro Weekend kicks off tonight with its “French Connection” cocktail and Champagne bar. In honor of the 40th anniversary of a turbulent time in history, there will be pop culture and 1970s memorabilia on display with Champagne bar service in The Parlor, The Library, or al-fresco in The Courtyard of the hotel. For $85 per couple, the bar includes a split of Veuve Clicquot, oysters, hors d’oeuvres, and a chocolate profiterole dessert.

Saturday

The first summer class (soil biology, field prep, layout and design) at We Over Me Farm is tomorrow from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m. Go here for more info. There’s a Facebook page, too.

Chef Tiffany Derry is kind enough to host an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil for all you hungry people at Azure Restaurant and Bar in Addison. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., eat all the crawfish, sausage, corn, and potatoes you can for $25. The kicker? Full service bar, too.

The Ranch at Las Colinas has a special dinner at 7:00 p.m. this weekend that will feature exclusive wines from the Franciscan Estate vineyard. The five-course meal with wine is $95 per guest for courses like smoked duck breast, Texas arugula, figs, spice pecans and round rock honey and sage vinaigrette, paired with Magnificat Meritage, a Bordeaux style blend from Napa Valley. Seating is limited so call for reservations: 972-506-7262.

Best Little Brewfest in Texas (2:00 to 7:00 p.m.) will present over 50 craft brewers and more than 120 beers at the Texas Motor Speedway. There will be plenty of entertainment and activities with the “Draft Wall of Courage” to challenge your brewing knowledge and taste buds, as well as a music stage with four local bands outside and seven acoustic musicians inside. Get your tickets ($30-$75) soon.

Sunday

In conclusion of the 70s celebration weekend, the hotel will host a screening of “All the President’s Men” where you can sit back and enjoy brunch that includes the “Deep Throat” mimosa. Pretty clever.

If you haven’t made it by the pop-up restaurant Twenty at the Tower, you have another chance this weekend. Each family-style dinner has a different chef. Follow the link above to see some of the confirmed chefs. Wonder who it will be this weekend…

Marley Dablo will be an online journalism senior at the University of Oklahoma in the fall. She plans to attend culinary school upon graduation in hopes of combining her writing and culinary skills to ultimately have her own cooking show one day.

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