Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew This Weekend, Dec. 13-15

Peppermint Crush from J. Black's (photography by Matthew Shelley)
Peppermint Crush from J. Black’s (photography by Matthew Shelley)

Despite this cold and rainy weather, there are a ton of fun things happening this weekend. I know y’all want to snuggle indoors, but push that thought to the back of your head. Ignore those voices. Go out. Drive at a normal speed on North Central Expressway. (All you people clogging up the highways during traffic hour, I shake my fist at you.) YOLO, baby.

FRIDAY

Decorate cookies with your kids at the Red Sails Project Art Show and Benefit. This free event will have a silent auction to support orphans.

For $15, you can sample cheese and wine with owner Paula Lambert of Mozzarella Company at Veritas Wine Room. Take this rainy day and turn it into a cheesy day, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cheeses: Bianca Blanca; Herbed Goat Log; Black Pepper & Garlic Cacciota; and Deep Ellum Blue.

Wines: NV Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne; 2011 Val de Mer Petit Chablis; 2010 Swallow Pinot Noir Oregon and 2011 Equinoxe Crozes-Hermitage.

SATURDAY

The White Rock Local Market’s Holiday Extravaganza has been rescheduled to this weekend, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Showcasing the best artists, farmers and food artisans, the market is a one stop shop for holiday gift-giving.” The market will take place at 9150 Garland Road.

SUNDAY

45 of Dallas’ best bartenders will be mixing drinks at “Cocktails for a Cause.” The fun starts at 6 p.m. at The Standard Pour in Uptown. Specialty cocktails run for $10 each, and proceeds are going directly to Trigger’s Toys, a local charity that donates toys to children in hospitals.

Brisket and the Cowboys game. Seriously. This is every football fan’s dream. Veritas Wine Room is dropping two HD TV screens for the watch party, making American wagyu brisket, and only charging $17.99 per head. (This includes two sides.) The food should be ready by 3:15 p.m., just in time for kick off.

Winter weather calls for a good tamale. At the Univision Tamale Festival, you can sample delicious tamales and watch cooking competitions. It’s all happening at 3 p.m. at the Dallas Market Hall.