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Bits & Bites: Things to Do & Chew July 25-27

D Magazine’s Best of Big D party last night came at a perfect time to kick off a weekend of celebrations throughout town. Get your party hats on and keep the energy going as you hop from one bash to the next.

Photo by Lauryn Bodden.
Photo by Lauryn Bodden.
Friday, July 25Th
Christmas is a magical time of the year that comes and goes as fast as Emporium Pie’s Lord of the Pies on a Sunday. The Bishop Arts District decided we could use a little bit of cheer in this Texas heat, so they are bringing Christmas in July. Festivities include a decorated neighborhoods, sales at local shops, carols by Fox and the Bird and Kirk Thurmond, special sweet treats of the holiday variety and even photos with dear ‘ole Santa Claus. The forecast looks sunny, but be warned for the snow flurries coming through the streets of Bishop Arts around 7 pm.

You could say Deep Ellum Brewing Company gets really excited about Fridays, because they have two shindigs going on tonight. First, stop off at The Rustic for a launch party with local music from Shane Smith and the Saints out on the patio, local home brewing from Mox Nix and a preview of DEBC’s 3rd Annual Labor of Love Fest of Ales. This all goes down starting at 5 pm, so get there early because it will get packed.

Next, head to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Fort Worth for a five-course beer dinner at 7 pm. This menu rings at $70, but delivers items such as an open-faced croque monsieur with crispy prosciutto and strawberry jam, pistachio seared skin-on trout, crispy pork belly, shiitake-crusted prime ribeye, and black cherry gelato with cherrywood smoked bacon and chocolate covered espresso beans. Call (817) 877-3999 for reservations.

Saturday July 26th

Photo by Lauryn Bodden.
Photo by Lauryn Bodden.
Okay, I realize you may be tired of all these national holidays, but today is National Day of the American Cowboy, so pony up, because you’re Texan for pete’s sake. Obviously, you’re going to the Fort Worth Stockyards in Stockyard Station to compete in Riscky’s BBQ’s rib eating contest that kicks off at 2:30 pm. Riscky’s, a Fort Worth BBQ staple since 1927, challenges you to eat as many beef ribs as possible in 20 minutes, and the top two finalists will go head-to-head for a $500 grand prize. Now that you have your appetite under control, go get your two-step on at Billy Bob’s, “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk.” Doors open at 6 pm and Ronnie Milsap hits that stage at 8 pm.

Sunday July 27th
Pakpao Thai launches their new Thai-influences build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for brunch at $8. Take a serving of vodka and mix it with a choice of three housemade mixes (Sriracha, Thai Mary or Curry) and an array of garnishes including pickles, three kinds of olives, celery sticks, jalapeños, cornichons, limes, lemons and Thai chilies. Brunch runs from 11 am – 2 pm.

Photo by Kevin Marple
Photo by Kevin Marple

Urban Crust Wood-Fired Pizzas will celebrate its fifth anniversary with its Grazie for 5 Years Celebration from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at its Historic Downtown location in Plano. All North Texas residents are invited to this free event, which will benefit North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids, an initiative that provides chronically hungry children in Plano with a weekend backpack filled with kid-friendly food. Exchange a donation for a raffle ticket to win prizes throughout the night, including a grand prize of an Urban Crust Mobile Pizza Oven Soiree for 20 people at a location of the host’s choice. Now back to the food… guests can look forward to wood-fired pizzas, signature drinks, a liquid nitrogen demonstration creating frozen cocktails, and a DJ at 32 Degrees Rooftop Bar and Patio.

Monday July 28th
Best of the Big D winner for Fried Chicken, Stampede 66 will host a three-course beer dinner alongside Rahr & Sons starting at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $50 plus tax and gratuity, and reservations should be made by emailing shorne@stephanpyles.com or calling (214) 550-6966.