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Braden and Yasmin Wages Discuss Their Beer Journey and Future Plans for Malai Kitchen

You might conjure up images of the owners growing up on generations of family cooking in the heart of Southeast Asia upon slurping down a bowl of beef Vietnamese noodle soup or licking clean a plate of massaman braised lamb shank at Malai Kitchen. However, Braden Wages will tell you he really didn’t even know what pho was until he traveled to Vietnam after college. Braden and wife Yasmin fell in love with the food, culture, and tradition of this country, which serves as the foundation for their Thai and Vietnamese style of cooking.

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Celebrating Beer With Local Brewers

Whether you take your beer from an ice cold can, by the gallon out of a personalized growler, via red Solo cup after a beer pong loss, or straight from the tap, North Texas Beer Week welcomes you one and all. This week we salute the brewers, the bartenders, the open-patio bars, and the people who make those enormous chalices that take your guzzling experience to the next level.

Now, get to know the faces behind some of your favorite local brews.

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Top Events to Attend During North Texas Beer Week

Beer-lovers unite each year during North Texas Beer Week to raise their commemorative glasses in honor of the ever-growing Texas beer culture. It’s a celebration that begins with a number of events, Untapped Festival being the biggest — which look place this past weekend — and continues through Sunday, November 9. There are over 285 froth-filled parties taking place within the next week. So, whether you like your mug filled up with an IPA, porter, stout, or even pumpkin ale, you will find at least one happening to quench your thirst and give proper thanks to the great beers of North Texas. Here is a roundup of our top events to hit this week. Cheers.

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Dallas Chop House Re-Opens With an Updated Menu

As you may recall, a fire engulfed the kitchen of Main Street’s Dallas Chop House this past August. While thankfully there were no serious injuries, the restaurant was forced to close its doors and undergo a remodel. “We wanted to keep the color scheme and the aesthetics the same,” Nafees Alam, co-founder and vice president of DRG Concepts, explains of the similar-looking dining room. The restaurant salvaged what they could, but for the most part, all of the furniture and kitchen equipment is new. Along with an updated interior, executive chef Chad Starling and DRG corporate chef AJ Joglekar have made a few changes to the menu.

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The Volunteer Center of North Texas Hosts ‘Hearts on the Trinity’ Event

It’s easy to validate stuffing your face and throwing down money for a day of drinking when it’s done in the name of charity. With an appetite for just about everything, and the most restaurants per capita to back that hunger, it’s only natural that every weekend now, Dallas comes together to celebrate food. This Sunday, November 2, The Volunteer Center of North Texas will host its inaugural Hearts on the Trinity in Dallas’ newest culinary incubator Trinity Groves.

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Taco Night at Four Corners Brewing Co.

Some of Dallas’ best taquerias are gathering at Four Corners Brewing Co. on Thursday, November 6 for a full-fledged taco party. The taquerias are serving “el verdadero sabor (the true taste)” of Mexico with tacos de trompo. Dos Primos Tacos will make their Dallas debut at the event with paprika-based adobo tacos de trompo — pork tacos from northern Mexico. El Tizoncito, El Come Taco and Urban Taco are plating DF-style tacos, which stands for Distrito Federal Mexico (Mexico City). These al pastor tacos are usually marinated with a chile-based and achiote adobo.

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Brisket and Wine at Pecan Lodge

By now you surely know all about Justin and Diane Fourton’s luscious, award-winning barbecue. But did you know that you can now wash down their brisket with a glass of wine? It’s one of several adjustments that Pecan Lodge has made since moving from Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market, to a storefront on Main Street in Deep Ellum.

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Scenes from the Chefs for Farmers Oyster Bash

Chefs for Farmers held their first annual Oyster Bash at the Dallas Farmers Market on Sunday. Guests and chefs sucked down oysters and libations from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Chefs participating in the event included Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood Market), Matt McCallister (FT33), Kyle McClelland (Proof + Pantry), Jack Perkins (The Slow Bone), Stephen Rogers (Gemma), Jon Stevens (Stock and Barrel), John Tesar (Knife) and Randy Rucker (Briar and Bramble, Houston). You can view photos from the event below.

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FT33 Launches a Barrel-Aged Cocktail Program

I’m sitting at the bar at FT33 with two wine glasses in front of me. In one there’s a familiar, grassy-colored splash of green Chartreuse, in the other a foreign yellow spirit. While technically also green Chartreuse, this liquor is the color of honey and smells sweet, like vanilla. Bartenders Tristan Price and Scott Augat watch in anticipation as I put the glass to my lips. The flavor is as sweet as the aroma, the sharp bitterness of the herbs are dulled by the oak barrel it was aged in. “This is delicious!” I blurt out while secretly wishing it was later in the day so I could order a proper, full-sized cocktail.

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Fiesta de la Vida at Stampede 66

Stampede 66 and Lakewood Brewing Company are celebrating Halloween, and the launch of North Texas Beer Week, with a beer-infused costume party. Guests will munch on (and sip) five beer and food pairings and at midnight there will be a cask tapping of Lakewood’s special edition, Temptress Mole. Costumes are highly encouraged, and there are prizes for “best costume,” “most seductive” and “least effort.”

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Truffles and Bubbles at the Mansion on Turtle Creek

The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is throwing one over-the-top party. Five nationally-recognized chefs are gathering at the Mansion Restaurant on November 1, for a multi-course dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Chefs participating in the event include:

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Scenes from the 2014 Texas Veggie Fair

The largest vegetarian and vegan food festival in the state took over Reverchon Park this past Sunday. Food vendors, animal adoption agencies, chefs, yoga instructors and plant-based food lovers gathered in celebration of vegetarian and vegan fare. Aside from a few overflowing garbage cans, the event was an apparent success. You can check out photos from fair below.

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The Dallas 24 Hour Club’s ‘Under the Stars’ Dinner

The Dallas 24 Hour Club recently turned forty-five years young. For most, the locale goes unnoticed — a sleepy little property on the corner Ross and Grigsby. Just another neutral facade situated between downtown Dallas and lower Greenville. For others, The Dallas 24 Hour Club has played savior. A safe haven. A second chance at life.

In celebration, the non-profit hosted an “Under the Stars” dinner event last night to raise funds for their continued mission of providing a sense of home and support for individuals transitioning from a life of substance abuse to a more optimistic future.

Dinner included courses from local and national celebrity chefs including Tim Byres (Smoke; 2014 James Beard Award Winner), Stephen Pyles (Stephen Pyles, San Salvaje, Stampede 66), Matt McCallister (FT33; 2014 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist), Justin Box (Café Momentum), David Collier (Knife), Sean Fry (TK Culinary), Jason Martin (360), and Jason Skinner (3015 at Trinity Groves).

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VNA Luncheon with Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole

Chef Tyson Cole is fantasy material. And now for Dallas, the fantasy is blossoming into a very tangible reality. The chef and owner of celebrated Austin restaurant, Uchi, is poised to open his Japanese wonder-house of culinary magic, right here in Dallas. You already know this. Nancy told you all about it in May, and she continued to tease your Uchi sensation in September by telling you all about a celebrity Chef luncheon held by the fine people at VNA. VNA runs Meals on Wheels and hospice care, and this was the fifth year they hosted this particular event. During the luncheon, Chef Tyson Cole demonstrated his skills, answered questions about how his seafood is better than yours, and told us why there will be no lunch at the new location in Dallas.

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Flashback Friday: Eat, Read & Be Merry!

I found a signed copy of George Toomer’s American Extremes at the thrift store last weekend. When I opened the book, a newspaper clipping fell out, it was his 2009 obituary. “He was known internationally as Buffalo George, an award-winning adman, illustrator and social critic of everything from fast food to the city of Dallas. The origin of his nickname was obvious – wearing one of his trademark Hawaiian shirts, he resembled a bison.” I’d never heard of Toomer until a week ago, but he sounded like a truly cool dude. After I got home I looked him up online. He went by “Buffalo George,” drew illustrations for the Wall Street Journal and Time, wrote books, was a restauranteur, critic and TV personality. What didn’t this guy do?

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