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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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The Texas Veggie Fair Returns to Reverchon Park This Sunday

The largest veg-focused festival in the state returns to Reverchon Park this Sunday. The fifth-annual Texas Veggie Fair features chef demos, live music, yoga classes, speakers, vendors, beer and most importantly, food. Restaurants participating include Be Raw Food and Juice, Peak & Elm, Urban Acres and Whole Foods. The event is free and open to the public (and dogs) and runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parking for the event is at American Airline’s Center’s AudiPark garage and costs $5.

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Chef Tim Byres Whips Up a Feast for Louisiana-Themed Dinner

In case there was any doubt in your mind that Louisiana can be fun place, the Louisiana Office of Tourism is throwing a giant party in honor of the state. James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef, Tim Byres is teaming up with chef Cory Bahr (the 2012 Food Network Chopped! champion) for a Louisiana-themed dinner at The Foundry on October 23. The two have put together a menu of Southern comfort food.

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Multi-City Chefs and Seeds Gala Kicks Off in Dallas

Thirteen chefs from Dallas and Fort Worth are whipping up dishes at 3015 at Trinity Groves on Wednesday, October 22 for the launch of multi-city fundraiser, Chefs and Seeds. The event benefits Seeds of Africa, a charity devoted to community building and developing a self-sustaining model for education in Africa. The gala features coffee from Ascension, cocktails, live music and a bounty of small plates.

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Meet the Owners of Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

The Greenville Avenue Pizza Company we have come to know and love over the past seven years has changed. Put down that box of tissues and rest easy, though, because with this wave of change comes a refreshing interior, innovative range of toppings, and ease in the late-night flow of foot traffic. Pizza maker Sammy Mandell and “First Pizza Lady” Molly Mandell gave us a glimpse into their journey over the years, and and idea of what exactly makes their pizza so enticing. From a menu full of hashtags — like #MeatCandy — to a communal wooden table stretching through the back, this place still delivers that same crisp, cheesy pie-perfection, but with a polished update.

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The Grape Celebrates 42 Years of Business with 4 Days of Festivities

The Grape opened on Lower Greenville in 1972, and forty-two years later, the upscale bistro is still plating some of the most notable dishes in Dallas.

Chef and owner, Brian Luscher, purchased The Grape from its original owners in 2007. “In many ways, the Grape is the same great place it’s always been,” he says. “Creative, current menus meld seamlessly with new innovative culinary ideas.” The Grape was the first restaurant in Dallas to have a blackboard menu, and still offers rotating dishes that are listed via chalk. The restaurant is also known for its wine program, which boasts twenty-four wines by the glass, and a carefully curated cellar with more than two hundred bottles of vino.

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A Sneak Peek at Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival

It’s obvious this city has a place in its heart for three things in particular: food, local artisans and celebrating the two together. With at least two festivals a week there’s always a chance to get involved, learn a thing or two, meet the faces behind our favorite products, shuffle our feet to some tunes, party and most importantly, binge eat for three days straight. Well, this year there’s a new festival in town and it’s a Chipotle addict’s heaven. On Saturday, October 18 at Lake Carolyn in Irving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Chipotle will host its Cultivate Festival. Here are some things you should know before you go.

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Chefs for Farmers Announce First Annual Oyster Bash

Chefs for Farmers announce their first annual Oyster Bash. The event takes place on Sunday, October 26 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Dallas Farmers Market. For $85, guests can suck down oysters, cocktails and wine. Just don’t forget to BYOG (bring your own glass). Chefs participating include: Jon Alexis – TJ’s Seafood […]

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