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Bits & Bites: Things to Eat in Dallas this Weekend

October can be busy as you scramble to get your costume together and throw up your Halloween decorations, hit up some of the new seasonal menus around town and continue to eat everything pumpkin that you can get your hands on. We know you’re busy, but we still put together this list of weekend foodie events, just in case you’re looking for something extra to throw into your schedule.

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Chef John Tesar Talks Oysters and Chefs for Farmers

The Dallas organization Chefs for Famers thrives off its deep roots within sustainability and eco-consciousness. This collaboration of chefs, farmers, and local artisans looks to showcase the talents of the city, while celebrating the region’s most dedicated farmers, and educating the community on the importance of connection between our stomachs and the faces behind the food we consume.

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What To Drink Now: Top 5 Reasons to Visit Napa Valley

Though harvest wrapped slightly earlier than normal this year, it is still the ideal time to visit one of the best wine regions in the world. I had a chance to visit earlier this month, enjoying several must do experiences as a guest of the wineries I visited.

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Taste Test Thursday: Restaurant Chips and Salsa

It seems everybody has an opinion when it comes to chips and salsa in Dallas, and more often than not, the opinion is a strong one. It’s one of those heated issues that can be uncomfortable to bring up in a room full of people — like religious views, or whether or not David Lynch is a sellout for endorsing a line of women’s athletic wear (I recently had a friend storm out of a cocktail party in a huff over that particular topic). People hold their favorite chips and salsa combos near and dear to their hearts. And truthfully, the quality (or lack thereof) is enough to lead someone to a specific restaurant, or steer them away. Ideally, we would have tasted all of the chips and salsas in town for this week’s blind taste test, but there was simply not enough counter space, or room in our bellies. So I narrowed down the selection to seven. Here’s what happened.

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Chef Andrew Bell Resigns from Bolsa, Heads to Bistro 31

Chef Andrew Bell has had a varied career in the restaurant business. In 1999 he was a sushi chef at Citizen and the Mercury. He moved to Austin and worked as a sous chef at Uchi. Avner Samuel lured Bell to be his chef de cuisine at Aurora, a job he held for two years. (I still miss that place.) In 2008, Bell opened his own barbecue joint in downtown Dallas called Dr. Bell’s. In 2010, he reconnected with Samuel, this time in the kitchen of Nosh Euro Bistro. In 2012, he joined the team at Bolsa. Today he announced he is leaving Bolsa to head up the kitchen at Bistro 31.

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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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The Localist: Lakewood Brewing Company’s Bokkenrijders Altbier

It’s really fun to live in a city that feels familiar yet continually changes all the time. I’m discovering great restaurants, bars, and products all the time, while trying to keep up with all of the new ones that appear to pop up overnight. The one industry that seems to be changing faster than I can fathom is Texas craft beer. Every time I visit a local bar or supermarket, there are beers on the shelves from local and regional breweries that I don’t recognize, and most of them are made in my backyard.

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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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Pour Judgment: Midnight Rambler in the Basement of the Joule Hotel

Midnight Rambler opened in the basement of the Joule Hotel at the beginning of the month, and has been shaking up craft cocktails every night since. The cocktail den was designed by the team behind trendy boutique — also located in the Joule Hotel — TenOverSix. The aesthetics are as curated as the drinks. The vibe is ’60s chic and the space is filled with brass bar stools, plush leather couches, vintage-looking (and actual vintage) tables, books, records, art and plants.

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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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Dallas Food Truck Schedule: October 20 – 26

This is the time of year when schools do fundraisers, and they’ve learned that they can increase attendance and make it a more fun event with food trucks. This coming weekend, you’ll see fall festival events at schools across the city: Brentfield, Moss Haven, Indian Creek, Butler, and Hedgecox Elementary schools, as well as Gulledge School, Whitt School, and Parish Episcopal. Go support.

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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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