Four Awesome Crawfish Boils, Plus Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, April 16-19

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Danny Fulgencio
You know it's crawfish season when you have to strategically plan your weekend around crawfish boils. This weekend alone there are four different boils, so we've put together a quick run-down for all you mudbug lovers out there. Our weekly events round-up follows.

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Four Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, April 9-12

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Long gone are the days when food trucks meant anonymous white vans and mystery burritos. Nowadays, food trucks are stalked with the aid of social media, with devotees willing to pay handsomely for dishes prepared on four wheels. This Thursday, Denton will be inundated by the likes of The Waffle Wagon and The Pickled Carrot during their annual food truck fest. The trucks will occupy three venues -- East Side Denton, Oak St. Drafthouse and Austin St. Truck Stop -- in order to maximize the street to food truck ratio.

What it be: Denton's Annual Food Truck Fest

When it do: Thursday, April 9 from 3-11 p.m.

Where dat is: Multiple locations

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Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, April 3-5

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Rather than show up to your family's Easter Sunday shindig with the same old hot cross buns, why not bring some cookies, chocolates or other goodies you picked up The Bake Sale? The Bake Sale is a collaborative effort between Lily Hanson, of Hotel Zaza, Bolsa and Urbano Café fame, and Skye McDaniel, formerly of Village Baking Co. and currently at Murray Street Coffee Shop. These two will have a host of scratch made, sweet treats that you can either eat-in or takeaway.

What it be: The Bake Sale

When it do: Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where dat is: 1410 North Fitzhugh Ave. (by Jimmy's and Urbano Cafe)

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Seven Awesome Food Events in DFW This Weekend, March 26-29

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The BBQ Bash at Billy Bob's
The Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival is this weekend and the schedule is jam-packed with all kinds of goodness. Thursday night gets things off to a tasty start with the BBQ Bash at Billy Bob's, where pit masters will be slicing and serving the very best that smoke and meat have to offer. Friday offers two events, The Grand Tasting and #latenight Desserts After Dark. As the name implies, The Grand Tasting is no small affair, with over one hundred wines, beers and spirits to choose from (not to mention the food.)#latenight Desserts After Dark provides a great channel for some of the area's best mixologists and pastry chefs to come together and create boozy, sugary magic. Saturday also offers two events: Rise and Dine (slated to be a brunch for the ages) and Burgers, Brews & Blues. Sunday wraps things up with Family Sunday Funday, a food truck event. See the website for more information, including times, prices and locations.

What it be: Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival

When it do: Thursday, March 26 - Sunday, March 29

Where dat is: Locations vary

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The Good Markets Chili Cook-Off: Because It's Texas, and It's Chili

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In Texas, a good bowl of chili is practically currency. It's a way to warm up on a cold day, works well in fried applications and over Fritos, and can occasionally help mothers keep their delinquent children coming back home. Chili is certainly important in Texas, and the good people behind Good Local Markets (formerly White Rock Local Market and others) have come up with another way for this Texas staple dish to be engrained into our lives -- by helping us show up our neighbors.

When Good Local Market was still White Rock Local Market, the chili cookoffs were nothing short of legendary. Despite the name change, the newly rebranded farmers market will still host the same competition that Lakewood residents learned to love this year on April 19. Be prepared to bring your A Game, though -- these chili aficionados don't play. Whether your top-secret recipe is traditional, spicy, vegetarian, or more of a "wild card," it had better be legit.

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Matt McCallister and Omar Flores Will Throw Down at the 2015 Dallas Observer Iron Fork

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Matt McCallister will take on his toughest component yet, Omar Flores
It's time for another Dallas Observer Iron Fork event, and while the participating restaurants are sure to provide another gustatory marathon of epic proportions, it's hard to discuss the food until you've gotten past this year's awesome competition chefs.

Matt McCallister has been dominating the competition since he ousted Scott Romano in Iron Fork 2013, but this year will bring his stiffest competition to date as he takes on Omar Flores of Casa Rubia. Of all the restaurants to fill Trinity Groves, Casa Rubia is in a league of its own, with an inventive take on Spanish cooking that Dallas has never seen before. Flores is in a special position to oust McCallister. If you like to root for the underdog, this is your year to get caught up in the competition.

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Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, March 19-22

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Danny Fulgencio
Savor Dallas 2011
It's the 11th year for Savor Dallas and there's a whole host of things to see, do, eat and drink. Friday night's event at the arboretum is sold out, as is the Reserve Tasting and Sunday brunch, but that just leaves more room for the Grand Tasting, (sorry, sold out) the Toast of the Town event series and Thursday's Arts District Wine Stroll. Head over to Savor's website for more information.

What it be: Savor Dallas

When it do: Thursday, March 19 - Sunday, March 22

Where dat is: Multiple locations

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Four Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, March 12-15

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Beer and cheese, people.
Whole Foods is doing a fish fry. Now before you go, you'll have to do a little mental reconciliation. That is, you will have to reconcile the disparity between Whole Foods, with its organic chia seeds and probiotic hot dogs and a fish fry, with its, well, fried stuff. Fried catfish, hush puppies and French fries, to be exact. They'll also throw in some coleslaw. Because health food. The cost is $10 per person.

What it be: Whole Foods Market Plano: Fish Fry

When it do: Friday, March 13 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Where dat is: 2201 Preston Rd Plano, Texas 75093


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Dallas Will Remember Beloved Urban Farmer Tom Spicer with a Party on Sunday

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A Spicer selfie.
The Dallas culinary scene continues to mourn the sudden death of Tom Spicer, the eccentric urban farmer whose greens graced so many restaurant plates. The day after it was reported that Spicer died, poster board signs calling him a "Dallas hero" and offering condolences could be found on the fences of his East Dallas garden.

Condolences from chefs and foodies poured in on Facebook and Twitter, and many were jumping into Facebook conversations about how to best honor the life of such a quirky, well-loved guy, leading many people to wonder when memorial services for Spicer would be scheduled. Now, it looks as if Spicer's family and the culinary community have come together to throw an event that would've made the Spiceman smile.

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Four Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, March 5-8

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Before he died this week, local veggie whisperer Tom Spicer was working on a new space next to Garden Café, where he planned to host a BYOB dinner every Thursday this month. The March 5 menu included choucroutes, quiche Loraine, Plat au fromages, fried okra over salad greens and Peach Melba, and it was supposed to be the lead item in this week's food-event roundup.

So, you know. Shit. Eat some greens in his honor and go to one of these other events, too.

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