Drink Beer for a Good Cause and Because It's Beer Tonight at Community Beer Co.

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It's not as if anyone really needs a reason to drink a few beers, but sometimes it's nice to feel like your booze habit can actually benefit others. If you're a fan of local beer and want to get a little tipsy for a cause, head to Community Beer Company tonight for the perfect mix of doing good and drinking good beer.

You'll get to sample some of Community's fresh and delicious craft beers, like their award-winning Witbier or a hoppy Mosaic IPA, while you raise a little cash for lupus research. You'll also be able to take a tour of their massive brewing facility. And because you'll probably need a little something to soak up those high ABV beers, Jack's Chowhound food truck will be there serving up their famous pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches and other greasy delights.

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Matt McCallister Served FT33 Diners His Christmas Tree for Dinner Last Night

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Jason Dady guest chefs at FT33. Bellies are filled with awesome.
Last night, FT33 hosted a guest chef dinner featuring Jason Dady, owner of the Jason Dady restaurant group in San Antonio, James Beard Award semi-finalist and general badass.

The dinner was an 8-course, collaborative meal, "inspired by the season." Headed into the dinner, I was excited about the possibility of tasting some strawberries that McCallister had told me about at Iron Fork. He had said he found them locally (because of course he did), and he claimed that they were "unbelievable."

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Five Reasons to Take Your Belly to Dallas Observer's Iron Fork Tonight

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Catherine Downes
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Have plans this evening? Of course you do. You're headed to Iron Fork, the Dallas Observer's homage to local restaurants, anchored by an epic chef battle between James Beard nominee Matt McCallister and Richard Gras, who has been cooking at Oak in the Design District.

If you don't have tickets yet, you can get them right here, and then you'll have access to more than 30 restaurants and a whole bunch of booze. Below are five of my favorite Iron Fork restaurants. Click here to see the rest of them.

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Dallas' Farmers Markets Double as Hippie Universities, and It's Time to Enroll

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Learning to roast coffee with Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters Kevin and Marta Sprague
As spring continues its brief appearance in Dallas, you've no doubt been making your way to your favorite area farmers markets to get your hands on the first spoils of the season. There's a bumper crop of strawberries this year, as bright as ever. Asparagus is another popular early spring crop, but harvests always seem to be limited. If you're not one of the first shoppers to the market, you'll be stuck picking your way through a massive pile of kale.

The biggest conundrum is what to do with your bounty when you get it home, and while simple preparations are usually best, there are all kinds of ways to make your produce shine. That's why many of the markets around town offer classes to help you and your greens become the best buddies possible. Who knows -- with the skills you pick up you could maybe even convince a toddler to eat some broccoli.

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The Best Arlington Bars for Drinking During the NCAA Final Four

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So we hear there's a little basketball tournament in town this weekend. Every hotel room in Arlington is sold out. Jerry World will be hoppin'. It's a commendable salute of solidarity with your alma mater. And we know you're going to want to really make the most of your vacation in the fine city of Arlington, so we've outlined some good spots for pre- and post- dribble festivities.


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What to Expect from 2014's Big Texas Beer Festival, Including Rare Local Beers

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Scenes from Big Texas Beer Fest 2013 to be recreated this weekend.
It's springtime, and there's so much to look forward to. Pictures in the bluebonnets, more wind and transitioning from sweat pants to yoga pants. Spring is also the time to try new beers. Because, new beers.

This weekend is the third annual Big Texas Beer Fest at the Fair Park Automobile Building, with around 400 beers from over 100 breweries. The final master beer list was just released yesterday.

The Big Texas Beer Festival won the Observer's Best of award last year for beer festivals because of its affordability, location and wide selection of beers, including many special releases. As in previous years, organizers aim to pull local beer under a big enormous umbrella that encompasses beers from around the world.

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Balcones Will Release a Limited-edition Fifth Anniversary Whiskey This Weekend

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If you consider yourself a whiskey snob, or have aspirations of becoming one, you might want to find your way to Balcones' Waco distillery this weekend. Founder Chip Tate recently announced a special fifth-anniversary, straight single-malt release that only 100 folks will get to enjoy. Yes, only 100. It's a tiny place under a bridge. But they're working on bigger things, so just sit tight.

For the event this weekend, Tate set back some of their flagship product, Balcones "1," and let it simmer in two barrels that will yield a few hundred bottles of straight single-malt whiskey. One batch was aged and finished in a barrel that previously held Rumble Cask Reserve, which was made with wildflower honey, mission figs and turbinado sugar. The other was aged in a barrel that once lovingly nurtured Brimstone Resurrection.


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Dallas' Best Chefs Are Rallying Around Dude, Sweet's Sick Chocolatier, and You Can Too

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Katherine Clapner wanted to hire her No. 2 chocolate maker, Ulysses Galvan, the second she opened Dude, Sweet Chocolate in 2009, but she couldn't afford him. Starting any business is tough, but making money from food sales is nearly impossible during the first weeks and months, so Galvan had to wait. He was brought on the following year and has been at Dude, Sweet ever since.

Around the same time he was hired, Galvan was diagnosed with leukemia -- a fact he did his best to keep hidden, Clapner says. It wasn't until Galvan's trips to the hospital became more frequent that she put together the potentially devastating pieces.

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Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Announces Inaugural Event, Including $500 Ticket

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Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival
Fort Worth is getting a highbrow food and wine event this spring. The four-day eating and drinking parade will start on March 27. The aim, other than to consume a lot, is to "infuse historic venues and homegrown flavor" with local chefs, wine makers, craft breweries and the like.

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival (which doesn't appear to be related to the publiction Food & Wine) will kickoff at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Billy Bob's, where craft beers and wines will be served alongside local fare from 12 Fort Worth chefs including Jon Bonnell (Bonnell's & Waters), Terry Chandler (Fred's), Tim Love (Lonesome Dove), Molly McCook (Ellerbe Fine Foods) and Juan Rodriguez (Reata). Live music starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person.


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Taste of Addison Is Out, Replaced by a More Star-Studded and Expensive Fork and Cork

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Put a fork in it: Taste of Addison is done.
If you're a fan of the annual Taste of Addison event as it has been for the past 20 years, you're about to get a little sad. The culinary celebration has been cut, to be replaced by a new event that will tax your wallet a little harder in an effort to provide a more intimate, epicurean experience.

Last year you could get in the gates for just $10, with VIP and other options available. This year the cheapest entry cost into Fork and Cork is $35, though organizers are promising an improved event, starting some big-name personalities.

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