11 Awesome Thanksgiving Food Events in Dallas

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For this special edition of the food calendar, we present to you a meticulously curated collection of restaurants. Because let's face it, your family isn't going to love you anymore if you spend 16 hours doing meal prep. (Also, you just don't have the upper body strength required to stuff that duck into that turkey. Sorry.)

Hard times? No friends? Emotionally crippled by seasonal gourds? Let The Slow Bone (above) be your safe place. Jack Perkins and company will prepare a feast with all the trimmings, free of charge, to anyone who comes aknockin'. Because that's what Thanksgiving is all about. Well, that and giblet gravy.

What it be: Free Thanksgiving lunch at The Slow Bone

When it do: Thursday, Nov. 27 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Where dat is: 2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75207

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Six Awesome Food and Booze Events in Dallas This Weekend, November 20 - 22

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Grapevine Craft Brewery is celebrating one blissfully hoppy year of craft brewing. It's a civic affair, this celebration, or so the guest list would imply. Grapevine's mayor is expected to be in attendance, as are lots of other people who can't be identified in a crowd. Ten beers -- including two special casks -- will be on tap. So join the Mayor for a pint, for Grapevine, for America. But mostly for a pint.

What it be: Grapevine Craft Brewery First Anniversary Party

When it do: Thursday, November 20 from 6 - 10 p.m.

Where dat is: Chill Bar Grapevine 814 S Main St, Grapevine, Texas 76051

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And the Winners of Meat Fight 2014 Are ...

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The Meat Fight judges included Aaron Franklin, Jack Perkins, Daniel Vaughn and Jusitn Fourton.
Imagine this: Saturday night, while you and your fuzzy-ass slippers shiffled to the thermostat to crank your heater to 11, four teams of fancy chefs were huddled around smokers in a muddy West Dallas parking lot, drinking beer and cooking meat overnight in freezing temperatures, all in the name of charity. All in the name of Meat Fight.

This was the fifth year of the Fight, a charity barbecue competition founded by our longtime and award-hoarding Cheap Bastard columnist, Alice Laussade, and her husband, Mike. (The Observer is a sponsor.) It was the largest yet, held in a drafty warehouse across the street from Trinity Groves.

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Eight Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, November 14-16

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Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, these all-you-can-eat pancakes sure are tasty. But you know what would make them even better? A cash bar, art by over 50 emerging artists and live body painting demonstrations." Yeah, I didn't think so. But some weirdo genius did, and they turned that thought into reality. The Pancake & Booze Art Show is billed as "Dallas largest underground art show." We haven't checked the figures on that claim, but we're pretty sure it's the biggest underground art show that predominately features breakfast food. Event is 21 and over only - $5 cover at the door.

What it be: Pancake & Booze Art Show

When it do: Friday, Nov. 14 8:00 p.m. - Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2 a.m.

Where dat is: The Quixotic World Theatre House 2824 Main St Dallas, TX 75226

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Eight Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 30 - November 2

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The Meow-O-Ween Pub Prowl: because really, you can never have too many slightly inebriated co-eds in cat costumes walking down Camp Bowie Boulevard. But hey -- it's for a good cause (and let's face it, ladies, cat costumes are easy, cheap and promote positive human-cat interactions.) Proceeds from the prowl -- which has three stops, Tommy's Hamburgers, Oscar's Pub and Jake's Hamburgers and an after-party at Baker St. Pub & Grill -- go to beautifying Camp Bowie Boulevard. There will be Rahr beer, face painting, prizes for the best dressed cat and the ubiquitous collectible pint glass. Tickets cost $10 and participants are encouraged to bring a can of or bag of cat food as a donation to pet food bank Don't Forget to Feed Me.

What it be: Meow-O-Ween Pub Prowl

When it do: Thursday, Oct. 30 beginning at 5 p.m.

Where dat is: Tommy's Hamburgers 5228 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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How to Roast a Pig the Urban Acres Way

A pork sandwich made from a whole-roast pig at Urban Acres.
On Saturday afternoon, the smoke was a beacon, luring cars and trucks from nearby Beckley Avenue as they drove towards Urban Acres. One truck hit the brakes hard to pull into the lot before passing by as owner Steven Bailey tended the coals that were putting up the thick, white smoke.

See also: Urban Acres Farm and Restaurant: This Is What Eating Local in Dallas Should Taste Like

"We built it entirely from materials we had on hand," Bailey said, and sure enough the walls of his smoker were fashioned from old cement blocks stacked in a ring. An opening was left in the front so air could drift across the coals, taking the smoke and heat inside. That's where the pig sat, splayed in two halves on a metal table top with pans to collect the pork drippings. All of it was capped off by another piece of steel that held in the heat.

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Which Beers You'll Be Drinking Too Much of at Untapped Festival in Dallas This Weekend

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This could be you on Saturday, but you don't have an Untapped ticket.
Generally, we leave talking about music to our friends at DC9, but the food and booze this weekend's Untapped Festival at Gilley's may actually be more interesting than the music. Sure, Cake will be there, and Polyphonic Spree is going to show up in their robes, but that should only be a fleeting concern as you think about exactly how you're going to drink more than 300 beers without dying or getting arrested.

Untapped Fest travels around Texas with their bands and booze, and this weekend's stop in Dallas looks to be much larger than their Houston and Fort Worth shows when it comes to both. Breweries from all over the world, including Austin's 512 Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Blanche De Bruxelles, will each have samples of their beers for the tasting, including some that aren't available to the general public.

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Seven of Dallas' Best Chefs Will Cook Under the Same Roof for Charity on Sunday

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Matt McCallister is among the name chefs bashing oysters.
Since 2009, some of Dallas' best chefs have come together a few times a year to host dinners that showcase the bounty produced by local farmers. Organized by FT33 chef Matt McCallister (duh) and his wife, Iris, Chefs For Farmers dinners over the past few years have raised money for local charitable organizations like the North Texas Food Bank, they've also resulted in some pretty damn incredible food to be eaten.

This year's inaugural Oyster Bash, hosted at the Dallas Farmers Market, is the second event this year for Chefs For Farmers. In August, McCallister hosted a sold-out family-style meal with Pecan Lodge, and the Oyster Bash seems to indicate that the McCallisters are ready to take their farm-to-table philosophy to the next level with a year-round calendar of events that focuses on local food and the chefs who cook it.

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Six Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 23-26

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Lactobacillus fans, this one's for you. As part of their Super Sour Power Week, Strangeways has 35 different sour beers on tap through Sunday, October 26. So what are you waiting for? Make like a wild yeast strain get at it.

What it be: Super Sour Power Week

When it do: Now through Sunday, Oct. 26

Where dat is: Strangeways 2429 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, Texas 75204

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Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 16-19

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Every Thursday, the Dallas Farmers Market -- newly renovated and bustling with vendors -- stays open late. For vegetable lovers, these extended hours represent a rare opportunity to get their late-night-produce-groove on, while others see the combination of food trucks, an open-air market and beer and wine vendors as prime "milling" territory. So whether you need some fresh tomatoes for your sauce or you just want to get saucy with some tomatoes, Market After Dark is just the event for you.

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