Meat Fight 2014 Tickets Go on Sale Tomorrow

Categories: Barbecue, Events

Catherine Downes
Meat Fight founder Alice Laussade is slowly building Texas' coolest barbecue event.
Meat Fight, the barbecue competition, fundraiser and saucy brainchild of our Bearded columnist, Alice Laussade, returns to Trinity Groves on Sunday, November 16. You want to go. You need to go. But will you go? Depends on the accuracy of your clock and the quickness of your clicking fingers.

Tickets for the event -- which features 16 of Dallas' best chefs smoking meat for you to eat, all in the name of charity -- go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. They'll sell out in minutes. Don't be hungover.

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The Meat Fight Meat Scavenger Hunt Starts ... Now

Catherine Downes for Meat Fight
Go do something meaty and photograph it. It'll be fun.
Last year, tickets to Meat Fight (my barbecue competition that benefits the National MS Society) sold out in a flash.

So, this year, we decided to have a meat scavenger hunt so that one lucky bastard could have easy access to our meat tickets before any other bastard. This is good for us for two reasons: 1) If anyone participates, it means that an actual meat fight occurred in the streets of Dallas because we demanded it, and 2) (see 1).

It's good for you because the winner receives the opportunity to purchase Meat Fight tickets without having to endure the possible scramble that could happen on October 1 when tickets go on sale to the general public. Also, you now have an excuse to fight a pig or cow in public. You're welcome.

Behold: the rules of the 2014 Meat Scramble.

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5 Awesome Food Events in Dallas this Weekend, September 25-28

Categories: Events, Food News

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Come rub shoulders with the man who loves to rub shoulders (usually pork, but sometimes human) this Thursday evening. John Tesar will step down from his meaty throne for Foodiepalooza, a benefit to raise money for the East Dallas Boys and Girls Club. Tesar will be on hand in order to promote his donations to the cause, including a six-person "meat tasting extravaganza" at Spoon. Participants can also mingle with pastry chef Katie Kennedy and chef Grant Morgan of The Ranch at Las Colinas as they nosh on everything from smoked chicken hash sliders to brisket quesadillas. Tickets start at $65 and sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. Possible verbal tirade from Tesar: priceless.

What it be: Foodiepalooza

When it do: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, September 25

Where dat is: Times Ten Cellars 6324 Prospect Ave.

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Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, September 18-21

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Deep Ellum Wine Walk
Participating Deep Ellum venues will open their doors tonight for the first-ever Wine Walk. This event is perfect for the art-lover whose resveratrol levels could use a little pick-me-up. For $5 you get a specially designed wine glass which will be topped off as you meander through galleries such as B4 Vintage, Life of Riley, Kettle Art and the Rachel Nash Gallery. The Wine Walk is slated to become a regular event, occurring on the third Thursday of every month.

What it be: Deep Ellum Wine Walk
When it do: Thursday, Sept. 18 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where dat is: Kettle Art 2650-B Main St, Dallas, Texas 75226

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Here's What You Need to Know about Tomorrow's Dallas Observer Brewfest

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Don't worry lost sheep. We are here to guide you.
Tomorrow, the Dallas Observer Brewfest will take over the Dallas Farmers Market, blanketing the area in six inches of beer foam, countless wobbly bodies and, most importantly, tiny pretzels strung together into delicious necklaces. If you have already purchased tickets, great. Feel free to skip ahead. If you haven't, follow this link and get on your tickets fast. You have until 5 p.m. tomorrow to take advantage of a $10 discount. Do not delay. VIP tickets have already sold out.

With your tickets secured, you may have a few questions about how to get the most out of your Brewfest experience. Below you'll find out responses to a few frequently asked questions. Please read them carefully. Your Brewfest enjoyment hangs in the balance.

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Six Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, September 11-14

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Dallas Observer's Brewfest moves to the Farmers Market this year. Don't worry: We're bringing the beer with us.

Starting this week, and every week forever after, we present you with a down-and-dirty schedule of food and drink-related events. You can always find more events at

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Here are the Breweries Coming to Dallas Observer's BrewFest at the Farmers Market

Categories: Events

TK Credit
A sea of drunk: It doesn't get any better.
You may be more focused on the best ways to injure your insides with fried things at the State Fair of Texas, but we need to talk for a few moments about Dallas Observer Brewfest, our annual ode to beer. The upcoming fest is less than a month away, and the list of participating brewers has come out. It's looking really good.

Local beer has exploded in Dallas in the past few years, and the growth is reflected in the breweries you'll have access to at this year's event. Peticolas, Lakewood, and Deep Ellum are breweries we've all gotten to know really well, but these newcomers will round out a solid local beer offering.

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

Categories: Events

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
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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