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

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via Sara Kerens
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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Tom Spicer Was Unique and Quirky and Awesome Until the Day He Died

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TK
Spicer was always a character.
"I just want basic security doing what I love and want to share. Peace-out --
Spice"

That was the last line of the final message I'll ever receive from Tom Spicer. Looking at it now, it seems as fitting as it does eerie.


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Tom Spicer, Dallas' First Local Food Advocate, Has Died

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See ya later, Spiceman.
If there is anyone to credit for Dallas' appetite for locally grown produce, it's Tom Spicer. His impossibly peppery arugula, foraged mushrooms and other garden delights have been staples on fine dining menus for the past several years, and Spicer established himself as one of the city's fiercest advocates for local food throughout his 30-year career in the industry.

Which is why Spicer's death is so devastating to the local food community and the people who loved his quirky and entirely original personality. As D first reported yesterday, Spicer was found dead in his residence by a friend after repeated calls went unanswered. He was 59.

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Urban Acres Is Hosting a Food Conference in Dallas, with Organic Farming Star Joel Salatin

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Scott Reitz
Local food + local food advocate = hippie heaven.
Despite plenty of skepticism, the trend of local, organic, sustainable food seems to be one that's sticking around. We're all happy to plunk down the extra few bucks at a grocery store or restaurant for organic ingredients, which is probably good considering how much other garbage we eat and drink. In Dallas, Urban Acres, a local community supported agriculture organization and farmstead, has been driving the trend for as long as it's been around.

Now these organic junkies plan to kick up their passion for organic food a notch by launching the first-annual "sōl Conference," and they've brought in a pretty big gun in the world of naturally-grown food to kick it off. Joel Salatin, the owner of Polyface Farms in Virginia, will keynote the inaugural event, to the delight of hippies and foodies everywhere.

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Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market Reopens in June, Is Going to Be Awesome

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This place is about to get a whole lot more delicious.
If you've been to the new and improved Dallas Farmers Market in recent months, you've probably noticed that Shed 2, former home to Pecan Lodge and Ain't No Mo Butter Cakes (I miss you dearly, mini butter cakes), has been undergoing renovations since the market officially relaunched in the middle of last year. Last week, the Market announced that it would be reopening Shed 2 this summer, and it looks like it's going to feature some exciting additions and old favorites.

The renovations to the 26,000 square foot Shed 2 look to be pretty comprehensive. Multiple indoor seating spaces will be added, along with an improved layout that makes Shed 2 easier to shop. The building will also get a major aesthetic overhaul, with a new look that features "natural elements and colors inspired by nature," which is probably a great improvement over the stark white walls and unfinished interior that existed previously.

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Luscher's Will Open Next Week, So Get in Line Now

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Kathy Tran
Put this in your face and so much more starting Monday.
Brian Luscher is a guy who knows how to build hype, even if he always somehow manages to fly under the radar. His much-anticipated hot dog joint Luscher's has been in the works for nearly two years now -- probably longer in that culinary genius brain of his -- and now we'll finally be able to taste his delicious wares as early as next week.

Expect long-ass lines when Luscher's opens their doors, because this is near Pecan Lodge-level hype. Fortunately, if the menu published yesterday by Eater Dallas is any indication, all this wait is going to so be worth it. There is enough delicious meat at this forthcoming restaurant to permanently give you the meat sweats.

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Now Our Carbon Emissions Are Threatening to Kill Off Delicious Shellfish

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Foodbitch
Ocean Acidification could affect oysters from up north, and in our own gulf.
The list of food things that could potentially be harmed by increased carbon emissions is growing, and the latest addition really hits where it hurts. A new report in Nature Climate Change suggests oysters, mussels and other delicious bivalves could be threatened by the carbon we keep pumping into the atmosphere.

Here's how:

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Old-School Lucky's Cafe Is Taking a Stab at Local, and the Regulars Aren't Thrilled

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Scott Reitz
A list of locally sourced ingredients at Lucky's
I haven't seen this face in a while. I tell my waitress I want the "loud puppies," an almost-funny take on hush puppies that uses jalapeño to turn up the volume. She grimaces, subtly. Without saying a word her message is obvious: Don't order the loud puppies. I get the fried mushrooms instead.

I haven't been to Lucky's Cafe since nearly three years ago, when a Reuben sandwich failed to persuade me to return. Recently, though, I received a few inquiries about the Oak Lawn cafe. The kitchen has undergone some changes and nobody seems happy about them. In fact, a recent menu overhaul has some regulars in an uproar.

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Pop Diner Has Closed, Thank God

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Catherine Downes
Pop, popped.
Pop Diner opened to significant fanfare a little more than two years ago. The space was filled with Lichtenstein-esque prints and head shots of pop stars. The walls were bright red, the music was loud and the place was open 24 hours. It was just the sort of diner Uptown needed to keep late night drunks from digesting their own stomachs. We wanted to love it!

There was just one problem: the food was awful. I waded my way through dry, greasy burgers with meat of questionable provenance, terrible hot dogs and sandwiches that looked like they were assembled by a mitten-wearing walrus.

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Seven Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, February 26 - March 1

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Catherine Downes
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck is honoring the year of the sheep with a dish called Cumin Soy Marinated Sheep-chops. Sheep-chops are empirically better than lamb-chops, if only because they do not conjure up such vivid of images of this little guy. To go along with the sheep-chops, there will be a tasting menu of Cobia Sashimi, Dumplings, Whole Roasted Rouget, Chinese New Year Tangerine Cake and House Made Fortune Cookies. The cost is $110 per person ($155 with wine pairings).

What it be: Chinese New Year

When it: Thusday, February 26 and Friday, February 27, starting at 5 p.m. each day

Where dat is: 300 Reunion Boulevard E.

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