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

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via Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival
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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Super Chix, the Chick Fil A Knock-Off from Yum! Brands, Is Coming to Dallas

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Lauren Drewes Daniels
Move over burgers -- chicken is cheap.
When Yum! Brands, the fast-food minds behind KFC and Taco Bell, opened its first location of Super Chix in Arlington, we gushed. The obvious spin on the Chick fil A model served fast food just as good as fresh and addictive as Chick fil A's, without all the weird politics. The only problem for anyone outside of Arlington was that Super Chix was in Arlington.

What's worse was Yum!'s announcement that there would be no more chicken restaurants in Texas, or the rest of the country. The Arlington location was a test bed for international locations, according to a spokesperson. Suddenly we were all skulking back to our familiar waffle fries and Polynesian sauce.

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Uptown Is Taking Another Crack at a Farmers Market, and This Time it May Stick

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If you ask people who do a lot of work with outdoor markets, they'll tell you that one of the most important components is walkability. It's not enough that shoppers be able to walk around the market, exploring stall after stall -- a vast majority of them should be able to walk to it, too. This is what helps connect a market to its neighborhood.

That's what's so exciting about the Uptown Farmers Market, which starts this weekend. After a few years without a market (previous attempts failed), the neighborhood is giving a Saturday-morning market another shot. Venders are limited, but they always are when markets get started. Let's think instead about where this market could be headed.

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More Dallas Burger Restaurants Are Grinding Their Own Meat, and It's Worth Their Time

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Catherine Downes
The Hopdoddy burger
More Dallas restaurants are grinding their own beef, an attempt to differentiate their burgers from the rising deluge of patty grease. They're also making the move because it results in burgers that are more delicious.

Most recently, Braindead Brewery released a menu (pictured above) with a house-ground burger that's said to induce a coma. And in North Dallas, Spork gives the fast-casual burger the same treatment.

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Once Again the Texas Rangers Try to Out Fair Food the State Fair of Texas

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TK
Bacon fries were only the beginning.
The methodology for creating money-making baseball dishes is simple. Walk into any 7-Eleven, grab three products, put them in a box and shake. The food objects don't have to have any pre-existing relationship with each other and they can be savory or sweet. You get bonus points for anything that goes over standard nutritional recommendations for fat, sodium or calories.

As evidence, check out the Diamondback's churro dog, which takes a three-scoop frozen yogurt sundae complete with whipped cream, caramel and chocolate sauce, plops it on top of a churro and wraps everything up in a chocolate glazed doughnut. Baseball food is getting crazier each year, and our Texas Rangers have a reputation for starting the trend.

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Kitchen LTO, Trinity Groves' Recurring Pop-Up, Is Turning Over Again. Will It Ever Turn Heads?

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Catherine Downes
Snapper, starch, plate smear: got it.
Just last week I was walking around Trinity Groves when I passed Kitchen LTO. Blythe Beck was still chef, which was odd because the tenure of any chef at the restaurant was supposed to be limited to just four months, which we were well past. Limited Time Offer -- that was the whole point. Or was it?

Beck stayed on after her first stint, after a Facebook campaign was set up in support of her term. The sultry chef needed 1,000 "likes" to earn an extended stay according to LTO's owners. She has more than 4,600 followers. That's like asking chef Brian Luscher to grill a hot dog.

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A First Look at Braindead Brewing, Deep Ellum's New Brew Pub

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Scott Reitz
The patio at Brain Dead Brewing
Braindead Brewing is open. You can tell because the patio is packed when you walk by at night. They've got all the windows open, all the lights on and music is playing just loud enough. It's hard to believe this was once a sleepy block.

There's no house beer yet. A waitress told me that some time in April or May the restaurant would be pouring beers brewed on site. For now, there's an eclectic blend of craft beers, keeping in line with the Wynne family's restaurant empire.

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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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Texas Brewers Are Ready to Fight a Bill That Would Kill the Craft-Beer Boom

Categories: Beer, Food News

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tAlexander Nhamk
Local Brewers try to maintain control of their beers from the brewery to the taps.
Texas Rep. Senfronia Thompson filed legislation this week that proposed new limitations on craft breweries that operate in Texas. Specifically, her bill seeks to limit the amount of beer small breweries can self-distribute to 5,000 barrels a year. The current limit is 40,000 barrels.

Texas Brewers were quick to cry skunky suds. Thompson has long received large donations from organizations that lobby on behalf of Texas beer distributors, casting a dubious shadow on her bill, which would force small breweries to participate in the same distribution systems that cater to large, commercial operations. The move is decidedly anti-business, and Texas loves business goddammit.

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