Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, January 15-18

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Deep Ellum Wine Walk
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Deep Ellum venues located on Main Street open their doors every third Thursday evening for 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 participating stores and galleries.

What it be: Deep Ellum Wine Walk

When it do: Thursday, January 15 at 5 p.m
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Where dat is: Kettle Art 2650-B Main St, Dallas, Texas 75226

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Let's All Get Scientifically Drunk at the Perot's 21-and-Up Social Science Event

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Rachel Pinn
"You're like this every time you drink. It's like I don't even EXIST."
Getting drunk is great, but it can always be greater. Whether it's finally remembering to drink that last glass of water before bed or endless tweaking until you finally get that perfect gin pour, we're always searching for ways to make getting hammered even more refined. At next week's Social Science event at The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, you could learn ways to make your booze taste better with SCIENCE.

The Perot's weekly Social Science nights are for adults only, and allow those of us who are old enough to drive to enjoy the museum without screaming toddlers running around everywhere. Each event is themed, and next week's theme is "Mixology," which means a slate of activities that are centered around putting booze and science together in some interesting ways.

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Amsterdam Falafel, Drunk Food of the Highest Order, Is Coming to Deep Ellum

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Screenshot from Amsterdam Falafel
This is going to change the falafel game here in Dallas.
A little more than a decade ago, in a party neighborhood called Adams Morgan in Washington D.C., kids got so drunk they'd have fist fights over huge slices of pizza that weren't even good. The fights were almost understandable because everyone had been subjected to shooters the color of Jolly Ranchers all night and the only other option in the neighborhood was a lackluster burrito. Drunken foodies were utterly screwed. Food-wise, anyway.

Then Amsterdam Falafel opened on the strip and everything changed. Tucked into a narrow row house with a dining room the size of a Volkswagen bus, this tiny-late night falafel house served impossibly delicious food.

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Five One-Dish Restaurants That Will Totally Probably Be in Dallas Soon

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Steven Depolo
So many ingredients with so much potential.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about two different grilled cheese restaurants that will open soon in Dallas. The first is a small operation in Oak Cliff that promises to elevate a childhood favorite; the second is a chain that promises to stuff those childhood memories with some melted cheese into a doughnut. Their approaches are slightly different, but the two bear something in common beyond mountains of Kraft singles: They're both singularly focused restaurants.

With the right chef at the helm, restaurants that offer variations on a single theme can produce some exceptional cooking. They can also be disasters. Which will these no-doubt forthcoming five restaurants be? Only time will tell!

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Back Home Barbecue, a New Texas 'Cue Spot, Is Coming to East Dallas Next Month

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Gavin Cleaver
More delicious ribs? YES NOW PLEASE.

The Dallas barbecue scene is finally approaching something that matches the rest of the state's smoked meat offerings, and that means more and more barbecue joints opening up in addition to the old stalwarts of Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse. Interestingly, the brains behind Company Cafe plan to bring a brand new kind of barbecue joint to Dallas -- one that doesn't just focus on briskets and sausage links.

Company Cafe spokesman Jeff Wells told CultureMap that the restaurant hopes to expand on the smoked offerings at the Katy Trail location of Company Cafe when it opens Back Home Barbecue in a dilapidated-looking old restaurant on Ross Avenue, formerly known as Yin's Wok. Wells also indicated to CultureMap that the new restaurant would have a drive-thru, something that Dallas has never seen for barbecue.

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Is Leslie Brenner Really Ready To Play Nice With Dallas Chefs?

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Evans Caglage/The Dallas Morning News/HCK2
A kindler, gentler Brenner in 2014? Don't count on it.
To the chagrin of many, no story dominated Dallas' food coverage over the last few months than the trials and antics of Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner. 2014 was an exciting and controversial year for Brenner. She was kicked out of one restaurant, banned from reviewing others, and had some of the city's best chefs asking for her head on the proverbial platter.

But now that 2014 is behind her, it looks as if the critic is ready to start the healing process. In a thousand-plus word treatise on EatsBlog, Brenner extends the olive branch to Dallas diners, along with pontificating on a variety of topics. Including, but not limited to, ditching her anonymity, justifying inconsistencies in her yearly 'Best Of' rankings, and encouraging Dallas diners to put the "sniping" of the last year behind them.

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Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, January 8-11

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What do WWE and beer and wine have in common? They all lend themselves to a good smackdown. Speaking of which, Scardello will referee a Beer vs. Wine smackdown this Thursday. Come see the two heavyweights battle it out before a crowd of lightweights. For $40, you can participate in five tasting rounds, each of which features a different cheese, wine and beer. Who will emerge the victor? You. Because cheese and alcohol.

What it be: Beer vs. Wine Smackdown

When it do: Thursday, January 8 at 7 p.m.

Where dat is: 3511 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas, Texas 75219

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Texas Barbecue Prices Are Going Up, Thanks to Beef Prices and Your Love of Condiments

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Scott Reitz
DO YOU KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE THIS MEAT IS? AND THOSE PICKLES!
After years of lackluster barbecue, Dallas is finally home to some of the state's finest barbecue joints. But as lines wind out the doors of Lockhart Smokehouse and Pecan Lodge, other barbecue restaurants are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of food, particularly the brisket that so many of us love to eat by the pound.

In a post on barbecue enthusiast and meat tourist Bryan Norton's blog, Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt, Norton details the staggering costs that barbecue restaurants face in keeping their doors open. Any omnivore who's ever been to a grocery store knows how expensive good beef is, even the less pricey cuts used in Texas barbecue. In the beginning of 2015, brisket prices hit an all-time high, and beef prices show no sign of slowing down.

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Small Brewpub Chef Misti Norris Makes a Dish Many Dallas Chefs Won't: Feet

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Misti Norris
Pig's trotters at Small Brewpub
If you're an Instagram user and a food fan you should pull up @mistinorris90 for a whole new sort of feed. The chef at Small Brewpub may not capture the most beautiful imagery (I can relate), but nearly everything Misti Norris posts to her account is interesting.

Catch a glimpse of the pancetta she's been aging for eons, or the murky vinegar made from pink lady apples in a large glass jar. You can check out Misti's coppa that you'll find on her charcuterie board, or her pet cat or snake. (Yes, it's her personal account.) And if you spend enough time poking around you might uncover the young chef's obsession with feet.

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East Hampton Sandwich Company Is Blowing Up, and Its Founder Is a Forbes Star

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Lori Bandi
The short rib grilled cheese at East Hampton Sandwich Company
In 2012 I described the sandwich pictured above as a nocturnal emission and the brainchild of Hunter Pond, a law school dropout who was not seduced by torts and grievances but instead had sandwiches and dollar signs in his eyes. He'd just recently opened East Hampton Sandwich Company.

A dream of a sandwich, this grilled cheese is stuffed with short rib meat cooked till the fat is so soft you can spread it like butter, arugula and sweet, caramelized onions. It's all housed by two slices of sourdough, and is delicious by all accounts. Pond, who is probably pretty glad he chose not to be a lawyer right now, is riding this and his other sandwich creations to big profits.

See Also: The Awesome Sandwiches of East Hampton Sandwich Company

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