To grill or not to grill
This Bud's on Bobby--or at least that's how it was when my significant other interned with Bobby Flay at the chef's Mesa Grill restaurant in New York. Flay ended each night with a round of complimentary cocktails for his staff (which almost made up for later sending them down a rickety spiral staircase to the creepy food storage basement below). Regardless, culinary pretty boy Flay has always managed to keep his street cred as a back-slapping man's man while also appealing to the ladies (witness the nervously giggling females when he does his thing on CBS' The Early Show as a food correspondent). Come get your fix on either side of that equation when the famed foodie figure signs copies of his new book, Bobby Flay's Grilling for Life: 75 Healthier Ideas for Big Flavor From the Fire, a healthy-eatin' follow-up to Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill and Bobby Flay's Boy Gets Grill, on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Borders Books & Music, 10720 Preston Road. It's free to the public. Call 214-363-7099 or visit www.bordersstores.com. --Christopher Wynn
Sorry, fellow pack rats, this book is not for you. In Saving Stuff, Don Williams, senior conservator of the Smithsonian Institution, and his co-author Louisa Jagger say to narrow your list of collectibles down to 10. "Saving Stuff is about preserving and maintaining 'the museum of you,'" they say, and your museum is much smaller than the Smithsonian. Learn more when they present a workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the African American Museum in Fair Park. Admission is $5. Call 214-565-9026, ext. 304. --Shannon Sutlief
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Fathers, you might be content to glow in the ties, golf gloves and slacks that you accumulated last Sunday on Father's Day, but now's a bad time to slack. Your kids are cranky. Your wife is exhausted. The whole gang is hungry, and they won't let you buy yet another KFC family bucket. Best get your fatherly butts to Benihana, 5400 Whitehall St., Irving, for Saturday's Iron Dad one-day cooking class, where you'll receive one-on-one lessons from a professional chef. After getting your dice and slice on at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., bring three guests back at 6:30 p.m. to feast on the results of your pop quiz. Course and food are $100. Call 972-550-0060. --Sam Machkovech
6/25 Who needs a gourmet kitchen when you have, uh, the mall? That's right, go from buying flip-flops to learning about haute cuisine and wine in less than 60 seconds when Super Chefs Live! comes to North East Mall on Saturday. The food court will be just a vaguely unpleasant memory as you watch celeb chef and cookbook author Caprial Pence fire up her pan. Marc Silverstein, the face of the Food Network's Best Of TV show and related book, Best of the Best Of, will also be on hand to help with the cooking and the witty banter. Chef Tim Love of Fort Worth's Lonesome Dove will bring some local flavor to the day's menu of events, which culminates with a live cook-off at the end of the day during which select audience members will help out as "sous chefs." Even the kiddies join in the foodie fun with a special on-site activity area for crafts called Kidgits Kitchen. Come hungry. Simon Super Chefs Live! is 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It's free. North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne St. in Hurst. Call 817-589-9603 or visit www.simon.com. --Christopher Wynn