Dutch ovens: the bane of Girl Scouts and pioneer women alike. Those impossible heaps of cast iron that turn reasonable cooking times into sweaty marathons of fire-tending hell. But maybe you're weird. Maybe four-hour dump cake is your kind of bag. Maybe you like risking heat exhaustion in the name of fire-cooked ground beef. Maybe you, my Dutch oven-loving friend, should attend the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society's (yes, that's a real thing) demonstration on cooking in dutch ovens. Held at the Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth, the cost is included in regular admission. So go, Dutchers, go. Become one with your inner Laura Ingalls Wilder
What it be: Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
When it do: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, January 9
Where dat is: 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth
Do you love beer? Silly question, sorry. But what of puppies? If you're anything like us, you probably think they're right up there with naps and benzodiazepines. If that's the case, you should stop by Community Beer Co.'s fundraiser for Dallas Pets Alive. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and get you three beers, a tour of the brewery and the full, happy feeling that can only come from helping pups. Or, you know, naps. Or benzos. Or beer. A portion of the proceeds benefits the local pet adoption service.
What it be: Pints for Pups Tour and Open House
When it do: 2 p.m. Saturday, January 9
Where dat is: 1530 Inspiration Drive, Suite 200
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It's not too often that an Awesome Food Event carries with it the very real possibility that one's gonads will retract into one's body. In fact, it's just once a year that the Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles 3018 turns on the snow machine, ices the pool and invites the crazies to take the plunge. It costs $10 to jump, and all proceeds benefit the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Beer from Deep Ellum Brewery will be available for purchase, as will food provided by the FOE and Just Q BBQ. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
What it be: Fourth Annual Hypnotic Donuts Polar Plunge
When it do: 3 p.m. Sunday, January 10
Where dat is: 8500 Arturo Drive