11 Awesome Food Events this Weekend, April 28-May 1: Tacos, American Cocktails and a Carrot Contest

Babe fans may want to keep scrolling. Nick Amoriello, chef at Kitchen LTO and Chris Rubel, guest pitmaster, will team up for LTO's first pig roast. Eat everything but the oink for $35 per person. Catch live rhythm and blues, Southern rock and gospel as you create an even sadder ending to Charlotte's Web.

What it be: BBQ, Blues and Bonfire 
When it do: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Where dat is: 3011 Gulden Lane, No. 108


Katherine Clapner will have you saying "Dude, sweet ... and woody, with a hint of vanilla" before the night is over. Dude, Sweet's Clapner and bourbon-maker Buffalo Trace are holding a tasting of five signature confections, each of which will be paired with a bourbon whiskey from Buffalo's portfolio. Tickets are $25 each.

What it be: Savor Dallas - Bourbon, Dude 
When it do: 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Where dat is: 1925 Greenville Ave.


The birds are chirping, the grass is green, flowers are in full bloom and there are lots of boozy cocktails at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, which can only mean one thing: Spring has officially sprung. Enjoy a five course spring cocktail dinner for $95 per person. The menu includes carrot ginger soup paired with a coconut ginger lemon drop, tequila-cured salmon served with avocado panna cotta and a Crescent City Cooler and gin bramble paired with strawberry crepes for dessert.

What it be: Spring Cocktail Dinner 
When it do: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Where dat is: Multiple locations — see website for details


Dogfish devotees, the wait is over. Dogfishtival, Common Table's annual ode to Dogfish Head beer, is back for another round. The beer list includes an impressive mix of unique and rare ales, including Kvasir, Higher Match, American Beauty and Bitches Brew. The event is free to attend — sorry, you still have to pay for the beer.

What it be: Dogfishtival VI 
When it do: Taps start flowing at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted  
Where dat is: 2917 Fairmount St.


The lucky among us have tiny, Italian grandmothers to share the ways of the gnocchi. For everyone else, there's the Italian Club. Learn how to make and cook delectable potato dumplings from Italian Club member/gnocchi master Livia Tamburrino. Tamburrino will share her family recipe for gnocchi with marinara and bolognese sauces, which you will then devour with a glass of wine. Class is $40 per person and must be reserved in advance. Call 972-931-9167 to RSVP.

What it be: Cooking Class: Gnocchi
When it do: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Where dat is: 14865 Inwood Road, Addison


Good Local Markets, a non-profit organization that hosts three farmers markets, educational programs, a food stamp program and a community garden, is holding a carrot contest at Lakeside Baptist Church. Show off your carrot soup, bread, dessert or whatever else you can put carrots in. Prizes will be awarded for best savory, sweet and creative dishes. It's free to enter and tasting tickets are only $3 per person.

What it be: Spring Carrot Contest 
When it do: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Where dat is: 9150 Garland Road


Forget flowers and chocolates: firkin and barbecue are the ways to celebrate one year anniversaries — and wouldn't you know it, Texas Ale Project is doing just that. To mark their first year in business, the brewery will have 10 beers on tap, including limited releases and firkins. There will also be barbecue all day and live music starting at 2:30 p.m. A $20 ticket includes admission and three beers.

What it be: Texas Ale Project Anniversary Party 
When it do: 2-9 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Where dat is: 1001 N. Riverfront Blvd.


Food events must cater (quite literally) to a large number of people. And so these events employ, wisely, elements that will appeal to as many people as possible. Beer festivals, for instance, are generally quite popular — cheese events, too. This Saturday, another popular contender returns to the food events arena in the form of Taco Libre! Starting at $16 ($22 day-of) per ticket, you'll get access to 21 of the best taquerias around, including La Norteña Tortilleria, Trompo, Taqueria Saltillo, Resident Taqueria, El Tizoncito, Tacodeli, Revolver Taco Lounge and Come Taco. Unfortunately, you will have to pay for the tacos as well, but just think of the gas savings. In addition to easy-access and super delicious tacos, there will also be lucha libre wrestling. Because if the masses love anything, it’s scarfing down chorizo tacos while two masked men use physics to hurt one another.

What it be: Taco Libre!  
When it do: 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Where dat is: 1950 Main St.


Keep cool, baby, real cool at Dallas Heritage Village's 4th annual History with a Twist. To mark the Village's 50th year in Big D, guests will be transported back to 1966 — the year Dallas Heritage opened. Walk down historic Main Street in full '60s regalia as you sample cocktails from The Standard Pour and food by Blue Mesa Grill. The evening also includes a vintage car show, the sounds of the '60s, courtesy of Matt Tolentino and Friends, and a silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple, with proceeds going to support the Village's educational programs.

What it be: 4th Annual History with a Twist: Celebrating the American Cocktail 
When it do: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Where dat is: 1515 S. Harwood St.


The Granada is getting in on the crawfish boil action, and they're doing it in true music venue style. Bugs and Brews will be held behind the theater, where two stages will feature the musical stylings of Rebirth Brass Band, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Roxy Roca, Rise and Shine, Mike and the Moonpies, The Freeloaders, Leopold and His Fiction and Oil Boom. General admission tickets are $15 (sans crawfish) or $28 for general admission plus two pounds of crawfish. Kids 10 and under are free with a ticketed adult.

What it be: Bugs and Brews  
When it do: Noon-7 p.m. Sunday, May 1
Where dat is: 3524 Greenville Ave.


CBD Provisions presents De La Terre, a collaborative dinner featuring the work of 12 Dallas female chefs, inducing Dina Butterfield of Uchi Dallas, Misti Norris of Small Brew Pub and Maggie Huff of FT33 and Filament. The evening will be emceed by Brian Luscher of The Grape and Luscher's Red Hots and starts with an appetizer and drinks reception. The menu is inspired by seasonal, local produce and an optional beverage pairing will be available. Tickets are $130 per person.

What it be: De La Terre Dinner 
When it do: 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1
Where dat is: 1530 Main St.
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