11 Awesome Food Events This Weekend, October 15-18: Beefsteaks and Bottoms Up

The words "discount" and "oysters" don't always make a happy pair, but this Thursday they will. Proof + Pantry is running an oyster and Champagne special. For $11 you get a half-flute of Delamotte Champagne and three 25-cent oysters, or for $22, get a full flute and six oysters. The special runs every Thursday from now until November.

What it be: Champagne and Oyster Thursdays 

When it do: 4 p.m. until close, Thursday October 15 until Thursday, November 19

Where dat is: 1722 Routh St.


Clark Food and Wine Co. is marking its one-year anniversary with a special three-course dinner for $40. First courses include smoked shrimp dip and fontina cheese bark, while mains include arctic char, duck confit or peppered brisket. $8 from every dinner benefits the Genesis Women's Shelter & Support. For reservations, call 214-515-5500 or email [email protected]

What it be: Anniversary Dinner

When it do: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, October 15

Where dat is: 1920 Greenville Ave.


Dallas will be in short supply of vowels as the Mid-Cities Greek Fest in Euless takes place. In exchange for their appropriation of As and Os and Us, vendors will offer festival-goers things on skewers, wrapped in grape leaves or drenched in honey. From souvlaki and pastitsio to spanakopita and gyro, there will be lots of food on hand to help get you into that Opa! state of mind. Admission is free.

What it be: Mid-Cities Greek Fest 

When it do: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18

Where dat is: 303 Cullum Drive, Euless


Attention, people who like free things: Starting at 8 a.m., the Grand Prairie Farmers Market will give away pumpkins to the first 75 guests (a family constitutes one guest) with the purchase of any one item from the Market. This is your chance, misers. Go get those promotional gourds.

What it be: Farmers Market Pumpkin Giveaway 

When it do: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, October 17

Where dat is: 120 W. Main St.


Have you ever thought, "Oh man, I really wish I could eat a buttload of cereal in the movie theater, preferably while watching Goosebumps?" If so, you're in luck, because Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson is going to be cleaning up lots of spilled milk after their Goosebumps All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Party. That's right. You too can enjoy the charms of Jack Black while slurping down bowl after bowl of Lucky Charms.

What it be: Goosebumps All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Party 

When it do: 10:55 a.m. Saturday, October 17

Where dat is: 100 S. Central Expressway, Suite 14


Dallas is nary in short supply of meat-based celebrations. If it used to be slowly moving and has since been brought to an internal temperature of 150 degrees, then the great citizens of DFW have no doubt booked a venue, reserved a cover band and thrown a party in its honor. But there will be one festival this Saturday where the only meat you are likely to see is on the front of someone's "Meat is Murder" T-shirt. The annual Texas Veggie Fair aims to promote the veg-lifestyle by featuring vegetarian and vegan food vendors, chef demonstrations, a beer garden and yoga. So go, hippies, go. Tempeh samples await.

What it be: Texas Veggie Fair

When it do: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Where dat is: Reverchon Park 3505 Maple Ave.


New to the final weekend of the State Fair of Texas is the Cotton Bowl Craft Beer Festival. Over 70 Texas breweries will sell their beers on the stadium field. Entry into the event itself is included with gate admission to the fair.

What it be: Cotton Bowl Craft Beer Festival 

When it do: noon-10 p.m. Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18

Where dat is: 3750 Midway Plaza


Three words: unlimited. taco. sampling. Over two dozen taco vendors — from Velvet Taco to Taqueria la Ventana to El Come Taco — will set up shop in front of Dallas City Hall as part of Tacolandia. General admission tickets are $30 and include as many taco samplings as your cilantro-loving heart desires; beer and cocktails will be available for purchase.

What it be: Tacolandia 

When it do: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, October 17

Where dat is: 1500 Marilla St.


In a piece written by Paul Lukas for The New York Times, he describes beefsteak dinners as gentile, decorous affairs:
"As waiters brought trays of meat, the guests reached over and harvested the pink slices with their bare hands, popping them down the hatch. Each slice was perched on a round of Italian bread, but most of the men ate only the meat and stacked the bread slices in front of them, tallying their gluttony like poker players amassing chips." 

Basically, imagine enough red meat to bankroll every cardiologist's second home from here to New York. Thankfully for your heart, these dinners happen very rarely, and so when they do you should buy a ticket, wear loose pants and be prepared to eat meat — a lot of it. The second annual Texas Style Beefsteak Dinner benefits the Alzheimer's Association North Central Texas Chapter. In addition to chef Lou Lambert's grilled meat, there will be family-style sides and desserts and live music courtesy of Luke Wade. Reservations are required — at last check, about 30 tickets remained.

What it be: Texas Style Beefsteak Dinner 

When it do: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17

Where dat is: 407 South Main St., Fort Worth


Leggs benedict, anyone? Bottoms Up, the monthly burlesque brunch at Prophet Bar, will feature the talented troupe known as Broads and Panties. VIP tickets ($30) include one brunch entrée and bottomless (wink wink nudge nudge) mimosas.

What it be: Broads and Panties' Bottoms Up Burlesque Brunch 

When it do: 11:30 a.m. Sunday, October 18

Where dat is: 2548 Elm St.


Pitmasters from the Slow Bone, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Lockhart Smokehouse, Joseph's Riverport Bar-B-Que, Heim Barbecue and Hutchins BBQ will join forces this Sunday to create the greatest picnic of all time. No ominous Jell-O salads here, just good eats for a good cause. This third annual benefit raises money for Cafe Momentum. Tickets are $65.

What it be: Cafe Momentum: Pitmasters Picnic 

When it do: 5 p.m. Sunday, October 18

Where dat is: 2234 Irving Blvd.


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