If the Dallas bar and restaurant industry has one attribute that stands out, it's a sense of community. If a chef, cook, waiter, bartender or any other service worker is met with an unforeseen challenge in this town, he or she will have a whole city's worth of restaurant employees lining up to help. That's what's happening this weekend in The Cedars, and considering the recipient of the soon to come well-wishing, this will likely be the biggest, drunkest industry party Dallas has ever seen.
Charlie Papaceno, the former owner and bartender at The Windmill Lounge, has been diagnosed with what is only being referred to as an aggressive form of cancer. The consummate barman, who has been featured here in the Observer's People Issue, as well as countless other blog posts and articles, will hold a fundraising event to help with his medical expenses. The event will be catered by top names in the Dallas chef community including Justin Holt, who is roasting a whole hog on-site for taco-making purposes. Expect guest bartenders from across the state, a silent auction and plenty of other shenanigans.
For $20 attendees will enjoy pork tacos and two cocktails, and additional cocktail tickets can be purchased for $5, which considering what Papaceno would normally charge for an Aviation is a steal of a deal. The event will also serve as a preview event for Papaceno's new bar Industry Alley. If you're the type that loves to check out new bars and restaurants the second they open, you now have two reasons to attend the party.
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Industry Rally for Charlie Papaceno, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. June 8, Industry Alley, 1713 South Lamar St., 214-238-3111