Five Awesome Food Events this Weekend, Feb. 18-21: A Parade of Libations

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Let's face it, Thursdays are a fickle mistress — close enough to the weekend that sleeping in seems within a hair's breadth, yet far enough away that your workweek still has you in its coffee-stained grip. But occasionally, a food event presents itself and you find yourself snacking on cheese and drinking wine and thinking that Thursdays aren't quite so bad, after all. Urbano Dallas presents one such event: a wine and cheese tasting for $15 per person. Guests who stay for dinner will enjoy no corkage fee and the feeling that their weekend started a little bit early.

What it be: Wine and Cheese Tasting at Urbano Cafe 

When it do: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18

Where dat is: 1410 N Fitzhugh Ave.


Heed the call of the great outdoors at the Trinity River Audubon’s Birds & Brew event. Guests will have after-hours access to trails and exhibits. After you’re done with the E/I portion of the evening, head to the decks overlooking the butterfly gardens, Trinity Forest and wetlands, where libations from three local breweries will be served. There will also be birds of prey from Window to the Wild on hand to ensure things don’t get too rowdy. Tickets are $10, and you must be 21 years or older to attend.

What it be: Birds & Brew 

When it do: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18

Where dat is: 6500 Great Trinity Forest Blvd.


You can have tea at the Joule's TASCHEN Library every Saturday, but this Saturday provides a rare treat. TASCHEN editor Dian Hanson will preside over a "naugh-tea" afternoon Champagne tea service including sweets and savories. With titles like "The Little Book of Butts" and "The New Erotic Photography," Hanson knows a thing or two about the risqué and is sure to make this a tea that the Dowager Countess would leave in rapid, dignity-preserving fashion. The cost is $59 per person, inclusive of taxes, gratuity and valet. Reservations are required by calling 214-748-1300 x4363 or emailing tea@thejouledallas.com.

What it be: Naugh-Tea 

When it do: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20

Where dat is: 1530 Main St.

Over two dozen local breweries, including Four Corners, Franconia, Revolver, Rahr, Community, Deep Ellum and Bishop Cider Co., will compete as part of LUCK's 2nd Annual North Texas Beer Chili Challenge. The rules are simple: Each brewery must prepare chili using one of their own beers, and each chili will be judged by a panel and by the public. A $10 donation gets you 10 cups and a spoon to participate in the tasting, and it also buys you a vote. Proceeds from the competition will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. 

When it do: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21

Where dat is: 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 112 

Do you like margaritas? You know, margs? Frozen wish-makers? Tequila teardrops? Whatever you call them, you can get your margarita fix at the 3rd Annual Margarita Contest at Mulberry Street Cantina. This year, event coordinators are estimating 18-20 participants, which means you get to sample 18-20 margaritas for $10. If your prefrontal cortex is still working at the end of the sampling, you can vote for best-tasting and best presentation.

What it be: 3rd Annual Margarita Contest 

When it do: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb.  21

Where dat is: 110 W. Mulberry St., Denton

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