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Hash Over: Bolsa And Smoke Celebrate, Dine On The Line, Raiser Grazer Resumes And More

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It's hard to believe Bolsa has only been open for a year, as it already feels like a Dallas institution for locavores and  those who enjoy fascinating food creations at reasonable prices. It's gotta be true, though, as the restaurant will celebrate its first year of business with "Bands, Bruschetta, Burgers, Bottles & Beer" 4 p.m. Sunday at the "Bolsaveursary." OK, so maybe the food isn't overwrought, but that name certainly is. Forgivable offense, though, considering that the event will include performances by Theater Fire, The Deathray Davies and The Happy Bullets--three of the area's best bands. Proceeds will benefit La Reunion, a planned artists residency in Dallas.

As if that weren't enough for the weekend, Bolsa co-owners Chris Zielke and Christopher and Jessica Jeffers will also celebrate the Grand Opening of their new barbecue joint, Smoke, Friday in the Belmont Hotel in the restaurant space that used to be the Cliff Cafe. None other than Kinky Friedman will serve as MC, and the night includes music by Slobberbone, Sarah Jaffe, Shoot Low Sheriff, Spooky Folk and DJ Repo. Oh, and food too, with free samples of chef Tim Byres' new menu. 

Also going on this week...

You can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the McKinney Avenue Trolleys at Dine On The Line 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at fig (Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave.) with special celebrity chef (whatever that means) Dean Fearing. A $25 donation includes Champagne, desserts, valet parking and a performance by DOMA-winning Beatles cover act Hard Night's Day. Tickets are at 214-289-1126. Or you can choose the dining option, starting at 6 p.m.

The Dallas Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier announced it will resume the Raiser Grazer charity dining event February 28, 2010, with the theme "Women Stars of Wine & Food" after a one-year hiatus from the tradition. More than 20 female food-and-beverage industry professionals will be featured in the event including Sharon Hage of York Street, Dunia Borga of La Duni and Cristiana Ginatta of Paciugo. In case fund-raisers for food-industry scholarships don't interest you, perhaps it'll pique your interest to know that a couple of the featured chefs made our Top 10 Sexiest Female Chefs In Dallas.

TJ's Market & Catering is now taking orders for the Jewish High Holidays. Order your gefilte, tzimmes, salmon and everything else you'll need for your Rosh HaShanah (September 18-20) celebration by next Monday.

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