Hash Over: Earth Day Celebrations, Free Coffee at Cafe Brazil, Wine Dinner at Nicola's Ristorante Italiano, and more

Do you remember the huge, brick-heavy cell phones from the early 90s? The ones that practically broke your wrist while you tried to talk on it. We do and so does RA Sushi. This Thursday, April 22, RA Sushi will be holding an ugly cell phone contest to celebrate Earth Day. Three winners will receive gift certificates to the sushi restaurant in the amounts of $100, $50, and $25. You can swing by RA now to drop off your phone, but the judging won't take place until Earth Day. After the contest, all the collected phones will be donated to the American Cell Phone Drive.

RA Sushi will also be celebrating Earth Day by offering the Green Globe Punch for $8, which is a color-changing cocktail served in a punch bowl glass.

Another way you can honor the planet on Thursday is by attending Earthfest 2010 at Pegasus Plaza. The festival will last from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and feature food, music, face painters, a recycled clothing fashion show, and environment-related exhibits. For more information, click here.

Also going on this week....

Café Brazil is offering free coffee to their Facebook fans this Tuesday, April 21. All you have to do is visit their page, print it off for proof, and visit one of their 10 locations. Oh, and they do offer bottomless cups of coffee. Perfect for Facebook fans of caffeine.

Nicola's Ristorante Italiano will be hosting its first wine dinner this Thursday, April 22 from 6:30-9 p.m. For $69.95 per person, the four-course meal will include herbed Texas goat cheese, cured fresh duck breast, porcini mashed potatoes, and Gianduja chocolate mousse paired with wine. For more information or to make a reservation, call 972-608-4455 or visit www.nicolaslegacy.com.

The Place at Perry's will be holding a Macallan Scotch Tasting this Wednesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. for $25. Guests will be sampling the Macallan 12, 15, and 18 year scotches and nibbling on light hors d'ouevres. You can call 214-871-9991 to reserve a table.

Apparently, Oyster Fest has been going since April 12, but lucky for us it's not too late to celebrate. This weekend, April 24 and 25, Fish City Grill will be holding an oyster eating contest at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and if you miss that one, there is another at Half Shells in Plano on Sunday. The winners will win a trip to New Orleans and of course, bragging rights. You can buy raffle tickets at both of the contests to help raise money for Challenge Air and The White Rock Lake Foundation. For more information, visit www.fishcitygrill.com.

The Ginger Man will be having their spring beer tasting this Saturday, April 24. The event will start at 2:30 p.m. and is $35 per person. They recommend you make a reservation, which you can do by visiting www.gingermanpub.com for more information.

City of Aters, did you know we have a dining newsletter, Hot Off The Grill, that goes out every Tuesday? It's filled with all kinds of Dallas food news, updates and tidbits. You can click here to sign up.

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