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Hash Over: Festivals Highlight Thai, Greek And Uptown Food; Cupcakes For A Cause; Scotch And Wine Dinners

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Three different festivals this weekend will highlight cuisine from around the world: Greece, Thailand, and, perhaps most foreign of all, Uptown.

The Dallas Greek Food Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (13555 Hillcrest Road) showcases Greek culture in general, with music, games and activities for students and children. Coffee will be available at a kafenio. Gyros, souvlaka and baklava will be served in the kouzina, and the taverna will offer Greek beer and wine.

In church? We're converting.

The event also offers "festival to go" box lunches, which also include two tickets, for $10 Friday. Check it out 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults or $3 for kids age 6 to 12.

Meanwhile, Thai Festival 2009 will be 5 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Radisson Hotel (1241 W. Mockingbird Lane)--and it's free. Thai World Musiq will make its first-ever DFW stop, and the event also includes Thai massage along with food and beer.

Also free, All About Uptown: A Celebration Of Art And Living will feature food in a "Chef Showcase" along with art, music and trolley rides all day Saturday starting with a 10 a.m. parade that will include trolley cars, antique fire trucks and floats. 

Also going on this week ...

Sevy's is serving up lamb chops, venison sausage, Gouda fondue and more with Chivas family scotches 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its Scotch Club dinner. Reservations are required at 214-265-7389. No Braveheart star this time, but still not a bad deal at $44.95 per person.

On the other hand, two wine dinners this week easily top the $100 per head mark. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Craft in the W Hotel features Catena Zapata wines with ribeye, veal loin and more for $140 per person. RSVP at 214-397-4177. Or enjoy Stag's Leap Napa Valley offerings at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse 7 p.m. Friday with filet mignon, spiced venison carpaccio, smoked salmon and more for a cool $175 apiece. Reservations are at 214-366-2000.

Today through Sunday, Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of specially decorated cupcakes to CancerCare to support children with cancer.
 

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