Hash Over: Flavors of Passion Awards, Russo's Pizza Eating Challenge, Grape Wine Dinner, Bread Winners Turns 16, and More

Sure, the Oscars have already passed and the Emmys are still a couple of months away, but that doesn't mean award season is taking a breather. This Thursday, July 22, the Flavors of Passion Awards will celebrate world class excellence in Latino cuisine.

The Flavor of Passion Awards will recognize the best from the nation's top restaurants, including chefs from Miami, Houston, New York, and of course, Dallas. Chef Mario Reyes, a corporate chef with Nestle Professional here in Dallas, will be awarded with the Local DFW Award; while Gloria Rubio, owner of Gloria's restaurants, will be honored with the Entrepreneur Award.

The award ceremony will be held at The Westin Park Central Hotel from 6-9 p.m. For $60 per person, guests can enjoy a reception with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the award-winning chefs and a full open bar with a wine tasting. For more information on the event, visit www.flavorsofpassionawards.com.

Also going on this week....

Russo's NY Coal-Fired Pizzeria in Richardson will host a pizza-eating challenge next Thursday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. The entry fee is $50, and contestants will have one hour to try to finish eating a 28 inch pizza for a $500 price. To sign up or for more details, visit www.nypizzeria.com.

The Grape is hosting a Come-As-You-Are wine dinner this Wednesday, July 21, for $45 per person. Chef and owner Brian C. Luscher will partner with Oak Cliff Cellars proprietor JR Richardson to create a three-course dinner paired with hand-crafted artisan wines from Napa Valley. For reservations, call 214- 828-1981.

Bread Winners is turning 16 this week and will celebrate by offering a Sweet 16 Cake Ball to every customer who comes in to dine until Friday, July 23. Bread Winners first opened in 1994 with 10 employees and now has three locations with more than 250 employees.

Hypnotic Donuts recently opened inside The Pizza Guy store off Preston Road. This isn't your normal doughnut shop, folks. First, it's open only on weekends and second, it offers insane looking and tasting donuts topped with fresh jalapenos, bacon, Oreos, maple frosting and much, much more. Check out the new place by visiting www.hypnoticdonuts.com.

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