Hash Over: Movember, Mojito Monday,
Melting Pot and More

October is long gone folks, and we here at City of Ate couldn't be happier. Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we've almost recovered from yesterday's sugar high. So let's all put away the Halloween costumes and get ready for a week of food events, many of which are benefiting charitable causes.

We hope you're excited to kick off the month of Movember. That wasn't a typo, it's the name of the month-long campaign sponsored by Snappy Salads to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Tonight at J. Black's (2409 N. Henderson Ave), the Movember campaign begins with a kick-off party featuring drink specials until 9 p.m. The celebration continues at various restaurants and bars all month, with proceeds from the events going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Men are encouraged to grow their mustaches during Movember to show support for men's health causes. Looking like Burt Reynolds is just a bonus.

Also going on this week...

La Duni (4620 McKinney Ave.) will be mixing, muddling and shaking things up during its Mojito Monday class. If you love mojitos, come at 5:30 p.m. to sip the popular Latin cocktail while learning how to make one yourself. You'll be able to impress your friends at your next party. Plus, who doesn't love a stiff drink after a long Monday? If you can't catch tonight's class, you've got plenty of time to brush up on your mixology skills -- Mojito Mondays continue through December 27.

Ladies, since the men will be busy grooming their mustaches, why not have a girls' night out that's for a worthy cause? On Tuesday, November 2, The Melting Pot in Arlington (4000 Five Points Boulevard) will host Ladies' Night Out. For $35, you'll dine on a four-course fondue dinner, with a $10 donation going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There will also be specialty cocktails, like the Passion Fruit Mai Tai, priced at $5.

There are many things parents are grateful for -- babysitters, hand sanitizer, sleep. There's one more thing you can add to that list because GattiTown (11722 Marsh Lane) is celebrating its first anniversary from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 6. Adults can enjoy the pizza buffet at kids' prices, and there will be face painting and contests to keep the kiddos busy. There's an expansive midway with bumper cars, bowling, and games to ensure every kid (and adult) will have a good time.

Also on Saturday, rock out with your friends at the Deep Ellum Rock-N-Crawl, beginning at The Bone (2724 Elm St.) at 2 p.m. Teams of five will receive two pitchers of beer at each of the four participating bars and clubs, and after the crawl a barbecue will feature live music and, of course, more beer. What better way to end a pub crawl than toasting with a beer!

Take one part Top Chef, add one part Iron Chef, and what you get is the Chef SmackDown taking place at Le Cordon Bleu (11830 Webb Chapel Road) on Sunday, November 7. The challenge pits former Top Chef contestant and Loft 610 chef Tre Wilcox against Le Cordon Bleu instructor Ed Mendoza. The chefs have one hour to prepare dishes using a secret ingredient, a lá that aforementioned Food Network show. Tickets are $75, with profits going to Ten for 10: Water for Africa's water purification initiatives and awareness campaign.

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Elizabeth Bair
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