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Hash Over: Screw Your Quiz, Go to Artopia
And Cook with Dean

Though Thanksgiving is still weeks away, stores are already stocking the shelves with holiday lights and Christmas ornaments. You could be like our neighbors and put out the inflatable snowman right now, or you could enjoy what little time you have left before it's all turkey talk and last-minute shopping. We suggest you hold off on that inflatable snowman and enjoy this week's best events.

Do you know who Cartman's dad is? Can you remember how many times they killed Kenny? If you're a South Park fan, grab your orange parka and head to Barley House tonight at 8 p.m. for Screw Your Quiz, I'm Going Home. The trivia quiz will feature questions about the foul-mouthed animated show. For a $5 entry fee, you'll compete for prizes between $200 and $500 just for knowing why Tom Cruise was in the closet and what's the name of that nurse with a fetus on her face. What's better than winning cash for watching South Park? Telling all your friends to respect your authoritah.

Also going on this week...

We're throwing a big shindig this weekend, and you're officially invited to celebrate with us. On Saturday, November 13, the Dallas Observer hosts the first Artopia at the space that formerly house LFT and Avalon in Victory Park. It's a night of art, theater, fashion, music and food that you won't want to miss. The food and wine are reasons enough to attend. Kenichi, Naga Thai and Medina will be serving bites, and Lange Twins will provide the wine. Tickets are available online through our Artopia microapp, and a portion of the sales will go to the MasterMinds Awards. Our MasterMinds committee will announce the three deserving winners who will each receive a $2,000 grant.

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If you love French food, then you'll need to clear your schedule from Thursday, November 11, to Thursday, November 18, for Dallas Dijon French Week at Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse. Last year, Chef Tony Street of Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse traveled to Dijon, France, to host a Texas-style Thanksgiving gala, and this year France is coming to us. Chef Romain Detot from Les Gourmets Restaurant in Dijon will take over the steakhouse's kitchen to prepare classic French dishes. The three-course dinner is $60 a person and $80 with wine pairings.

November is National Fun with Fondue Month, and we know you want to celebrate this important holiday. On Friday, November 12, Scardello will pay homage to melted cheese with a fondue dinner. The dinner includes an amuse-bouche, three-cheese fondue with accompaniments, salad and truffles. Our Velveeta fondue doesn't hold a candle to this.

If your contribution to Thanksgiving dinner is a bottle of butterscotch Schnapps, then it's time you bring something more to the table. Check out the holiday cooking class this Saturday, November 13, at Fearing's Restaurant. Learn what Dean Fearing makes on turkey day and go home with a recipe booklet to make everything you learned to prepare in class. Use your knowledge to impress the in-laws or upstage your Martha Stewart of a sister.

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