Hash Over: Taste of Greenville Avenue, Bobby Flay Book Signing, Wine Dinners, and Fall Harvest Stew Festival

We've got a week's worth of food, festivals and fun for you, plus we'll tell you where you can meet a celebrity chef today. You'll have to get in line behind us, of course, but we'll save you a spot. We're nice like that.

Let's start first with a TOGA party. TOGA! TOGA! No, we're not getting ready for a rowdy frat party, we're talking about the Taste of Greenville Avenue, and it's happening Saturday, October 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 5700 Richmond Avenue. The annual event features tasty items from restaurants on and near Greenville Avenue. The Blue Fish, Desperado's, and Cafe Izmir are among the 30 restaurants dishing out food for a few bucks a pop. We've already got our eye on $5 ahi tuna towers and $2 New England clam chowder. The King Bucks, Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six, and 2010 DOMA winners The BAcksliders are just a few of the musical acts performing at the festival. Make sure to cheer on participants in the jalapeño eating contest, because they're going to need it--and lots of water. For more information about the festival and to view the full menu, visit www.tasteofgreenvilleavenue.com.

Also going on this week...

Are you ready for a throwdown? Well, if you're a fan of the popular Food Network show of the same name, then you might want to pay attention to this: Chef Bobby Flay is in town, promoting his new cookbook, Throwdown! More Than 100 Recipes From Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge. The cookbook features recipes from both Flay and competitors on the show.  You can meet Flay and get his autograph today at Borders (10720 Preston Road, Suite 1018) at 5 p.m. For more information, call 214-363-1977.

We like any event where we can show up in our pajamas or sweats. OK, we probably won't be rocking fuzzy slippers at this dinner, but we'll wear something comfortable. On Wednesday, October 20, The Grape is hosting a "Come As You Are" wine dinner, featuring wines from the Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles. The winery recently won the coveted Gold State Winery award at the California State Fair's "Grapes and Gourmet." The 3 course dinner costs $45, and you can make reservations online at www.thegraperestaurant.com.

There's another wine dinner worth noting this week. The Mansion Restaurant will host the Spottswoode wine dinner this Sunday, October 24. For $185 a person, you can drink some fine organic wine and eat exquisite creations from Chef Bruno Davaillon. It's a small price to pay for feeling like royalty. To make reservations, call 214-443-4747.

Looking for another food festival this week? Well, look no further. The City of Keller is having their 23rd Annual Harvest Stew Festival at the Keller Public Library (640 Johnson Road) this Friday, October 22, 6-8 p.m. There will be games, hayrides, cookie decorating, and delicious stew. The event is free, but you're encouraged to bring a one canned food item to be used in the stew. Talk about a real potluck dinner! To find out more, call 817-743-4840.

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