Commemorate the start of the French Revolution in true Francophile style: with lots of snails and a little Kir. Lavendou Restaurant invites diners to mark Bastille Day with a three-course dinner prepared by chef and owner Pascal Cayet. Courses include cassolette d’escargots au vin rouge, filet de sole Provençal and crêpes Belle-Helene. The cost is $52.95 per person and includes a complimentary Kir or Ricard. Call 972-248-1911 for reservations.
What it be: Fete de la Bastille Dinner
When it do: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14
Where dat is: 19009 Preston Road
Break out the mime outfit, because it's time to impersonate French stereotypes in the name of Bastille Day. Don your finest beret and striped shirt and head to Bishop Avenue, which will be transformed into a market with French wine, food, music and even a pétanque court. Event admission is free but those who wish to wet their gullets with the nectar of the gods will need to pre-purchase a wine glass. $25 begets the glass and two tokens good for food or wine. Additional wine can — and will, with great enthusiasm — be purchased onsite.
What it be: Bastille Day Dallas: Bishop Arts District
When it do: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 24
Where dat is: West Davis Street and North Bishop Avenue
Prove that your beret purchase was justified, once and for all, by attending day two of the Bastille Day celebration, when food and wine vendors will set up shop on Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District. Once again, this event is free to attend but requires a $25 pre-purchased wine glass in the event that you want to imbibe.
What it be: Bastille Day Dallas: Flora Street
When it do: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 15
Where dat is: North Pearl and Flora Street
Oak Highlands Brewery is turning 1. Blessedly, this 1-year-old's birthday party isn't being celebrated with a corporate mouse and a dubiously sanitized ball pit, but with the drinking of good, strong ale, and lots of it. OHB will bring out just about everything they've ever produced, with more than 20 beers on draft. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include three beers, an obligatory commemorative glass and a koozie.
What it be: OHB One Year Anniversary Party
When it do: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 16
Where dat is: 10484 Brockwood Road
Belgium has brought us a great many things: great chocolate, great cheese, great waffles. But perhaps the greatest export that this fine European nation can boast is its beer. Enjoy a selection of expertly picked Belgian beers at the Ginger Man's Annual Belgian Tasting, which includes food pairings. Tickets are $40 at the bar.
What it be: Belgian Independence Day Tasting
When it do: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16
Where dat is: 2718 Boll St.
They've already done doughnuts and Girl Scout cookies, so really it was only a matter of time before LUCK paired mini pies with beer. Four mini pies — smoked bourbon pecan, lemon tart, chocolate stout and savory cuban — from The Little Pie Kitchen will be served alongside a flight of local beer. Tickets are $20 each; get them while the getting is good for one of the three seatings happening that day.
What it be: Mini Pie and Beer Pairing
When it do: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17
Where dat is: 3011 Gulden Lane #112
Chefs for Farmers and Whole Foods Market present Market Masters Dinner, a five-course dinner courtesy of five Dallas chefs whose chef o' meters are hotter than the burners in their respective kitchens. The chefs — Keith Cedotal (The Joule), Chad Houser (Cafe Momentum), Misti Norris (Small Brewpub), Josh Sutcliff (Filament) and Jonathan Thompson (Sugarbacon) — will prepare their course using pantry staples in an ode to this event's beneficiary, the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets are $100.
What it be: Market Masters Dinner
When it do: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17
Where dat is: Whole Foods Market, 2510 McKinney Ave.
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