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The Best Food and Beer Events of the Week in Dallas (May 1-5)

Wednesday, May 1 This Wednesday, Martin House Brewing Co. of Fort Worth will saunter over to Craft and Growler to introduce its newest brew, Daybreak, a four-grain breakfast beer modeled after cereal finished with a touch of honey. Co-owner David Wedemeier will be there and it's a keep-the-koozie kind of night.

The Oak Cliff Social Club in the Bishop Arts District will have a Leinenkugel tap takeover.

Thursday, May 2 In the first of a series of programs, GROW North Texas will gather and talk at Garden Café about fostering community access to fresh, nutritious food. Beer will be available, but feel free to BYOB. Dinner is 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a half hour presentation by Susie Marshal. General fun and merriment will follow.

Friday, May 3 Chef Dat has bought a new place in the Swiss Avenue district and is transforming it into his new spot for private dinners. This Friday will be the maiden culinary voyage, which will feature a six-course chef's tasting menu. It's BYOB as always, and reservations are required.

Saturday, May 4 It's time to get your fancy, obnoxious hat out for (you're thinking Cinco de Mayo, right? No.) the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. Sissy's Southern Kitchen and Bar is hosting its annual Jockeys and Juleps party with some fancy cocktails from 3 to 6 p.m.

This Saturday, El Fenix Downtown, Meso Maya and Taquería La Ventana will host a large Cinco de Mayo celebration in the El Fenix parking lot. All three restaurants will have special fare throughout the day as well as margaritas and beer. Admission is free before 6 p.m., $5 after. Food and drink tickets are $2.50 each.

Enchiladas Restaurant at 7050 Greenville Ave. will have an enchilada eating contest around 1 p.m. and the grand prize winner gets a trip for two to the Caribbean.

Sunday, May 5 The West End Pub is holding a Cinco de Mayo Party on the patio from 1 to 6 p.m., along with a patio margarita bar. Jes Spires and Friends will play from 2 to 5 p.m.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.