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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, June 28-30


995665_521376501245212_669027686_nThere’s not much going on this Saturday, but there are still some options for doing and chewing tonight and Sunday. Here’s a riddle to find out where I will be this weekend: I don’t like this food, but I will watch a feud. (If you can’t tell, I tried really hard on that one.)


Shinsei is mixing up margaritas from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at a weekend luau/summer-inspired party. Milagro Tequila has been invited to demonstrate making flavorful and summery margaritas for $25 per person. Just imagine: you could be drinking refreshing combinations of cilantro and cucumber, pineapple and basil, and blueberry and sage.

The “Fly-By Food Park” officially opens this weekend after a few preview weekends. It will be open tonight and tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A few food trucks like Oink and Moo, Parrot Icce, and Little Greek will be there. George gave his two cents here.

Nancy has something for you to do, too. It involves chocolate (Dude, Sweet) and wine (Veritas). I know you really want to click on that now.


If you keep up with SideDish, you most likely enjoy eating, but I guess it doesn’t guarantee you can cook. Give your kid a head start at the Gaylord Texan’s Jr. Chefs Camp. An award-winning chef teaches the interactive day camp in a true restaurant kitchen. Your mini-me can learn to cook, plate, and serve their menu for two guests. It’s $90 per child (ages 8-16) for parking, chef’s hat and apron, class recipes, camp class photo, and lunch. This weekend’s class is Bake it Away. If I was younger, I would totally sign up for these classes.


Jasper’s made it to the double digits and celebrates ten years this weekend. Chef Kent Rathbun’s restaurant is celebrating with an open buffet, house-infused cocktails, a DJ, and even things to keep the kiddos (i.e. face painting and a balloon-maker) distracted. The party starts a 2 p.m. and it just doesn’t stop. Just kidding. It does at 8 p.m. The cost is $35 per person, which includes all of the above, plus two alcoholic beverages. Kids under 12 eat free. Buy tickets.

Don’t miss the epic kitchen battle at Okra Palooza between chef besties Chad Houser and Graham Dodds. Will their friendship last? Dun. Dun. Dun. The Lot is hosting the event with a tasting of the dishes, concert, and brews included for $30. It’s going to be our very own Dallas version of Iron Chef… sort of. If only there was someone to act as the Chairman. Carol?

A surprise guest chef will be serving dinner at the pop-up restaurant Twenty at the Tower. More about this one and other dates here. Hint: It’s BYOB.


Marley Dablo is a D Magazine intern and will be an online journalism senior at the University of Oklahoma in the fall. She plans to attend culinary school upon graduation in hopes of combining her writing and culinary skills to ultimately have her own cooking show one day.