Double Wide. Photo by Sean McGinty.

Bits and Bites: Things to Eat in Dallas this Weekend

A foodie's guide to weekend events.

Dallas likes to party like it’s its birthday every day, but this weekend we can really make the excuse as Double Wide and Parigi blow up balloons, slice birthday cake and throw parties unlike the one you experienced at Chuck E. Cheese’s in the second grade. Read on for a list of Dallas’ weekend events.

Friday, October 3rd

Toss some pizza dough and get a pizza. Primo Brothers Pizza celebrates national pizza month (yes, that’s a thing) by offering a complimentary pizza of any choice to the guest with the most impressive toss during their daily dough lesson. Every morning at 11 a.m., Primo Brothers offers a quick pizza dough toss lesson and battle for the best toss, which is judged by owner Luan Vraniqi.

Chef John Tesar hosts the sixth annual Burgers & Burgundy event this Friday along with celebrity chefs at the home of Bill and Karen Seanor. Their challenge: to dish out the best burger to compliment a burgundy of their choice. Other wines and specialty cocktails will be available throughout the night. Funds raised go directly to DIFFA/Dallas to serve those affected by AIDS and HIV throughout the North Texas area. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. and get your $100 ticket in advance here.

Saturday October 4th

Get your workout in early and be sure to tie on a bib before leaving the house because you’ll most likely get some barbecue stains on that white t-shirt as you sample your way through the first annual Smoked Dallas at Main Street Garden Park. With fifteen different pit-masters, and chefs from around Texas — like Black’s Barbecue, BBQ on the Brazos and Lockhart Smokehouse — you will get your fill of protein and sauce along with entertainment from Bob Schneider and Black Joe Lewis. General admission gets you samples and music from 2 to 5 p.m. and tickets after 5 p.m. are strictly for the concert with separate fees for food. VIP tickets get you to the party one hour early. Sales benefit Café Momentum and are available online.

Double Wide celebrates eleven “twisted years” come Saturday and they decided to take out two blocks in Deep Ellum to make it a party to remember. Or not, depending on how you want your night to go. The outdoor festival will feature live music from High On Fire, Riverboat Gamblers, Roky Erickson and The Derailers. There will also be food vendors, drinks from Cold Beer Company, vintage shopping, photo booths, mechanical bull riding and other fun activities. Doors open at 5 p.m., music kicks off at 8 p.m. and the people of Double Wide will unveil their new rooftop tornado at 12:30 a.m. Purchase your $25 admission here.

Chef Scott Gottlich and Chef Andrea Maricich host a “taste of fall” cooking class at The Second Floor. The duo whips up a menu of roasted butternut squash soup; grilled pork loin roulade filled with apple, cranberry, cider, and toasted pumpkin seeds; braised red cabbage with raisins and old-fashioned cinnamon sugar doughnuts. Mixologist, Seth Brammer will walk attendees through a fall cocktail tutorial and wine pairing discussion. You can brush up on your kitchen skills for $48.25.

Sunday October 5th

Parigi and D Magazine host a celebration of food, booze and tunes to honor the restaurant’s three-decade milestone. Toast your glass of champagne or spirit provided by Veuve Cliquot and Belevedere vodka along with hors d’oeurves prepared by Parigi chef and owner, Janice Provost and El Centro culinary students. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can mingle with Parigi founder Andree Falls and tap your feet to tunes by Vince Martinez for the price tag of $84 — a nod to the year the restaurant opened. RSVP online and help the Parigi scholarship endowment fund at the Food and Hospitality Institute at El Centro College.

Monday October 6th

Pay homage to the State Fair of Texas at Holy Grail Pub without battling the lines and hiding from the heat. From now until the 12th you can enjoy a special fried menu of house-made treats like corny dogs, deep fried candied bacon and something called the “Texas Monte Cristo brisket sandwich.”

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