Tonight’s the night: Best of Big D goes down at 7 p.m. at the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum. We’ve been planning this thing for months—literally, I think the first editorial meeting on the issue happened in April—and we’re thrilled to reveal the feature alongside the food and drinks and culture that helped define the city over the last 12 months.
Anyway, enough of that. We’ve been gradually rolling out what to expect at the event—of which my bosses have reminded me to remind you to buy tickets at this link if you haven’t already—and this’ll be a roundup of sorts. First, the food: Tei-An’s doing pork over handmade ramen noodles. Uchi’s doing miso-cured ocean trout. Pecan Lodge is bringing beef ribs. Beef ribs! Barley & Board has shrunken its magnificent cheeseburger and made hundreds of them. Bolsa’s got pork jowl. Flora Street is doing a cassis parfait with shortbread. There’s more, and you can see that here. It’s a dream menu.
There’s an open bar for the gin-and-soda types, but we’ll also have El Bolero making their jet-black Oilman Margarita. Midnight Rambler is bringing a mezcal cocktail as well as their Cuffs & Buttons, made with spiced bourbon, stone fruit, acacia honey, Creole bitters, and lemon zest. One of those will set you back $14 at the bar under the Joule; they’re included with this ticket. When you’re ready to switch to beer, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. has you covered.
While all this is happening, you’ll be listening to music from RC & the Gritz—which is fronted by Erykah Badu’s bandleader, RC Williams—and DJ Spinderella, who you’d recognize from Salt & Pepa. We asked both to put together mixes for the party; here’s RC’s, and here’s Spinderella’s.
If we’ve convinced you, hit this link. We’ll see you at 7 p.m.