10 best dining experiences in Dallas for this weekend; Chili Cook Offs, Gumbo and Mardi Gras


Now that the weather is warming up and all of our big vacations are behind us, Dallas is ready to host community events and get back outside. We have Brewery Chili Cooking, the start of the Mardi Gras season, a Deep Ellum Wine Walk and more. Here is the highlight reel:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk
2650 Main Street
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, February 17

Each month, Discover Deep Ellum hosts a wine walk that highlights different neighborhood businesses while you sip and shop. Shops, bars and restaurants organize special offers for participants. This month the tour is Mardi Gras themed, so bring your pearls but keep your shirt on. Or not. Go with what suits you. Either way, go support local small businesses. Reserve your wine glass for $15 online or get it for $20 when you show up.

Overview of the Community Beer Co.
3110 Commonwealth Drive
Thursday to Sunday February 17 to 20

After nearly two years of being closed to the public, Community Beer Co. is ultimately ready to let us into their new excavations. Well, maybe don’t break anything. But they want to at least show off their new 70,000 square foot brewery. They are running a limited number of preview tours starting this weekend. Snag the tickets as soon as possible.

On Rotations Sweet J’s Mini Pie & Beer Pairing
7701 Lemon Avenue
Saturday and Sunday February 19 – 20

On Rotation is a small brewpub near Love Field, and this weekend they teamed up with Sweet J’s Bakes (which held court at Dallas Farmers Markets) for some pie and beer. They would like to receive your order ahead of time to ensure they have enough pie on hand. Pairings include things like Chocolate Chess Pie with their Dark Runway Imperial Brown Sugar Stout.

2nd Annual Oak Highlands Okra Contest
10484 Brockwood Road
1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 19

Oak Highlands Brewery puts your skills to the test with their second annual Okra Kitchen. Competitors can prepare okra at home and bring it for the actual event. There are cash prizes right out of the entry pot.

Mardi Gras pub crawl
Uptown Playground, 2908 McKinney Ave.
3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 19

Get your drink pants ready, then show up at Playground Uptown to register from 3-4:30 p.m. for a goodie bag which, of course, includes beads, a masquerade mask, a 16-ounce stadium cup that change color and a wristband to let everyone know you’re all business. Then you’ll head to other participating bars where you’ll get food and drink discounts. Here is an interactive map to guide you. Cutie Pie’s, Kung Fu Saloon and the Nodding Donkey are some of the bars included in the crawl.

The Thirsty Growler’s 2022 Chili Contest
5733 national road 121
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 20

The Thirsty Growler is back in the chili business with another kitchen. Competitor entry fee is $10 and includes a pint of beer. You must register in advance to participate in the contest. But if you just want a taste, you can do so for $5, which includes a People’s Choice Award voting token.

Lakewood Village Farmers Market Opening Day
6434 E. Mockingbird Lane
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, February 20

Sunday is the opening day of the 2022 Lakewood Village Farmers’ Market season. They all have local farmers, ranchers and bakers, no stockists or distributors. They will have seasonal produce, grass fed beef, farm fresh eggs, fresh bread and much more. This farmer’s market takes place every Sunday until July 31st.

Opening of the Hurtado barbecue in Argyle
8356 Thompson Road
12 p.m. Saturday, February 19

Hurtado Barbecue was appointed to Texas monthlyfrom last year’s Top 50 BBQ list. Well Named. They are now expanding from their downtown Arlington restaurant and bar to the suburbs with a large barbecue trailer. A Facebook post says they are open at noon in Argyle, but the line will likely start much earlier.

8th Annual North Texas Craft Beer Chili Challenge
Cedar Creek Brewhouse, 13090 Bee Street (Farmer’s Branch)
Starts at 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 20

Local brewers like Peticolas, Bitter Sisters, Four Corners, ODD Muse, Turning Point and Martin House will compete in a chili challenge; the key ingredient in each batch must be their own beer. A $10 donation gets you 10 cups and a spoon to try for yourself. The event takes place in a large parking lot adjacent to Cedar Creek Brewhouse. All proceeds will go to Motorcrest Services.

The Brewers Dinner with Community Beer Co.
The Stoneleigh, 2927 Maple Ave.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 23

Community Beer Co. and The Stoneleigh’s Perle on Maple are bringing a unique dining experience to Uptown next week with five award-winning brewery selections paired perfectly with a four-course meal prepared by Stoneleigh’s Executive Chef, Esayas Estifanos. Tickets are $65 each and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

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