Last fall, I had a BLAST being a part of the Trigger’s Toys cocktail extravaganza, a fundraising event that united dozens of bartenders from around Texas to set up pop-up bars throughout Henry’s Majestic and whip up outstanding drinks all night long … for charity, of course!
As much fun as that event was, the former Fantasy Bar Draft is getting a big revamp this year, with a new name but the same charitable focus. The Ultimate Cocktail Experience is, like last year, raising money for Trigger’s Toys — an organization that brings joy and toys to kids in treatment hospitals — but this time, the party will take place outdoors, and bartender teams have been assigned region-focused pop-up bar concepts to bring to life on Saturday, Nov. 5.
This weekend, the joyous celebration of food and drink known as Park & Palate is back for its second go-round lighting up Klyde Warren Park. If ticket sales are any indication (hint: they are), the two-day Dallas food festival is hotter than ever. Friday’s Down to the Roots event is already sold out, but you can still snag a spot at Saturday’s Grand Taste, which will showcase amazing cuisine from some of Texas’ best chefs, as well as beer, cocktails and spirits samples.
Last year’s inaugural Park & Palate was a blast, and, in addition to the food and drinks, my favorite thing about it was its exclusivity: The ticket price point makes it a bit of a splurge, but between that and a cap on ticket sales, P&P never gets too packed. There’s nothing worse than a food fest with lines that wrap around half the venue, and, thank goodness that wasn’t an issue last year. The longest queues at last year’s Down to the Roots were around 20 people deep, but they moved FAST, and guests were eating again in no time. There were no such lengthy lines at the Grand Taste, but make sure to Uber there or take mass transit, because there is a lotta, lotta, lotta great wine to sample!
By Josue Alva, Contributor
Deep relaxation — who has time for it? Between deadlines at work, a social life and binge-watching Netflix, when are we supposed to find time to truly relax? And when you do find time for this elusive relaxation, how will you ever afford the best spas in town without stressing out over the bill? With Spa Week, that’s how! And now you can enjoy Spa Week’s Fall Event from Oct. 17-23.
For over a decade during this biannual event, participating spas have been offering treatments at a HUGE discount: $50 will get you massages, facials or laser hair removal treatments at some of the best-known facilities in DFW. There’s no limit to the number of spas you can visit, so take full advantage of this week.
While some may think that visiting a spa is something only ladies and guys with office hands do, the fact of the matter is, anyone can appreciate being pampered for an hour, and if you’re gonna be pampered, you might as well do it at one of the best places in town like I did during my visit to Grand Spa in Addison.
Brunch. It’s still a thing and still fun, but have you ever been hours into deep conversation with friends and finished your meal only to realize you’re hungry again? No need to worry about that anymore, because The Ivy Tavern has introduced its all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch — called Dive Brunch — for only $15, which you should give a shot.
For starters, I want to be straight up with you and let you know that the food was not so amazing that you’ll push old ladies out of the way to get to The Ivy Tavern, but the combination of great hangover eats, drinks that could possibly cause your next hangover and an incredible patio area filled with shade (the kind that keeps you cool and untanned, not the salty dialogue you hear the kids spitting these days), as well as a DJ, a covered bar and TVs playing all the sports is enough to shoulder-check an old lady while making a beeline to the buffet table.
Chefs Patrick Stewart and David Rodriguez decided to keep things simple when choosing the brunch options. Chicken and waffles (above) made the cut as well as biscuit and gravy. Of course, potatoes and eggs will be present as well as the king of all food — bacon — and its constant companion, sausage. The craft drinks are $6 (go with the sangria, it has Skittles), and mimosas are $3; Ivy also has a good variety of beer options.
The Ivy Tavern’s patio is where you want to be on a Sunday morning/afternoon because you can watch your favorite team win (or lose, if you’re a Raiders fan) and you can listen to the songs that get you believing you’re a pelvic-thrusting dance god. No frills here, just a place for dive-bar-priced drinks with friends and well-known brunch staples on a paper plate to remind you to not take brunch (or life) too seriously. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
The Ivy Tavern | 5334 Lemmon Ave., 214-559-4424
Story and Photos by Chris Roclevitch, Contributor
Happiest Hour embodies everything that is Dallas: music, cocktails, views. With the addition of every Dallasite’s favorite weekend pastime, it might just be the most well rounded venue in the thriving new Harwood District just south of Uptown. I got the chance to preview the new brunch items before they were released to the masses. But lucky you, they are now available on the weekends starting now. It’s all up to you to throw on your big boy/girl pants and get ready to brunch hard at Happiest Hour.
Here’s a sample of some of the items you will find on their brunch menu. Happiest Hour has recommended wine pairings to help you wash down your meal and — of course — get your turned up for the rest of the weekend!
As I recently announced, I just moved to Asia – and I’m loving it! While I haven’t had a ton of chances yet to explore my countryside town and nearby attractions, as a foodie, one thing I’m keen on getting in on are the night markets, which are popular in Korea and even more so in Taiwan.
What’s a night market? It’s usually several streets blocked off and packed to the curbs with clothes and souvenir vendors and street-food purveyors with savory and sweet smells emanating from their tents. The most popular street food scene closest to me is Myeongdong, known for its incredible array of classic Korean snacks. (When I eventually get to this street market, Seoul betta watch out!)
What’s all this got to do with Chefs for Farmers, Dallas’ biggest and tastiest culinary event?