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4th of July corn dog beatdown tops best food and drink events in Dallas

4th of July corn dog beatdown tops best food and drink events in DFW

libertine bar, corn dog eating contest
Libertine Bar hosts the sixth annual Brass Knuckle Corn Dog Beatdown on the Fourth of July. The Libertine Bar/Facebook
Driftwood restaurant in Dallas
Join Driftwood for an anniversary lobster dinner on July 3. Photo courtesy of Driftwood
Weekend coffee shop at Joule hotel in Dallas
Learn how to brew coffee like a pro at Weekend Coffee's July 6 home brewing class. Photo by Mei-Chun Jau
Tart Bakery macarons
Learn to make macarons as good as the ones from Tart at Sur la Table's July 5 class. Photo courtesy of Tart
Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum
Meet Cafe Momentum's Chad Houser at the Green Grocer on July 1. Courtesy of Chad Houser
libertine bar, corn dog eating contest
Driftwood restaurant in Dallas
Weekend coffee shop at Joule hotel in Dallas
Tart Bakery macarons
Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum

What does the Fourth of July mean to you? If you are reading this, most likely it means finding a good place to drink beer and eat hot dogs. We have that (well, corn dogs, which are better), along with a couple of other food events to keep you occupied during this holiday week.

Tuesday, July 1

Chefs’ Choice Charity Featuring Chad Houser at Green Grocer
Green Grocer continues its Chefs’ Choice Charity program this month benefiting Cafe Momentum. From 5-7 pm, Green Grocer features samples of executive director Chad Houser’s braised grass-fed brisket taco with cilantro pesto and chevre, signature pressed juice, as well as bites and sips from several Green Grocer partners. Additionally, Green Grocer has created a juice called “The O.G,” with organic green apples, cucumber, jalapeño and kale. Through July 31, a portion of the proceeds from each sale benefits Cafe Momentum.

Sustainable Wine Dinner at Brio Tuscan Grille in Allen
Head out to Brio Tuscan Grille in Allen for a multicourse meal featuring beef tartare; herb-crusted halibut; stuffed pork loin; blood orange, fennel and avocado salad; and strawberry Napoleon — all paired with sustainable wines. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm and costs $50 a person. Call 214-383-5556 for reservations.

Thursday, June 3

Driftwood Anniversary Lobster Boil Bash
Kick off Fourth of July weekend early by joining Driftwood for its two-year anniversary lobster dinner party. The meal includes wine and beer pairings, and seats are $22. Other specials include $5 Kettle One snow cones and $5 Don Julio drinks. For tickets, call 214-942-2530. The party begins at 5 pm.

Friday, July 4

Sixth Annual Brass Knuckle Corn Dog Beatdown at Libertine Bar
As far as eating contests go, you’re either into them or you’re not. However, most Texans can stand behind anything related to a corn dog. The Libertine opens at 11 am, with a dunk tank and full menu; the actual 15-minute brass knuckle beatdown commences at 7 pm. (There’s also a kids’ contest at 5 pm.) The adult first-place winner receives a brass knuckles trophy and $100 gift certificate; second-place gets a $50 gift certificate; third-place gets $25 in quarters. If there is a tie, there is a tequila shoot-out. You can register right now, and it’s free, but you must do so in person, at the bar.

Saturday, July 5

Secrets of the Perfect Macaron Class at Sur la Table
These colorful French confections can be tricky to make, but Sur la Table helps you master the techniques from 10 am-1 pm. The instructor shares secrets for incorporating food colors and unique flavors, piping with precision, and even achieving the perfect pied (foot). Students also explore fillings like flavored buttercreams and ganaches. On the menu are lemon macarons with blueberry cream, chocolate macarons with mint fudge filling and raspberry macarons with rose ganache. Tickets are $69 per person.

Sunday, July 6

Home Brewing Class at Weekend Coffee
Learn how to brew like a barista at Weekend Coffee’s free home brewing class from 3-5 pm, during which experts show you how to use fancy gadgets like a Chemex, V60 Pour-Over and French press. Participants also gain knowledge in farm and processing methods and roasting. Reserve your spot by emailing