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FRESH and Festive: Celebrate Memorial Day

Established more than 100 years ago as a way for Americans to honor those who died in service to our country, Memorial Day has taken on an additional meaning for many of us: It’s the unofficial start of summer.

And that’s something we can all celebrate. Whether you’re flying the flag, attending a memorial or throwing a backyard barbecue, we can help make your Memorial Day special:

Let us do the grilling: At our 801 Grill, we’re grilling sliders, cooking up fries, and icing down beer – so you can have the fun of a backyard barbecue without the work, or the mess. We’ll be serving on the patio from 11 a.m. till close all weekend.

Catch some music: Our Friday music series continues with GW Farms, playing on our back patio from 6-9 p.m. This acoustic duo, originally from Paris, Texas, plays a stripped-down version of rock, folk and country.

Catch more music: East Texas singer-songwriter Steve Simmons is throwing a CD release party for his third album of original songs, Lost in Paradise. He’ll be on the patio from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, playing his unique mix of folk, country, jazz and western swing. Come by and hear his clever, catchy tunes, like Bad Attitude, My Baby Can’t Drink Wine, and Texas Calling Me Home.

Cue up some ‘cue: A barbecue institution since 1958, Angelo’s is the Fort Worth destination for those who love good ‘cue. Angelo’s staff will be in the FRESH Taste Kitchen 1-4 p.m. Saturday, serving up samples of their seasonings and sauces, already on the shelves at FRESH.

Make plans for Monday: We’re bringing in Eric Mosley to perform his special brand of acoustic rock. It’s free on the back patio from 12-3 p.m.

Brush up on your cooking technique: We have a stellar lineup of cooking classes and demos here all weekend. All events in our Fresh Taste Kitchen unless otherwise noted:

  • Dallas celeb chef Kent Rathbun kicks things off today, Friday, with demos from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and again from 4-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, visit with Tyler Paper food editor Christine Gardner from 2-5 p.m. She’ll be showing off new ways to cook that summer favorite, pork, plus some yummy sides.
  • Also Saturday, learn fail-safe ways to prepare seafood from the master, chef John Peters from our seafood department. (This guy knows his stuff; he cooked at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans!) It’s from 2-3 p.m. Saturday.
  • On Sunday, market expert Herb Turner offers grilling tips & tricks, from 3-5 p.m.
  • Both Saturday and Sunday, look for demos and samples from Brother’s Sauces, in our grocery section. These truly delicious BBQ sauces come to us from Fort Worth.