The Weekend Guide

jam jar sweets!

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Jam Jar Sweets
Local culinary student Emily Skipper stuffs favorite desserts, like German chocolate cake, mixed berry cobbler, s’mores, and pecan pie, inside glass jars (small, $3.50; large, $6) for delicious single-serving treats best heated before devoured.
Why: Order four or more, and she’ll deliver (to most of DFW).
When: You wanna spoon.
Where: Online at jamjarsweets.com.

EatZi’s Artisan Market
Sample free bites from budding Texas culinary labels, including Wiseman House chocolates, Caprino Royale Farmstead artisanal goat cheese, and The Tamale Co.
Why: We can’t get enough of the margarita, salted caramel, and rosemary cornmeal shortbread cookies by Dallas-based Wackym’s Kitchen.
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Where: 3403 Oak Lawn Ave. (214-526-1515).

Cookbooks for Chefs and Foodies
What: Whether you’re in charge of the bird or just bringing wine, study up on seasonings and best vintages with cookbooks from James Beard, Ina Garten, Jamie Oliver, and more.
Why: You don’t want to give Grammy food poisoning — again.
When: T-Day is a week away. The time is now.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.

Jingle Bash
Etsy Dallas rings in the holidays with a shopping event featuring 50-plus local vendors selling their loot (clothing, artwork, jewelry) alongside a free craft station, DJ, and two full bars.
Why: The first 50 attendees score free embroidered tote bags.
When: Sat., 2-8 p.m.
Where: The Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., Lone Star room.

Hunger & Thirst 2011 Calendar
Chef Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper’s, Blue Plate Kitchen) created thirteen easy-to-follow recipes for the limited-edition planner ($20-$25). All proceeds benefit North Texas Food Bank.
Why: Monies from each calendar serve about 80 meals to hungry locals, and you get $24 worth of Central Market coupons.
When: You wanna feed the need.
Where: Central Market, 5750 E. Lovers Ln. (214-234-7000); 320 Coit Rd., Plano (469-241-8300); online at ntfb.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Jam Jar Sweets

The Palladium Ballroom
1135 S Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75215
3403 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
320 Coit Rd
Plano, TX 75075
5750 E Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75206