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Rye Plans Fyrefest to Benefit McKinney Location Following Devastating Fire

And a fundraiser for Genesis Women’s Shelter at Exchange Place, plus a sustainability dinner at Restaurant Beatrice

A wooden sign shaped like a jug hangs from chains. It reads: “Rye. Craft food and drink” in faded orange and white letters.
Rye in McKinney was forced to close after a catastrophic fire this summer.
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

Following the unfortunate news in August that Rye in McKinney closed down after a fire, the folks there are putting on Fyrefest on Monday, October 10, at their Lowest Greenville location. A representative for the restaurant said it is keeping the details mysterious for now but that a special menu will be served (please not cheese sandwiches), and guest bartenders will be creating cocktails for the night. And a guest DJ, because what would a Fyrefest be without music? Oh, right, a complete disaster.

The fun will unfold from 5 to 10 p.m. that night, and guests can join any time. If you can’t make it but want to show your support, the restaurant has a fire fund set up on GoFundMe. The owners hope to reopen their McKinney location in 2023.

You don’t often see dinners that donate the entire proceeds of the night to a charity. Attalie at The Exchange is doing just that. In October, it will host two evenings of special chef dinners, with 100% of the proceeds going to Genesis Women’s Shelter, which provides a safe place for women and children of domestic violence in the Metroplex.

The first, on Friday, October 14, will feature plates from Misti Norris, who has Stepchild in the Attalie through the end of this year, as well as Petra and the Beast in Dallas, and Paul Liebrandt, whose restaurants in London and New York City have been awarded two Michelin stars. The second, on Saturday, October 15, features Liebrandt and award-winning Dallas chef Josh Harmon, who has Birdie at Exchange Hall. Both nights will feature six-course meals with an optional beverage pairing. Get tickets in advance for $160 plus $60 for the beverage pairing, plus taxes.

Restaurant Beatrice, a local eatery from Zen Sushi’s Michelle Carpenter, is striving to become one of three restaurants in the U.S. to be certified as a B Corporation (awarded only to entities that “meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose”). To those ends, it is holding a cochon and bourbon dinner on Wednesday, October 12. The theme of the evening is sustainability, and all parts of the pig will be served and sourced from Dr. Mark Murphy, an award-winning breeder and professor from Louisiana. The cochon will be served with produce from Restorative Farms in Oak Cliff. Bourbon and cocktails will be served by B-Corp certified distillery, Maker’s Mark. Toné Castillo, the Makers Mark Diplomat for North Texas and Oklahoma, will be on hand to discuss what the distillery has done to pilot sustainability measures.

Reservations are required in advance, and the cost is $100 per person. There will be multiple seatings for the evening, with the option to sit indoors or outside on the patio.

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