D-FW Weekend Round Up (8/21-8/24)


Weekend Round Up (8/21-8/24)

This weekend is ALL about live music with a little football sprinkled in. From Aerosmith to Nickel Creek and the SEC to the Cowboys, if you’re a music or football fan, you need to check out what’s going on.

 

6th Annual DFW SEC Kickoff Party: DFW SEC fans are hosting their annual party-of-the-year at Community Beer Co. tonight, Thursday, August 21, to celebrate the beginning of another great season of SEC Football.

 

Music Thursday: Check out this week’s local artist showcase at Klyde Warren Park, Rania Khoury and the Stone Wolves.

 

The Wizard of Oz: Celebrate the 75th anniversary of this ultimate classic at the Texas Theater on Friday, August 22 with a simultaneous showing of Dark Side of the Moon.

 

Aerosmith: American Airlines will host legends Aerosmith, Slash, and Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators all in one place on Friday.

 

Nickel Creek: Country/bluegrass fans of the 2000’s are invited to welcome back the band after a seven year break. On Friday, they’ll take the stage at the Majestic Theater to celebrate their new album.

 

Panic! At The Disco: The rock band will play Friday night at South Side Ballroom.

 

Design District Market Festival: Saturday, August 23, from noon-5pm, you’ll find jewelry, clothing, and art by local vendors at this indoor/outdoor market. There will also be food trucks, free drinks, live music, and the return of the Dallas Contemporary Dumpster Pool.

 

North Texas Fair & Rodeo: This event kicked off on the 15th and goes through Saturday. There’s live music, great food, stock shows, and more!

 

Sarah Jaffe: This Denton native has opened for Norah Jones and recorded a song with Eminem. Now she’s back to celebrate her third album, Don’t Disconnect, which dropped August 19, with a show on Saturday at the Majestic Theater.

 

One Direction: Sunday, August 24,  is a big day for pop music fans in Dallas. The British pop sensation band, also known as One D, will take over AT&T Stadium for their “Where We Are Tour.”

 

Judy Collins: She has vocals and acoustics that have inspired audiences for generations. Now you can see her live at the Granada on Sunday.

 

Hottest Half & 10k: Starting and finishing at Community Beer Co. in Dallas, this run through town most definitely will not lack refreshments. Join the crowd on Sunday and get your medal/beer opener at the finish line.

 

Cowboys: Don’t forget to tune-in to watch the Cowboys at Dolphins game on Sunday at 6pm!

 

The Phantom of The Opera: Through Sunday, experience one of the most famous Broadway plays at the Winspear Opera House. With a cast and orchestra of 52 people, this is one of the largest shows currently on tour.

 

Tango in the Park: Revel in the romance of Argentine tango music and dancing under the stars at Klyde Warren Park on Sunday. There will be Tango lessons with Dallas masters, a dance performance, and a DJ.

 

Summer Dollar Days: The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering $1 admission while summer lasts. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this thriving part of Dallas and spend a day in the great outdoors.

 

August Dollar Days: Admission is just $1 at the Dallas Arboretum all month long. It may be hot, but the gardens and water pads help keep temperatures down.

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This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News: Houndstooth Coffee Opening

Coffee, canines, and craft beer are the major highlights of this week’s edition of Food & Beverage News. Plus, read up on recent openings, closings, and all the relevant news you need to know.

 

Events:

Joyce & Gigi’s: They’re not participating in the official Restaurant Week, but Joyce & Gigi’s is featuring a special three-course menu this week through August 23 for just $25, with wine parings for an additional $10.

 

Fisher Wine Dinner: Gemma is hosting a five-course dinner paired with Fisher wines tonight, August 12, with special guest Cameron Fisher.

 

Backpacks for Brews: United Way and Family Compass invite you to 3015 at Trinity Groves tonight to do some good. In return for a new backpack to fill with school supplies for abused and neglected children you’ll get yummy food and craft beer courtesy of Four Corners Brewing Co.

 

Houndstooth Coffee: We told you recently that Henderson Ave. was getting a new coffee spot to replace Pearl Cup. Well, Thursday, August 14 is opening day! Featuring beans from North Carolina and California, the coffee house will be open from 6:30am-7pm on weekdays and from 7-7 on the weekends.

 

Haute Dogs in the City: Grab your favorite four-legged pal and join Modern Luxury Dallas at the iLume Park Lifestyle Community for a garden party celebrating man’s best friend Thursday night. There will be cold drinks, “haute dogs” with a twist, and all proceeds will benefit Operation Kindness.

 

New Zealand Wine Dinner: Driftwood and it’s new chef, Chef Kyle McClelland, are featuring a five-course dinner paired with Kim Crawford Wines on Thursday. Dinner begins at 6:30pm and includes Thai-style oysters, roasted duck, and whole red mullet.

 

Chefs for Farmers: Sunday, August 17 marks the kick off of the 2014-2015 charitable season during which the organization will pair up with local chefs and businesses to support local food and farmers. You’ll find the “localvores” at Pecan Lodge dining on local food and sipping wine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Café Momentum (see more on them below).

 

Del Frisco’s Prime Pair Sundays: Every Sunday for a limited time, you can indulge in a summer prix fixe menu of an 8oz. filet, your choice of crab cake, scallops or shrimp, a salad, and a side for just $49.

 

Green Grocer Happy Hour: Every Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm is you can get $2.50 of any juice or smoothie.

 

$1 Craft Beer Mondays: Throughout the month of August, R Bar & Grill will sell craft beers for just $1 from 5pm until closing. Additionally, each week, Executive Chef Michael West will recreate a menu item with a craft beer of his choice.

 

Bird Cafe Beer Dinner: Next Monday, August 18, Bird Cafe and Community Beer Co. are teaming up for a six-beer, five-course dinner.

 

Brew Night at The Rustic: Meet the team from Lone Star Beer and learn a thing or two from 5-7pm on Monday, August 18. All schooners of Lonestar brews are just $4 until closing.

 

 

News:

Herrera’s Closing: After an attempt to relocate fell though, Herrera’s on Maple will close August 18. They’ve asked customers to follow them on Facebook for information on future openings and news.

 

LUCK Stout Beer Float: The people at LUCK are taking the classic root beer float and kicking it up a notch with their new Stout Beer Float. It consists of a house-made beer ice cream floating in craft beer.

 

Restaurant Week: The time is now! Make your reservation and get out there and try something new and delicious.

 

Ramen Hakata: If you haven’t heard, Addison now has it’s very own ramen restaurant. This isn’t your dorm room microwave meal, their traditional pork-based ramen broth takes at least 12 hours to make.

 

Public School 214: A new gastropub will open this winter when the 3500M Development in West Village is completed. This full-service restaurant and bar also has three locations in California, all of which are named according to their respective area codes. Also known as PS214, the concept is “An Education in the Art of Food and Beer.”

 

Café Momentum: Since 2011 the organization teaching juvenile delinquents to work in Dallas restaurants has been hopping from spot to spot while hunting for a permanent address. Executive Director Chad Houser has finally found “the tangible reality of a longtime dream” in Thanksgiving Square in downtown Dallas. Beginning in December, young men will develop kitchen skills and spend time in a classroom all in the same location.

 

Midnight Rambler: The Joule’s basement bar is set to open this fall with a “craft cocktail salon” theme.

 

World Tasting Tour Stops in Dallas: The owners of El Celler de Can Roca, the restaurant consistently voted the best and second best restaurant in the world, have locked their doors. On a mission to share their love for food, wine, conversation, and culture, they are traveling the world demonstrating their techniques and technology. After putting on an amazing eight-course dinner the brothers ate only one meal while they were in Dallas- lunch at Mot Hai Ba.

 

Image via Houndstooth Coffee Facebook

This Week in Food & Beverage News


Food & Beverage News: Donut Kitchen

This edition of Food & Beverage news is loaded with exciting new openings, menu expansions, and chef change ups. We’re also filling you in on some incredible dinner opportunities and craft beer events that you won’t want to miss!

 

Events:

Community Beer 1st Wednesdays: Tonight, as with the first Wednesday of every month, Community Beer Co. is holding an open house & tour. There will be local vendors, outdoor games, food trucks, and live music. The event is family and dog friendly.

 

Summer Vegetable Dinner: Chef Blaine of Grace in Fort Worth has prepared an astounding eight-course menu featuring summer produce. The menu is completely vegetarian and can be prepared for vegan diners as well. Dinner is Thursday, August 7 and begins with passed canapés at 6:30.

 

German Riesling, Sausage, and Kraftwerk Event: Friday, August 8, celebrate Germany’s World Cup win with a 4 wine German Riesling Vertical tasting, Kuby’s sausage, & music by Kraftwerk all night at Wine Poste.

 

Summer Harvest Dinner: This Friday is the last night to take part in Asador’s Summer Harvest Dinner Series. The final menu will be  paired with cocktails and begins at 6:30.

 

Ramen Night at Windmill Lounge: Chef Justin Holt will prepare $5 bowls of everyone’s favorite noodle Saturday, August 9 for midnight ramen madness.

 

Beer Camp at Meddlesome Moth: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beer Camp will commence this Saturday at noon. Stop by for 12 craft beers presented by Sierra Nevada, Cigar City, Oskar Blues, Asheville Brewers, and many more.

 

Chefs at The Market: Saturday is the last day to learn first-hand from local chefs. This week’s guest is Chef T. J. Lengnick of Shinsei Restaurant. He’ll be schooling you on asian-inspired summer cuisine.

 

So & So’s: After a great start on McKinney Ave., this bar and dinner hangout will begin serving brunch this Sunday, August 10. Menu items include biscuits and gravy, blueberry pancakes, a fried egg BLT, their ever-popular pizza, and more.

 

News:

Houndstooth Coffee: Henderson Ave. will have a new coffee shop beginning August 14 in the space previously occupied by Pearl Cup. Houndstooth Coffee, which originates in Austin, will have a to-go window right off the sidewalk.

 

Start: After much success at their first location on Greenville Ave, the “real fast food” restaurant and drive thru is set to open a second location on Lemmon Ave. this Fall.

 

Oddfellows: The Oak Cliff hot spot for brunch and coffee was recently named one of 10 restaurants in the U.S. that is worth “long lines” by Yahoo.

 

Big Tex Choice Awards: This year, fans have the chance to get a front row seat to the 10th annual Big Tex Choice Awards, the event that determines the fair’s food finalists.

 

Mattito’s: All four locations of this popular Tex-Mex spot have added a vegetarian-centric menu. Items include potato flautas, three-cheese enchiladas, mushroom enchiladas, grilled portabello fajitas, and a three-cheese chile relleno. The flautas, mushroom enchiladas, and portabello fajitas can also be prepared vegan.

 

Ziziki’s: After 20 years serving up great Greek food, the owners of Ziziki’s have added two new partners in an effort to expand and improve. The first change will come with the addition of a brunch menu that will be introduced next week. Old favorites, like the Greek gods platter, will also make a return.

 

Brick House Tavern + Tap: The craft-beer-serving, seasonal-meal-making tavern has opened its second D-FW area location in Fort Worth. Complete with hand-crafted cocktails ands 30 flat-screen TV’s, this is no ordinary sports bar. You can also visit the Plano location for the same great experience.

 

C-Señor: Bishop Arts is finally seeing movement in the old El Padrino location thanks to a new Cuban restaurant/Taco stand. Expect an authentic experience with menu items like the classic Cuban sandwich and fried plantains.

 

Chef news: Greenville Avenue favorite, Sundown at Granda, and Chef Patrick Stark have parted ways after six years. Stampede 66‘s Chef John Thompson has resigned to teach culinary arts at an inner city south Dallas high school. Souk, the Moroccan restaurant in Trinity Groves, is the new home of Standard Pour‘s Peja Kristic. Taking her place will be Casa Rubia Chef Cody Sharp.

 

The Donut Kitchen: The gourmet donut craze is spreading to McKinney. This family-owned gourmet donut, breakfast sandwich, and kolach shop has daily donut features like M&M, Carmel Macchiato, and Mango Habanero.

 

Restaurant Week: Don’t forget to get your reservations for Restaurant Week, which begins next Monday, August 11.

 

Image via The Donut Kitchen

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This week in DFW food & beverage news

Looking for the latest events and gossip surrounding the D-FW restaurant scene? Look no further. This week enjoy art, outdoor celebrations, and welcome new restaurant hires and locations. Plus, a Fort Worth chef will be hosting an all-new reality TV series.

 

Events:

Komali Food & Art: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served Wednesday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the first in a series of art exhibits displayed at Komali.

 

Asador’s Summer Harvest Dinner: The second of three dinners in this series takes place this Friday, July 11. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm. and will include five courses served family-style with wine and cocktails.

 

Taste of Dallas at Fair Park: This weekend, Fri. July 11 to Sun. July 13, dine on some of the best food that Dallas-area restaurants have to offer. There will be more than 70 restaurants represented, with 20 of them set up inside so you can beat the heat. There will also be live music, food trucks, and dancing.

 

Grace Clam Bake: The Fort Worth restaurant will host its first-ever clam bake featuring Chef Blain’s all-seafood summer menu on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

Tei-An Rooftop Celebration: Celebrate Asahi Brewery’s Gold Award in the 2014 World Beer Cup with brews, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, and a view of Downtown Dallas from the rooftop on Saturday, July 2, from 9 to 11 p.m.

 

Weekly Food Truck Schedule: See where you favorite mobile bites will be every day this week.

 

News:

New Pastry Chef at LARK on the Park: Ann Parravano has taken a new job recreating the dessert menu at the popular restaurant near Klyde Warren Park after three years with Stephan Pyles and Stampede 66. New dishes include her signature Avocado White Chocolate Bavarian as well as the Sweet Corn Ice Cream Cake, Valrhona Dark Chocolate Frozen Soufflé (pictured above), and Butterscotch Blondie Coup.

 

New Alamo Drafthouse Location: This time next year Downtown Dallas will have its very own, two-story movie theater on the southwest corner of Cadiz St. and S. Lamar St. Get ready to enjoy great beer, great food, and great movies on eight screens in the heart of Dallas.

 

Fort Worth Chef on Reality TV: Chef and restaurant operator Tim Love has landed a hosting position on the new show “Restaurant Startup,” a reality series that pairs restaurant innovators with investors. Pitches will be made, test restaurants will be opened, and, hopefully, all of someone’s dream will come true starting tonight, July 8 at 9 p.m.

 

US Open Beer Championship: Last week, Rahr & Sons Brewing, Peticolas Brewing, and Lakewood Brewing were named to the list of Top 10 Breweries in 2014. These three D-FW breweries, along with Community Beer Company, also took home various other awards for their Texas-made creations.

 

Photo via LARK on the Park Facebook

D-FW Weekend Round Up


Your D-FW Weekend Round Up

There’s much food to eat and beer to drink on this week’s edition of Weekend Round Up. From secret dinners and brewery tours to cliff diving and theater, see all the fun ways you can spend upcoming weekend:

 

Food Truck Schedule: Click to see where your favorite food truck eats will be now through June 8.

 

Cadillac Pizza Pub Caddy Run: Every Wednesday, beginning June 4 and ending November 19, runners (or walkers) can meet at the pub at 6:30 p.m. for a 2-3 mile run through downtown McKinney. After the run, participants can enjoy free bottled water and beer specials back at the pub. On tonight’s opening night, pizza will also be half-off.

 

Booth: Thursday, June 6, though June 14, local writer and actor Steven Walter’s new play will dig into the life of theater actor and presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth. Shows are at 7:30 or 8 p.m., depending on the night, at Kalita Humphreys Theater in Oak Lawn.

 

Beer School: Whole Foods Highland Park is hosting an event with beer-specialist Lynda that includes a lesson on and sampling of craft beers and micro brews on Thursday, June 5. The store will also serve bites of food to accompany the beer.

 

Underground Dinner with Chef DAT: This exclusive event pops up Fridays and Saturdays and provides a great escape from your normal dinner routine. The location of the dinner is only available to those who RSVP and the menu is always different. This Friday’s menu takes you a round the world at a secret location somewhere in Deep Ellum.

 

Red Bull Cliff Diving: Possum Kingdom Lake has two cliffs that rise almost 100 feet. Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, 14 world-class cliff divers will perform as spectators watch by boat.

 

Lakewood Brewery Beer Dinner: A special collaborative pop-up dinner with Chef Daniel Tarasevich will take place Saturday, June 7. The five-course, beer-paired menu includes grilled peaches and goat cheese, crispy redfish, apricot lacquered duck, smoked short rib, and a frozen tiramisu with craft brews and a couple gems from LBC’s cellar.

 

Community Beer Company Tour: Guided tours and local beers combine with art, live music, and food trucks on Saturday, June 7. The event is dog and family-friendly.

 

Dallas’ Best Burgers & Brewery Tour: Saturday, Dallas Bites presents a tasting and sipping event that includes Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Dairy-ette, Liberty Burger, Maple & Motor, and Peticolas Brewing Company.

 

Cafe Momentum Pop-Up at Oak: Support a great cause while eating great food with Chef Richard Gras on Sunday, June 8, at Oak.

 

DJ Dinner: FT33 Chef Alex Stupak and Chef Matt McCallister team up for a nine course dinner set to a drum and bass set by DJ Dieselboy on Monday, June 9.

 

 

 

This Weekend’s Top Events


Need plans this weekend? Whether you’re looking to eat well, drink well, or be entertained by the arts and music, we’ve got an event for you! Check out what’s going on this weekend in D-FW from Wednesday, Feb. 19, to Sunday, Feb. 23.

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

Cirque du Soleil: The Varekai version of this fabulous series will be at Dr. Pepper Arena starting tonight, Feb. 19, and going until Feb. 23. It’s a circus of an entirely different kind that will leave you in awe.

 

Beer-Paried Dinner at The Grape: Community Beer and The Grape come together tonight, Feb. 19, for a four-course dinner with beer parings. Munch on scallops, pork tenderloin, and more as you sip great local beer.

 

Wine-Paired Dinner at Abacus: Siduri Winery and Abacus will collaborate on Friday, Feb. 21, to bring you four courses of delicious food paired with decadent wine. Enjoy polenta, pheasant, and more.

 

Beer Dinner at Bread Winners: The uptown branch of this restaurant and Abita brewmaster Leo Basille will offer a paired, five-course diner on Friday, Feb. 21, as well. Here you’ll enjoy great beer along with fresh salad, shrimp and grits, and beer-infused chocolate bundt cake.

Imagine Dragons: American Airlines Center

Imagine Dragons: There’s no doubting this band’s rise to stardom over the last year. Hear them live at American Airlines Center this Friday, Feb. 21!

 

The Little Mermaid: This broadway musical began shows in Dallas on Feb. 13, and will continue to dazzle and delight guests through Mar. 2 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

 

Dallas Blooms

Dallas Blooms: Starting Saturday, Feb. 22, and going until Apr. 6, experience the beauty of spring in Dallas at the Dallas Arboretum. Based on this year’s theme “Birds of Paradise,” you can explore the new life-size bird house and take in the 500,000 seasonal blooms.

 

Sea Breeze’s Cooking Class: This Sunday, Feb. 23, begins the first of three classes in this series. You’ll learn 3-4 recipes and wine pairings in each 1 1/2-hour session.

 

Feature photo from dallasarboretum.org