This Week in Food & Beverage News

Food & Beverage News
Pick up your free smoothie, then choose from an array of beverage-friendly events to attend this weekend! Get the details below:


Tuesday, August 4

Reverse Happy Hour: Mix and mingle at W Dallas‘ Living Room Bar. Their reverse happy hour offers signature cocktails, small bites and the sweet sounds of a live DJ, all at happy hour prices. 7-11 p.m.


Free Smoothie Tuesday: Nothing says summer quite like strawberry and lemon. Head over to one of the 38 D-FW Smoothie King locations (excluding airports) to try their new Lemon Twist Strawberry smoothie for FREE, offered all day.


Thursday, August 6

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of July, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.


Oak Wine Dinner: Join the Dallas Chapter of the International Wine & Food Society and chef John Tesar of Oak restaurant for a five-course wine dinner. Tickets are $180 for members and $200 for non-members. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.


Saturday, August 8

Local Brews, Local Grooves: Deemed one of the ultimate festivals to attend, Dallas’ House of Blues will be hosting its annual craft beer and music festival, featuring local Texas breweries, bands and tasty food. 3 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Sunday, August 9

Salsa & Sangria Sundays: Enjoy sangria and live salsa music on Saint Ann’s patio, located in the Harwood District of downtown Dallas. 7-10 p.m.



Cat Cafés: Dallas is jumping on the cat café trend with not just one, but two coffee shops where patrons can mingle with cats in a relaxed environment.


Dallas Chocolate Festival: Tickets are now available for the annual chocolate festival, held at the Addison Conference Centre on Sunday, September 12.


Nature’s Plate: The vegan restaurant will be setting up shop in Lake Highlands this month, offering healthy plant-based foods.


Photos courtesy of House of Blues Dallas

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Seared fish salad with wine

Fill up on a 10-course wine dinner, then cheer on a water-skiing squirrel at Dallas’ Sausage Fest! Get the details for those events and more below:



Wednesday, July 29

Texas Sous Chef Dinner: Sous Chef Justin Holt of Lucia will co-host the 2nd Annual Texas Sous Chef Dinner at CBD Provisions. Ten local Texas sous chefs will be participating, each preparing one dish for a 10-course plated dinner along with an optional beverage pairing.$145/person. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. For reservations, call 214-261-4500.


Thursday, July 30

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of July, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.


Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner: Travel over to lower Greenville and visit the Grape for a summer wine dinner, featuring samplings from Spain. Chef Sarah will create a three-course dinner to compliment the hand-selected wines of the evening. $52/person. For reservations, call 214-828-1981.


Saturday, August 1

Sausage Fest: Held at Main Street Garden in downtown, this year’s summer sausage fest comes equipped with sausage games, bull riding, squirrels and a dunk tank! Indulge in unique sausage plates and pair them with your favorite mixed drinks or cold brews. $15/person. 4-10 p.m.


Sunday, August 2

Salsa & Sangria Sundays: Enjoy sangria and live salsa music on Saint Ann’s patio, located in the Harwood District of downtown Dallas. 7-10 p.m.


Uncork for a Cause: Texas Ranger Prince Fielder and his wife, Chanel, are raising awareness for Promise House — a charity that embraces homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. The event will serve as the release party for Prince’s 2012 Sonoma Reserve Red Wine. Held at Max’s Wine Dive, guests will enjoy an enticing culinary menu prepared by Max’s Executive Chef Patrick Russell, wine and beer, plus an auction packed with Rangers gear, plus local and national sports items. $125/person. 7-9 p.m. Purchase tickets here.



Frenchy’s Chicken: Houston’s popular Creole and Southern food spot will be planting its roots in the metroplex soon. Aside from fried chicken, the New Orleans-inspired menu also serves boudin, collard greens and catfish po boys.


Houndstooth Coffee: The popular Knox-Henderson coffee shop will soon be opening a second location in the new Sylvan | Thirty development site in West Dallas, slated to open in early 2016.


Vincent’s Seafood: Dallas’ seafood staple — since 1898 — will serve some of its last entrées on Saturday. Slower clientele has caused the business to shut its doors.

DFW Weekend Round Up (6/4-6/7)



DFW Weekend Round Up
Music events are the highlights in this edition of the Weekend Round Up. Get the details on those events and more below.


Thursday, June 4

Bishop Arts Wine Walk: Travel over to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff and enjoy an evening of shopping, dining and wine. Purchase a $10 wine glass and walk over to the designated wine stops within the district. 6-9 p.m.


Twilight Tunes: Kick off the weekend early and visit downtown Denton to hear live music by local bands. This Thursday, hear the country tunes of The Bird Dogs.  The concert is held on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, so remember to bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE.


First Thursday Late Nights: On the first Thursday of the month, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science hosts Late Night, a themed-evening (related to science, of course) that extends past the museum’s normal business hours. This Thursday, discover Creepy Crawlers. Get the chance to explore what entomologists do and how bugs fit into our ecosystem, along with access to special programming. 7-9 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Friday, June 5

Fantasy in Sand: You’re off to see the wizard in this attraction held at Globe Life Park in Arlington this weekend. Texas-sized sand sculptures will be on display, featuring characters from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Children will also get a chance to create their own sculptures in the 2,000-sq-ft play area. Tickets begin at $16.


Saturday, June 6

21st Annual Dog Day Afternoon: Join Operation Kindness at Flag Pole Hill Park in Dallas this Saturday, and don’t forget the dogs! The afternoon will feature vendors, free microchipping, performances, demonstrations, and contests. Adoptable animals will also be on site. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. View the schedule of events here.


Architecture Walking Tour: The Dallas Arts District and Dallas Center for Architecture are hosting a 90-minute walking tour of Dallas’ urban arts district. Led by a trained tour guide, guests will examine Dallas buildings from the 1890s to the present day, including the detail, institutions and visionaries who played a roll in their creation. 10 a.m. Tickets start at $10. Register here.


Belmont Stakes Day: Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will be simulcasting the Belmont Stakes live. Witness American Pharaoh, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, go for a Triple Crown sweep. In addition, enjoy live music. Kids are free to enjoy the available bounce houses, pony rides and petting zoo in the Family Fun Park. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.


PantherFest: Happy birthday to Fort Worth! In celebration of its 166th birthday, the city’s Main Street will turn into a festival, featuring live music on two stages, food for purchase, craft beer, and a 2,000-foot water-slide event. Be sure to stick around for the evening fireworks. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. FREE admission. View the schedule of events here.


Sunday, June 7

Disney in Concert: Visit the Allen Event Center to watch projected video clips from some of the most beloved Disney films as the soundtrack comes to life right before your eyes. Four leading vocalists and a symphony orchestra will perform the Disney concert, featuring classic songs from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Frozen and more. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


Concerts in the Garden: Join the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for an evening of symphonic masterpieces. Sunday evening’s concerts presents Tchaikovsky’s popular 1812 Overture set to jaw-dropping fireworks. Guests have the option to pack their own picnic, purchase food from on-site concessions or pre-order appetizer trays. Bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray. Chair rentals also available for $2. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary.



DFW Weekend Round Up (5/29 – 5/31)

DFW Weekend Round Up
Music, festival celebrations and competitions are the highlights in this edition of the Weekend Round Up.


Friday, May 29

AT&T Byron Nelson: Now in its 33rd year, the annual golf tournament kicked off on Tuesday, but promises more fun this weekend. The Pavilion After Dark, presented by Michelob Ultra, provides live entertainment during the evening. Spectators with a Championship ticket enjoy all the fun for free! For more info, visit here.


Fan Expo Dallas: Visit the largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas. Presented by Dallas Comic Con, the three-day event includes family-friendly activities and celebrity guests. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Dallas International Guitar Festival: Witness everything guitar this weekend! Held at Fair Park in Dallas, this festival will feature celebrities, guitar manufacturers, dealers, collector’s items, live music, and food. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Five Course Coffee Dinner: How about a private five-course dinner, where all the food is paired with coffee? Method Coffee and Spirited Cooking are joining forces to bring you the best food and coffee pairing Dallas has to offer. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Saturday, May 30

Rockwall Country Fair: Enjoy music, dancing, vendors, food, and games, all benefitting programs that help women and children. Consider it a family fun day — country style. Free entry and parking; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Dallas Ultimate Women’s Expo: Indulge in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel at this year’s Women’s Expo, held at the Irving Convention Center. Keynote speakers include Melissa Gilbert, Nancy Grace, Nene Leakes and Tabatha Coffey. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Art Uncorked: The Arlington Museum of Art is hosting a painting party. Engage in some relaxing fun and create your own masterpiece, while sipping on a glass or two of wine. $35/person; 6-9 p.m.


Front Porch Showdown: Visit Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park and watch several bluegrass bands compete for cash prizes. Kids will also be able to join in on the fun by creating musical instruments to play in their own jam session. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Sunday, May 31

Jazz Under the Stars: Labyrinth Walk Coffee House presents an evening of jazz. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, food and drink (including beer and wine) and listen to the soulful tunes of Shoot Low Sheriff, Lady Diamond, Freddie Jones and the E-Flat Porch Band. For tickets and more info, visit here.


Feature image courtesy of AT&T Byron Nelson

DFW Weekend Round Up (5/21-5/24)


DFW Weekend Round Up (5/21-5/24)

From concerts to sand sculptures, see where to get your fill of fun this Memorial Day weekend.


Thursday, May 21:

Cool Thursday Spring Concert Series: Visit the Dallas Arboretum and listen to a performance by Dallas’ Eagles Tribute Band, Fast Lane. Don’t forget to bring blankets or chairs! 7:30 – 9:30 p.m; tickets from $17.


Thursday Twilight Tunes: Grab a meal from one of Denton’s many eateries and catch Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Tribute Band performing at Dan’s Silverleaf, east of Denton Square, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.


Market After Dark: Visit Dallas Farmer’s Market this evening to hear live tunes, sample wine and beer, and purchase food from some of Dallas’ best food trucks. This free event begins at 6 p.m.


Frost Park Concert Series: If you’re attending this weekend’s Colonial, select stages will be hosting free concerts Thursday to Sunday. Be sure to pack your blankets and folding chairs for the outdoor seating. See the concert schedule here.


Friday, May 22:

Meadows Museum: To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Meadows Museum is offering free admission this Memorial Day weekend. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Friday Night Fireworks: Head over to Grapevine to watch the skies light up with colorful sparks.  This 12-minute show is accompanied by exciting music, which is available for download here. Try to set up shop on the rooftop of the Gaylord Texan’s parking garage — it will give you the best view.


Fantasy in Sand: You’re off to see the wizard in this attraction held at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas-sized sand sculptures will be on display, featuring characters from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Children will also get a chance to create their own sculptures in the 2,000-sq-ft play area. Tickets begin at $16.


Saturday, May 23:

Thai Culture & Food Festival: Don’t miss out on two full days of Thai festivities! Held at the Buddhist Center of Dallas, the festival will feature foods from all four regions of Thailand, music, food, shopping, dances and more!


Urban Bazaar: Shop local this weekend! Community Beer Co. plays host to flea market Urban Bazaar, where you can find pet products, natural skincare, local art and handcrafted wares. Shopping begins at noon and ends at 6 p.m.; admission is free.


Summer in Wonderland: Rabbit Hole Brewing will be hosting a family-friendly brewing tour, featuring live music, crafts, hot dog carts and more. Festivities begin at 11 a.m.


Sunday, May 24:

SOLUNA: Salute to the Armed Forces: In honor of our fallen veterans, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a FREE concert at Klyde Warren Park. The program will feature patriotic favorites and a video collaboration, courtesy of artist Monte Laster and Booker T. Washington students.


If you’re looking for more food and drink centric events, click here.


Image courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Get your New Year’s resolution cheat-day in this week with amazing offerings like wine and beer dinners, annual parties, and a 5k sponsored by doughnuts. Plus, get the scoop on the latest restaurant openings and closings.


Tuesday, Jan. 20:

Shinsei Odette Estate Wine Dinner: Join winemaker Jeff Owen and chef Kent Rathbun for the exclusive release party for Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and a five-course dinner. Reservations can be made by calling 214-352-0005.


Community Beer Co. 2 Year Anniversary Dinner: LUCK in Trinity Groves will host a beer-paired dinner in celebration of the brewery’s second anniversary. The menu includes a beet and parsnip soup, smoked salmon, osso bucco pork shanks, and a sticky toffee pudding cake.


Thursday, Jan. 22:

The Grape Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner: The first wine dinner of 2015 will feature a sampling of wines from Bordeaux, France and a three-course dinner.


Friday, Jan. 23:

National Pie Day: Celebrate this wonderful day at one of Ebby’s favorite spots, Norma’s Cafe, where you’ll get a free slice of pie after dining in the restaurant.


ZestFest 2015: The 10th-Annual fest indulging “Texans who appreciate the hotter things in life” will be held at the Irving Convention Center. ZestFest brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend.


Saturday, Jan 24:

3rd-Annual Hypnotic Donut Dash: Merge your love of running with your love of donuts during this 5k and/or one mile fun run event held at Fair Park. There will be donut hole stations along the course, a live DJ, free beer for those of age, and much more!


Community Beer Company Second Anniversary: Join Community Beer Co. in the celebration of their two-year anniversary, the 15 beers they’ve released, and the more than 20 awards they have won. There will be a special 2-year anniversary beer, 11 beer stations, 2 live bands, food trucks, and more.


Cooking Classes at Dallas Farmers Market: The Winter Session of classes returns Saturday with chef Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa. The theme is a “New Perspective to Winter Veggies.”


Dallas Brew Bus Tour: Spend your Saturday sampling beer from Cobra, Four Corners, and get access to the Community Beer Co. Second Anniversary Party. You’ll learn a lot, drink a lot, and get a commemorative glass. A snack from LUCK and food trucks will also be available.


Sunday, Jan. 25:

One-Pot Chili Challenge: FireWheel Brewing Co. will hold the first-annual event that challenges you to a one-pot chili competition. Check out the rules and prizes by clicking the link.



Barter: The Uptown restaurant on McKinney Ave. shut its doors this weekend.


Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.: A restaurant dedicated to perfecting the grilled cheese opened yesterday in Bishop Arts. You can dine on everything from a fried bologna grilled cheese and olive, feta, and grape tomato skewers to tomato soup and salads.


Patrizio: With a set closure at its current location in HP Village in February, the Italian restaurant plans to take over Barter’s former space on McKinney Ave. in March. Additional locations exist in Highland Village, Fairview, Plano, and Southlake.


TM Wine Club: Texas Monthly has been a go-to for tastes of the Lone Star state and now it’s trying its hand at wine. This club will ship the best in Texas wines to your home on a quarterly basis.


Winslow’s: In late February, Oak Lawn/Cedar Springs Rd. will have a new casual breakfast, coffee, and wine spot. It will serve everything from cappuccinos, juice, and egg sandwiches to wood-fired pizza, craft cocktails, and wine. If you’re thinking this sounds like an expansion upon Fort Worth’s Winslow’s Wine Cafe, you’re correct.


Yolk: One Arts Plaza’s latest restaurant officially opened this morning. They will serve creative breakfast and lunch items, specialty juices and their own private label of premium coffee. The menu features benedicts, five-egg omelets, French toast, Nutella crepes, burgers and plenty more. The restaurant also has locations in Chicago and Indiana.


Image via Norma’s Cafe Facebook page

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Take a cooking class, celebrate, and eat and drink for a good cause this week in DFW. Plus, look out for new openings and closings around the area.


Tuesday, Jan. 13:

Death & Co. Book Party at Midnight Rambler: Dave Kaplan and Alex Day, the owners of Death & Co., a well-known New York bar, and authors of “Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails,” will host a booze-filled night at Midnight Rambler. One ticket gets you a copy of the book and endless drinks from 6-9pm.


From Our Family to Yours at Goodfriend: Now through Sunday, Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House will host daily special events benefiting The Family Place. There will be tappings of Widmer Brothers Brewing & Red Hook Brewing beers and raffles for special prizes.


Rahr & Sons Pint Night at Luck: Head over to Trinity Groves for a pint night featuring the brewery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer. If you get there early you can take home your own BBAWW tulip glass.


Sundown at Granada’s Three-Year Anniversary Kale & Ale: In celebration of another successful year, the Greenville Ave. restaurant is offering $2 bottled beer and 1/2-price salads all day through Thursday in addition to their regular specials.


Wednesday, Jan. 14:

Rodeo Goat Ice House: After success in Fort Worth, the burger-focused restaurant will open a location in Dallas’ Design District.


Speed Rack Dallas at Life: The Deep Ellum spot will host its first-ever Speed Rack competition, an all-female speed-bartending tournament that benefits breast cancer. 21 of the areas top female bartenders will compete in timed heats for the title of “Miss Speed Rack Dallas.” This winner will go on to the national final in New York in June.


Thursday, Jan. 15:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: The Deep Ellum Community Association and local merchants invite you for a night of wine, shopping and fun. You’ll take a Sip & Shop tour through the neighborhood and have the opportunity to win several grand prizes. Each destination on the tour will feature wine samplings.


Friday, Jan. 16:

Exotic Mushroom Dinner at Grace: This six-course, wine-paired dinner will feature a menu that highlights a variety of wild, foraged and cultivated mushrooms from around the states.


Sunday, Jan. 18:

Cooking Class with Chef Blythe Beck: The Kitchen LTO chef is hosting a “Naughty 101” cooking class featuring swanky southern cooking and wine pairings.



Ace’s Ice House & Chop Shop: Frisco has a new spot offering a Texas-style menu alongside southern hospitality.


Back Home Barbecue: In February, the owners of Company Cafe plan to open a drive-thru on Ross Ave. in East Dallas featuring barbecue, mac and cheese, and beer. The majority of the offerings will be gluten free and there will be some inside dining space.


Cyclone Anaya’s: The Oak Lawn restaurant closed its doors on January 9.


Filament: FT33’s Matt McCallister will open a new, Southern-style restaurant in Deep Ellum in spring 2015. Expect a more casual experience than FT33 but a similar style and approach to seasonal offerings.


Tacodeli: The popular Austin-based taqueria will open up its first location in Dallas in June at Sylvan Thirty. The menu offers a variety of taco as well as soups, salads and breakfast tacos.


Image via Sundown Facebook page

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Take some amazing cooking, wine, and beer classes and don’t miss out on all the fun celebrations taking place in the D-FW food and beverage world this week. Also, be sure to check out the new restaurant openings, closings, and upcoming opportunities below.



Wine Class Wednesday: Now through December, join Max’s Wine Dive on the first Wednesday of each month for a wine class with food pairings. Tomorrow, October 1, the first class will walk you through wines from Napa and Sonoma during an American-themed night. Bites include New England clam chowder, pizza, smoked meats, short ribs and more.


Beer & Cheese Class: Scardello is famous for great classes that almost always sell out. Grab your ticket now for Thursday, Oct. 1, when you can learn about the many wonderful combinations of beer and cheese.


6th Annual Burgers & Burgundy: DIFFA/Dallas is hosting its annual event at the home of Karen and Bill Seanor with top local chefs on Friday, Oct. 3. Chef John Tesar and others will present sliders paired with their choice of Burgundy wines. This event benefits North Texas residents affected by HIV and AIDS.


Smoked Dallas: This deliciously curated BBQ and music fest will take place at Main Street Garden Park on Saturday, Oct. 4. It features an all-star lineup of Texas’ best music, like Bob Schneider and Sarah Jaffe, pit masters, like Lockhart Smokehouse and Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, and chefs, like Kent Rathbun. Funds benefit Café Momentum, whose students will prepare side dishes at the event.


Double Wide’s 11 Twisted Years Celebration: Saturday, join Double Wide in celebrating 11 years in Deep Ellum with a two-block music festival featuring High on Fire, Riverboat Gamblers, and The Derailers. Lakewood Brewery will provide an outdoor stage as well and food and drink will be provided by Easy Slider, Cold Beer Company, and Eat Jo Dawgs.


Taste of Fall Cooking Class: Second Floor Bistro and chefs Scott Gottlich and Andrea Marichich are hosting a cooking class all about fall on Saturday. The menu includes roasted butternut squash soup, grilled pork loin roulade, homemade doughnuts, and more. Mixologist Seth Brammer will demonstrate favorite fall cocktails and share wine pairing tips to conclude the class.


Parigi 20th Anniversary Soiree: Celebrate Parigi’s 30 years as one of Dallas’ favorite bistros on Sunday, Oct. 5. There will be champagne and cocktails from Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka as well as hors d’oeuvres presented by chef Janice Provost.



The Capitol Grille: Their Wagyu and Wine program is back now through November 23 during which guests can experience one of three featured American Wagyu beefs burgers paired with a glass of wine for $25.


The Common Table: The Uptown spot recently hired a new executive chef. Rodman Shields hopes to continue showcasing beer and food pairings with a renewed emphasis on quality, contemporary, approachable dishes.


Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.: Cheese and bread lovers rejoice, a brand new restaurant is opening in Bishop Arts by the end of 2014. The Oak Cliff Advocate reports “expected offerings include American cheese on Texas toast or brie with pears and walnuts on French baguette.”


Front Room Tavern: The revamped Front Room at Hotel Lumen is now open with a new chef and an updated menu. Exciting additions include Texas pea fritters, lobster cavatelli made in-house, a croque madame, and a peach skillet pie with oatmeal streusel. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends.


Genaro’s: The East Dallas seafood/Tex Mex restaurant located on E. Mockingbird closed its doors yesterday.


Hopdoddy Addison: The burger and shake joint opened its newest spot in Addison on Monday, Sept. 29 in Village on the Parkway.


Meat Fight: Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1 for the annual event that donates 100% of ticket proceeds to the National MS Society. This beer-and-meat-centric competition pits Dallas chefs against each other in four categories- brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and Wild Card. It takes place Sunday, November 16 in Trinity Groves.


Pearl Cup: They have officially served their last cup of joe at their St. Paul Place location.


Project Pie: The first of three Dallas-area locations opened yesterday in Preston Center. This spot is known for its “everyday artisan,” build-your-own pizza that is ready for you in less than five minutes.  The next two locations are set to open in November in Lower Greenville and SMU/Highland Park.


Image via The Capitol Grille Facebook

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Chocolate, wine, and cheese- does it get much better than that? The rest of the week is filled with them, plus BrewFest, Food Truck Palooza, and Okrapalooza. You just might not fit back in your skinny jeans come Monday.



Food Truck Schedule: See where to find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week.


Grapefest 2014: The annual festival is back for its 28th year this Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, Sept. 14. Unique wines, fantastic finds, live entertainment, and family-friendly fun will highlight the event in Historic Downtown Grapevine.


Bourbon Month: Celebrate Bourbon month with The Second Floor at the Westin Galleria Thursday night with $8 Knob Creek Flights.


Eden Wine Dinner: Enjoy a four-course meal paired with four summer wines on Thursday night with Chef Karen Kahn.


Scardello’s How to Pair Cheese & Wine: This event only comes once a year, so you don’t want to miss it on Thursday. You’ll learn the rules behind cheese and wine pairing and why they work so well while tasting 12 cheeses and 6 wines.


2014 Dallas Chocolate Festival: The 5th annual festival will be held at Addison Conference Centre on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event showcases local and national chocolate artisans and features classes, demonstrations, and all the decadent chocolate you can image. More workshops will be held on Sunday in Trinity Groves.


Arché Harvest Party: Arché wines is hosting a grape-picking, Cabernet-sampling day with a lunch buffet on Saturday at the winery’s vineyard in the Red River Valley. It may require a little bit of a drive, but it’ll be worth it.


Dallas Observer BrewFest: The 4th annual BrewFest is being held in the all-new Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market. Head there Saturday for craft beer sampling , live music and food.


PakPao Anniversary Thai Throwdown: Sunday, Chef Jet Tila is looking to battle Dallas’ best home cook in a Pad Thai Throwdown. There will be a panel of celebrity judges and all guests will get to sample a portion of Chef Jet’s signature dish.


Food Truck Palooza: The 3rd annual Food Truck Palooza is being held this Sunday at Temple Shalom. Participants currently include The Bomb Fried Pies, The Butcher’s Son, Coolhaus, Cravetopia Bakery, Cup Cakin’, Easy Slider, Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Mad Grill, Misha’s Kitchen, Nammi, Rockin’ Rick’s, Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, Simply Dosa, Taste of Cuba, Texas Burrito Company, and Tutta’s Pizza.


Okrapalooza: The Lot will host this year’s competition for the title of Okrapalooza Champion, which will have celebrity chefs and home cooks all competing in the same category. Sunday, attendees will get to sample the various okra dishes and sides as well as free local beer and live music. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Promise of Peace Community Garden.


Red Wattle Porchetta and Cocktail Dinner at Windmill Lounge: The chefs at Lucia, Mike Gibsson and Justin Holt, are serving up plates and cocktails, until they run out, on Sunday. Angels Envy Bourbon and Pilar Rum are sponsoring the event, so you know it’s all going to be delicious. A second pork-centric dinner with the two chefs will take place at Oak Cliff Social Club on Sept. 21.


Kobalt Wine Dinner at Grace: Join Kobalt’s owner and winemaker, Kevin Carriker, as he hosts a night discussing wine on Monday, Sept. 15. There will be passed canapés, Japenese Madai, smoked king salmon belly, trumpet royal mushrooms, Colorado lamb and artisan cheeses.



Bahn Shop: The first location of the new Southeat Asian restaurant is opening up on Friday in Park Cities at 5629 SMU Boulevard. The second location is set to open at the end of the month in DFW Airport Terminal D. The concept is fast-casual with a focus on the classes Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich. The company’s owner, Yum! Brands, also owns Taco Bell, KFC, etc.


2014 Caesar Salad Competition Chefs: The chefs who will compete in this year’s event were announced this week. They are Thomas Holt of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Chad Kelly of Café Pacific, Andrea Marichich of The Second Floor, Antonio Marquez of Lazaranda Modern Kitchen & Tequila, Mark McDaniel of ReMARKable Affairs Catering, Kenny Mills of Chop House Burgers, Brandon Moore of Ocean Prime Dallas, Stan Rodrigues of Whiskey Cafe Kitchen & Bar, and Julio Peraza of Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine.


Luscher’s: The chef/owner of The Grape, Brian Luscher, is opening a hotdog spot in Deep Ellum that will focus on his signature “Post Oak Red Hots,’ a handmade dog that can currently only be found at local places like White Rock Local Market and the Green Grocer. Other sausages, Italian beef sandwiches, and beer will also highlight the menu at the restaurant, which is set to open by November.


Moviehouse & Eastery: Keller will officially have its own premier theater/restaurant combination beginning November 7. Think comfortable leather seats, made-from-scratch food, and all your favorite movies right in Keller Town Center.


Parliament: One of Dallas’ most beloved bartenders, Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, has opened up his very own speakeasy bar named Parliament in Uptown’s State-Thomas neighborhood.


Rabbit Hole Brewing: The D-FW craft brew company has announced it’s newest seasonal ale, “Off With Your Red,” an aggressively hopped red ale that’s the first release in Rabbit Hole’s “Season of Fear.” Click for launch party events and details.


Vickery Meadow Local Market: Launched by the minds behind White Rock Local Market, Vickey Meadow Improvement District, and Half Price Books, this brand new market will open Sept. 21 and run only on Sundays. Along with healthy produce, you’ll also be able to find arts, crafts and other local goods.

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Yum! This week’s edition of Food & Beverage news is packed with wine-paired dinners, new openings, and preparing for the 2014 NFL season. Check out all of the delicious D-FW events and news below.



Food Truck Schedule: Here’s where you can find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week. In recent food truck news, Klyde Warren Park will now have pizza trucks and Ruthie’s Grilled Cheese has expanded their menu to include new mac ‘n cheese options.


Hibiscus Wine Dinner: The Henderson Ave. restaurant is co-hosting a wine-paired dinner with Mi Sueño Winery tonight, September 2. The five-course meal includes scallops, crispy sweetbreads, duck cassoulet, and more.


Chipotle GMO OMG Screening: The burrito-king and Granada Theater are teaming up tonight for a screening and panel discussion, which includes local experts in organic farming. Attendees of this free event will receive a buy one/get one free card for a Chipotle burrito, bowl, salad, or taco.


Hypnotic Donuts: We mentioned last week that the donut shop would be opening its newest location in Denton soon. After an open house this past Sunday, the official opening is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 3.


Glass Half Full Trivia: Every Thursday night of September, beginning Sept. 4, will be “Geeks Who Drink” trivia night at the Richardson taproom. The winners get movie tickets to Alamo Drafthouse!


GrapeFest Kick-Off: Celebrate another year of Grapefest with a special series of “Gourmet Food & Wine Pairings.” Beginning Thursday with Washington State wines at the Hilton D-FW lakes, these events will go through Wednesday, Sept. 10. The main event officially kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 11.


Peruvian Wine Dinner: Chef Justo Blanco, a chef who has cooked all over the world, is presenting a five-course, Peruvian-inspired dinner featuring South American wines on Thursday night at Wine Poste. The menu includes Braised Goat Osso Bucco, a Traditional Beef Sirloin Stir-Fry, Charred Meringue with Sweet Lucuma Mousse and more.


Italian Wine and Cheese Class: Scardello is hosting a night dedicated to exploring the wonderful cheeses and wines of Italy on Thursday. Seats are limited so reserve yours now.


Tailgate Party Cooking Class: It’s time to whip your tailgate cooking skills back in shape! On Saturday, September 6, The Second Floor’s new executive chef, Andrea Maricich, and chef/partner Scott Gottlich will show you how to make all the season’s favorites- from buffalo mac ‘n cheese to spicy nuts. Plus, the restaurant’s mixologist, Seth Brammer, will demonstrate beer cocktails and summer martinis.


Crave DFW Cocktail Tour: This next tour is dubbed “Cocktail Tour To The Stars” and will feature many local hotspots where you can enjoy librations and good eats. There will also be a luxury bus with an on-board bartender to keep you feeling fancy throughout the Saturday celebration.


Meet. Taste. Review. Vote at Kitchen LTO: It’s time for Kitchen LTO’s newest chef and artist to stake their claim. Sunday, September 7, head to the Trinity Groves spot to meet the finalists, taste-test the chef’s creations, review the proposed artwork, and have a drink or two. You’ll get to cast your vote on who will be the fourth duo to debut at the restaurant. The winners will take over beginning October 2.



Cold Beer Company: The newest brewery in Deep Ellum celebrated its opening over Labor Day weekend. They’re all about local food, craft beer, and a great atmosphere.


Off The Record Craft Beer & Vinyl: This combination bar + record store opened in Deep Ellum last week. It’s a brand new venture that includes more than 20 beers on tap, a full liquor bar, and a selection of roughly 2,000 records.


Smoke Bacon: One of Dallas’ most beloved smokehouses is now selling it’s house-smoked bacon for $10/lb.


State Fair Food Winners: The judges have spoken. This year’s Texas State Fair winner of “Most Creative” is the Funnel Cake Ale, and the Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil has won the high honor of having the “Best Taste.” See all the finalists by clicking the link.


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