This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Beer, BBQ and Halloween festivities are in full swing on this week’s edition of Food & Beverage News. Check out all the boozy, meaty, and spooky events going on across DFW, plus the latest news.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 29:

America’s Test Kitchen Live!: Host Christopher Kimball brings live demos, tests, and fun from the PBS studio to a live audience at the Majestic Theatre.

 

Thursday, Oct. 30:

Scary Cheese and Wine: Scardello is putting on a special class featuring cheeses that look Halloween-inspired. Think brains, eyeballs, and fine wines.

 

The People’s Last Halloween: Put your costume on and head to People’s Last Stand in Mockingbird Station for a Halloween party that goes until midnight. Be one of the first 200 guests and you’ll get two free drinks.

 

Friday, Oct. 31:

Halloween Haunted Chocolate Tour: Chocolate and Halloween lovers will unite for this event hosted by Dallas by Chocolate featuring some of Dallas’ favorite chocolate spots including CocoAndre, Dude, Sweet ChocolateVillage Baking Company and more. A ticket gets you a tour on a private bus, food samples, tour guides and beverages.

 

Halloween Hoedown at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen: Beginning at 5pm, join in a costume contest (with a $200 prize), live music by Little Brother Big  Brother, and drink specials sponsored by Jim Beam.

 

North Texas Beer Week: Ten scrumtrulescent days of craft beer events all across North Texas run from Oct. 31st – Nov. 9th.

 

Saturday, Nov. 1:

Truffles + Bubbles: The Mansion Restaurant is putting on a dinner starting with caviar and then seven courses of champagne pairings with alba truffles. Eleven chefs will come together to prepare this special feast.

 

Scardello Sixth Anniversary: Celebrate this milestone with “Cheesemonger’s Choice” cheese plates for purchase and wines by the glass. Admission is free and no reservations are required!

 

TMBBQ Road Trip: Get to Pecan Lodge early for a day-long barbecue event featuring three of DFW’s finest BBQ spots. The bus will take you to breakfast at Hutchins BBQ, lunch at Lockhart Smokehouse, and second lunch back at Pecan Lodge. TM barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn will lead you through the day and provide you with a behind-the-scenes look.

 

Untapped Music and Beer Festival: This year’s fest at Gilley’s Dallas features Cake, Shovels & Rope, Jamestown Revival and more. As for beer, there will be more than 300 craft brews to sample from more than 80 breweries.

 

Sunday, Nov. 2:

Hearts on The Trinity: The Volunteer Center of North Texas presents a night of bites, beverages, and good causes at 3015 at Trinity Groves. They’re spreading the word of volunteerism and the importance of community while you dine on and drink up some of the best DFW has to offer.

 

NC BBQ at Four Corners: TMBBQ editor Daniel Vaughn and BBQ king Samuel Jones of the Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC are hosting a celebration they’re calling Dia de los Puercos. Jones will feature signature pork dishes, Slow Bone will provide sides, and Swiss Pastry Shop will bring desserts. There will also be a Q&A session between Vaughn and Jones.

 

Monday, Nov. 3:

Beer Dinner at Knife: Grapevine Craft Brewery and Chef John Tesar will host a five-course, beer-paired dinner in honor of North Texas Beer Week. Highlights include 44 Farms pig in a blanket and the award-winning Sir Williams English Brown Ale.

 

HopChef Dallas Competition: 3015 at Trinity Groves and Brewery Ommegang are coming together to bring you a food and beer pairing competition. Dallas’ most beer-centric chefs will pair dishes with Ommegang’s brews in hopes of winning the title of Dallas HopChef 2014.

 

News:

Dallas Chop House: After a fire that resulted in a 10-week renovation, the downtown Dallas steakhouse will reopen on Monday, Nov. 3.

 

Food & Wine Magazine’s 20 Best Dishes in Texas: The magazine’s November 2014 issue pays homage to the fabulous for found throughout Texas, and gives winning notations to four dishes in DFW. CBD Provisions’ whole pig’s head, Knife’s open-face beef cheek sandwich, Smoke’s The Big Rib, and Woodshed Smokehouse’s lamb brisket all made the list.

 

Loca Luna Mexican Cuisine: This Tex-Mex/Mexican restaurant will come to Addison by way of Arkansas. Owners Hector Gomez and Refugio Reyes already own 22 restaurants in Arkansas and Louisiana, but this will be their first in DFW. Set to open during the first week in November, Loca Luna will take over the space formerly occupied by Maximo.

 

Pera Kebab: Uptown Dallas will get a Turkish addition on McKinney Ave. by the end of the month. Turkish dishes will highlight the menu at this wine bar and bistro concept.

 

World Of Beer: Plano and Fort Worth are set to get the next two locations of this boozy chain. Branches will open at Preston Rd. and Park Blvd. in Plano and on W. Seventh St. in Fort Worth. You can expect both openings in mid-December.

 

Image via NTX Beer Week Facebook

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

Beer and wine dinners, anniversary celebrations, and food and beverage festivals take over this week’s list of events. We’re not going to lie, you may have a hard time choosing which great events you’re going to attend!

 

Wednesday, Oct. 22:

Beer Dinner at Victor Tangos: A five-course dinner served with Duchesse De Bourgogne and St. Bernardus, both Belgium beers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Courses include black bass and oxtail stew.

 

Chefs & Seeds: Join D Magazine for awesome food, cocktails, music, and carryin’ on at 3015 at Trinity Groves to benefit Seeds of Africa. This is the first in a series of galas held in Dallas, New York, Chicago, Paris, London and Adama. It will bring together some of the most talented and well-known chefs in the area for a premier tasting event.

 

Thursday, Oct. 23:

Abacus Wine Dinner: Barrie Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards will host a four-course, wine-paired dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Courses include applewood-scented Japanese yellowtail sashimi, slow-cooked Berkshire pork belly and more.

 

Garden & Gun at The Foundry: The magazine is pairing up with chefs Tim Byres and Cory Bahr of Cotton for a party at The Foundry called “Cotton & Smoke.” The even runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and promises to be “a Louisiana culinary and musical throwdown of Texas proportions.”

 

Old World Wine Dinner at The Grape: Jason Charles of Glazer’s joins The Grape to host a four-course dinner with a sampling of old world wines. This special come-as-you-are dinner is part of The Grape’s 42nd anniversary celebrations.

 

Friday, Oct. 24:

The Grape 42th Anniversary: Friday and Saturday, continue to celebrate The Grape’s 42nd anniversary as Chef Sarah features a special three-course tasting menu and an optional wine pairing upgrade. Dishes include oxtail ravioli and pork milanese.

 

Spaten Beer Dinner at Cook Hall: A five-course, beer-paired dinner featuring short ribs with ginger-chive spaetzle and butternut squash soup will be served beginning at 7 p.m.

 

Saturday Oct. 25:

Cooking Classes at Dallas Farmers Market: Classes return Saturday with chef Dunia Borga of La Duni Latin Kitchen. The theme is “Duni’s Favorite Vanilla Cakes for Sharing with Family and Friends.”

 

Dinner Lab: Dinner Lab is an organization focused on celebrating up-and-coming chefs, cooking once-in-a-lifetime meals in once-in-a-lifetime locations for dining adventurers. The first one ever hosted in Dallas will feature Ryan Carson, who puts a fine-tuned spin on comfort food with precise modern culinary techniques.

 

Martin House Boo-ery Tour: The 2nd-Annual halloween-themed tour at Martin House Brewing will feature live music, a costume contest, and a scary amount of beer. Extended hours are being held from noon to 5 p.m. Kids are welcome and for an extra $5 you can get samples from several food vendors.

 

Sunday, Oct. 26:

Chefs for Farmers Oyster Bash: The 1st-Annual Oyster Bash will be held at the newly revamped Dallas Farmers Market. Festivities include cooked and live oysters from Texas as well as East and West Coast reefs shucked on site, cocktails, wine, an oyster slurping contest, tarot card reader, spins from DJ Souljah and surprises to come. Drinks will be served BYOG (bring your own glass) style. A portion of the proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum and Foodways Texas.

 

XXII Annual Caesar Salad Competition: You get to be the judge as nine chefs serve their take on the classic Caesar salad. Participants include Thomas Holt of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Chad Kelley of Cafe Pacific, Andrea Maricich of Second Floor, Antonio Marquez of Lazaranda Modern Kitchen, Mark McDaniel of ReMARKable Affairs Catering, Kenny Mills of Chop House Burger, Brandon Moore of Ocean Prime, Stan Rodrigues of Whiskey Cake, and Julio Peraza of Komali.

 

Monday, Oct. 27:

Big Night, Big Table: The people behind Fluent and Dude, Sweet Chocolate bring you an event served family-style hosted by many of your favorite restaurants in Bishop Arts. It also benefits Cafe Momentum and Raegan Elementary School. Offerings include wines provided by Glazer’s, beer provided by Rahr Brewery, music by DJ EZ Eddie and food from Driftwood, Lucia, Zen Sushi, Boulevardier, Stock and Barrel and many more.

 

News:

Braindead Brewing: Deep Ellum is set to get another brewery as early as December 2015. The brewery, restaurant, and bar project on Main Street will be a few doors down from Pecan Lodge. The restaurant menu will feature Texas and Southwestern eats and will be open late Thursday-Saturday.

 

Downtown Additions: The Mid Elm Lofts between Akard and Olive streets will feature another location of Mudsmith, The Londoner Pub, and Southpaw’s Organic Grille. Around the corner on Ervay, Cafeé Izmir will open.

 

G-bar-O Farm & Ranch Market Grill: Tim Goza, the Dallas-native and owner of Palapas Seafood Bar, has announced that he will open his newest concept. It will have a Latin flare that focuses on meat cooked on an open grill as well as organic produce and local resources. It’s set to open in April 2015 right next door to Palapas on Greenville Ave.

 

Henry’s Majestic: Tonight, Oct. 21, is opening night for the McKinney Ave. restaurant. The menu includes options like fresh oysters, a Texas “Pho” bowl, and charcuterie from Meat Parlor.

 

Knife: Esquire has released its list of winners of its first American Food and Drink Awards and Chef John Tesar and his restaurant Knife grabbed the winning spot on the list of Best New Restaurants in America.

 

Righteous Foods: A new health food concept will open today in Fort Worth run by chef Lanny Lancarte. It will open in the location of Alta Cocina Mexicana, the chef’s Mexican-Medterranean restaurant that closed earlier this year. The menu features an organic kale salad, carrot and sweet potato ravioli, cold-pressed juices and more.

 

State Fair: For the first time in history, one of the Big Tex Choice Award winners sold out completely before the end of the Fair. The Original State Fair Brew, Funnel Cake Ale, won Most Creative this year. The Fair is also reporting that this year was it’s most successful in 128 years with an estimated $41 million in food and ride coupon sales.

 

Image via Chefs for Farmers Facebook

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This Week in Food & Beverage NewsCelebrate the return of sweater weather by indulging in some of the area’s favorite fall food events including the State Fair, the Texas Veggie Fair, and the inaugural year of Cultivate Fest. Plus, check out the latest restaurant openings and what’s coming soon in DFW.

 

All Week:

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

 

State Fair of Texas: The 2014 fair season is in full swing, but, sadly, this weekend will be the last. Check out all the fun including pig races, the auto show, fried foods, rides and more. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Thursday, Oct. 16:

Market After Dark: Every Thursday, experience The Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, which is open late for drinks and shopping from 6 to 9pm.

 

Savor Las Colinas: Get your taste of food and wines from 18 Las Colinas restaurants at the annual fundraising event held at AMLI at Escena. All proceeds from the evening will go towards granting the wish for a selected “Wish Kid.”

 

Scotch Dinner at Bolsa: Join Bolsa and the Bruichladdich Distillery for a five-course menu paired with whiskey and gin. The farm-to-table menu is by chef Andrew Bell. Call for reservations: 214-943-1883.

 

Friday, Oct. 17:

State & Allen 10-Year Anniversary: Celebrate this State Thomas neighborhood staple and it’s success over the last 10 years with food, cocktail specials, and dancing.

 

Saturday Oct. 18:

Cultivate Fest: This marks the inaugural year of the (free) Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival at Lake Carolyn. There will be performances by Amos Lee, O.A.R, and more, plus demonstrations by chefs Kent Rathbun, Amanda Freitag, Matt McCallister, Sean Brock and others. Chipotle, the Fest’s main sponsor, will provide food and local breweries and wineries will provide beer and wine tastings. There will also be a kid zone, multiple exhibits, a music stage, and so much more.

 

Food Network Casting: The network’s top celebrity chefs will be at Dallas Farmers Market looking for amazing home cooks. Bring a made-from-scratch, savory dish that highlights your cooking abilities and go up against the competition for a huge cash prize.

 

Sunday, Oct. 19:

Texas Veggie Fair: Head to Reverchon Park to take part in the 5th-annual event celebrating all things veggie. You can learn about plant-based lifestyles, try vegan food, experience a local beer garden, listen to live music, watch chef demonstrations, partake in yoga, and hear live speakers.

 

Monday, Oct. 20:

Fall Dine Around at Trinity Groves: The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association is hosting its fall get-together next week. You’ll meet for appetizers at 3015 @ Trinity Groves and then go on a dining crawl to your surprise dinner location. Dessert and a nightcap will be served afterwards back at 3015.

 

News:

Al’s #1 Italian Beef: Come November, Addison will be the first D-FW home to the legendary Chicago-based Italian beef chain. There are plans to open future locations around the metroplex.

 

Cane Rosso Cookie Butter Pizza: They’re at it again. Cane Rosso Deep Ellum now offers a dessert pizza called The Lady Bird, made with cookie butter, vanilla bean mascarpone, crushed speculoos cookies, Nutella, and powdered sugar.

 

Gino’s East: In other Chicago-based news, DFW is slated to get its taste of “Chicago’s original deep dish pizza,” when this famed restaurant opens in Arlington in November.

 

Remedy: This summer, we reported that the owner of Lower Greenville’s HG Sply. Co, Elias Pope, would be opening a new restaurant. Now, we’re happy to report that it will be open in late November/early December and will feature a “back to the basics” menu using polished techniques. Think BLTs, grilled cheeses, iconic pies and ice creams, etc.

 

Snap Kitchen: The newest branch of the Austin-based, healthy, to-go restaurant opened Oct. 13 in Preston Royal Village. You can also find branches at Snider Plaza, Uptown at McKinney Ave. and soon on Fitzhugh and in Addison.

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

DFW breweries highlight this edition of Food & Beverage News. They won medals last weekend and this week they’re hosting some awesome events. We also have some interesting news about new restaurant openings and closings. Check it all out below.

 

Events:

Food Truck Schedule: Here’s where you can find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week in Dallas.

 

Beer & Plate Pairing: Rahr & Sons Brewing is having a beer and plate pairing hosted by Stephan Beaumont tonight, Tuesday, October 7, at Flying Saucer in Garland. Beaumont, who is the co-author of The World Beer Atlas and The Pocket Beer Guide, will be there to talk about beers and sign books.

 

Houndstooth Coffee Brewing Class: The new coffee shop on Henderson Ave. is hosting an event to teach you how to brew great coffee at home. The class will focus on the Kalita Wave brewing method and begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

 

Revolver Beer Dinner at Grace: Thursday, Oct. 9, Chef Blaine Staniford and master brewer Cicerone Grant Wood are teaming up for a five-course dinner featuring Thai-style curried catfish, stout-braised veal cheek, and spiced carrot cake paired with selected beers.

 

Local Brewers Summit: Author Stephan Beaumont will join five local breweries on Friday, Oct. 10 in a prelude to BeerFeast 2014. There will be six special beer selections and small plates as well as a post-summit book signing. The event is being held at Flying Saucer Fort Worth.

 

The Dinner Detective Dallas: An interactive murder mystery dinner show takes place Friday at Crowne Plaza. Actors will be hidden among customers throughout the four-course meal, making everyone a part of this thrilling evening.

 

Beerfeast 2014: The 9th-Annual festival in Fort Worth will feature over 40 breweries and 60 craft beers selected by Flying Saucer Drought Emporium’s experts.  The event runs from 1-7pm on Saturday, Oct. 11.

 

News:

Chipotle Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly Options: Next Tuesday, Oct. 13, Chipotles around DFW will roll out vegan and vegetarian-friendly sofritas.

 

DFW Breweries Take Home Medals: This past weekend racked up the medals at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival awards in Denver. Grapevine Craft Brewery’s Sir Williams’ English Brown Ale nabbed gold medal in the English Brown Ale category and Peticolas Brewing Company’s 2012 Great Scot! won first in the Aged Beer category.  Community Beer Company took home a gold for their Public Ale in the Extra Special Bitter Category and a bronze in the Coffee Beer category for their Ascension brew. Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. also took home a bronze medal in the German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock division for their The Regulator. Here’s the full list of winners.

 

Kenny’s Burger Joint in Plano: Kenny’s Burger Joint is now open in Plano’s Lakeside Market. It is Kenny Bowers’ fifth restaurant and second branch of Kenny’s Burger Joint, the first of which is in Frisco.

 

Mason Bar Closing: The Uptown bar will close on October 18th with a grand finale event. After 3 years in the neighborhood, it will be replaced with a residential hi-rise.

 

New York Sub Closing: After 40 years in business on Asbury St. in the Park Cities, New York Sub will close its doors on Sunday, Oct. 12. It will be replaced by a new branch of Project Pie.

 

Vertskepbap: The Austin-baed kebab chain, lovingly-known as Verts, will open it’s first DFW location in Addison in October.

 

Image via Local Brewers Summit Facebook Event

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.

 

Events:

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.

 

News:

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

Today marks the official First Day of Autumn, so it’s no wonder this week is overflowing with dining and drink options. From beer and wine dinners to Oktoberfest celebrations to a champagne truck, DFW is chock full of fall fun.

 

Events:

Oktoberfest Beer Dinner: Capitol Pub is hosting a five-course, beer-paired dinner tonight, September 23, featuring Hofbraü brews from Munich. The menu includes small plates like assorted German cheeses and sausages, beer cheese soup with a soft pretzel, sausage fritters, veal schnitzel, and a ganache and cherry stuffed cupcake.

 

Metro Diner Turns 50: On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Metro Dinner is celebrating 50 years by rolling back prices to the way they were in 1964. A hamburger will set you back 65 cents and a chicken-fried steak with fries and Texas toast is a whopping $1.95.

 

Saint Arnold Beer Dinner: Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Libertine Bar are pairing up to bring you a five-course, beer-paired meal on Wednesday. Offerings include a sweet potato egg pasta, chicken sausage, alligator, venison, and a pear tart.

 

Wine Dinner at Bridge Bistro: If you’d rather experience a wine-paired meal on Wednesday, chef Joel Harloff is putting on a Chef’s Table Wine Dinner paired with wines from Oak Cliff Cellars. Offerings include pan seared sea scallops, herb brined game hen, cherry-thyme braised brisket, and a summer wine bread pudding.

 

Market After Dark: Every Thursday, experience The Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, which is open late for drinks and shopping from 6 to 9p.m.

 

Cuatro Años at Urban Taco McKinney: In celebration of four years at this location, Urban Taco is offering complimentary margaritas and beers along with new fall specials like empanadas de pastor and pork belly chicharron tacos on Thursday.

 

Oktoberfest Fort Worth: Panther Island Pavilion continues its festival streak this weekend with Fort Worth’s take on Oktoberfest- think German authenticity with a Texas spin. The event takes place from Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 27 and includes German food, music, dancing, drinking, dachshund races, runs and a bike ride, and more.

 

Veuve Clicquot at Savor: The Clicquot Mail Truck is pulling into Dallas this weekend. On Saturday it’s popping bottles of their famous champagne at Savor from 5 to 8p.m. There will also be oversized Jenga games and a bottle toss. If you can’t make Saturday work, you can catch the truck at Hotel Zaza on Sunday from 1 to 4p.m.

 

Foodiepalooza: The East Dallas Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council is putting on its 5th annual night of food, wine, and live music on Thursday at Times Ten Cellars. The annual event will feature special guest chef John Tesar of Spoon Bar & Kitchen and Knife, music by Chris Austin Martinez, nationally renown pasty chef Katie Kennedy, and chef Grant Morgan of the Ranch at Las Colinas. There will also be live and silent auctions.

 

Greek Food Festival of Dallas: Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 28, dive into the fun and tastiness of Greek culture at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Food, live music, dancing, and assorted Greek goods will all make this event one to remember.

 

State Fair of Texas: It’s back on Friday! Take on signature corn dogs, this year’s fried foods, and everything else amazing that comes along with the State Fair experience from Sept. 26 to Oct. 19.

 

Grapevine Brewery Beer Dinner: Cook Hall and Grapevine Brewery are offering a five-course, beer-paired dinner on Friday. The menu includes pork, red and white endive salad, roasted organic chicken, roasted venison, and an apple and pecan sticky bun.

 

Taste America 2014: Dallas is lucky to experience a night of culinary stars and unforgettable dining on Friday featuring a menu created by James Beard Award Winers Patrick O’Connell and Stephan Pyles. The reception will also feature tastings by five more of Dallas’ finest chefs. Saturday, there will be cooking demonstrations, cookbook signings, tastings, and more at Sur La Table.

 

Oktoberfest 5K: Get your exercise in on Saturday morning and finish the day with craft beer and live polka music in a biergarten. The run will begin and end at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company and is presented by Discover Brewtopia. If you participate you also get a a branded pint glass and a dry fit t-shirt.

 

Abacus’ 15th Anniversary Weekend: The McKinney Ave. restaurant is celebrating 15 years of success in Dallas with a weekend of events. Saturday, there’s a Past and Present dinner featuring former Abacus chefs Tre Wilcox and Omar Flores and current chefs Kenth Rathbun and Chris Patrick. You know dinner’s going to be good with all of these guys in the kitchen together. On Sunday there’s party featuring food and craft cocktails along with live cooking and mixology demonstrations .

 

Standard Pour Pig Pick’n & Pig Skin Party: Sunday, head to the popular Uptown spot for a special night of food, music, and football in honor of the Cowboys vs. Saints game.

 

News:

Blind Butcher’s New Dessert: The Lower Greenville spot has introduced a dessert spin on the Canadian favorite, poutine. Churro fries are substituted for potato fries, the traditional gravy is replaced by a brown butter caramel sauce, and house made marshmallows infused with beer and bacon top off the savory new dish.

 

Kate Weiser Chocolate: Trinity Groves’ newest chocolate shop was an instant hit and it’s about to get even more popular. The spot is now offering fall flavors with pumpkin, maple-bourbon, and orange-fig macaroon options and chai tea and pecan-butterscotch ice creams.

 

Pumpkin Flavor Fever: Click here for a list of local spots featuring everyone’s favorite fall ingredient.

 

Quarter Bar Extends Hours: The McKinney Ave. spot is now open Monday-Friday from 11a.m. to 2a.m and Saturday-Sunday from 10a.m. to 2a.m.

 

Spoon Tasting Menus: The Preston Center restaurant will now offer a tasting menu only format from Tuesdays to Thursdays. Options include a five-coure, eight-course and chef’s tasting menu.

 

VH: The manager and chef at Bistro 31 have both left to open a new American restaurant in Oak Cliff named VH. Victor Hugo and chef Eric Brandt invite you to “enjoy locally sourced food and craft brews, signature cocktails and become part of VH’s family.” The menu will feature burgers, a bourbon filet, green chile hummus, sweet potato Johnny cakes, salads, and more. The official opening is tomorrow, Sept. 24.

 

Zoli’s Gluten Free Pizza: For those of you looking for a gluten free option at this Dallas favorite, Zoli’s has announced pizzas with french fry crust. Yes, you read that right.

 

Image via Panther Island Pavilion 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.

 

Events:

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.

 

News:

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.

 

Events:

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.

 

News:

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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