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.

 

News:

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 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

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.

 

Photo via Hibiscus Facebook

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Beer, BBQ, and business expansions are the highlight of this week’s edition of Food & Beverage News. Of course, you’ll also find other things like wine-paired dinners, raw bars, and where to partake in a spicy donut eating contest.

 

Events:

Rahr & Sons Pint Night: There are two pint nights planned for tonight, August 26, featuring Rahr & Sons craft beer. Grapevine residents can join in at Tobert’s and those in Weatherford and partake at Big John’s Burgers & Beer.

 

“The Argentine Way” Dinner: The monthly Wine & Food Dinner at Sevy’s Grill is tonight. Featuring wines from Argentina, the menu includes sea bass, lamb with summer vegetables, whole roasted ribeye, and a dulce de leche panqueque.

 

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

 

Hopped up Cinema: Tonight, Alamo Drafthouse and Deep Ellum Brewing Company are teaming up to introduce the brewery’s newest IPA while you watch a screening of Army of Darkness.

 

Proof + Pantry: Wednesday, August 27 marks the opening of a new restaurant in One Arts Plaza. It’s the newest venture from the partners behind Driftwood and has been described as a “multi-faceted American restaurant and bar featuring progressive, yet approachable American fare along with a diverse and original bar program.”

 

Rahr & Sons Plates & Pints: Del Friscos Fort Worth is hosting a dinner on Thursday, August 28, featuring a special selection of Rahr & Sons beer. The menu includes scallops, grouper tacos, lamp chops, and Nutella and peanut butter bread pudding.

 

Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival: Three days of barbecue competitions and blues music begins on Friday, August 29. Local chefs and blues bands will have you eating and dancing your way through Labor Day weekend.

 

Hypnotic Donut Eating Contest: Saturday, August 30, the Dallas location of Hypnotic Donuts is holding a “Beat the Heat- World’s Spiciest Donut Eating Contest.” Yes, we said the Dallas location, because they will open a second location in Denton on September 3!

 

Labor Day Lobster Boil: Driftwood is hosting a day of seafood and live music on Sunday, August 31 to celebrate the holiday. There will be a raw bar, Maine lobster, New England-style corn and potatoes, and a live DJ to keep the party going.

 

 

News:

Canne Rosso Fairview: The local favorite opened its fourth pizza location in DFW on Friday, August 22 in the Village at Allen/Village at Fairview shopping center.

 

Dallas Chocolate Festival: It’s time to buy tickets for the 5th Annual Dallas Chocolate Festival. It will take place Saturday, September 13 at the Addison Conference Center. There will also be some workshops to attend the next day in Trinity Groves.

 

Dee Lincoln: The restaurateur is set to open a new spin on Dee Lincoln Steak Bar in the Shops of Highland Park in the location formerly occupied by La Duni. It’s expected to open in the first quarter of 2015 and there are plans for a patio and lots of wine. You’ll also find more burgers, pizza, and there will be Sunday brunch.

 

Ketchup Burger Bar: The Uptown burger and fries joint is getting revamped with a new name. Now called The Sir, the restaurant will stick to burgers and fried food, including wings and a new cocktail menu.

 

Pakpao New Locations: The second and third locations of the restaurant are set to open in 2015. One will be located in the new development, Preston Hollow Village, and the other will pop up in Plano.

 

Rusty Taco: Since the passing of founder Rusty Fenton just over a year ago, the beloved taco shop that got its start on Greenville Ave. has only continued to prosper. Yesterday, we found out Buffalo Wild Wings made a majority investment in the company, which currently has nine locations in Dallas, Denver, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Stay tuned for what will happen next. 

 

Social House in Fort Worth: The restaurant, which already has locations in Uptown and Addison, is set to open it’s third location in Fort Worth in late September or early October. It will occupy the space formerly used by Brownstone on the West 7th District.

Image via Driftwood Facebook

The Best of Big D 2014


The Best of Big D 2014

Last week, D Magazine officially released the annual The Best Of Big D list. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook exploded with humbled posts from and congratulatory posts to winners. (Don’t worry, we joined in on the “humble brag” a few weeks ago when more than 125 of our associates were named to D Mag’s list of Best Real Estate Agents and Top Producers for 2014!)

 

Anyways, whether you give weight to their choices or not, the annual list is always a great reference point for trying all kinds of new things in D-FW. One of our favorite parts? They also list reader’s choices for many of the categories. For example, the magazine chose Monkey King Noodle Company as the Best Chinese, but readers chose Royal China. In our minds this just means we have to go back to each of them and compare for ourselves.

 

Consider this your invitation to break from your normal routine and explore new horizons. From the Best Tex-Mex to the Best Place to Get a Massage, you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of new experiences if you let this list lead you.

Image via D Magazine

D-FW Weekend Round Up (7/24-7/27)


It’s going to be another hot weekend in D-FW! While there’s no shortage of ways to take advantage of summertime, allow us to suggest a few that you should do while you can!

 

Matthew Sontheimer: The Talley Dunn Gallery is featuring works by Sontheimer, which include collages of text, drawing, sketches, and photographs. They will be on display until August 27.

 

National Tequila Day: Today’s the day, everyone. Get your limes and salt ready because restaurants all over DFW are offering specials. Blue Mesa GrillEl Fenix, On The Border, Cantina Loredo, Urban Taco, and Wild Salsa are all getting in on the fun.

 

Richard Phillips’ Negation of the Universe: The famous bunny installation on the road to Marfa has been relocated to the Dallas Contemporary along with an indoor exhibit of Phillips’ pop culture inspired paintings, short films, and other mixed media work. This will all be on display through August 10.

 

Milk & Honey Girl’s Night Out: This beloved Dallas boutique is throwing a ladies night Thursday, July 24 with champagne, tutorials, and a 20% off discount.

 

CultureMap Summer Social: Celebrate the weekend a night early with the brains behind CultureMap Dallas. Thursday, head to Winston’s Supperclub in Uptown for tequila tastings, good from Urban Taco, live music by DJ Adam Cleland and more. Take an Uber there and get 20% off your ride using a special promo code.

 

Decks in the Park: Every fourth Thursday of the month head to Klyde Warren Park for live music, food trucks, and dancing. This week you’ll hear Red Eye, Rob Vaughan, DJ Love, EZ Eddie D, and Zach Witness.

 

Rangers vs. Oakland A’s: Friday, July 25, through Sunday, July 27, our Rangers will take on the Athletics at Globe Life Park.

 

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Launch Party: Celebrate the launch of this local brewery’s newest beer, Weizenbock, at The Rustic on Friday with musical guest Shane Smith & The Saints.

 

Salsa Class: Head to Klyde Warren Park’s Muse family Performance Pavilion to shake your stuff and learn some salsa with Studio 22.  Friday classes run from 6 to 7pm and take place through August 1.

 

Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour: A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, and music, this tour is an electrifying production presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil unparalleled creativity. Catch the show Friday and Saturday at American Airlines Center.

 

The Best Movie Fest Ever: The Cinemark in West Plano presents three classic films on Saturday, July 26. “Hello Dolly!” plays at 11:15am, “Moulin Rouge” at 2:20pm, and “Oklahoma!” at 5pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch three great films for one great price.

 

Cooking Classes at the Dallas Farmer’s Market: The third installation of Saturday chef demonstrations is hosted by Chef Patton Robertson of Five Sixty by Wolf Gang Puck (the restaurant at the top of Reunion Tower). This week’s theme is Korean Style Summer Grilling.

 

National Dance Day: Get your boogie on in celebration of National Dance Day at Klyde Warren Park. The fun begins Saturday with African Dance at 1:30pm.

 

Alpha Rev: Saturday night, this Austin-based band will play at the Granada Theater following the Rocketboys, Dovetail, and Levi Weaver. If you’re a fan of Coldplay and/or Imagine Dragons you should check out the show. Doors open at 7pm.

 

Austin Mahone: Named one of MTV’s Artists to Watch, this 18-year-old San Antonio native is climbing his way up the music charts. Austin Mahone has opened for Taylor Swift in the past and now he’ll headline a concert on Sunday, July 27, that will also include The Vamps, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes.

 

WWE Live: WWE returns to Dallas with a special Sunday afternoon matinee at American Airlines Center.

 

Find Your Excuse: If you’re just looking to get out and try a Dallas favorite, check out this list of great places and reasons to celebrate in Dallas.

 

Image via Klyde Warren Park Facebook