It’s That Time Again: DFW Restaurant Week 2016


DFW Restaurant Week will be back in action in less than a month. From Monday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 21 (many restaurants will extend through Aug. 28 or Sept. 4), more than 100 North Texas restaurants will feature special menus, some including paired drinks, for a darn-good deal (and cause).

 

As in years past, you’ll be able to delight in a three-course, prix fixe dinner for $35 or $45 at one of the participating DFW restaurants. A number of restaurants will also offer a $20 lunch option.

 

It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new spot, save on a meal that would normally be a splurge and indulge in some of the best food that local chefs and restaurants have to offer.

 

Click here to view the full list of participating restaurants, their menus, prices, and instructions on how to make a reservation.

 

DFW Restaurant Week supports the North Texas Food Bank in the Dallas area and Lena Pope in Tarrant County, with proceeds from each meal benefiting the charities’ work to help local children and families in need.

DFW Weekend Round Up (11/20-11/23)


DFW Weekend Round Up

Holiday celebrations are in full swing in DFW this weekend! From Christmas musicals to holiday exhibits, there are plenty of ways to get in the spirit.

 

If you’re looking for more food & drink centric activities, we have a full list here.

 

Thursday, Nov. 20:

Amy Schumer: She’ll be at Verizon Theater Grand Prairie performing stand-up comedy as part of her latest tour, the Back Door tour.

 

Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas: Celebrate the holidays like never before with an exhibit featuring a collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos each telling the story of one of the 12 days from the beloved Christmas carol. The exhibit runs through January 4.

 

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse: The first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century will be at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 8.

 

Elf the Musical: This musical, based on the Christmas film starring Will Ferrell, has shows through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall. This is the first time it’s been in the metroplex since its Broadway debut in 2010.

 

The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion: Get transported through time and space with a collection of fashion by some of the most avant-garde contemporary Japanese printmakers. Baskett’s personal collection will be on display through February 22.

 

Friday, Nov. 21:

Leon Russell: The singer/songwriter will be at the Granada Theater promoting his latest album, Life Journey. The Zack King Band will serve as his opening act.

 

Mavs: The Mavs play the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30pm. Get to American Airlines Center to cheer them on.

 

Saturday, Nov. 22:

Rhett Miller: The Granada Theater and Old 97’s frontman Miller are hosting the Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series. In addition to Miller’s great tunes, you’ll also get to hear music by The Wind & The Wave, The O’s, and Prophets and Outlaws.

 

The Trains at NorthPark: The holiday favorite is back for its 27th year and its 16th at NorthPark. This wonderful tradition features model trains and famous U.S. landmarks on more than 1,600 feet of tracks. You can get in on the fun of this display now through January 4.

 

Sunday, Nov. 23:

Cowboys at Giants: In week 12, the ‘boys will take on the New York Giants away on Sunday at 7:30. We’re 7 and 3 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

 

Dallas City Lights: Kick off the holiday season with the spectacular lighting of downtown Dallas in Main Street Garden and Pegasus Plaza. In conjunction with the lighting of the Christmas tree, there will also be art performances, crafts like ornament making and, of course, Santa Claus.

 

Panther Island Ice: Colder temperatures mean it’s time to lace up your skates and hit the ice. Trinity River Vision Authority presents the opening of Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, which is located at Coyote Drive-In and open daily through January 19.

 

Image via The Trains at NorthPark

DFW Weekend Round-Up (10/23-10/26)


DFW Weekend Round Up (10/23-10/26)

Higher temperatures return this weekend just in time for outdoor concerts and celebrations. Check out all of your options for DFW fun this weekend below.

 

Thursday, Oct. 23:

Mavs 5K: Join the the Mavs Run This Town 5K at American Airlines Center for a fast, flat run through Victory Park and the Design District. Participants will receive a game ticket for a home game during the upcoming season and there will be a post-run party featuring a beer garden and music by the Old 97’s.

 

Open Classical Concert: Celebrate Halloween early with Open Classical at Klyde Warren Park featuring twists on classical musical masterpieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and more.

 

Patio Sessions: The series at Sammons Park continues tonight with Calhoun and opener Catamaran. The show is free and there will be food trucks from 6-9pm.

 

Friday, Oct. 24:

Dallas Opera Simulcast: The Dallas Opera and The Sheila and Jody Grant Opera Discovery Program, in partnership with the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Klyde Warren Park, present The Marriage of Figaro simulcast from the Winspear Opera House.

 

Partners Card: It’s that time of year again. Many of your favorite DFW stores will give you 20% off for participating in a 10-day event that benefits The Family Place and allows you to get some of your holiday shopping done early.

 

Saturday, Oct. 25:

Jason Aldean:  Country music mega-star, Jason Aldean will be at Gexa with openers Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.

 

Klyde Warren Park Anniversary Celebration: It’s been two years since the beloved park opened right on top of the highway, so they’re inviting everyone to celebrate! There will be activities like face painting, yoga, crafts, as well as live music featuring Michael Prysock, Eastwood with Nicholas Altobelli, and Home by Hovercraft.

 

Modern ’till Midnight- 80’s Edition: This event will take you back to the club scene and buzz of New York in the ’80s during the Modern’s extended, late-night hours. Don’t miss an eclectic array of live performances by local bands on the lawn featuring well-known sounds of the time.

 

North Oak Cliff Music Festival: The 3rd-annual festival is held at Lake Cliff Park and has an exciting line up in store. This year, take in music by Edie Brickell & The Bohemians, Meiko, Emily Elbert, Seryn, Kat Edmonson and more.

 

Preservation Dallas Fall Tour: The Preservation Dallas’ 2014 Fall Architectural Tour presents Grounds for Preservation, which highlights historic estates and their landscapes. This one is off the charts!

 

Sunday, Oct. 26:

AT&T Sunset Screenings- The Shining: Halloween is almost here and what better way to get in the mood than with this haunting movie? Grab your blanket and a picnic basket at Strauss Square.

 

Cowboys vs. Redskins: In week eight, the ‘boys will take on the Washington Redskins at home on Sunday at 7:30pm. We’re 6 and 1 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you’ve got a ticket, get out there and make some noise.

 

Howl-o-ween at Dallas Heritage Village: Bring your dog in a costume and participate in a pet costume contest, games, crafts, fun, food and more. Proceeds from this event benefit the animal program at Dallas Heritage Village and the SPCA of Texas.

 

All Weekend:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.

 

Thrift Studio: This “not-like-any-other-thrift-store thrift store” is having its kick-off party tonight. Thrift Studio is a bi-annual, 30-day, pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell With Dignity through selling donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high-end designer finds to the public.

 

More? If you’re looking for weekend activities that focus more on food and drink, click here.

 

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This Week in Food & Beverage News


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

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/16-10/19)


DFW Weekend Round Up (10/16-10/19)From live music to theater, this weekend in DFW is serving up something for everyone. You’re going to want to get in as many of these events as possible.

 

Thursday, Oct. 16:

Driving Miss Daisy: Tonight through Nov. 16, the Dallas Theater Center presents this iconic tale and Pulitzer Prize-wining play at Kalita Humphreys Theater.

 

Music Thursday: Tonight’s feature in Klyde Warren Park is Annalise Bush, a singer/songwriter from Denton whose style has hints of jazz, pop, and even a little bit of country flair.

 

Patio Sessions: The series at Sammons Park continues tonight with Home By Hovercraft and opener Low Dark Hills. The show is free and there will be food trucks from 6-9pm.

 

Friday, Oct. 17:

American Authors Honda Civic TourThe Mowgli’s and Echosmith will join the American Authors at Granda Theater. You’ll hear each group’s tops hits, like “Best Day of My Life” and “Cool Kids,” as well as their lesser-known singles from the past couple of years.

 

Dallas Comic Con Fan Days: Friday through Sunday, comic book, movie, and TV stars will be at the Irving Convention Center signing autographs and taking photos with fans. The Lord of The Rings stars Elijah Wood and Sean Astin will be there as well as Adam West and Burt Ward, the original Batman and Robin.

 

Enrique Inglesias with Pitbull: These two Latin-incfluenced music stars will take over American Airlines Center to promote both of their recent albums. J Balvin will join them as the opening act.

 

Social Science Cocktail Series: “Perception” is the last in the Social Science series offering educational fun for adults after hours at the Perot Museum. Grab a signature cocktail, test your digital savvy and dance the night away to the Whiskey Folk Ramblers.

 

Tig Notaro: The hilarious stand-up comedian has battled cancer and is now on a full tour. Catch her show at the Majestic Theatre and see why people are calling it legendary.

 

Widespread PanicVerizon Theatre in Grand Prairie will host the group as they promote their latest album, “On The Dirty Side.” They will be joined by special guest Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue.

 

Saturday, Oct. 18:

Charli XCX: She’s one of pop music’s biggest rising stars this year, having been featured on Iggy Azalea’s, “Fancy,” and topping charts with her hit, “Boom Clap.” The concert will be held at Trees in Deep Ellum and Elliphant and Femme will open for her.

 

Mattress Firm Music Fest: Take in the State Fair and an incredible day of music in one trip with one ticket. This music fest is taking place inside the Cotton bowl and will feature the Randy Rogers Band, the Josh Abbott Band, Easton Corbin, and Jerrod Niemann, all Texas country music stars.

 

Sunday, Oct. 19:

Cowboys vs. Giants: In week seven, the ‘boys will take on the New York Giants at home on Sunday at 3:25pm. We’re 5 and 1 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you’ve got a ticket, get out there and make some noise.

 

All Weekend:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.

 

Dallas VideoFest: The 27th year of Dallas VideoFest is underway. It began Wednesday and runs through Sunday in various venues across DFW including Alamo Drafthouse and South Dallas Cultural Center. There will be approximately 125 screenings of local, regional and internationally produced media art programs this year.

 

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

 

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.

 

Thrift Studio: This “not-like-any-other-thrift-store thrift store” is having its kick-off party tonight. Thrift Studio is a bi-annual, 30-day, pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell With Dignity through selling donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high-end designer finds to the public.

 

More? If you’re looking for weekend activities that focus more on food and drink, click here.

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/9-10/12)


DFW Weekend Round Up (10/9-10/12)

Wow, this weekend is packed with amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in DFW culture and activities. From live music to a dog parade, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Thursday, Oct. 9:

Jack Ingram at The Rustic: The Rustic and Leukemia Texas present the Beat Leukemia Concert For A Cure featuring Jack Ingram. This free event also celebrates the 1 year anniversary of The Rustic opening in Uptown Dallas!

 

Thrift Studio: This “not-like-any-other-thrift-store thrift store” is having its kick-off party tonight. Thrift Studio is a bi-annual, 30-day, pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell With Dignity through selling donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high-end designer finds to the public.

 

Sam Smith: If you turned on the radio this year, you’ve heard Smith‘s huge hits “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One.” Tonight, catch him live at House of Blues Dallas.

 

Patio Sessions: The series at Sammons Park continues tonight with Luke Wade, the Fort Worth native on NBC’s The Voice, his band No Civilians, and opener Kirk Thurmond. The show is free and there will be food trucks from 6-9pm.

 

Music Thursday: Tonight’s features in the Klyde Warren Park’s Set List on the Green are The Counselor and the Capitalist, The Ackermans, and Marcella.

 

Dallas VideoFest: The 27th year of Dallas VideoFest is underway. It began Wednesday and runs through Oct. 19 in various venues across DFW including Alamo Drafthouse and South Dallas Cultural Center. There will be approximately 125 screenings of local, regional and internationally produced media art programs this year.

 

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

 

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

 

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.

 

Friday, Oct. 10:

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the late composer and EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony Award) winner and his impressive 50-year career with three concerts Friday through Sunday. Stars like Donna McKechnie and Jodi Benson will join the orchestra at Bass Performance Hall.

 

Saturday, Oct. 11:

Breakaway Music Festival: Southside Ballroom is hosting a night of music featuring Adventure Club, DVBBS, EDX and more. Doors open at 5 p.m.

 

Ringo Starr: This former Beatles member will take the stage at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie with his All-Starr Band. It’s been 44 years since the Beatles broke up, but Starr is still rocking out.

 

BarktoberFest: Celebrate fall and man’s best friend at Frisco Commons Park with a dog parade, costume and trick contests, pet adoption opportunities and more.

 

Red River Rivalry: Big game this weekend. The Red River Rivalry is on Saturday. Now, maybe you’re a Texas fan, maybe you’re an Oklahoma fan- either way, it’s going to be a big day.

 

Sunday, Oct. 12:

Cowboys at Seahawks: In week six, the ‘boys will take on the Seattle Seahawks, last year’s Superbowl champs, on Sunday at 3:25pm. We’re 4 and 1 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

 

Southwest Airlines Freedom to Fly: If you’ve been living under a rock in DFW, you may not know that Southwest Airlines is finally allowed to add new non-stop destinations beginning Monday, Oct. 13. Join them on Sunday in celebrating the end of the Wright Amendment that’s been holding them back at Klyde Warren Park for a free party featuring Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Jack Ingram, Robert Earl Keen and more.

 

Image via Patio Sessions

D-FW Weekend Round Up (10/2-10/5)


D-FW Weekend Round Up (10/2-10/5)

Live music is the name of the game this weekend in D-FW. When you’re not enjoying that, take time to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather forecasted for this weekend!

 

Katy Perry: Tonight, Thursday, October 2, and Friday, Oct. 3, Katy Perry is performing at American Airlines Center with opener Tegan and Sara.

 

Music Thursday: Tonight’s feature in the Klyde Warren Park’s JazzMasters Set is The Funky Knuckles.

 

The Molly Ringwalds: The Dallas Arboretum is hosting a “Cool Thursdays Concert Series” featuring live music near White Rock Lake. Tonight’s band plays all the classics from the 80’s.

 

Zac Brown Band: Friday, Oct. 3, the country music band takes the stage at Gexa with opener Ryan Kinder.

 

Natalie Cole: Known for her beautiful soul/R&B style, as well as for her connection to father Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole will serenade audiences Friday night at Winspear Opera House.

 

So You Think You Can Dance Tour: The top ten finalists and winner, Ricky Ubeda, of Season 11 will perform at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie on Friday.

 

Fall for the Arts: Klyde Warren Park is hosting a day celebrating the arts on Saturday, Oct. 4 featuring live performances and exhibits. Participants include Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Lone Star Circus and more.

 

Nasher/Target First Saturdays: As with the first Saturday of every month, this Saturday promises a day of fun for the whole family at the Nasher Sculpture Center. This month’s theme is “Creatures.” There will be activities, artist demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, family tours, yoga in the garden and more.

 

Dallas Mavericks Fan Jam: Get excited for the upcoming season at the Mavs’ annual Fan Jam at American Airlines Center. The preseason officially starts Oct. 7, but on Saturday you can sign up for season tickets, meet players and get autographs, watch an open practice and more.

 

Southlake Oktoberfest: The 13th-annual festival features a weekend of live entertainment including “wiener-dog” races, authentic German food and drinks, a sports zone, and a children’s play area. To top it off, admission and parking are free!

 

Cowboys vs. Texans: In week five, the ‘boys will take on the Houston Texans at home at noon on Sunday, Oct 5. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you have tickets, bring the noise!

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through Sunday, this is the last weekend that attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

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

 

Image via Katy Perry 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

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/4-9/7)


Your Weekend Round Up (9/4-9/7)

This weekend in DFW is packed with live music, celebrations, and the first regular season Cowboys game! Check out where you can find Aretha Franklin, Dallas’ best 80’s tribute bands, and one of the most exciting airplane stunt shows in the US.

 

Ken Burns and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: He’s one of the most acclaimed documentary film makers whose subjects range from the Civil War to Frank Lloyd Wright. Join Ken Burns tonight, Thursday, Sept. 4, at Winspear Opera House to hear him speak about his latest project that focuses on the famous Roosevelt family.

 

First Thursday Late Night: The Perot Museum is introducing an all new series that will take place every first Thursday of the month. Tonight’s inaugural event will feature special guest Jeff Corwin and will explore the amazing islands of the Galapagos.

 

Let’s Dance: Tango, Waltz, and Cha-Cha with the DSO as award-winning dancers strut their stuff on stage Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7.

 

Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Leah Turner & Charlie Worsham: These country stars will take the stage Friday at Gexa for an evening dedicated to their greatest hits and newest music.

 

Carnivores Tour: Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars with special guest AFI will be at Gexa on Saturday, Sept. 6 to rock the night away.

 

Totally 80’s- A Night of Covers: Granada Theater is hosting a night of awesome 80’s cover bands on Saturday. Stop by to relive the decade with two of Dallas’ best tribute bands, Le Cure and Panic.

 

A Night to Remember feat. Aretha Franklin: This year’s fundraiser, hosted by anti-poverty organization CitySquare, takes place this Saturday and features “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. She just one of the many big names to grace the annual event, which has also hosted Steve Martin, B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, and others.

 

Meyerson Symphony Center 25th Anniversary Celebration: Though there is a full week of events celebrating the Dallas Arts District building, Saturday will feature a parade and marching band on Flora Street. After the main event, there will be family-friendly activities and performances.

 

The Most Good Music Festival: Panther Island Pavillion in Fort Worth is hosting another music festival this Saturday, but this one comes with a good cause. You’ll see Jack Ingram, Stoney LaRue and other Texas country singers while benefitting the Salvation Army and its goal of providing 1 million meals to the hungry people of DFW.

 

Target First Saturdays: This free event at the Nasher is design especially for preschool and elementary school children. The theme this month is “Legacy.” Activities are based around inspiring your children’s artistic talents and broaden their understanding and appreciation of the world.

 

Drake vs. Lil Wayne: Head to Gexa on Sunday, Sept. 7, to see a friendly face-off between these two hip-hop/rap icons.

 

Cowboys vs. 49’s: The first regular season Cowboys game is finally here! See the ‘boys take on San Francisco on Sunday at AT&T Stadium and celebrate the beginning of the 2014 NFL season. If you can’t make the game you could always watch it here.

 

Red Bull Air Race 2014: After a three-year hiatus, Red Bull will be back at Texas Motor Speedway with a show that features airplanes flying through incredible aerial racetracks.

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

Farmer’s Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the many farmer’s markets over the long weekend.

 

Image via CitySquare

 

D-FW Weekend Round Up (8/28-8/31)


Your Weekend Round Up (8/28-8/31)

This weekend is filled with awesome music events and screenings of many classic films, but if you’re a football fan you know that this weekend also marks the return of the college season. Thank goodness it’s a long weekend, because we don’t know how you’re going to make time for all these fun events!

 

College Football: We don’t care which team you support, we can all be excited that college football is back! Tonight, August 28, marks a big kick-off to a weekend filled with the season’s first games. Texas A&M will face off against South Carolina beginning at 5pm. The fun continues with tons of huge games Saturday and then a Sunday match up between SMU and Baylor. You’re sure to find fans cheering on teams from every state at just about any venue in DFW with a TV.

 

Mockingbird Station Drive-In Movie: The last film screening of the summer at The Lofts pool at Mockingbird Station is tonight. The final (free) feature will be Wet Hot American Summer, a classic featuring big names like Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, and Janeane Garofalo.

 

Decks in the Park: This monthly event has caught on like wild fire. Tonight’s show features some of Dallas’ top DJs including, Jus-Stone, Tony Schwa, Jonene, Jeff Mitchell, and Phooka with MC S.O.U.L.JAH & Daddy J.

 

Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly: Friday night, August 29, at Gexa is bound to be a blast for fans of “R&B, Soul, and Funk Awesomeness,” as this band takes the stage with Patti Labelle and Ruben Studdard.

 

LEGO KidsFest: If you or anyone in your family is a LEGO fan, head to this three-day event featuring a Challenge Zone, a LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Club & Master Builder Academy, a screening of The LEGO Movie and much more. It’s being held at the Dallas Convention Center and promises to be fun for builders of all ages.

 

Scare Tactics: Six by Hitchcock: The Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW joins the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in two series this August, the second of which runs throughout this weekend. In celebration of Alfred Hitchcock, there will be a screening of six of his pivotal films, including two silent features with live music accompaniment. All screenings will be held in the Modern Art Museum’s auditorium.

 

Dallas DanceFest: This will be the inaugural year of a three-day event filled with the art of dance. Taking place at Dallas City Performance Hall, you can see some of the area’s finest groups including Texas Ballet Theater, Bruce Wood Dance Project, and Dallas Black Dance Theater.

 

Clearfork Music Festival: If you like craft beer, live music, food trucks, art, and time by the water, you need to be at Panther Island Pavillion Saturday, August 30. Set on 40 acres on the Trinity River right near downtown Fort Worth, this festival is family and party friendly.

 

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow: Indiana Jones fans rejoice, the popular inflatable screen is back on Saturday with a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark. This special showing, which celebrated the opening of the next Alamo Drafthouse, will be held outside Irving Convention Center. It will also feature live whip demonstrations, live snakes, food trucks, and more.

 

Mad Decent Block Party: Sunday, August 31, Zouk is hosting a wild outdoor party and concert. Headliners include Big Gigantic, Flosstradamus, Bro Safari, Waka Flocka Flame and more.

 

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

 

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

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

Farmer’s Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the many farmer’s markets over the long weekend.

 

Image via ClearFork Fest Facebook Page