This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

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


Tuesday, Jan. 20:

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


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


Thursday, Jan. 22:

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


Friday, Jan. 23:

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


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


Saturday, Jan 24:

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


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


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


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


Sunday, Jan. 25:

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


Image via Norma’s Cafe Facebook page

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

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


Tuesday, Jan. 13:

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


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


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


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


Wednesday, Jan. 14:

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


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


Thursday, Jan. 15:

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


Friday, Jan. 16:

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


Sunday, Jan. 18:

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



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


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


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


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


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


Image via Sundown Facebook page

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Image via The Capitol Grille Facebook

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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.



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.




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

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Get the lowdown on the newest restaurants, new menu items, and the best ways to experience food and drink in DFW on this week’s edition of Food & Beverage news.



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


Chill Bar Craft Beer Dinner: Grapevine Craft Brewey and Chill Sports Bar are teaming up on Wednesday, August 20, to bring you live music, beer, and a menu that includes craft beer brisket sliders, steak stuffed with sausage, and a Sir William Brown Ale float.


Dames Dinner Club: Every Wednesday at Standard Pour in Uptown in ladies night. This week’s menu includes watermelon gazpacho, shrimp enchiladas, and a chocolate hazelnut tart.


Deep Ellum Brewing Company Tours: Every Thursday and Saturday, head to one of Dallas’  favorite craft beer spots for a tour, signature glass, beer tasting, and live music.


Samson’s Hotdog Creation Competition: Friday, August 22, “come out with $5 and a smile to Samson’s and try your hand at Weeniology. Build the perfect Wiener, take it’s picture, and qualify it to be named the next big weenie on the menu!” The “Big Wiener” will also get one free hotdog a month for a year.


National Wine Release Dinner at III Forks: Friday night, III Forks presents an exclusive National Wine Release Dinner featuring Agustin Francisco Huneeus, the proprietor of Quintessa. The menu includes scallops, rabbit confit pot pie, a USDA Prime strip loin, and a dessert called “Death By Chocolate”.


2nd Annual Sausage Fest: Saturday, August 23, 105.3 The Fan is hosting it’s second annual day of grilled sausages, adult beverages, and live music at Main Street Garden Park.


Pop-Up Pastry Bake Sale: Saturday’s event at Empire Baking Company will see 100% of proceeds go to support Duck Team 6, a local dog rescue. The pastry chef showcase features Laurel Wimberg and gives the community an opportunity to meet the person behind the desserts at Fort Worth’s AF+B. Food will be served from 10am-2pm, or until sold out, and will include black walnut pie, blueberry almond buckle, and bacon cheddar scones.




“Mother Effer” Challenge: Zoli’s Pizza has implemented a challenge in honor of one of its newest menu items. The Mother Effer includes four slices of New-York style slices (soppressata, Luscher’s sausage, white pie and daily feature), one slice of Grandma pie, two slices of Sicilian (cheese and soppressata), three garlic knots, three soppressata knots and a “mountain” of zucchini fries with a side of housemade jalapeno ranch and marinara sauce. If you can down it all by yourself you get the $35 platter for free.


Blind Butcher: The new staple on Greenville Ave. has introduced pork pies to its menu. Think hot meat, flakey crust, and nutmeg.


Cheezie’s Frisco: Who’s a fan of gourmet mac ‘n cheese and grilled cheese? Maybe the better question is, who isn’t? Frisco now has a brand new family-owned restaurant that specializes in both. Like their motto says, it’s perfect “for the kid in all of us.”


Ashwood Bar & Kitchen: In one of the quickest turn arounds ever, this American-style restaurant replaced Bonchon and it’s Korean chicken wings in Upper Greenville on August 14.


Kate Weiser Chocolate: Open as of today, Tuesday, August 19, in Trinity Groves, this gourmet chocolate shop offers classic chocolate bars, truffles, ice cream, and hot and cold chocolate drinks.


Pegaso Mexican Dinner: Fort Worth’s newest “Mex and Tex” joint opens tonight on Bluebonnet Circle. The concept comes to us via the former owners of Monica’s Nueva Cocina and BEE Enchiladeria. The new spot specializes in handmade enchiladas and complete customization with enchiladas, burritos, tortas, and tacos made right in front of their customers.


Gas Monkey Live: The grand opening of Richard Rawling’s newest venture is set for October 11. This 38,000 square foot live music venue will also feature a game room with vintage pinball machines and pool tables.


The Bohemian: The former Ali Baba location on Greenville Ave. will be filled by this Texas-and-Czech-style restaurant on October 14. The main focus will be kolaches, but you can also pick up a great hotdog or burger.


State Fair Food: Here are the fabulous fried food nominees for this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards: Chicken-Fried Loaded Baked Potato, Deep-Fried Breakfast for Dinner, Deep-Fried Texas Blue Bonnet, Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil, Fried Sriracha Balls, Fried Sweet Texas, Original State Fair Brew-Funnel Cake Ale, and Twisted Texas Tacos. Click here for full descriptions.


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This Week in Food & Beverage News: Houndstooth Coffee Opening

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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This Week in Food & Beverage News

Food & Beverage News: Donut Kitchen

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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