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.

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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.

 

News:

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

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

With the holidays upon us, food and drink-centric events are dwindling but there are still a few very exciting opportunities for fun this week. Check them out as well as our latest update on openings and closings in DFW.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 16:

Francophile Wine Dinner at Bolsa: Enjoy four French wines paired with four courses. The menu includes a brussel leaves salad with pork belly, little neck clams, truffled potatoes, a poudine chameour and more.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 17:

Sparkling Wine Class at Whole Foods: The Preston Center Whole Foods is hosting a Break Out the Bubbly tasting of the market’s finest sparking wines. This free class will teach you how to perfectly pair your popped bottles at your upcoming holiday parties.

 

Thursday, Dec. 18:

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.

 

Saturday, Dec. 20:

Sandwiches for SoupMobile:Bring at least one loaf of bread, a package of sliced cheese, and a package of bologna along with food prep gloves, baggies and mustard and spend your morning making some sandwiches for the hungry. This wonderful cause takes place every third Saturday of every month at 10am in Deep Ellum at 2803 Taylor Street.

 

Treats of Christmas at NorthPark: The ultimate holiday bake sale, presented by the Texas Chefs Association, will be held from 10am to 7pm. Local chefs will present an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies for sale benefitting the North Texas Food Bank‘s Cooking Matters.

 

News:

Al’s Italian Beef: In January 2015, this Chicago restaurant known for their delicious sandwiches will open its first Texas location in Addison, with at least 5 more expected to open throughout the year.

 

Balls Hamburgers: The second and final location of Balls Hamburgers at Northwest Highway has closed after losing its lease.

 

Driftwood: The Oak Cliff restaurant has officially closed its doors.

 

Messina Hof Winery: One of the first full wineries on tap in Texas opened Friday, Dec. 12 in Grapevine.

 

Paul Martin’s American Grill: The Turtle Creek neighborhood will get Texas’ first location of Paul Fleming’s restaurant at the corner of Oak Lawn and Blackburn. The menu features a rotation of American classics based solely on peak-of-season ingredients. You can also expect an extensive wine selection when the location opens in 2015.

 

Image via NorthPark website

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Anniversaries, beer and wine-paired dinners, and a slew of new restaurant openings highlight this edition of Food & Beverage News. Find out where to eat and drink this week plus get the scoop on DFW’s hottest new spots.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 9:

The Grape & Community Beer Co. Dinner: This is The Grape’s last event of the year. The restaurant promises a fun night and a four-course, beer-paired dinner featuring Community Beer Company.

 

Thursday, Dec. 11:

Capitol Pub Anniversary Party: Join the Henderson Ave. pub in celebrating 7 years of business with half-priced draughts, $5 cocktails, complimentary Capitol Punch and half-priced pizza. There will also be a photo booth and music from DJ Mike Roos beginning at 9pm.

 

A Chanukah & 18th Birthday Party for Shmaltz Brewing CompanyGoodfriend beer garden and burger house will host a celebration including live music and flights featuring Schmalts ales.

 

Pyramid Champagne Dinner: Savor a four-course menu including pork belly, monkfish, manchego cheesecake and more paired with decadent champagnes like Ruinart Rose and Veuve Cliquot Vintage.

 

Friday, Dec. 12:

Penfolds Wine Dinner at Ser Steak + Spirits: A six-course dinner will feature ahi tuna toro, venison loin, charred New York Strip and more paired with wines from Penfolds, named Australian Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

 

Saturday, Dec. 13:

Cheesy Sweater, Free Burrito: Chipotle chains across Texas invite you to stop by in your cheesiest holiday sweater and in return they’ll give you a buy on get one free deal on burritos, burrito bowls, salads, and tacos.

 

Lakewood Brewing Company BBT14 Release Party & Tour: The brewery’s popular imperial milk stout, Bourbon Barrel Temptress, which has been aged in oak bourbon barrels is back for a limited time. Head to the brewery to celebrate its return with samplings, live music, and food by KB’s Brats.

 

Rabbit Hole Brewing “Hole New Year” Anniversary Party: Celebrate a year of great beer with the whole Rabbit Hole team at their brewery in Justin, TX. The party includes the release of their limited-edition New Year’s beer, Hole Lang Syne, as well as a sampling of other limited edition and regular beers, brisket sandwiches, and live music.

 

Truck Yard’s Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition: An ugly sweater contest, warm winter cocktails, and Little Santa are just a few of the things you can expect at this unique holiday celebration in Lower Greenville.

 

Sunday, Dec. 14

Lakewood Brewing Company’s BBT Week: After the release party, the brewery will continue celebrating their Bourbon Barrel Temptress with a week of parties beginning Sunday at Goodfriend beer garden and burger house. Each day will feature the new BBT alongside a vintage Temptress from the past.

 

News:

Boom Juice: The first permanent location of the cold-pressed juice bar will open this month at Sylvan | Thirty.

 

El Bolero: The minds behind Oak and Pakpoa are planing a new restaurant in the Design District to open in early 2015. It will serve up Mexican food with authentic, regional flavors brought to you by chef Hugo Galvan and promises and authentic atmosphere as well.

 

Henderson Ave. Country Club: Think cowboy boots and guitars, not golf clubs and violins. When this honky-tonk joint opens in January it will offer smoked meats, cornmeal-crusted catfish and more alongside your favorite country tunes.

 

Old Chicago: Stop in Mockingbird Station‘s newest restaurant, which officially opened on Monday, for delicious pizzas, fresh salads and more.

 

The Market Hall: This California-based grocery store/specialty food concept plans to open in Addison by spring 2015. Expect prepared foods, fresh meats and seafood, locally sourced produce, spirits, and its own restaurant.

 

Uchi: This Austin-based Japanese restaurant is set to open in early 2015 on Maple Ave. in Uptown.

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

This week in DFW is all about anniversary celebrations and fabulous beer and wine-paired dinners. Plus, check out new restaurant openings and closings.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 18:

Chipotle Benefit for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: Grab any meal at a Dallas-area Chipotle today and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the hospital.

 

Rahr & Sons Beer Dinner at AF+B: A four-course, beer-paired dinner will be served at the Fort Worth restaurant beginning at 6:30. Courses include crispy pork rillete with a brussels sprout chow chow, wood-grilled cobia with clams, braised beef cheeks with farro and a pumpkin cake with haute goat cheese.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 19:

Eat Meat, Drink Buffalo: Kent Rathbun, Buffulo Trace Distillery and Eddie “Lucky” Campbell are joining forces to bring you a four-course, bourbon-paired dinner. It will be held at the Filter Building on White Rock Lake from 6:30 to 10pm. Email events@kentrathbun.com for reservations.

 

Thursday, Nov. 20:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: What could be better than a night of wine and shopping in Deep Ellum? The Deep Ellum Community Association and Deep Ellum merchants invite you to enjoy wine samplings and explore neighborhood shops. It costs $5 and takes place every third Thursday of the month from 5 to 8pm.

 

Grapevine Craft Brewery Year of Beer: Help this local brewery celebrate their 1-year anniversary with 10 different beers, live music, door prizes, food pairings, and more.

 

Oysters and Champagne Thursday at Proof+Pantry: This is the second-to-last Thursday to enjoy oysters and French champagne at very special prices. Get in on the fun with Ruinart champagne and East Coast oysters.

 

Three Sticks Wine Dinner at Grace: A five-course meal paired with wines out of Sonoma County will be served beginning with a reception at 6:30pm. Dinner begins at 7 and includes veal tortellini, pork short rib, pear and smoked blue crostada and more.

 

Friday, Nov. 21:

Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival: The 31st-annual, French-inspired event will be held at the Irving Convention Center this weekend. Your ticket includes a commemorative wine glass, food tastings, French and American wine and craft beer tastings, live entertainment, a silent auction and more.

 

Rahr & Sons 10th Anniversary VIP Progressive Beer Dinner: Head to the brewery for a VIP night featuring rare beer and pairing stations including artisan cheeses, hot appetizers, and whole roast hog. There will also be live music performed by High School Caesar throughout the evening.

 

Saturday, Nov. 22:

Chefs at the Market Cooking Class: This week’s class will be held by Chef Joanne Bondy of Stocks & Bondy under the theme of Maple Syrup: The Grading Truth– Sweet and Savory.

 

Rahr & Sons 10th Anniversary Celebration: Round out the weekend’s celebrations with the brewery with an extended tour and tasting event featuring more than 30 rare beers for tasting. Your ticket gets you a collectible glass, live music from Big Mike’s Box of Rock, and the opportunity to customize a commemorative t-shirt and eat from some of your favorite local food trucks.

 

News:

EZ Dude and Cepage 2820: EZ Dude BBQ in Deep Ellum has closed and will be replaced by a French Bistro called Cepage 2820. Expect French staples like rabbit, French onion soup and croque madam. Cepage is scheduled to open by Spring 2015.

 

Mesero Miguel: The Henderson Ave. spot owned by Mico Rodriguez will reopen on Thursday, Nov. 20 under a new name, Mesero. Rodriguez currently owns Mr. Mesero on Mckinney Ave. and the original Mesero in Inwood Village.

 

Olivella’s Updated Menu: New additions include a cheese dip with house-made bread; a sausage, gorgonzola and tomato sauce antipasta plate; a prosciutto and blue cheese pizza roll antipasta plate; a chicken piccata pasta; and a peanut butter and Nutella panini.

 

Reverie Bakeshop: The Richardson bakery has debuted a vegan and gluten-free take on the popular Samoa Girl Scout cookie.

 

Underground Indian: Downtown Dallas now has a new Indian food option located in the 1700 Pacific building’s food court.

 

Image via Grapevine Brewery Facebook Event

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

This week is filled with tours, tastings, and lots of exciting news about openings in the restaurant community.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 11:

Bolsa Rum Dinner: Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with Diplomatico Rum selections beginning at 6pm.

 

Scotch & Sausage First Ladies Day: Ladies can enjoy half price food and drinks all day and night at the Oak Lawn spot every Tuesday beginning today.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 12:

Caddy Run from the Cadillac Pizza Pub: Every Wednesday through Nov. 19, go for a 2-3 mile run through historic downtown McKinney that ends with beer specials and pizza.

 

Rahr & Sons Brewery Tour and Tasting: Head to the Fort Worth brewery for a tour and beer tasting. You’ll received a pint glass and three beer samples for the price of admission.

 

Wine Down Wednesday: Visit the Mokara Spa at the Omni Fort Worth for a cocktail and a 50-minute spa treatment of your choice.

 

Thursday, Nov. 13:

Pinot Noir Tasting: The Wine Poste is hosting a night focused on five varieties of Pinot Noir wines.

 

The Woolworth 1 Year Anniversary Celebration: Celebrate one of “Dallas’ 10 Best Cocktail Bars” with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live music, and the unveiling of the plans for a 2nd story patio.

 

Friday, Nov. 14:

Holiday Tea at Taschen: The Joule is offering an additional champagne afternoon tea service in Taschen Library on Fridays and Saturdays throughout November and December.

 

Witherspoon Distillery Tours: Take a guided tour through the bourbon and rum distillery in Lewisville followed by a full tasting of their products.

 

Saturday, Nov. 15:

Chefs at the Market Cooking Class: This week’s class will be held by Chefs Braden at Yasmin Wages of Malai Kitchen. The theme is Into the Thai/Vietnamese Kitchen.

 

Dallas Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival: Step back in time and take part in this traveling speakeasy show presented by Breitling Energy. This 3rd annual festival, held at Centennial Hall at Fair Park, will have live music and libations that will have you dancing the night away.

 

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Tasting Tour: Every Saturday the Deep Ellum brewery hosts live music, food trucks and tours. Admissions includes 1 pint DEBC pint glass and three beer samples.

 

Gluten and Allergen Free Expo: Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm, partake in the premiere gluten and allergen free event in the US with vendors sampling and selling products at Dallas Market Center. There will be a dedicated peanut/nut-free section and free lifestyle classes.

 

Sunday, Nov. 16:

Meat Fight: Held in the old, green warehouse in Trinity Groves, this year’s fight will see four teams of chefs compete for the most important trophies in Texas BBQ history. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the National MS Society.

 

Prime Pair Sundays at Del Frisco’s: Every Sunday, at both DFW locations, enjoy your choice of salad, side and an 8oz. filet paired with the steakhouse’s signature crab cake, BBQ spiced shrimp or lemon garlic scallops.

 

All Week:

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

 

News:

Clark Food & Wine Co.: A couple of weeks ago the newest addition to the Lower Greenville restaurant scene opened its doors in the space formerly occupied by Billiard Bar. Expect shared plates, smoked meats, flatbreads, four rotating wines on tap and much more.

 

DFW International Airport: Two days ago DFW International was ranked the #1 airport in the US for food and drink by Thrillist.

 

Fresh Market: The North-Carolina based gourmet grocery store will open its doors in East Dallas on December 3. Expect a quaint, well-organized atmosphere, chef-prepared foods case, high-end cheeses and meats, and a hint of something sugary alongside many of your favorite brands. This is the first of four DFW locations. Southlake Park Village, Turtle Creek Village, and WestBend shopping center in Fort Worth also have stores coming soon.

 

Magnolia Cheese Co.: The Fort Worth cheese shop has closed its doors with plans to reopen as a neighborhood market in early 2015 under a new name, “Magnolia Market & Cheese Company.”

 

Neighborhood Services: The Lovers Lane-favorite now has a branch in Addison and Village on the Parkway.

 

Pat’s & Mike’s: Yesterday the original owner of Snuffer’s, Pat Snuffer, opened a new restaurant at Preston and Frankford. In addition to tasty burgers, you can also expect to find stone oven baked pizzas, roast brisket, stuffed baked potatoes and more.

 

Thanksgiving Pre-Order: Check this list for the best places from which to order your Thanksgiving meals. And, if you feel like dining out, there are options for that, too.

 

Image via The Joule

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

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

 

Wednesday, Oct. 22:

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

 

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

 

Thursday, Oct. 23:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Friday, Oct. 24:

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

 

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

 

Saturday Oct. 25:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sunday, Oct. 26:

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

 

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

 

Monday, Oct. 27:

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

 

News:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Image via Chefs for Farmers Facebook

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

Good luck choosing between all of the awesome food & drink events this week, because the calendar is packed! From a dinner served by a Cowboys running back to free guacamole to a bourbon and brisket festival, there’s an event to satisfy every craving. Plus, don’t miss out on the latest restaurant openings, closings, and change ups.

 

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

 

Tuesdays at The Mansion: Tonight, Tuesday, September 16, the Mansion’s weekly event will feature Legacy whiskey and live music by the Phil Pritchett Duo.

 

Mexican Independence Day Celebrations: Komali is celebrating tonight with a tequila tasting and authentic Mexican street food cooked outside the restaurant by chef Julio Peraza. San Salvaje and chef Stephan Pyles are celebrating with a special menu that includes pozole rojo stew with pork chicharrones among other speciality dishes and tequila cocktails.

 

Free Guacamole at Iron Cactus: In celebration of National Guacamole Day, Iron Cactus will have free tableside guacamole tonight when you show a picture of guacamole from their Facebook page (link). Limit 1 per table at all locations during lunch and dinner.

 

Wine Chat with Michael Flynn: The former Wine Director at the Mansion and three-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation will host one of his famous Wine Chats tonight at Veritas.

 

Addison Oktoberfest: From tonight to Sunday, Sept. 21, you can go all out German at Addison Circle Park. For four days, there will be German entertainers, yodeling, sausage, sauerkraut, and beer to fulfill all your Oktoberfest dreams. Thursday and Friday, the festival begins at 6pm, but on Saturday and Sunday you can start the fun at noon.

 

Cheese 101: Scardello is hosting a basics class on Wednesday, Sept. 17, that will teach you everything you need to know. From how it’s made to distinguishing between different flavors, you’ll leave the event with a new found appreciation for cheese.

 

Dallas Salsa Fest: Saturday, Sept. 20, join in the celebration of “one of Texas’ greatest contributions to the world of food: chips and salsa.” Deep Ellum Outdoor Market will be filled with live music, local beer, and local vendors as you taste your way through and vote for your favorite salsa in Dallas.

 

2nd Annual Beer, Bourbon, and Brisket Festival: If that’s not a triple threat, we don’t know what is. Head to Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on Saturday for tasty food, and drink alongside live music.

 

The Great Texas Food Truck Rally: Sunday, Reverchon Park will host all of Dallas’ most delicious food trucks for a day of local food, live music, and a beer garden with all proceeds going to Executives in Action.

 

Pop Up Pork Dinner: Sunday, Lucia sous chefs Justin Holt and Mike Gibson will host their second pork-centric dinner at Oak Cliff Social Club. $20 gets you roasted whole Ossabaw hog and fresh sausage with sides and beer.

 

Dinner at Home with Phil Romano: For $500 you can join select guests for hors d’oeuvres and a six-course meal at Phil Romano’s home on Sunday. The meal will be prepared by the chefs at Nick and Sam’s and 3015 @ Trinity Groves, Samir Dhurandhar and Sharon Van Meter.

 

Celebrity Waiter Night: If you love the Cowboys and great food, head to Ocean Prime on Monday, Sept. 22 and have your food served to you by Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and his teammates. This is the second annual event presented by Albertsons and includes a three course dinner, wine, and a live auction. Proceeds will benefit the DeMarco Murray Foundation, which supports Dallas children in need.

 

News:

Cake Bar: 16 kinds of cake, quick breads, cookies, and ice cream will be available at Trinity Grove’s newest desert bar and retail shop, which opens on Thursday, Sept. 18. The business is owned an operated by Tracy German, a home cook whose decadent creations caught on like wildfire and could no longer be contained to her kitchen.

 

East Hampton Sandwich Co. in Fort Worth: After two years in Dallas, the popular sandwich shop is celebrating by opening its newest location in Fort Worth today. After success in the Park Cities and Plano, the third location will be at 1605 S. University Drive.

 

Eater’s 38 Essential Dallas Restaurant Recommendations: The quarterly recommendations are in.

 

Kitchen LTO Winners: Blythe Beck will be the next chef to take over at Kitchen LTO come October. She’s made a career for herself at the Mansion and as an apprentice to Dean Fearing. Artist Salma Gottfried will change up the restaurants interior with her abstract architectural visual interpretations.

 

Park Tavern Closing: Yesterday, the restaurant located in the Shops at Park Lane closed.

 

Viet Bites: Last week the second location of this Vietnamese favorite opened in Denton. Their unique menu includes chicken and pork dishes shaved right off their vertical rotisserie broilers.

 

Image via Visit Addison Facebook page

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

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

 

Events:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

News:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

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

 

Events:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

News:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Photo via Hibiscus Facebook