Texas winters are a study in instability. The ice storm of early December and the recent Polar Vortex have given way to downright hospitable conditions perfect for New Year’s resolution-makers to clog up jogging lanes across the city.
Yet we know this won’t last, because in a week or two, it will probably be back down into the 20s and 30s, and people will scramble to the dry cleaners because they got cocky and didn’t bother to get their Merino wool sweaters cleaned during the window of bliss.
Anyway, This Week in Gluttony is quite fond of Community Beer Company, as the brewery takes part in a beer dinner on Friday and then celebrates its one-year anniversary on Saturday. If that’s not your style, there’s another, totally different beer dinner; an underground dinner featuring foods from White Rock Local Market; and a dinner at the Wine Poste via Kent Rathbun. Yes, that’s a lot of dinners.
Take your sweaters to the dry cleaners first, though.
Tuesday, January 14
Boxwood Beer Dinner with Rahr & Sons
Boxwood Tap + Grill teams up with Rahr & Sons for a four-course beer dinner beginning at 7 pm. Pairings include candied pork belly salad with frisee, arugula, red potatoes, spiced almonds and roasted tomato vinaigrette with Rahr Blonde, and duo of beef with tartare, truffle and quail egg short ribs and crispy mushrooms with Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer. Reservations are $55 and can be made at 214-220-2901.
Wednesday, January 15
Chef DAT Underground Dinner featuring White Rock Local Market
Chef DAT uses foods from White Rock Local Market for a six-course underground dinner in Lakewood beginning at 7 pm. Courses include Kitchen Pride mushroom soup with black truffle and Eagle Mountain Gouda, as well as 24-hour braised JUHA Ranch pork shoulder with Grapevine Grains bean puree and toasted quinoa. Seats are $70 and can be purchased by emailing email@example.com. Diners can also make additional donations to White Rock Local Market.
Thursday, January 16
Kent Rathbun Dinner at the Wine Poste
Kent Rathbun and the Wine Poste join forces for a five-course wine dinner beginning with a champagne reception at 7 pm. Courses include chickory and mizuna salad with candy striped beets, warm goat cheese and almond-tarragon vinaigrette paired with a 2009 Cantina Terlan “Porphyr,” and red wine-braised veal cheeks with butternut squash risotto, pan-roasted Brussels sprouts and blackberry-veal jus paired with a 2001 CVNE Grand Reserve Rioja. Reservations are $125 and can be made at 214-272-3221.
Friday, January 17
Community Beer Dinner at Cook Hall
Cook Hall hosts Community Beer Company for a six-course beer dinner beginning at 7 pm. Pairings include grilled snapper with beet marmalade paired with Mosaic IPA; black truffle cheese fritters paired with Inspiration Ale; and veal chop with celeriac, smoked bacon and quince mustard paired with Trinity Tripel. Reservations are $55 and can be made at 214-397-4111.
Saturday, January 18
Community Beer Company's First Anniversary
Community celebrates opening its doors a year ago with a party beginning at 2 pm. The brewery is serving 15 different beers; local band Shotgun Friday provides live entertainment. Each ticket gives guests eight drinking coupons, a commemorative glass and a tour of the brewery. The brewery also just debuted a new tap room for the festivities. Spots are $20 and can be purchased online.