We already provided your Valentine’s Day cheat sheet, but there are more holiday-themed activities prior to February 14. And one cannot forget about the ever-important Fat Tuesday. Dig in.
Fat Tuesday, February 9
Although king cake orders had to be made 24 hours in advance, get your favorite Fat Tuesday sweet treats while they last. Other festive foods include iced sugar cookies, cupcakes, and cake balls.
Chefs Daniele Puleo and Ryan Olmos roast a whole Heritage Berkshire pig from Black Hills Ranch and compete to see who can create the best dish. Each chef is creating two to three dishes using the entire pig for the party. Enjoy music by DJ Menace, and taste the dishes made by each chef along with a buffet of Cajun-inspired sides. Two glasses of specially paired wine are included. Tickets are $60, with proceeds benefiting the Taino Institute. The fun stars at 5 pm.
Expect Cajun food and drink specials all day with Rose & Her Buds performing live at 8 pm. There is no cover.
Flying Saucer on the Lake
Celebrate by the lake with $3 Abita Purple Haze, $5 Abita Andygator, and jambalaya. The event also includes raffles, giveaways, and lots of beads. The party starts at 5 pm; trivia kicks off at 7:30 pm.
Flying Saucer Addison
What better time than Fat Tuesday to throw an Abita release party? The release includes three drafts, one firkin, and bottle releases. Clown Shoes Evil Crawfish is also set to be released. Aside from the booze, the bar is also serving up crawfish po’boys and red beans and rice.
Henderson Tap House
This bar hopes to turn Henderson Avenue into Bourbon Street for the day with its huge crawfish boil offering fish bowls, grenades, hurricanes, and beads. From 10 pm to close there is a live karaoke band.
Celebrate Mardis Gras with $5 Sazeracs and hurricanes, plus food specials. If you participate in the king cake contest, you could win a $50 tab. Call 214-935-1370 for more details.
Thursday, February 11
Valentine’s Cocktail Class at People’s Last Stand
For those curious about how their favorite cocktails are concocted, join the People’s Last Stand for a fun cocktail class. Guests go over the tools of the trade, the best spirits to use, and learn some secret recipes. Tickets are $53.74 and include light appetizers, cocktail demonstrations, and three cocktails. Space is limited to 25 guests.
Friday, February 12
Valentine’s Pop-Up Bakery at The Joule
Get sweets for your sweetie at this hotel lobby pop-up shop featuring a selection of tasty treats baked in-house by the hotel’s executive pastry chef, Ruben Torano. Choose from a selection of bite-sized cookies, truffles, and macarons or shareable tarts, bars, and breads. This special event is going on from 10 am to 2 pm on both Friday, February 12, and Saturday, February 13.
Saturday, February 13
Valentine Chocolate Temptations Tour
Make a sweet escape to some of Dallas’ most delectable chocolate shops, including Kate Weiser Chocolate, Isabelly’s Chocolate and Sweet Treats, and Dude, Sweet Chocolate on this fun tour. Tickets are $30 and include transportation in a private bus, dessert samples, and beverages. The tour starts at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson and lasts from 1-4:15 pm.