St. Patrick's Day week is upon us, so brace yourself for green-themed everything. That said, we've uncovered some food and drink events that steer clear of the holiday all together, including a day-long Dallas winery tour, a beer and cheese pairing, and a visit from a hot Austin chef. It's going to be a tasty week.
Tuesday, March 11
European Wine and Seafood Dinner at Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill
Sea Breeze has partnered with World Wine Discoveries, a boutique importer of small-production European wines, for a five-course dinner featuring four seafood dishes and dessert. The event starts at 6:30 pm and costs $65 per person, including wine pairings. For reservations call 972-473-2722.
North Texas Food Bank Benefit at Chipotle
Chipotle regulars can do a good deed when they order their favorite burritos this Tuesday. From 10 am-11 pm, all 54 Dallas-Fort Worth area Chipotle restaurants are hosting a fundraiser to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. All diners have to do is mention North Texas Food Bank when they place their orders, and 50 percent of the proceeds up to $10,000 help fund the North Texas Food Bank's "ReThink Hunger" campaign. Find a Chipotle near you on the chain's website.
Wednesday, March 12
Croissant Workshop at Sur la Table
In this intensive, three-hour class, learn step-by-step techniques for making buttery and flaky croissants. Prepare a dough block (detrempe); a butter block (beurrage); and learn how to turn, fold and shape dough. Once you have a perfect batch of dough, instructor Katie Morgan shows you how to develop it into sweet and savory pastries. Class starts at 1 pm, and the cost is $69 per person. You can reserve your spot online.
Thursday, March 13
Stone Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Flying Saucer
Flying Saucer in Addison hosts a four-course beer dinner with pairings from Stone Brewing Co. Courses include peach and tomato Caprese salad, beef tamales, duck breast with ratatouille, and a flourless chocolate cake with dark chocolate-espresso icing. The dinner begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $60. Call 972-991-7093 for reservations.
Red-Headed Cheese and Beer at Scardello
Enjoy savory washed-rind cheeses — an assertive and sometimes misunderstood group — paired with some of Scardello's favorite beers. It's going down at 7 pm and costs $35 per person. You can buy your ticket on the website. If the class is sold out, call 214-219-1300 to get on the waitlist.
Saturday, March 15
Dallas Wine Trail Grand Tasting
In this day-long (11 am-5 pm) tour, visit four Dallas wineries — Calais, Fuqua, Inwood Estates and Times Ten Cellars — at your leisure, where you can taste the wines and mingle with the winemakers. The $49 price tag includes three tastes and pairings at each stop, a bottle from Inwood Estates, and a crystal Dallas Wine Trail glass. Starting point is either Fuqua or Times Ten Cellars, and tickets can be purchased online.
Monday, March 17
Guest Chef Bryce Gilmore at FT33
As part of its guest chef series, Bryce Gilmore from Austin favorite Barley Swine gets behind the line at FT33 in the Dallas Design District. Gilmore shows off his culinary chops in an eight-course menu featuring local ingredients. Cost is $105 per person, plus additional $55 for wine pairings. Reservations are required, and seating is limited.