It’s the first week of spring, and you can celebrate with beer, cheese, and a little March Madness. And no week goes by without a wine dinner or two.
Tuesday, March 22
March Madness at the Omni Dallas Owner’s Box
Most NCAA brackets are busted by now, but you can redeem yourself with this mega sport bar’s Green 16 challenge. It’s free to enter, and if you have a perfect bracket, you can score $10,000. Fans can also show their confirmation email to their Owner’s Box server for free chips and queso with purchase of an entree. You have until midnight on Wednesday to enter.
Wednesday, March 23
Extra Credit with Scardello Cheese at Dallas Farmers Market
From Wednesday, March 23, to Friday, March 25, between 5-6 pm, enjoy a casual tasting experience featuring two wines, four cheeses, and two accompaniments. This week’s featured producer is Rogue Creamery, so expect beautiful blues and lots of cheddar. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the tasting. Your online ticket is good for any of the days.
Thursday, March 24
Weather Pinot 2014 Wine Premiere at Savor Gastropub
Savor Gastropub is partnering with Dallas band Jackopierce and California-based JW Thomas Wines to host a premier event showcasing the collection’s newest Weather Pinot 2014 wine. Guests learn how Weather Pinot is made, get the inside scoop on wine trends such as kegging, and enjoy small bites (and wine, of course). The event features an acoustic performance from Cary Pierce of Jackopierce. It is free to attend and starts at 5 pm. For more info or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 26
The Bake Sale at Local Press + Brew
The fifth iteration of this bake sale includes edibles such as chocolate chip oat and nut cookies, Easter bread, grapefruit hazelnut tarts, kolaches, as well as floral arrangements from Nicole Broadhurts, wire sculpture and jewelry from Max Rasor, Jim’s Jamz, and Deep Soaps. The event runs from 9 am until 2 pm.
Local Brews Local Grooves at House of Blue Dallas
Kick start spring with this fun, all-day festival featuring Texas breweries, bands, and food. Participating brewers include 3 Nations Brewing Co., Backcountry Brewery, Cedar Creek Brewery, Lakewood Brewing Co., and many more. Featured foods include a sloppy tot bar, mac-and-cheese cheese station, and oyster po’boys. Tickets start at $14, and doors open at 3 pm for VIP and 4 pm for general admission.
Vegan Pop-up Market at Union Coffee
Founded by the people behind Compassionate Collective Co., V Market is the area’s first all-vegan pop-up market. Confirmed vendors include Christy Robinson Designs, Compassion Company, Cykochik, Fab & Jas Fully Fit, Good Temptations, Hearth & Hovel, Noshhi, Sugar Monkey Bakery, and more. The market runs from 11 am to 5 pm.
Monday, March 28
Kobalt Wine Dinner at Dragonfly
Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with wine from Napa’s Kobalt Winery. The cost is $150 per person, and dinner starts at 7 pm. Reserve your spot by calling 214-550-9500.
Pinot Noir Wine Dinner and Cooking Class at Canary By Gorji
The Addison restaurant celebrates 13 years with a three-course steak dinner and big Pinot Noirs from Oregon and the Russian River Valley. Shasha Beard, certified sommelier with Pioneer Wines, discusses the characteristics of the selected wines. Courses include grilled, chilled avocado with Texas chili and yogurt; smoked salmon and arugula salad; and Prime petite beef tenderloin with gnocchi gorgonzola and grilled vegetables. Cost is $110 per person, and dinner starts at 6 pm. Call 972-503-7080 for reservations.