This week’s food events roundup is booze-heavy, filled with beer, wine and more beer. But alcohol keeps you hydrated, right?
Okay, so it’s not all boozy. Also on the list this week: a date-night Japanese cooking class, a spring dinner and a barbecue battle for charity. How’s that for variety?
Wednesday, April 22
California Wine Tasting at the Dean’s List
Join the Dean’s List for this tasting of six great California red wines from regions such as Sonoma and the Central Coast. It runs 6:30-8:30 pm, and costs only $15 to attend. RSVP is required.
Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Meddlesome Moth
Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione hosts this beer dinner with a TBD menu; however, we do know that you can choose from more than 30 DFH beers on draught. Tickets are $85.
Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux Grand Tasting at The Tower at Cityplace
For one night only, 36 of the best Bordeaux wineries treat Dallasites to an exclusive unveiling of their most prized vintages. Speak to respected winemakers, explore and sample some of the finest wines from that region, and nosh on cheese and charcuterie. The event runs from 6-8 pm. Tickets are $40.
Thursday, April 23
A Celebration of Spring Wine Dinner at Max’s Wine Dive Fort Worth
Chef Stefon Rishel whips up a multicourse meal highlighting spring ingredients. Dishes include crudo of geoduck, asparagus soup, sweetbreads and citrus frozen yogurt. The dinner is $85 per person and begins at 7 pm. Call 817-870-1100 for reservations.
Lakewood Brewing Co. Dinner at Grain
The restaurant at the Park Cities Hilton is getting into the beer-dinner game with this inaugural event featuring Lakewood Brewing. The meal includes four courses — braised quail cake, candied goat cheese salad, espresso and Temptress-braised short ribs, and poached pears — paired with Lakewood beers. Cost is $50 per person, and dinner starts at 6:30 pm. Reservations are required.
Friday, April 24
Big D BBQ Battle at Valley View Center
This foodie throwdown features loads of ’cue, beer from Four Corners Brewing Co. and live music by Hudson Moore. Teams prepare brisket and ribs from Local Yocal Farm to Market to compete for bragging rights for best-tasting barbecue. Tickets costs $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The event kicks off at 5 pm and benefits North Texas Food Bank and Cafe Momentum.
Grapevine Craft Brewery Beer Dinner at Cook Hall
Paired with Grapevine brew is a four-course bounty that includes shrimp, tuna and scallop ceviche; corn-goat cheese soup; spice rub New York strip; and churros with goat’s milk cajeta. Dinner starts at 7 pm and costs $55 per person. Call 214-397-4111 for reservations.
Japanese Cuisine Date Night at Sur la Table
You and your squeeze learn alongside other students as a chef instructor teaches you about ingredients common in Japanese cuisine and what to do with them. You also learn tips and techniques so you can cook restaurant-quality dishes in no time. Cost is $79 per person, and the class runs from 8-10 pm.
Saturday, April 25
Grand Opening Celebration at Texas Ale Project
Come drink with the Texas Ale Project folks as they tap the Fire Ant Funeral, Somethin’ Shady, 50 FT Jackrabbit and Naked Truth. The fun starts with a 2 pm VIP entry; general admission begins at 3, as does Madison King and band. A Texas big hair and mustache competition follows at 4:15 pm; J. Charles and the Train Robbers take the stage at 4:45. Food trucks provide the vittles. Tickets start at $20.