This week is especially busy on the culinary scene. With that said, nothing is going to wow you like CultureMap's signature foodie fantasia, our annual Tastemaker Awards (not that we are biased in the least). It's happening at Fashion Industry Gallery on Thursday. Be sure to come hungry.
Tuesday, April 23
Frias Family Wine Dinner at Flora Street Cafe
Hall Arts is getting a special treat with the opportunity to host vintner Fernando Frias of the Frias Family Vineyard — widely regarded as the first bonded Mexican-American winery in Napa Valley. Courses include beet salad, grilled Texas shrimp with saffron risotto, wild boar chop, and blackout cake with tart cherry textures. Tickets are $150, and the dinner begins at 6:30 pm. To reserve your spot, call 214-580-7000.
Wednesday, April 24
Justin Vineyards Wine Dinner at Sixty Vines Plano
Justin Vineyards of Paso Robles, California, is bringing to Plano its wines and the unique stories behind each selection. The tasting includes five wines paired with five courses. Joe Spellman, a master sommelier with more than 23 years of industry experience, will be there to speak about each wine. Tickets start at $80, and the dinner starts at 7 pm. Reserve your spot by calling 469-620-8463.
Thursday, April 25
Culturemap Dallas Tastemaker Awards at Fashion Industry Gallery
It's time to celebrate two of the things we love most — food and drink — by honoring the top restaurant and bar talent in Dallas-Fort Worth at CultureMap's annual Tastemaker Awards. Fashion Industry Gallery will transform into a foodie destination, filled with top local culinary talent, for a swanky tasting event and awards ceremony announcing the winners. General admission tickets are $60 and include valet, food, and three premium beverages. VIP admission is $105 and includes early entry, valet, a dedicated VIP bar, and elevated food pairings.
Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner at The Grape
This month's dinner, themed "wines from the Rhône Valley," features an intimate three-course bistro menu to complement hand-selected wines. Special guests Randi Simpson with Southern Glazers will be on hand to answer any questions that diners may have during their meal. Tickets are $55, and reservations can be made starting at 5:30 pm. To reserve a table, call 214-828-1981.
Monthly Cut at Dallas Chop House
This month's wine dinner allows guests to enjoy a five-course dinner paired with wines from Neyers Vineyards. Courses include crab salad, espresso crusted salmon, roasted pork, marinated flat iron, and a dark chocolate brownie. Tickets are $70, and the meal begins at 6:30 pm.
Sonic Block Party at Truck Yard Dallas
The Sonic chain will create a one-day food truck experience introducing complimentary tastings of two new limited-edition summer items: Ice cream cookie sandwiches made with Sonic ice cream in two varieties, chocolate chip cookies or 3-inch chocolate Oreo cookie wafers; and a slush in a Red Bull flavor. Dallas marks the final destination for the food truck tour. 2-10 pm.
Friday, April 26
Kim Crawford Wine Tasting at Abacus
The Lounge is transforming into a tasting room for New Zealand’s Kim Crawford winery. Guests can sample different wines including the 2018 Kim Crawford Rose, 2017 Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Kim Crawford Chardonnay, and 2017 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir. And of course, guests will be treated to some tasty appetizers to complement the wine selections. Tickets are $30, and the event starts at 5 pm.
Saturday, April 27
Plano Brunch Festival at The District in The Shops at Willow Bend
This inaugural brunch festival and 5K are both dog- and stroller-friendly and benefit Lovepac Plano. Guests can enjoy chef-inspired brunch plates and drinks prepared by Knife, Whistle Britches, Terra Mediterranean, Mexican Bar Co., Ascension, California Pizza Kitchen, Breadwinners Café, Rye Craft Food & Drinks, and Maggiano's. Attendees can also listen to live music, shop from more than 50 local vendors and artisans, play yard games, and partake in a variety of demonstrations. Tickets start at $35, and the events kick off at 8 am.
Pink Party at The Stoneleigh
Who can resist a day of play and rosé? The outdoor garden soiree features rosé and frosé wines and signature cocktails, a Paint and Sip station, Kate Weiser Chocolates pop-up, delicious bites from executive chef Wade Burch of Perle on Maple, and a live DJ. Attire is "garden party best," and pink is preferred. Tickets are $75, and the fun starts at 11 am.
Tacquerias are coming from all over the area (28 total) with taco sampling options ranging from authentic street-style to contemporary. And you can't forget the epic wrestling and live music that make this festival unique. Each taqueria will offer a $2 taco, and there will be plenty of veggie options. Tickets start at $10, and the gates open at 3 pm.
War of the Rosés at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Plano
Guests can enjoy an afternoon of refreshing rosé wines from around the world, alongside chef-inspired hors d'oeuvres and live music. Guests can vote on their favorite from more than 20 premium selections of rosé, and the winner will be offered as part of Del Frisco's by-the-glass program. Tickets are $49, and the event kicks off at 3 pm.
Pups on the Patio at Bitter End
A dog adoption event with DogRRR will take place from noon to 4 pm, and what better way to encourage people to adopt than $1 mimosas and pup-sicles for the furry friends. Additionally, 10 percent of all proceeds during the event are donated to DogRRR.