This week is all about tacos and tequila due to a certain Mexican holiday. In addition to Cinco de Mayo, there are also some wine dinners sprinkled throughout the week, and Whole Foods is teaching us how to make our favorite seasonal beverages.
Here are the top food and drink events in Dallas:
Tuesday, May 3
Seasonal Beverage Making Class at Whole Foods Highland Park
Texas-based author Kate Payne is teaching a hands-on workshop for crafting seasonal beverages. Everyday ingredients are used to make a mint syrup, a blackberry mint shrub, a stone fruit liqueur, and a mixed fruit hibiscus herbal wine. Participants sip a few infusions in-class and will start their own shrubs with seasonal fruit to finish at home. Tickets are $22, and the class starts at 6:30 pm.
Château Palmer Wine Dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Château Palmer has been celebrated as one of the great wines of Bordeaux since the mid-1800s and here will be perfectly paired with Pappas cuisine. Courses include pan roasted breast of squab, rack of lamb, dry-aged strip loin, and cherry crumble. Price is $225, and the dinner starts at 7 pm. Call 214-366-2000 for reservations.
Wednesday, May 4
Cuatro de Mayo Party at Stampede 66
This festive night extends happy hour to 11 pm and includes a live mariachi band. Hornito’s specialty cocktails made with all three tiers of Hornito’s tequila will be served, and the menu features limited-edition nachos made especially for the occasion.
Thursday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo Tequila Dinner at Fearing's
Famed chef José Meza Arróyave of AAA Five Diamond-rated Restaurant Carolina at Mexico’s St. Regis Punta Mita Resort presents a multicourse Mexican fine dining menu paired with premium tequilas from Patrón. Courses include the botana quesadilla, ceviche de pozole verde, carne asada, and arroz con leche. The dinner is $150, and it starts at 6 pm. Make your reservations by calling 214-922-4848.
Murphy-Goode Wine Dinner at Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine
Executive chef Jermaine Brown teams up with California’s Murphy-Goode Winery to host a four-course wine dinner. Courses include jalapeño-marinated shrimp with lemon-grilled asparagus and tarragon sweet corn sauce, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with wild mushroom ragu and smoked onion soubise, wood-grilled beef tenderloin with roasted gold beet risotto and blackberry port gastrique, and bourbon-chocolate pecan pie. Dinner is $75, and it begins at 7 pm. Call 972-422-1519 for reservations.
Other Cinco de Mayo specials include:
- Capitol Pub: Buckets of Modelo Especial and Corona, margaritas, and Herradura tequila shots, along with $6 seasonal cocktails. Food specials include chips and queso, guacamole, shrimp quesadillas, and chicken nachos from $4-$10.
- Cantina Laredo: Live entertainment at all five locations, plus the Verde Infusion ‘Rita and Cinco ‘Ritas for $5.
- Cook Hall: From 4-10 pm, enjoy Texas-style smoked brisket tamale for $6, jalapeño margaritas for $5, and Corona and Dos Equis for $3.
- El Chico: Enjoy new menu items including botanas grande, the taquito taster, poblano chicken, enchiladas suiza, and the relleno and enchilada duo.
- Meso Maya: May 5-8 enjoy the Vitamina C, which is a blend of bold flavors made from El Jimador tequila blanco, mezcal, fresh-squeezed carrot and lime juices, muddled cilantro, and house-made clover syrup.
- Mi Dia From Scratch: $5 margaritas on the rocks or frozen.
- Taqueria La Ventana: Live music and drink specials (like $2 margaritas at Dallas Farmers Market location) at each location.
Friday, May 6
Dallas Wine Opener at 3015 Trinity Groves
Sip great wines poured by international and domestic wineries, all benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Savor great cuisine presented at festive tasting stations, where the area’s trendiest chefs prepare their specialties just for you. Along with delicious foods and wine pairings, guests are treated to a large silent and live auction highlighting wine, cuisine, travel, contemporary art, and gift items, plus music from Downtown Doug. Tickets start at $100, and the event kicks off at 7 pm.