We’ve been waiting a whole year for our annual Tastemaker Awards finale to return, and it’s finally here. But if you insist on going elsewhere for your weekly dose of beer, wine and creative cuisine, there’s a whole host of events to satisfy your cravings.
Wednesday, May 13
Oak Cliff Cellars Wine Dinner at Twenty Seven
Chef DAT prepares a five-course meal paired with Oak Cliff Cellars wine. Courses include crudo of sea scallop, lobster relleno soup, brisket of cabrito and more. There is a 6:30 pm reception followed by dinner at 7. The cost is $85 per person.
Trinchero Wine Tasting at Whole Foods Preston Forest
Experience Napa at this unique tasting with Whole Foods wine specialist Max Johnson and the head winemaker of Trinchero Family Estates, Mario Montecelli. Sample and learn about the wines and take home a signed bottle from Montecelli. The free event starts at 7 pm, but you must register here.
Thursday, May 14
CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards at Empire Room
This one-of-a-kind event features great food, specialty cocktails, beer, music and more. Nosh on delicious cuisine from Cane Rosso, Crushcraft Thai Street Eats, The Grape, Henry’s Majestic, Luscher’s Red Hots and more, while Bartender of the Year nominees mix up Herradura specialty cocktails. The fun starts at 7 pm, and tickets start at $35. Proceeds from the evening benefit Cafe Momentum.
Humane Hearts Happy Hour
Join actress Christine Elise McCarthy (Beverly Hills 90210, ER) in a happy hour nosh honoring Ethan Brown, Los Angeles CEO of Beyond Meat. Chef John Mercer (Whole Foods) will whip up dishes from McCarthy's "Delightful Delicious Delovely" blog such as lemon-garlic "chicken" and satay with peanut sauce. Reverie Bakeshop will add gluten- and dairy-free truffles and cake balls, and there'll be a bar with signature cocktails and beer from Texas' Real Ale Brewing. The party begins at 7 pm at The Quixotic World in Deep Ellum, and tickets start at $50.
Friday, May 16
March of Wines Gala & Auction at Times Ten Cellars
Enjoy a wine tasting, a silent auction and raffle, dinner, live music, and more — all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit Team Running for Aidan, March of Dimes Dallas, Children’s Medical Center and Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. The event kicks off at 7 pm, and tickets start at $50.
Friday, May 15
Addison Fork & Cork at Addison Circle Park
This two-day event brings together celebrated chefs, craft breweries, wineries and spirit makers. Guests enjoy fun activities, music and exciting experiences, including fire-pit cooking tastings with Tim Byres; libation making led by Eddie “Lucky” Campbell; and cooking demonstrations from chefs such as John Tesar, Richard Chamberlain and more. The Gin Blossoms are providing the entertainment. Gates open at 6 pm on Friday and at noon on Saturday. Tickets start at $15.
Main Street Fest at Historic Downtown Grapevine
Head out to this craft brew experience coinciding with the 31st annual American Craft Beer Week. Enjoy craft beer tastings, the exciting TapTalk Brewmaster Discussion series, pre-festival craft brew and dining experiences, fruit off of vine at the Texas Wine Terrace, and live music on five stages. Gates open at 10 am on Friday and Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. Tickets start at $7.
Sunday, May 17
Sunday Cinema Series at Knife
This new culinary-themed film program debuts with a screening of Chef on the outdoor patio. Guests can enjoy gourmet bites by chef John Tesar and craft beer from Four Corners Brewing Company. Tesar and Lee Papert, president and CEO of the Dallas Film Society and executive director of the Dallas International Film Festival, speak prior to the film about its impact on the restaurant industry. Tickets are $35 and benefit the Dallas Film Society. Call 214-443-9339 to reserve your spot.