This Week in Gluttony

Charitable pastry pop-up shop tops best food and drink events in DFW

Charitable pastry pop-up shop tops best food and drink events in DFW

Dallas pastry chef Laurel Wimberg
AF+B's Laurel Wimberg is the star of the Empire Baking Company's pop-up pastry bake sale on August 23. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Main Street Garden
This place will be covered in sausage on August 23. Photo courtesy of Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs
Design your own hot dog at Samson's "Show Us Your Wiener" contest on August 22, and it could be added to the menu. Photo courtesy of Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs
III Forks, scallops, asparagus, October 2012
Seared scallops are on the menu during a special dinner at III Forks on August 22. III Forks Houston/Facebook
Dallas pastry chef Laurel Wimberg
Main Street Garden
Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs
III Forks, scallops, asparagus, October 2012

If you didn't get reservations last week, you still have time to experience DFW Restaurant Week. If you've moved on, there are plenty of satisfying events in the next few days, from a downtown sausage fest to a pop-up pastry sale for a good cause.

Dig in.

Wednesday, August 20

Craft Beer Dinner at Chill Bar Grapevine
Sip on brews from Grapevine Craft Brewery while noshing on dishes such as lettuce leaf topped with hummus and grilled shrimp, craft beer BBQ brisket sliders with fried onion shoestrings, marinated steak stuffed with sausage served on a bed of wild rice, and a Sir Williams Brown Ale float. Tickets cost $35, which includes food, beer and live music. Reserve your spot by calling 817-310-6610 or emailing The event starts at 6:30 pm.

Greek Night at Urban Acres Farmstead
In this demonstration class, chef Nicole Gossling teaches students how to make a classic Greek salad, chicken souvlaki gyros with fresh tzatziki sauce, and halva (a traditional Mediterranean semolina dessert). All recipes are included in a take-home packet. The event runs from 6:30-9 pm and costs $65 per person. Reserve your seats online.

Friday, August 22

"Show Us Your Wiener" at Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs
Get your mind out of the gutter, dirty birds. This party kicks off the "Show Us Your Wiener" contest. For $5, attendees can build and name their own dogs and take pictures of them, to be posted on the Samson's Facebook page for a week. The photo with the most likes will be added to the menu, and the winner gets a free dog a month for a year. Even if you don't want to participate in the contest, there are still sangria, beer and wine specials. The fun starts at 7 pm.

National Wine Release Dinner at III Forks
III Forks presents an exclusive wine dinner featuring special guest Agustin Francisco Huneeus of Quintessa. The menu includes seared diver scallops, rabbit confit pot pie, grilled USDA Prime strip loin and death by chocolate dessert. Happy hour starts at 6:30 pm; dinner starts at 7. Seats are $145 a pop. Call 972- 267-1776 for reservations.

Saturday, August 23

Sausage Fest at Main Street Garden
Head to Main Street Garden to get your sausage fix. In addition to eating more meat than you ever thought imaginable, there is an endless supply of cold adult frosties, the obligatory hot-bod bikini contest and sausage games for prizes. Sausage Fest also features music from DJ Melissa Richey, Guns for Roses, Sam Lao and Rhymin-n-Stealin. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

Pop-Up Pastry Bake Sale at Empire Baking Company
This pastry chef showcase gives the public a chance to meet the people behind the desserts. This pop-up features CultureMap Tastemaker Award nominee Laurel Wimberg from AF+B. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the beneficiary selected by the chef, and Wimberg's charity of choice is Duck Team 6. The event lasts from 10 am-2 pm.

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