This Week in Gluttony

DIFFA Burgers & Burgundy with John Tesar tops best food and drink events in Dallas

DIFFA Burgers & Burgundy with John Tesar tops best Dallas food events

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DIFFA's Burgers & Burgundy on September 29 features sliders made by John Tesar and his celebrity chefs.  Photo by William Bichara
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Pappa Bros. hosts Joseph Phelps Vineyards for a four-course wine dinner September 26.  Joseph Phelps Vineyards/Facebook
Baklava from Greek Food Festival of Dallas
The Greek Food Festival is a three-day party devoted to baklava and more.  Greek Food Festival of Dallas/Facebook
John Tesar of Spoon restaurant in Dallas
John Tesar hosts Burgers & Burgundy benefiting DIFFA. Photo by Jerry McClure
Raw chocolate cheesecake at Be Raw Food & Juice in Dallas
Be Raw Food and Juice teaches you how to create raw cheesecake on September 29.  Photo by Melisa Ambers
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Baklava from Greek Food Festival of Dallas
John Tesar of Spoon restaurant in Dallas
Raw chocolate cheesecake at Be Raw Food & Juice in Dallas

This Week in Gluttony is front-loaded with wine dinners. Four-course wine dinners to be exact, because it’s important to have three square meals a day, and the number four is a perfect square and the square root of a perfect square and there are four sides to a square. Wake up, sheeple, the answer is right under your noses.

There’s also the Greek Food Festival, a lesson on how to make raw cheesecake (on purpose), and John Tesar and company creating burgers for DIFFA. For $20 extra, Tesar will yell at you after dessert.

Wednesday, September 25

Asador’s Fall Harvest Dinner
Chefs Dean James Max and Brad Phillips host a four-course dinner at Asador beginning at 6:30 pm. Dishes include scallop ceviche with tostones, and house-smoked spare ribs with Kimchi barbecue sauce and grilled Texas peach. Wine and cocktail pairings are featured. Reservations are $50 and can be made at 214-267-4815.

Thursday, September 26

Clayhouse Vineyard Wine Dinner at the Landmark
The Landmark Restaurant at the Warwick Melrose hotel invites Clayhouse Vineyard for a four-course wine dinner beginning with a reception at 6:30 pm. Pairings include seared ahi tuna with arugula, lychee vinaigrette and kiwi with 2011 Clayhouse Adobe White, and veal osso buco with red wine reduction, smashed potatoes and green beans with 2010 Clayhouse Syrah. Reservations are $85 and can be made at 214-224-3152.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Wine Dinner at Pappas Bros.
Bill Phelps of Joseph Phelps Vineyards hosts a four-course wine dinner at Pappas Bros. beginning at 7 pm. Pairings include warm duck terrine with foie gras, salad of wild mushrooms and vinaigrette with 2010 Joseph Phelps Pastorale Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2010 Joseph Phelps Quarter Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir. The main pairing is roasted dry-aged Prime strip loin with sauce zingara, mousseline potatoes and broccolini with 2005 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Insignia and 2001 Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. Reservations are $195 and can be made at 214-366-2000.

Friday, September 27

2013 Greek Food Festival of Dallas
The Greek Food Festival of Dallas, hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, lets you enjoy all your favorite Greek foods, discover new ones and take part in a number of other Greek traditions. There are no imposters here — food comes directly from the festival kitchen, supported by live music, dance, a kids area and a marketplace with a wide range of Greek wares. You can also tour the church and visit the Greek Cultural Center and church bookstore. Tickets are $6 for 13 and up.

Sunday, September 29

Be Raw Food Cheesecake Class
Be Raw Food and Juice hosts a Raw Food 101 class highlighting cheesecake from 5 to 7 pm. The class features discussion on science and benefits of a raw food lifestyle plus demonstrations for Be Raw’s chocolate and berry cheesecakes. Spots are $50 and include cheesecake tastings. RSVP at paula@BeRawFoodandJuice.com.

DIFFA/Dallas presents Burgers & Burgundy with John Tesar
Join chef John Tesar and his celebrity chefs at the home of Bill and Karen Seanor at 4 pm for the fifth annual Burgers & Burgundy event benefiting the Dallas Chapter of DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS). Each chef has been tasked with the challenge to serve up the best burger sliders and complement them with a Burgundy. Tickets are $100 or $150 for VIP, which includes a private bar, butler service and an exclusive seating area.