Skip the candy corn and sugar-spiked punches and instead spend your pre-Halloween week indulging in one (or all) of these tasty events. If you insist on dressing up, though, we included a couple where you can do that.
Tuesday, October 25
WhistlePig Whiskey Dinner at The Grape
As part of its 44th anniversary celebration, this iconic Greenville Avenue restaurant is collaborating with WhistlePig Farm in Vermont for a night of farm-to-table cuisine and whiskey. Hosted by Doug Ward of WhistlePig Whiskey, chef Brian Luscher will create four courses to complement this unique, aged spirit. Dinner is $95 a person and starts at 6:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 214-828-1981.
Thursday, October 27
Beats & Eats with Chef Chad Houser and Texas Gentlemen at Granada Theater
This new series showcases the talents of Dallas’ best chefs and musicians with dinner and a concert. Next up: chef Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum and the Texas Gentlemen, who blend their talents for a one-night collaboration. Courses include smoked carrot soup, pork osso buco with hominy hash, sweet potato pudding, and more. Tickets are $85, and the doors open at 7 pm. The show starts at 8.
Belgium-inspired Beer Dinner at Salum
For the first time, Abraham Salum is hosting a beer dinner in honor of his favorite European cooking styles and flavors. The evening features dishes and beer that celebrate Salum's time spent living in Belgium. Courses include mussels in blanche beers, boudin noir (blood sausage) and stoemp of Brussels sprouts, cocotte of pasture chicken in mustard sauce, carbonnade of beef à la glaze, and mousse au chocolate with homemade speculoos. Dinner is $65 a person and starts at 7 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 214-252-9604.
Shiner Beer Dinner at Stampede 66
Stephan Pyles hosts this Texas-centric evening and welcomes special guest and brewmaster Jimmy Mauric. Courses include fried frog legs, glazed pork belly, and rocky road coulant paired with Shiner White Wing, Shiner Ocktoberfest, and Shiner Black Lager. Dinner is $65 a person and starts with a reception at 6:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 214-550-6966.
Somm Wars at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
This is an all-out battle for bragging rights between three of Del Frisco's finest female sommeliers. This finale is the results of competitions in three cities and features finalists selecting wines to complement each dish of a fabulous four-course meal. You and a panelist of wine experts score each pairing and decide on a winner. This event is $225 a person and begins at 7 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 817-877-3999.
Friday, October 28
Halloween Family Night at Oak Highland Brewery
Suit up your family in their best costumes and head to Lake Highlands' favorite brewery for a little Halloween fun. Expect food trucks from Bella Trino's Neapolitan Pizzeria and Resident Taqueria, Hotel Transylvania playing on the projector, free house-made soda, beer, lawn games, face painting, and more. This event is free to attend and starts at 5 pm, however, beer tokens are $5.
Saturday, October 29
Steinfest at Downtown Plano
Head north for this Oktoberfest-style event that includes the finest beer, German-inspired cuisine, live music, an artist village of craftsman and makers, a wiener dog fashion show, keg bowling, a kid’s zone, and a VIP beer garden. Admission is free, but there is a $40 VIP option that gets you food and drink coupons, T-shirts, access to a private bar, and more. Events start at 10 am.
Monday, October 31
Halloween Party for a Cause at Victor Tangos
Victor Tangos is teaming up with Brian Floyd’s Barman’s Fund and 10 of the city’s best bartenders to raise money for Dallas CASA. In addition to guest bartenders, the evening features drink specials, half-off all food for industry members, DJ Bryan C, costume prizes, and more. Guest bartenders include Brian McCullough of the Standard Pour, Mate Hartai of Remedy/HG Supply Co., Zach Smigiel of Midnight Rambler, Corey Howe of Doublewide, and more. The fun kicks off at 7 pm.