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Chinese New Year celebrations top best food and drink events in Dallas

Chinese New Year celebrations top best food and drink events in Dallas

Get your dumpling fix at Five Sixty beginning January 31 to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Photo courtesy of Pixabay
Joel Salatin
Farmer and author Joel Salatin leads the second annual Steward's Dinner at Urban Acres on January 28.  Photo by Rachel Salatin Photography
Get your chili fix at Holy Grail Pub on January 31 and February 1 at the third annual Chili-pa-looza.  Photo by Luca Nebuloni/Flickr
Joel Salatin

The Super Bowl is this weekend, so everything else is largely irrelevant. But bosses sometimes disagree with that sentiment, so here are five foodie things to do this week that are not Super Bowl related. We should mention there are two different Chinese New Year events, because dumplings should be served with every meal — even Super Bowl parties.

There’s also a pretty fresh dinner going on at Urban Acres in which a lot of notable Dallas chefs are making their favorite dishes. You might taste these dishes and experience a revelation because fresh, local ingredients are awesome, especially at a Super Bowl party.

Holy Grail Pub in Plano hosts a two-day Chili-pa-looza, and chili is always excellent, so maybe go and take notes on the kind of chili you might like to prepare on Sunday for your Super Bowl party.

Super Bowl? Super Bowl.

Tuesday, January 28

Second Annual Steward’s Dinner at Urban Acres
Urban Acres hosts farmer Joel Salatin and a stable of local chefs for its second annual Steward’s Dinner beginning at 7 pm. The indoor fair features small plates prepared by Dallas chefs Graham Dodds, Chad Houser, Matt McCallister and more, as well as live music, activities and open bar. Tickets are $90 and can be purchased online. 

Wednesday, January 29

Frog's Leap Wine Dinner at Olenjack's Grille
Olenjack’s teams up with Frog’s Leap Winery for a four-course wine dinner beginning at 7 pm. Pairings include grilled Texas shrimp with cilantro, lime and peanuts with 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford-Napa Valley, as well as pork paillard with acorn squash, red onions, basil and roasted beet with 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. Reservations are $70 and can be made at 817-226-2600.

Friday, January 31

Chinese New Year Menu at Five Sixty
Celebrate the “Year of the Horse” at Five Sixty beginning January 31 as Wolfgang Puck and company introduces a five-course tasting menu during the Chinese New Year. Courses include horse mackerel tartare, Chinese New Year dumplings, whole roasted quail, Wagyu NY strip and Maine lobster, and Chinese New Year tangerine cake and house-made fortune cookies. The tasting menu is $135, and there is an optional wine pairing for $50. Reservations can be made at 214-741-5560. The tasting menu is available through February 13.

Third Annual Chili-pa-looza at Holy Grail Pub
Holy Grail Pub hosts its third annual Chili-pa-looza on January 31 and February 1. The house-made chilis include smoked brisket, green chile chicken, white turkey hominy and vegetarian three bean. Each bowl is $9, or you can order a flight of all four for $15. The looza goes from open to close both days and doesn’t require a reservation.

Saturday, February 1

Date Night: Chinese New Year at Sur La Table
Sur La Table teaches you and a date how to create classic Chinese New Year plates, including pork and ginger dumplings with sesame-soy dipping sauce, Chinese barbecue pork tenderloin with sautéed bok choy, Kung Pao shrimp, and green tea fortune cookies. The class begins at 5 pm and costs $79 per person. Spots can be reserved online.