January was a long month, but we made it. Now you get to use the work week to prep for this epic weekend of indulging around Dallas. Which event has you licking your lips? There are gatherings for drinkers of bourbon or craft beer, cooking classes, and one meaty feast. Bet you can't pick just one.
Friday, February 7
Garrison Bros. Bourbon & Cigar Night at Cool River Cafe
On the first Friday of each month, join fellow bourbon sippers and cigar smokers in the restaurant's lounge for premium pours from Garrison Bros. Distillery and hand-passed hors d'oeurves. Attendees also receive a complimentary hand-rolled cigar from master cigar roller Mario Almanza. Tickets are $35 and the event starts at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, February 8
February Cooking Class at Asian Mint Inwood Village
Award-winning chef and restaurant owner Nikky Phinyawatana will host a cooking class to give Asian Mint fans a chance to learn how to cook favorite menu items. Think Tom Kha, Tom Yum, and fried rice. Recipes can also be made gluten free and/or vegan, if needed. Tickets are $40 and the cooking starts at 10:30 am.
Community BBQ at Nasher Sculpture Center
The 2020 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz, with help from Dallas-based Break Bread Break Borders, will cook traditional Iraqi dishes and Texas barbecue at this lunchtime celebration that includes live music and dancing. Admission is free with registration, and the event kicks off at 11 am.
Sunday, February 9
Cochon555 at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
Perhaps the most unique food and wine event of the year returns to Dallas for its first stop on the 2020 tour with an all-inclusive feast featuring whole animal cooking. This year’s competing chefs — including Lance McWhorter (Culture ETX), Rich Vana (The Heritage Table), Andrea Shackelford (Harvest Seasonal Kitchen), Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman (José), and Christof Syré (LAW Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas) — each receive a heritage breed pig, sustainably sourced, and create up to six dishes for the competition. Attendees also will bet to snack on bites and beverages during the competition. This event benefits Texas' Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, which supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. Tickets start at $125, and the event kicks off at 4 pm.
Stay The Course Pairdiné at Meddlesome Moth
Peticolas Brewing and Real Ale Brewing are joining forces for an epic beer dinner with delicious cuisine by chef Suki Otsuki. Michael Peticolas and Brad Farbstein, founders of both breweries, will be on hand to lead attendees through the five-course meal. Tickets are $65, and the evening starts at 5 pm.