This Week In Gluttony
A barrelful of wine dinners fills this week’s best Dallas food and drink events
Attention, wine-dinner devotees: This week is stacked with an impressive list, including one featuring a famed French maker. Not into wine? No worries. Cider is also on tap, as is the first of this year’s guest chef dinners at one of Dallas’ best restaurants.
Wednesday, February 24
Tour of Italy Wine Dinner at CiboDivino
Chef Daniele Puleo hosts a five-course Giro d’Italia wine dinner featuring pairings that take guests on a tour of Italy’s most beloved regions. Courses include fontina fondue with shaved black truffles, pappardelle in wild boar sauce, roasted pork loin with pearl onions, peaches and gelato, and more. Tickets are $60, and dinner starts at 6 pm.
Thursday, February 25
Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner at The Grape
Chef Sarah Snow prepares a three-course bistro menu to complement selected wines. Special guest host is Jenny Davis of Victory, who speaks to diners about the pairings. Cost is $52 a person, and reservations are recommended, available from 5:30-9 pm. Call 214-828-1981.
Taste of Spain Wine Dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House
The restaurant is launching a series of six pairing dinners nationally, beginning with the Taste of Spain, featuring wines from the Torres family. The pairing menu includes dishes such as Kumato tomato and herbed goat cheese salad; lobster paella with black mussels, chorizo, and peas; sherry barbecue glazed pork tenderloin; filet mignon; and tres leches cake. Tickets are $95, and reservations are required.
Friday, February 26
Château Margaux Wine Dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Guest speaker Aurélien Valance visits from France to speak about the wines and share the story of Château Margaux. For this special event, Pappas Bros. is pouring vintages sourced directly from the chateau that range back to the 1980s. Chef Michael Gaspard prepares a menu to match, with such courses as lightly smoked sturgeon, aged Muscovy duck breasts, dry aged spinalis of rib-eye, and coconut cremeux. Cost is $595 per person, and the dinner begins at 7 pm. This event is sold out, but you can be added to the wait list by calling 214-366-2000.
Saturday, February 27
Bishop Cider Co. Grand Opening at Dallas Design District
Celebrate the new Design District location with some of Dallas’ top bands, food trucks, and four bars with 18 different ciders — including a preview of a cider that Bishop plans to release later this year. Tickets start at $22, and the party starts at noon.
Monday, February 29
Symphony of Chefs at Hyatt Regency Dallas
During this event, renowned area chefs prepare four-course dinners tableside for groups of 10. Participants include Brad Phillips of Asador, Aaron Valimont of Capital Grille, Salvatore Gisellu of Urban Rio, James Pettis of Urban Crust, and many more. Tickets start at $1,000, and all proceeds benefit KidLinks. The night starts with a cocktail reception at 6:30; dinner follows at 7.
2016 Chef Guest Series at FT33
Chef Matt McCallister kicks off a new year of guest chef dinners with Colin Stringer of Oklahoma City’s Nonesuch. Each meal features an eight-course menu with optional wine pairings. Cost is $105 per person, plus an extra $55 for wine. This dinner begins at 7 pm, and reservations can be made by calling 214-741-2629.