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These are the 9 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

These are the 9 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

Two glasses of red wine being poured
Wine dinners dominate this week's Dallas food and drink round up. iStock

French wine is having a mega moment in Dallas this week. Between that and Texas Independence Day celebrations this weekend, you might want to go ahead and start hydrating now. 

Tuesday, February 26

French Wine Tasting featuring Secret Vines at Abacus
Abacus will present a special tasting of French Wines by Secret Vines. The mission of Secret Vines is to take guests on a journey off the beaten path and present hidden jewels: extraordinary wines, little known yet approachable. Chef Patrick has planned several appetizers to pair with these special wines. Tickets are $30 and the event is from 5-7 pm. To reserve your spot at the event, call Abacus at 214-559-3111.

Wednesday, February 27

Secret Vines Wine Dinner at Jasper's Richardson
This three-course menu is perfectly paired with Secret Vines wines. Courses include hors d'oeuvres (think basil-pickled shrimp escabèche and foie gras brûlée), oven roasted salmon, ancho espresso beef tenderloin, and chocolate cream brûlée. Tickets are $55 and dinner starts at 6:30 pm. Reserve your spot by calling 214-716-2612. 

Thursday, February 28

Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner at The Grape
Themed “Samplings from France," this dinner from chef Brian C. Luscher features an intimate three-course bistro menu to complement hand-selected wines. The evening's special guest is Doug Wright with Republic Distributing, who will chat about the pairings with curious guests. Tickets are $55 and the dinner is being offered from 5:30-9 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 214-828-1981. 

Bordeaux Wine Dinner at Haywire Restaurant Plano
Explore various wines from Bordeaux as Haywire celebrates its first anniversary in Plano with a five-course, paired meal. Courses include cast iron red fish, braised boar belly, Bar N' Ranch Strip, and citrus and chocolate. Tickets are $125 and dinner starts at 7:30 pm. Call 972-781-9473 or email for more details and to make your reservation.

Friday, March 1

Orin Swift Wine Dinner at LAW Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort and Club at Dallas at Las Colinas
Orin Swift Cellars and advanced sommelier Kristin Short visit Dallas for an evening of culinary delights and perfect pairings. While learning about the history of the Orin Swift brand, guests enjoy a five-course LAW menu paired with Orin Swift wines ranging from Pinot Noir to Zinfandel and Petite Syrah. Courses include confit rabbit leg, foie gras torchon, morels and squab, grilled lamb loin, and dark chocolate pear tart. Tickets are $160 and the dinner starts with a 6 pm reception followed by dinner at 7 pm. To reserve your spot, call 972-717-2420.

Saturday, March 2

Texas Independence Day Bash at The Rustic
The Rustic, Do214, Lone Star Beer, and Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. are throwing a huge bash to celebrate Texas Independence Day. Guests can raise a Lone Star Beer while indulging in a Texas Cheese Steak, shopping with Texas-themed vendors, and dancing to live music performed by popular Texas artists. Summer Dean kicks off the celebration of Texas music followed by The Gibbonses, Elaina Kay, Dan Dyer, Trees Marie, and headliners Raised Right Men. Admission is free and the fun is happening from 11 am to midnight. 

Texas Independence Day at Oak Highlands Brewery
Oak Highlands Brewery celebrates Texas Independence Day with barbecue from Double M BBQ, award-winning Texas beer, and great Texas music. The brewery is also releasing its award-winning Tejano Pecano. Admission is free and the fun starts at noon. 

Sunday, March 3 

Art, Music & Wine at Messina Hof Grapevine Winery
Art, Music & Wine features exactly that. Attendees can expect art by Becca Gordon, music by Texas Chamber Music Project, and wine from Messina Hof Grapevine Winery. Tickets are $35 and the event starts at 3 pm. Your ticket gets you wine and small bites. 

Big Taste of Dallas at 3015 at Trinity Groves
Big Brothers Big Sisters is taking a 40-year tradition, the Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth, and introducing it to the Dallas community. The inaugural event will feature culinary creations from the city's finest restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Chef Peja Krstic and Chef Peter Barlow II will duke it out out in a celebrity chef battle while a variety of other local restaurants present a custom bites for attendees to try. Tickets start at $100 and the event starts at 4 pm.