This week in gluttony

Worldly wine dinners and bits of bourbon: The best food and drink events in Dallas this week

The best food and drink events in Dallas this week

Wine dinners are in this week, with some heavy hitters, including FT33 and Oak, getting in on the action. But rest assured that there’s more to Dallas than just really good wine paired with really good food. We’ve also got a bourbon tasting and a vegetarian festival at the Farmers Market to leave you with the options for a well-rounded week in gluttony.

Wednesday, March 20

Duckhorn and Marbleous Beef Wine Dinner at Central 214
Using Texas Wagyu from Marbleous Beef, chef Graham Dodds creates dishes such as cast iron-seared braised beef sirloin steak with pan roasted mushroom vol au vent. Courses are paired with wines from Duckhorn Vineyards. Tickets are $90 and can be reserved at 214-443-9339 or

Corra Wines Dinner at FT33
FT33 hosts award-winning winemaker Celia Welch for a six-course dinner featuring her Corra Wines. Welch, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the industry, was named Winemaker of the Year in 2008 by Food & Wine magazine. Dinner starts at 7 pm with a reception beforehand. Tickets are $200 per person and can be reserved by calling 214-741-2629.

Thursday, March 21

Bulleit Bourbon Tasting
The Second Floor hosts a tasting of Bulleit bourbon, complete with appetizers from new executive chef Daniel Trasevich. Master of whiskey James McCartney walks you through tastings of Bulleit’s original, rye and 10-year small-batch whiskeys from 5 to 7 pm. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. Call 972-450-2978 or leave your name, number of guests and phone number on the Second Floor’s Facebook page.

Friday, March 22

Laurel Glen Vineyard Wine Dinner at Pappas Bros.
Laurel Glen Vineyard proprietor Bettina Sichel hosts this four-course dinner prepared by executive chef James Johnson. Diners taste an array of Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignons paired with dishes such as dry-aged rack of lamb with parsnip cake, ratatouille and watercress, and chili-cocoa-rubbed Prime strip loin with blackberry demi-glace, baked sweet potato puree and broccolini. Dinner begins at 6 pm and costs $195 per guest. Call  214-366-2000 for reservations.

Saturday, March 23

Meatout 2013 Festival
The Black Vegetarian Society of Texas hosts this event at Dallas Farmers Market with keynote speaker Afya Ibomu, a holistic nutritionist from Atlanta. Inside the event center, festival-goers experience vegetarian food samplings, food prep demos, health screenings and more from 10 am to 3 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 24

Austrian Dinner by Chef Jason Maddy at Oak
Executive chef Jason Maddy has lived and cooked in Austria and shares some of the cuisine with diners beginning at 6:30 pm. The nine-course meal features wiener schnitzel and oxtail consommé; it is the first in a planned series of monthly chef dinners at Oak. The meal is $125 or $175 with wine. To make reservations, email or call 214-712-9700. 

Bulleit Bourbon and Rye Tasting
The Second Floor is hosting a free tasting of Bulleit bourbon on March 21. 
Jason Maddy, executive chef at Oak restaurant in Dallas Design District
Oak executive chef Jason Maddy prepares a nine-course Austrian wine dinner on March 24. Photo courtesy of Oak