This Week in Gluttony
Cinco de Mayo fiestas top the best food and drink events in Dallas
It's not that busy of a week — except, oh, wait, it totally is. This weekend, many a refreshing alcoholic beverage will be had in the name of a horse race in Kentucky or an obscure battle between Mexico and France. And, at the TACA Lexus Party on the Green, CultureMap's Jennifer Chininis helps award a Golden Skillet.
Wednesday, May 1
Wine Poste and Gandona Wine Tasting
The Design District’s new tenant, the Wine Poste, hosts a special tasting with Gandona wines from California from 6-8 pm. Gandona’s vintner, Manuel Pires, discusses his 2010 Gandona and 2010 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignons. Wine tasting is $25, but if you purchase a bottle, the fee is waived.
Oak Cliff Cellars Wine Dinner at Lavendou Bistro
Lavendou and Oak Cliff Cellars team up for a four-course meal at 7 pm. Dishes include white butter salmon and spinach in a pastry shell paired with Oak Cliff Cellars Chardonnay from Twist Root Vineyard 2011 and pear tart with almond crust paired with OCC’s Firebrix from Firebrick Vineyard 2011. Reservations are $69 and can be made by calling 972-248-1911.
Friday, May 3
2013 TACA Lexus Party on the Green
The Party on the Green takes place on the grounds of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and features seven chefs from Rosewood properties located throughout the world and 13 top Dallas chefs. Dishes include roasted quail moromi miso, by Matt Raso of Nobu, and preserved Poteet strawberry gazpacho with black pepper, wild oxasis and foie gras snow from FT33's Matt McCallister. Judges award the Golden Skillet for the best dish. Tickets are $350, and proceeds benefit TACA.
Saturday, May 4
Sissy’s Second Annual Jockey & Juleps
The Kentucky Derby is a fine Southern tradition, and much of that is owed to the great mint julep. Sissy’s is pouring juleps, Kentucky punch, Presbyterian bourbon presses and Alabama sunsets for $7 from 3-6 pm. No tickets or reservations required, and there’s a prize for best dressed, which is almost guaranteed to include seersucker.
12th Annual Polo on the Lawn
Dress for the derby for this fun-filled, family-friendly Kentucky Derby-themed afternoon of fast-paced action, thoroughbred beauties and champagne divot stomping. You can socialize on the sidelines of a polo match and watch the Kentucky Derby broadcast live in the pavilion. Enjoy food and drink, music and dancing, and silent auction. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed, Best Hat, Best Picnic and Best Tailgate. Tickets are $45 or $150 for VIP. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Cinco de Mayo
El Fenix downtown, Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana host a Cinco de Mayo block party on May 4 from 2 pm-midnight. Admission is free before 6 pm; $5 after. Food and drink tickets are $2.50 each.
The Blue Goose Cantina is serving Dos XX and Tecates for $2.
Lazaranda hosts a Saturday Cinco de Mayo party from 6-11 pm, with $4 house margaritas, live music by Dave Corley and a raffle.
West End Pub has margaritas, beers, and live music by Jes Spires and Friends from 1-6 pm Sunday.
Mattito’s is hosting a celebration at all of its Dallas locations, beginning at 4 pm Sunday with live music. The Uptown location is also doing mechanical bull rides and zip line rides. Zip lines are so Cinco de Mayo.