This Week in Gluttony
Barbecue and beer top the best food and drink events in Dallas
This week is definitely a house divided. Weeknights give us plenty of wine dinners and sophistication (a Master Sommelier leading a saké class) while the weekend is all about smoked meats and craft beer. Of course, you could dip your toes into both ponds. This is America. You have choices.
Tuesday, May 21
Private Social Open House
Private Social has revamped its menu (again) under chef Najat Kaanache, with Texas food and new craft cocktails. Enjoy the new patio with a complimentary open house on May 21 and 22, from 5 to 8 pm each day. The new menu samples include burly beef brisket, duck fat fried duck, ranch-style steak, and five-cheese mac and cheese.
Abacus Dinner with August Briggs Wines
Abacus hosts August Briggs Winery and winemaker Jesse Inman for a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Enjoy courses like achiote-lime rotisserie duck with Anaheim chile “pozole” and epazote with a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley. The meal begins at 6:30 pm with appetizers and costs $110 per person. Reservations are required. Call 214-520-0151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 22
Dish Argentinian Wine Dinner
Dish serves up a six-course wine dinner with Argentinian wines from Las Perdices Winery and Caelum Winery. Dishes include yuzu tuna ceviche with coconut and fermented bean, paired with a sparkling rosé, and plantain-stuffed quail with apricot mole with a Malbec from Caelum. The dinner begins at 7 pm with cocktails and costs $95 per person. Call 214-522-3474 for reservations.
Thursday, May 23
Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen with Beaux Frères Wines
The Oregon Pinot Noirs of Beaux Frères Wines are on display in this four-course meal featuring dishes such as seared Pacific salmon with fennel pollen-mustard crust and Pinot Noir-lingonberry jam. The meal begins at 6:30 pm with appetizers and costs $110 per person. Reservations can be made at 214-890-1103 or email@example.com.
Saké Tasting at Whole Foods Preston Forest
Whole Foods and Master Sommelier Melissa Monosoff host this seminar on everything saké. Besides sampling several types of hot and cold saké, learn about ingredients and brewing methods of the ancient rice wine. The free class runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Saturday, May 25
Meat and Greet with Daniel Vaughn at Four Corners Brewing Co.
Texas Monthly barbecue editor and newly published author Daniel Vaughn is at Four Corners Brewing for some craft beer and barbecue from Lockhart Smokehouse, Pecan Lodge and Meshack’s to celebrate Vaughn’s new book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue. The event runs from 6 to 9 pm.
Sunday, May 26
Third Annual Brew-B-Q at Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Not content to let Four Corners have all the meat, Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Armadillo Ale Works are throwing a Brew-B-Q from 4 to 10 pm, with live music, limited release beers and barbecue from Pecan Lodge. You can also grab brews from Rabbit Hole Brewing and Martin House Brewing. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $60 for VIP, which gets you in an hour earlier for special tappings and front-of-the-line access to Pecan Lodge.
The Bishop Arts District hosts a margarita extravaganza as more than 30 restaurants compete to create one margarita to rule them all. Competitors include El Fenix, La Duni and Standard Pour. The event runs from 5 to 10 pm with a winner crowned at 9. Tickets are $20 beforehand or $25 at the door and part of the proceeds benefit La Voz del Anciano, a non-profit for Hispanic elderlies.