This Week in Gluttony

Knife celebrity chef dinner tops best food and drink events in Dallas this week

Knife celebrity chef dinner tops best food and drink events in Dallas

Aaron Franklin
Aaron Franklin is the first celebrity chef guest of the series at Knife, on June 1. Photo by Matt McGinnis
Maggie Harrison
Maggie Harrison is the special guest at FT33's next wine dinner on May 26. Photo courtesy of FT33
Little Katana sushi
Sample bites from Little Katana at the lighting of the Pegasus on May 27 at Omni Dallas. Photo courtesy of Little Katana
Aaron Franklin
Maggie Harrison
Little Katana sushi

This week, two Dallas celebrity chefs welcome more food and wine heavy hitters to their restaurants. Plus there’s some foodie action in the ’burbs. Dig in.

Tuesday, May 26

FT33 Wine Dinner With Maggie Harrison of Antica Terra
Chef Matt McCallister and beverage director Jeffrey Gregory welcome one of Oregon’s most well-known winemakers, Maggie Harrison, for a special dinner. The evening begins at 6:30 with canapes and champagne followed by a six-course meal at 7 featuring a tasting of 10 different wines. Tickets are $75 for food and $225 for food and wine. Reserve your spot by calling 214-741-2629.
Wagyu & Wine Dinner at Whiskey Cake
Whiskey Cake is teaming up with Frog’s Leap Winery for this five-course dinner spotlighting Wagyu from A Bar N Ranch prepared by chef Stan Rodriguez. Courses include Wagyu caprese, barbacoa-style Wagyu short rib, mesquite grilled baseball strip, rosemary infused pappardelle and housemade Wagyu sausage with local cheeses. Dinner costs $85 and starts at 7 pm. Call 972-993-2253 or email for reservations.

Wednesday, May 27

Official Pegasus Lighting at Omni Dallas
Mayor Mike Rawlings lights the original Dallas Pegasus, but what does this mean for foodies? Complimentary small bites from the new restaurants opening later this summer, including Herrera’s, Little Katana, Coal Vines and the Biergarten on Lamar. Also expect appetizers from Texas Spice and the Owners Box. An added bonus is entertainment from Reckless Kelly and Hayes Carll. You can also buy alcohol if the mood strikes you. This free event lasts from 5-8 pm; the lighting takes place at 6.

Thursday, May 28

Historic McKinney Farmers Market Farm-to-table Dinner at Chesnut Square
Chef Andrea from farm-to-fork restaurant Harvest takes local meats, produce and more from the McKinney Farmers Market to make a signature farm-to-table dinner. Enjoy the freshest local foods, cocktails and wines under the stars while listening to wonderful harp and Celtic music. There is an alternate rain venue at the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. Dinner costs $100 and starts at 6 pm.

Friday, May 29

May Beer Dinner at Cook Hall
Cook Hall teams up with Franconia Brewing Company for this beer dinner featuring the best Bavarian brews of North Texas paired with courses such as stir-fry chicken on plantain leaf, ajo blanco, smoked rib-eye and banana pecan pudding with Kolsch sauce. Tickets are $55, and dinner starts at 7 pm. Call 214-397-4100.

Saturday, May 30

Beer School at Community Beer Company
Head brewer Jamie Fulton teaches all the aspects of quality craft beer: ingredients, brewing process, styles, tasting tips and more. Your $25 ticket includes a full course, brewery tour and all tastings. Your ticket also grants entry to the Saturday open house from 2-5 pm. This open house hosts a wide range of people, food trucks, live music, local artists and quality brews. Class begins promptly at noon; arrive at 11:45 am for check-in.

Monday, June 1

Celebrity Chef Dinner Series Benefiting Eat (Red) Drink (Red) Save Lives at Knife
John Tesar hosts five consecutive fundraising events benefiting Eat (Red) Drink (Red) Save Lives. Each exclusive dinner, with a one-night-only special menu, takes place in a specially decorated event room at the Highland Dallas hotel, and it is limited to 40 seats. Chef lineup includes Aaron Franklin on June 1, Alex Stratta on June 2, Naomi Pomeroy on June 3, Tim Rattray on June 4 and Kris Morningstar on June 5. Ticket for each are $150, and half of that goes directly to (RED). All dinners start at 7 pm. Reserve online or call 214-443-9339.