This Week in Gluttony

Ice cream social at Garden Cafe tops best food and drink events in Dallas-Fort Worth

Ice cream social at Garden Cafe tops best food and drink events in DFW

Exterior of Garden Cafe in Dallas
Garden Cafe is hosting the Slow Food Dallas Ice Cream Social on June 20. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Deep Ellum Brewing Company in Dallas
Deep Ellum Brewing Company heads to Whiskey Cake in Plano for a beer dinner on June 17. Deep Ellum Brewing Company/Facebook
Hotel ZaZa in Dallas
Inside this hotel is Uptown's craziest brunch party. Courtesy of Hotel ZaZa
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Advanced sommelier Ryan Tedder leads a blind wine tasting at Grace on June 19. Photo courtesy of Grace
Franconia Brewing Company
Franconia is just one of many featured breweries at the Best Little Brewfest in Old Town Lewisville on June 21. Franconia Brewing Company/Facebook
Exterior of Garden Cafe in Dallas
Deep Ellum Brewing Company in Dallas
Hotel ZaZa in Dallas
ryan viader, grace, food, fort worth
Franconia Brewing Company

This week, Dallas-Fort Worth foodies have their hands full — or stomachs, as it were. The food event extravaganza starts early — four on Tuesday alone — so plan accordingly. As in, pace yourself. You don't want to miss a bite.

Tuesday, June 17

Peticolas Beer Dinner at Chicken Scratch and The Foundry
Dallasites have expressed via Twitter their love for Chicken Scratch's down-home food paired with Peticolas craft beer, so the restaurant is giving the people what they want. Beginning at 7 pm, guests are invited to grab a seat on the patio and enjoy pints of Peticolas' award-winning brews paired with Southern favorites such as quinoa salad, BBQ sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes, and mac and cheese. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online.

Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner at Abacus
Abacus hosts its latest wine dinner with special guest Ted Edwards from Napa Valley's Freemark Abbey winery. The dinner comprises four courses, including pan-seared skate; duck breast with fresh Bing cherries; hickory-roasted veal strip loin; and olive oil cake with goat cheese mousse, toasted almond crunch and orange marmalade. The event begins at 6:30 and costs $135 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reserve your spot by contacting Sarah Dalzell at 214-520-0151 or

Deep Ellum Beer Dinner at Whiskey Cake
Whiskey Cake in Plano whips up a five-course dinner featuring dishes such as beer-battered squash blossom salad, Prime beef sliders and Belgium blueberry waffle sundae — all paired with craft beer favorites from DEBC. The event starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 972-993-2253.

Jump Into Summer Wine Event at Bridge Bistro
Oak Cliff Cellars and chef Justin Box are collaborating for this special summer dinner. The menu includes red snapper crudo, gazpacho, charred wax beans, chicken and biscuits, ostrich sausage, and vanilla cake. Tickets are $79 and can be purchased online. Reception starts at 6:30 pm; dinner begins at 7.

Wednesday, June 18

Grapes and Grease Dinner at Bird Cafe
Head over to downtown Fort Worth for a four-course dinner featuring sparkling beverages and fried foods. Dishes include grilled Swiss cheese and truffle butter on brioche, potato chips and scrambled eggs, tempura pencil asparagus, and ham croquette. This event kicks off at 5 pm and tickets are $35. To reserve your spot, call 817-332-2473. 

Thursday, June 19

“Blind Me, Wine Me” Dinner at Grace
With help from advanced sommelier Ryan Tedder, guests blind taste four of the best red wines that Moët Hennessey represents. Chef Blaine Staniford provides the dishes, including smoked Washington State sturgeon, Texas sweet corn agnolotti, Berkshire pork jowl, Colorado lamb, and a selection of artisan chocolates and domestic cheeses. The price is $150 a person, and the event starts at 7 pm. Call 817-877-3388 for reservations.

Friday, June 20

Slow Food Dallas Ice Cream Social at Garden Cafe
Join Slow Food Dallas for an ice cream social to support its new education partnership with Skyline High School's culinary department. The menu includes gelato sundaes, Lakewood Temptress beer floats, popsicles with Caledonia gin, plus limoncello and local beer on tap. It goes down from 7 to 10 pm, and tickets are $15. Purchase seats online.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Presents the Wine Opener at Trinity Groves
The Variant Commercial Real Estate Dallas Wine Opener is a fun evening for folks of all experience levels to sip great wines poured by international and domestic wineries. Guest can sample great cuisine from multiple tasting stations, as well as participate in silent and live auctions. Also expect live music and other entertainment. Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door and can be purchased online.

Saturday, June 21

Best Little Brewfest in Texas in Old Town Lewisville
The Best Little Brewfest in Texas showcases craft beers from local, national and international breweries. Also expect food from local restaurants and food trucks, as well as music from a variety of local musicians. Proceeds benefit Cloud 9 Charities. The fun starts at 3 pm, and tickets range from $30-$45. They can be purchased online.

Sunday, June 22

Camp ZaZa Sunday School Brunch
The best adult brunch returns to ZaZa's Uptown ballroom. Write your last name in your shorts and leave your cares behind as ZaZa camp counselors orchestrate an afternoon of zany fun. The event features a full family-style brunch by Dragonfly chef Dan Landsberg, a bottle of bubbly per table and live entertainment. Tickets are $55 in advance and $67.50 at the door and can be purchased online. The action starts at noon.