A normal person might view the week after Fourth of July as a time to detox and get back on a healthy track. However, we aren't normal people. We are foodies, and we take no breaks. But for those of you who walk the line, there are lots of opportunities to score fresh fruits and veggies this week.
Wednesday, July 6
Sommelier for a Day at III Forks
Have you ever wanted to be a sommelier at a fine-dining restaurant with a world-class wine cellar? Now is your chance. III Forks offers a Sommelier for a Day opportunity on the first Wednesday of each month, from 5-7 pm, where guests can help select featured wines for the coming month. For $20 per person, attendees sample six wines selected by the steakhouse’s wine director and enjoy hand-passed paired hors d’oeuvre created by executive chef Chris Vogeli. July’s theme is wines of France. Call 972-267-1776 for reservations.
Thursday, July 7
Northwest Cheese and Wine Class at Scardello Artisan Cheese
Experience one of Scardello's famous classes while getting a feel for the terroir of Washington and Oregon. Participants taste loads of cheeses paired with wines from this beautiful and verdant part of the country. This event includes a class leader that takes time to talk about each pairing in detail. Cost is $40, and the event begins at 7 pm.
Kids Cooking Class with Chef Blythe Beck at Pink Magnolia
Join the ever positive and always colorful chef Blythe Beck for this fun month-long cooking series. Every Thursday in July, kids get hands-on practice and learn fundamental kitchen skills. Young chefs, ages 8 to 16, cook and eat their own creations. This class focuses on cooking basics with fruit and veggie appetizers. Cost is $70 per class or $250 for all four classes. Classes are from 11 am to 1:30 pm.
Friday, July 8
The Murder Mystery Company at Edison's
Join the Murder Mystery Company for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food. Pay attention to the action, follow the clues, and attempt to become the night's top detective in this comedic thriller. Cost is $60, and the show starts at 7 pm.
So You Think You Can Taste at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Challenge your palate at this exclusive blind tasting led by master sommelier Barbara Werley. This limited-seating event expands the senses through a tasting flight, followed by hors d'oeuvre to complement the carefully chosen, classic selections. Cost is $65, and the tasting starts at 6 pm. Call 214-366-2000 for reservations.
Saturday, July 9
Oak Lawn Farmers Market at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church
Pick up seasonal produce from local farms, along with locally made goods like homemade pickles, jams or jellies, handcrafted cards, and more. Vendors are set up and ready to sell at 8 am.
The Secret Life of Pets Pawty at The Theodore
Bring the kiddos and celebrate the release of The Secret Life of Pets at NorthPark. The Theodore is having popcorn, sidewalk chalk, tasty themed goodies from the bakery, games, prizes, and more. There is even a special kids menu. The fun lasts from 11 am to 4 pm.
Sunday, July 10
Vickery Meadow Market at Half Price Books
This nonprofit farmers market just outside of Black Forest Cafe features more than 100 vendors. Growers, ranchers, and artisans expected to join this year include Baugh Farms, Caliper Farm to Market, Cardo’s Sprout Farm, Chandler Family Farm, Demases Farm, EMA Baking Co., Empire Baking Co., Half Moon Fried Pie Co., and more. The market is set up each Sunday, 10 am-3 pm.