This week is well rounded. From a philanthropic bourbon dinner to an artfully-inspired seafood and sake feast, you cannot go wrong when selecting a food event to try. And if all else fails, just go celebrate a beloved Mexican food joint turning 2 years old and then book reservations for Restaurant Week.
Tuesday, August 7
Takashi Murakami Pop Art Dinner at Dallas Fish Market
This five-course dinner (happening on August 7 and 8) from Chef Richard Triptow features viewings of Murakami’s original artworks, as well as sake and Japanese beer pairings. During this event, guests can come face-to-face with original works by the famed Japanese artist that are available for purchase. Tickets are $65 and both dinners begin at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, August 9
Taittinger Wine Dinner at The French Room
This five-course dinner features a unique selection of curated dishes, each paired with a different varietal from the Taittinger collection. The Taittinger wine team will provide tasting notes throughout the night. Courses include braised summer leeks, Burgundy snails, seared Hudson Valley foie gras, grilled big eye tuna with Texas Wagyu crudo, and Cara Cara crème brûlée. Tickets are $165 and dinner starts at 6 pm.
Cheese 101 at Scardello Artisan Cheese
Nibble your way through a variety of different cheese types. Experience comparative tastings of cheese and out-of-the-ordinary items that will help you focus on the distinct flavors of each cheese type. There will also be wine for sipping. Tickets are $40 and the class starts at 7 pm.
Friday, August 10
Balmorhea State Park Bourbon Dinner at Truluck's
Garrison Brothers Distillery and Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House are partnering to host a bourbon dinner benefiting West Texas’ treasured Balmorhea State Park and its iconic spring-fed pool. Dan Garrison himself will be on hand at the event, and courses include barbecue shrimp, wedge salad, bone-in filet of ribeye au poivre, and chocolate malt cake. Tickets are $200. Cocktail hour begins at 6 pm, and dinner begins at 7 pm. Make reservations here.
Saturday, August 11
Low & Slow North Texas BBQ & Music Festival
Barbecue, brew, and bands will converge for a food-and-music celebration at the Longhorn Ballroom. Vendors include 407 BBQ, Bone Daddy’s, Cousin’s, Lakewood Smokehouse, One 90 Smoked Meats, Panther City BBQ, and a dozen more, plus beer from eight brewers such as Noble Rey, Rabbit Hole Brewing, Texas Ale Project, and more. Bryce Bangs, Simon Flory Trio, and Zane Williams are just some of the acts performing. It starts at 3 pm, and is $25 or $50 for VIP. Buy tickets here or at the door.
El Rincon's 2 Year Anniversary
Celebrate the Downtown Carrollton Square Mexican restaurant's second anniversary with $2 house standard margaritas, $7 perfect Patron margaritas, a live Mariachi band from 7-8 pm, and hourly giveaways beginning at 5 pm.
Monday, August 13
DFW Restaurant Week
Although “week” is in the title, the annual dine-out fundraiser can run as long as three weeks for some area restaurants. There are dozens of Dallas-area restaurants participating in this year’s event, which supports the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Patrons can make reservations to indulge in a multi-course meal for either $39 or $49 per person — a bargain for the pricey establishments that participate.