Apparently it is the week of the wine dinner, which just happens to come at the end of a long, hot summer at home with the kiddos. Coincidence? Or are the DFW food and drink gods celebrating back to school with you? We'll never know, but what we do know is that we can practically smell the Hatch chiles roasting for this week's annual festival dinner.
Tuesday, August 13
The Nexus of God & Grape Wine Dinner at Adelmo's Ristorante
This once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure includes a five-course dinner paired with exquisite wines in partnership with the University of Dallas' campus in Lazio, Rome. Because, why should study-abroad students get to have all the fun? Tickets are $79, and the event begins at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, August 14
23rd Annual Hatch Chile Festival Dinner at Blue Mesa Southwest Grill
From 5-9 pm at participating Blue Mesa Grill locations in Dallas, Plano, and Fort Worth, fans of the piquant pepper can indulge at the epic dining event similar to the restaurant's famous Sunday brunch buffet. Think chile rellenos, pozole, chile wings, and even hatch cheesecake. There will also be a cash bar featuring a watermelon hatch margarita. Reservations are $16 per adult and $7 for children ages 6-11. The event is free for kids 5 years and younger. Call-ahead seating is recommended.
Thursday, August 15
Around the World Crawl at Trinity Groves
This event features a variety of international drinks from the uniquely themed Trinity Groves restaurants including Amberjax, Chino Chinatown, The Hall, Souk, and more. Guests have access to $3-$5 themed food and drink specials. There will also be music, a photo booth, and a souvenir tote bag. Tickets are $10, and the event kicks off at 6 pm.
Friday, August 16
Classic Cheese and Wine at Scardello Artisan Cheese
You just can't compete with a classic. Think goat cheese from the Loire or maybe a hard sheep cheese from Spain. This class explores some of the original greats and pairs them with classic wines that are equally as fantastic. Tickets are $40, and the class starts at 8 pm.
Back to School Bash at Witherspoon Distillery
This Lewisville distillery is throwing its annual teachers appreciation event featuring Matchbook Twenty, happy hour all night, food trucks, a photo booth, and even Caricatures by Sam. They'll also give 10 percent off all bottle purchases with a valid teacher ID card. Distillery tours will take place by reservation only. Admission is free, and the fun starts at 4 pm.
Sunday, August 18
Eola Hills Winery Dinner at Tulum
Join chef Nico Sanchez and head winemaker Steve Anderson of Eola Hills Winery for a six-course collaboration. Menu is TBD; however, we expect it might include a tamale or two. Tickets are $70, and dinner starts at 6 pm.
Monday, August 19
Bell Winery Wine Dinner at Sea Breeze
Enjoy a five-course dinner featuring fresh seafood and various vintages from Belly Winery, which is known for balancing fruit, oak, acid, and tannin unlike any other. Courses include Gulf red snapper crudo, olive oil poached Gulf shrimp with pickled watermelon rind, seared Chilean sea bass, beef Wellington, and dark chocolate spiced panna cotta. Tickets are $100, and the dinner starts at 7 pm. Reservations require a $30 deposit and can be made here.
André Tixier & Fils Champagne Dinner at Flora Street Cafe
This special evening features SMU graduate David Aferiat, owner of Avid Vines, sharing sophisticated sips with this four-course champagne dinner. Drinks will, of course, be paired with a four-course menu by chef Stephan Pyles and chef de cuisine Ross Demers. Courses include passed hors d’oeuvres, tandoori hamachi, Long Island duck breast and confit, and Humboldt Fog. Tickets are $150, and the evening kicks off with a 6:30 pm champagne reception followed by a 7 pm dinner. Make reservations by calling 214-580-7000.