This week is packed with fun food events that are all treats, not tricks. Butter queen Paula Deen stops back through town, three top chefs team up for a VIP dinner, and Chefs for Farmers brings all the fantastic food, fun, and booze back to Dallas.
Wednesday, October 31
Scary Cheese and Wine Class at Scardello Artisan Cheese
Have you every eaten cheese that looks like a brain? Put on a brave face as the experts discuss and taste some scary looking cheeses for Halloween. And as always, they will pair them with some less than frightening libations. Tickets are $40 and the class starts at 7 pm.
Thursday, November 1
An Evening with Wolfgang Puck, Dean Fearing, and Robert Del Grande at Five Sixty
Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck returns to Dallas for a special evening with Chefs Dean Fearing, Robert Del Grande, and Jacob Williamson of Five Sixty. The evening features a hybrid tasting menu showcasing flavors from the East and the West. Each chef will prepare one course of the four-course menu, which is available for one night only. The meal is $140 with an extra $40 added for wine pairing. The dinner menu is available all evening beginning at 6:30 pm.
Friday, November 2
Chefs For Farmers: Fearing’s Fall Harvest Backyard Fest at Ritz-Carlton Dallas
Joining namesake chef Dean Fearing will be iconic chefs Wolfgang Puck, Norman Van Akins, and Robert Del Grande to host an epic backyard feast that includes a cocktail reception followed by a family-style dinner. The event also includes live music from Fearing and his band. Tickets are $175 and the event starts at 7 pm.
Saturday, November 3
Chefs for Farmers: Street Food Night Market in Victory Park
Dallas goes global with this Chefs For Farmers event that brings all-star chefs, craft beers, top-shelf spirits, music, and more to Victory Park. Tickets start at $60 and gates open at 7 pm. VIP tickets are $95 and allow guests to gain entry at 6:30 pm.
Paula Deen Book Signing at Paula Deen's Family Kitchen
Celebrity chef Paula Deen will make an appearance at her eponymous restaurant to sign copies of her new cookbook, At the Southern Table with Paula Deen. Wristbands for the first 250 people (one per person) will be distributed to those who make any purchase in the Paula Deen Retail Store beginning at 8 am the day of the signing. No cameras are allowed, but a photographer will be on site. The signing event starts at 11 am.
Sunday, November 4
Chefs for Farmers at Dallas Heritage Village
There are many events that make up this multiday festival, but, insider tip: The Main Event is where it's at. The culinary extravaganza allows attendees to sample bites created by more than 50 farmers and talented chefs focused on creating locally sourced cuisine. New this year, Chef John Tesar (Knife) has invited some of the top pitmasters in the nation to add their barbecue best to the event. Tickets start at $84 and the event lasts from 2-6 pm.
The Old Monk 20th Anniversary Party
The Old Monk celebrates 20 years as a neighborhood pub with live music from Panic (A Smiths tribute band), American Werewolf Academy, and The British Are Coming. This parking lot party also includes the good food and drink that fans have learned to love over the last two decades. The party kicks off at 11 am and admission is free.
Garden to Table Dinner at Dallas Arboretum
This glam garden party allows guests to enjoy a four-course meal and a selection of wines. The menu includes passed hors d’oeuvres, as well as roasted cauliflower cream soup and beef short rib with a semolina puree, mustard demi, crispy Brussel leaves, and parmesan churros. Dessert is a sticky toffee pudding with verjus pears and brown figs. Tickets are $160 and the event starts at 6 pm.