This Week in Gluttony
Drink booze and see a Food Network star at this week's best Dallas food events
It would take a mighty serious beer drinker to hit all of the events during North Texas Beer Week, but know it is in full swing. And Meat Fight is this weekend, if you were lucky enough to get tickets.
For the rest of you, highlights include the return of Dallas Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival and an appearance at the Majestic Theatre by Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis. Dig in.
Tuesday, November 10
Chappellet Wine Dinner at Knife
Chef John Tesar teams up with the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon producer for a five-course wine dinner. Special hosts Cyril Chappellet and Trey Blankenship lead guests through each pairing and educate them on winemaking techniques and practices. Dinner costs $125, and it starts at 6 pm. For reservations, call 214-443-9339.
Wednesday, November 11
Champagne Taittinger Dinner at SER Steak + Spirits
Join special guest Clovis Taittinger, the eldest child of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who heads up the operation in Reims. Courses include sea scallops, Jidori chicken, Japanese mero, seared venison, and burrata with fruit chutney; all are paired with Champagne, including the prestigious 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. The reception starts at 6:30 pm; a seated dinner follows at 7. Seats are limited and cost $175 per person. Call 214-761-7479 for reservations.
Franconia Beer Dinner at Hickory
The Hickory team hosts Dennis Whermann of Franconia Brewery for this dinner, which includes courses such as German kielbasa sausage, salt roasted beet salad, hickory-smoked spare ribs, prime brisket, barbecue chicken, and roasted apple-pecan cobbler. The dinner costs $55 and starts at 6:30 pm. For reservations, call 972-712-7077.
Friday, November 13
An Evening with Giada de Laurentiis at Majestic Theatre
The Emmy Award-winning Food Network star — and author of seven New York Times bestselling books — talks about her newest, Happy Cooking. The program is followed by an audience Q&A. Tickets start at $45, and the show starts at 8 pm.
2015 Brewer’s Ball at Renaissance Dallas Hotel
North Texas Beer Week presents this signature event filled with the best in craft beer and bites from some of the area’s top beer-centric restaurants, including BrainDead, Meddlesome Moth, and Rodeo Goat. National and local breweries include Abita, New Belgium, Saint Arnold, Deep Ellum Brewing, Rahr & Sons, Revolver, and more. The Dallas Opera performs traditional opera and drinking songs from around the globe. Tickets are $125, and the fun kicks off at 7 pm.
International Wine Dinner at Cook Hall
Chef Vijay Sadhu crafts a four-course meal paired with wines from around the world. This dinner costs $75 and starts at 7 pm. Call 214-397-4100 for reservations.
Saturday, November 14
Dallas Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival at Addison Airport
Dress to impress for this Sin City 1960s themed event. Enjoy lavish libations and delightful bite while relishing the live entertainment, cigar lounge area, and a plethora of casino games to make you feel as if you are right on the strip. Tickets are $75; get $10 off by using promo code CULTUREMAP. Doors open at 6 pm.
Sunday, November 15
Homebrew Throwdown at Panther Island Pavilion - The Shack
A this inaugural event, local home brewers compete against each other, and a panel of celebrity judges crowns a winner. Entry gets you a 12-sample tasting card, and you can expect sips from Collective Brewing Project, Martin House, Panther Island Brewing, Rahr & Sons, Revolver, and Shannon Brewing. Also on tap: a Q&A session with local experts, food trucks, and live music from Shotgun Friday. Tickets start at $10, and the event begins at noon.
Sunday Cinema Series at Knife
This culinary-themed film program rolls on with a patio screening of Sideways. Chef John Tesar is serving up gourmet bites, while Four Corners Brewing Company provides the beverages. Tesar and Lee Papert, president and CEO of the Dallas Film Society, are speaking prior to the film about its impact on the culinary and restaurant industries. Tickets are $35, and $10 of each sale benefits the Dallas Film Society. Call Knife at 214-443-9339 to purchase.