Cold temperatures are on the way, so we are heading inside for This Week in Gluttony. You might actually learn something too, because events include a class on how to cook with non-wheat flours, a cheese and beer pairing, and an expo dedicated to allergen-free foods.
Thursday, November 13
Flavor Flours Cooking Class at Central Market Lovers
Alice Medrich is widely credited with introducing the chocolate truffle to the United States when she started selling them at her dessert shop, Cocolat. The James Beard Award-winning cookbook author now devotes her career to teaching, and she is leading a class at the Central Market cooking school on Lovers Lane, where she shows students how to use non-wheat flours in baking. Recipes include caramel apple upside-down cake made with rice flour, dark and spicy pumpkin loaf made with buckwheat flour, Queen of the Nile chocolate torte made with teff flour, brown rice sponge cake with three milks, and coconut Key Lime tart made with coconut flour.
What's Brewing at Whole Foods Park Lane
Head to Whole Foods Market on Park Lane for this meet-and-greet with the leadership team, when you can tell them what you love about Whole Foods and how they can improve. Expect light, seasonal refreshments, and the first 50 guests to arrive and participate in the feedback forum receive a $10 gift card redeemable on their next purchase. The forum starts at 5:30 pm and is expected to last until 7. The event is free, but you must register online.
Inaugural Farmstead Dinner at Urban Acres
Join Urban Acres for a night of local, organic and sustainable cuisine as it celebrates its first anniversary. Urban Acres is also kicking off a new series of farmstead dinners. Chef David Rodriguez is preparing a five-course harvest dinner for this special event, which is limited to 12 guests. Dinner is BYOB and costs $65 per person. Buy tickets online.
Friday, November 14
Giacomo Vico Wine Dinner at Landmark Restaurant
The Warwick Melrose Hotel, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, invites guests to spend an evening in the rolling hills of Piedmont, Italy, when it hosts a five-course dinner at Landmark Restaurant featuring Giacomo Vico Wines. The event starts with a reception at 6:30 pm; dinner follows at 7 and includes such courses as pear and goat cheese crostini, smoked salmon and eggs, and sea and sky sliders. The cost is $100 per person, and you must call 214-224-3152 for save your spot or reserve online.
Palmaz Wine Dinner at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Executive chef David Holben has developed a menu to pair with a special selection of Palmaz Vineyards wines. Courses include roasted eggplant baba ghanoush, cedar smoked duck breast salad, roasted pork belly and white cheddar orzo, and Texas butter cake. The cost is $200 per person, and there is limited seating at 7 pm. Call 972-490-9000 for reservations.
Saturday, November 15
Gluten and Allergen Free Expo at Dallas Market Center
This annual expo is the premier gluten- and allergen-free event in the United States, with vendors sampling and selling products, a dedicated peanut/nut-free section, and free lifestyle classes. The expo runs from 9 am-3 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and it is expected to include more than 150 vendors. Also included in the $17 ticket price is a reusable bag for carrying around your goodies. Buy tickets online.
Monday, November 17
Curds & Grain: Third Monday Cheese and Beer Hangout at Mot Hai Ba
Join Jim Elliot from Cedar Creek Brewery, who is pouring drinks and talking about his brewery's creations, and Ali Kay Hammer, who is pairing his selections with rare and delicious cheeses. Get there at 6:30 pm and get to know your tablemates; the fun starts when everyone is settled in. Cedar Creek beer is available for retail sale after the event. The event costs $25, and you can reserve your seat by emailing curds.and.grain.dallas.@gmail.com or by calling 972-638-7468.