If you like tequila, wine or beer, it's your kind of week. There's healthy stuff going on too, and holiday classes are beginning to emerge. If you have more than food on the brain, consult the complete list of things to do in music, entertainment and the arts.
Thursday, November 8
Texas Wine Dinner Featuring Fall Creek Vineyards
Hosted by chef Gorji, owner of Canary by Gorji, and Dr. Alison Laidley, this wine dinner raises funds for the nonprofit Laidley's Ladies and Gentlemen, which helps families get breast cancer care. Fall Creek Vineyards owner Susan Auler joins the hosts for the evening. Her wines are paired with a menu created with fresh, local ingredients from the Lone Star State. $125 for four courses with wine.
Moore Wellness hosts a free "holiday detox" class featuring gluten-free, diabetic-friendly recipes such as grapefruit and fennel salad, pumpkin and rosemary soup, and lemonade with hot ginger and mint. The adults-only class includes generous samples and recipes to take home. RSVP required: 214-770-1925.
Friday, November 9
Man in Black Tequila Tasting and Bottle Signing Starring Kinky Friedman
Sigel's welcomes singer, songwriter, author and, now, tequila maker Kinky Friedman, who signs bottles of his 100 percent blue agave Man in Black Tequila. Four tequilas are available for tasting: plata, reposado, anejo and extra anejo. Friedman's tequila is a tribute to men like Paladin, Zorro and Johnny Cash — the men in black.
Anthony Bourdain vs. Eric Ripert
Colorful chefs and TV celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert share personal stories and talk about the impact that food has on the world's society at the aurally superior Bass Performance Hall. The $165 VIP tickets include premiere seating; exclusive meet-and-greet post-show reception with Bourdain and Ripert, featuring complimentary hors d'oeuvre and photo opp; limited-edition tour poster; and limited-edition tour VIP laminate.
Saturday, November 10
Avery Tap Takeover
The Common Table hosts a "takeover" featuring the highly respected Avery Brewing Co. from Boulder, Colorado. The bar serves 23 Avery beers on tap, including several that have never been in the Dallas market. This is the biggest Avery Brewing Co. event to grace the state of Texas — a must for beer nerds.
Sunday, November 11
Holiday Classics Cooking Class
The holidays are just around the corner, so there is no better time to start some new healthy traditions. The class transforms favorite seasonal recipes such as cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole and Grandma's Hello-Dollies cookies into something you'll feel good about eating. The menu includes samples and wine. Seating is limited. Call 214-770-1925 or visit Foodrevelation.com and follow the event link to purchase.
Chef Jeff Harris at Restaurant Ava
Jeff Harris, chef at Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado, heads to Rockwall to cook alongside Restaurant Ava owner Randall Copeland. The multicourse menu begins with a cauliflower tasting followed by monkfish, duck confit ravioli, Wagyu bavette and beef belly pastrami. For dessert: kabocha squash cake. The $49 per-person price tag includes all courses; an additional $35 gets you wine pairings.