This week in gluttony
These are the 6 best food and drink events in Dallas this week
It’s officially time to get fancy. This week’s list of holiday dinners, brunches, buffets, and one elegant afternoon tea warrant donning your Christmas best and toasting with friends and loved ones. From a seven-course wine dinner to a breakfast with Santa brunch with live jazz, these happenings will be a hit – and sure to fill up fast.
Tuesday, December 13
Holiday Dinners at the Dallas Arboretum
Enjoy a festive, elegant dining experience amid the beauty of the Dallas Arboretum this month. A special three-course holiday menu will be available on select weeknights through December 29. The $79 dinner includes choice of salad; choice of entrée including Texas Angus short rib; and dessert including hazelnut roulade with salted caramel sauce. Or visit on Saturday, December 17 and Friday, December 23 for a holiday dinner buffet featuring carved sirloin, herb crusted halibut, and smoked turkey. The buffet is $75 for adults and $45 for kids 2-12. Seating times are 6 and 7:30 pm for both dining events.
Thursday, December 15
Orin Swift Cellars Wine Dinner at Restaurant Beatrice
Orin Swift Cellars winemaker Dave Phinney was recognized as winemaker of the year in 2019 by Wine Spectator magazine. Taste his portfolio of wines at the contemporary Creole restaurant during this seven-course menu featuring beef bourguignon, beef tartare with quail egg, poached pear and fennel salad, and chocolate Mississippi mud pie. Dinner is $150 plus tax and gratuity. Seating times vary and are limited.
Saturday, December 17
Santa Brunch at Nine at the National
Santa will visit the ninth floor restaurant of the Thompson Hotel for an upscale brunch worth wearing your holiday best. There’ll be a live jazz trio, a bloody Mary bar, and elaborate brunch buffet. Brunch is $50 for adults and $15 for children. Reservations are available Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.
Breakfast with Santa at Legacy Hall
Santa is bringing Blitzen to the Box Garden at Legacy Hall for a family-friendly brunch. Table reservations include one brunch entrée per person and Christmas tree hot cocoa piled high with homemade marshmallows, candy canes, chocolate sauce, and more. Reservations are $25 per person, and tables are available for two to six guests. Brunch starts at 10 am.
Boozy Bonsai at Kessaku
Style your very own Bonsai tree during this boozy afternoon tea at Kessaku. The $200 price includes tea cocktails, tea bites, and an authentic Bonsai tree to take home. The event will run from 1-3 pm.
Afternoon Tease at Elm & Good
No teasing. Guests can honor the tradition of traditional afternoon British tea at this Deep Ellum restaurant inside the Kimpton Pittman Hotel. The tea service will come with a towering array of goodies including scones with raspberry compote and clotted cream; mini sandwiches such as cucumber with crème fraiche; crepe-wrapped salmon roe and crème fraiche; deviled quail eggs with pancetta and chives; and fresh pastries. Glasses and bottles of bubbles will be also available. The price is $48 plus tax and gratuity and the tea will take place from 2-4 pm.