This week in gluttony
These are the 11 best food and drink events in Dallas this week
The week brings lots of reasons to party: CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, Cinco de Mayo, a royal coronation, the running of the Kentucky Derby, and the beginning of one of the busiest months of the year. Also, check out Frisco’s newest resort destination. There are two events there this weekend, and neither requires an overnight stay.
Wednesday, May 3
21 Seeds Tequila Happy Hour at Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge
Enjoy cocktail tastings featuring 21 Seeds Tequila along with light bites during this complimentary happy hour. The event will take place on Ellie’s open-air terrace from 5-7 pm. Reservations are recommended.
Thursday, May 4
CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are the annual celebration of Dallas' top restaurant and bar talent, as selected by their peers. (Maybe you've seen a few stories about this?) The awards party and signature tasting event, featuring bites and sips from nominated restaurants, takes place at 7 pm at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) downtown. Tickets are $75-$125 and available here.
Friday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo at La Neta Cocina y Lounge
The swanky new Deep Ellum bar, restaurant and lounge (a Las Vegas import), will host three days of Cinco de Mayo with specials and entertainment. Visit Friday and Saturday from 12-6 pm for $9 tacos, margaritas, Patron shots, live performances, and DJ music. Recover on Sunday with Cinco de Mayo brunch with $25 bottomless mimosas, and don’t miss the giant lobster taco plated with the whole lobster, claws, tail, and all.
Cinco de Mayo at El Chico
The Rockwall location of the iconic Dallas-based Tex-Mex chain (with roots that date back to 1940) will get festive with live “musica Mexicana” by Trio Los Caprios from 5-9 pm. Food specials include fajitas for $14.99 and Cinco de Mayo Botanas for $19.99, featuring a sampler platter of fajita nachos, tacos al carbon, quesadillas, chicken tacos, and guac. There’ll also be $7 margarita specials to wash it all down.
Fiesta de Mayo Celebration at Omni PGA Frisco Resort
With a ribbon cutting ceremony set for Tuesday, the luxurious new Omni PGA Frisco Resort doesn’t waste time when planning to party. Visit Friday starting at 6 pm for live mariachi music, a pop-up taco bar, mercado with Mexican-themed gifts, and margarita specials property-wide. End the evening with Selena the movie displayed on the resort’s 920 square-foot outdoor video wall starting at 8 pm.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Four Corners Brewing Co.
It’s the Cinco de Mayo rendition of Four Corners’ first Friday “Viernesito” event, when more than 20 vendors visit the brewery to sell food, art, and handcrafted goods. Vendors range from tacos and pizza to macarons and Italian ice. The event will run from 6-11 pm, with live music to begin at 7 pm.
Cinco de Mayo at Miriam Cocina Latina
The Dallas Arts District Mexican destination will celebrate Cinco with live mariachi music from 6-8 pm along with $5 tacos (choice of carne de res, chicken al carbon, pork belly, or shrimp pacific), and complimentary sparklers at 8 pm. Toast with a margarita, paloma, or Mexican martini. Bonus that valet is always complimentary.
Saturday, May 6
Coronation Celebrations at The Londoner
All three locations of the British gastropub - Dallas' Mockingbird Station, Addison, and Colleyville - will devote the day to celebrating the coronation of King Charles in London. Coffee and tea, scones & crumpets, and bacon/egg/toast will be served during the live coronation broadcast, 5-10 am. Brunch with tea and scones will be served at all locations from 11 am-3 pm. A signature cocktail called "His Majesty" along with English Rosie & Pimms Cup cocktails will be offered at a discount all day. For more coronation watch parties and specials, check out this story.
Derby Watch Party at Omni PGA Frisco Resort
Catch the most exciting two minutes in sports at Frisco’s fabulous new resort destination. The Kentucky Derby will be displayed on a 920 square-foot video wall on the lawn, where guests dressed in their Derby best can plan for photos in front of a wall of roses. Sip mint juleps and play games while watching the races. Hat contest winners will be announced at 6:30 pm and the party will run from 4-7 pm.
Sunday, May 7
Wine Pairing Dinner at Trova Wine + Market
Guest chef Onur Akan, a native of Turkey who now caters in Dallas, will visit Trova to share a five-course menu paired with wines. Menu highlights include Spanish octopus, Turkish coffee-crusted Rosewood hanger steak, and lavender-vanilla tart. The dinner is $255, including tax and gratuity, and begins at 7 pm.
Monday, May 8
Garrison Brothers Whiskey Dinner at Urban Seafood Company
The Plano seafood destination will present a four-course dinner paired exclusively with four Garrison Brothers whiskeys. The $125 price includes tax and gratuity. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.