This week in gluttony
Raw food and Tuscan recipes: The best food and drink events in Dallas this week
Variety is the spice of life, which is apt, because we’re talking meals of all types this week. You can find yourself on the raw food end of the spectrum just as easily as you might feast on steak and lobster. If you’re up to create, Tuscan chef Enzo Minopoli has you covered, or you can sit back and relax with Joel Harloff, who is pairing his creative dishes with Oak Cliff Cellars’ Napa Valley inventions. Oh, and we’ve got beer, because, obviously, we’re gonna have beer. Dig in.
Tuesday, January 29
Soup’s On! Luncheon by the Stewpot Alliance
The fifth annual Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale takes place at the Omni Dallas with participating chefs like Brian C. Luscher of The Grape and Bruno Davaillon of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek serving their signature soups to benefit The Stewpot and 508 Park. The Stewpot offers refuge and guidance for the homeless and at-risk individuals. Tickets begin at $150 and can be purchased at 214-746-2785 x. 234 or online. Reception and art sale begin at 11 am; luncheon starts at noon.
Chef’s Table Wine Dinner at Oak Cliff Cellars
Oak Cliff Cellars is hosting a four-course dinner with guest chef Joel Harloff, who recently left Second Floor Bistro, beginning at 6:30 pm. Dishes include annatto-braised pork belly with sweet black beans and cilantro pesto paired with the 2011 Wild Diamond Syrah. Price is $65 per person, and reservations can be made at 214-740-1985.
Friday, February 1
Chianti Inside Out at Central Market Plano
Tuscan chef Enzo Minopoli teaches a class highlighting the classic dishes of the Chianti area, where the well-known red wine comes from. Learn how to make a trio of bruschetta with braised radiccio, onions, pine nuts and pecorino, as well as Tuscan mushroom soup and marinated pork medallions with Chianti and lemon artichokes. Tickets are $65, and the class runs from 6:30 to 9 pm.
Saturday, February 2
Grand Opening at Craft and Growler
We’ve talked about Craft and Growler before, but enjoy the grand opening with special tappings, including the Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress and Deep Ellum Brewing Festivus Firkin. Take your chances with hourly prizes beginning at 6 pm, and visit the Yellow Belly food truck between 5 and 9 pm.
Sunday, February 3
Raw Food 101 at Be Raw
In this class from 5-7 pm, Be Raw teaches you how to sustain a healthy raw food lifestyle. You learn the basics of a raw diet, five quick recipes, how to lose weight without starving yourself and how raw foods can help fight disease. Tickets are $40 and include a dinner of either pad Thai, Rawkos Tacos or kale salad. RSVP at email@example.com.
Monday, February 4
Surf & Turf Two-Part Dinner at Driftwood and FT33
Chefs Matt McCallister of FT33 and Omar Flores of Driftwood have joined forces for a two-night surf and turf dinner. Driftwood takes the surf end on February 4 at 6:30 pm. (FT33 tackles turf on Tuesday, February 25.) Each six-course menu, a collaborative effort between the chefs, is $100 per person or $150 with wine pairings. For reservations at Driftwood, call 214-942-2530.