This week in gluttony
These are the 9 best food and drink events in Dallas this week
Texas Independence Day happens this week, and there’s a Texas beer festival and Texas-themed restaurant anniversary party to celebrate. Actor (and tequila entrepreneur) Mark Wahlberg is coming through town, and mushroom lovers, take note: a pop-up this week is just for you.
Tuesday, February 28
Fantastic Fungus Pop-up in Bishop Arts
Chef David Rodriguez of Oddfellows will host a pop-up with a mushroom-themed menu. Go for Maitacos – tacos with roasted maitake mushrooms, charred corn pico, and avocado crema – along with roasted chestnut and wild rice risotto, and oyster mushroom ramen. Prices are a la carte. The pop-up will take place at 336 W. 8th St., in the same location as A.J. Vagabonds and Oak Cliff Creperie, from 6-9 pm.
February Wine Dinner at Oak’d
The Greenville Avenue barbecue restaurant will host its monthly wine dinner with a Pacific Mexican-themed menu. Highlights include tuna tostadas, smoked pork tamales, smoked iron steak, and tres leches cake. All courses will be paired with wine, with the exception of dessert that will be paired with a Lemon Drop shot. Dinner is $79 and begins at 6:45 pm.
Wednesday, March 1
Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner at Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh
Sip Stag’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, red blend, and Petite Syrah during this four-course wine dinner at Le Meridien. Menu highlights include an entrée duet of macadamia crusted halibut and lollipop lamb chop, and hazelnut milk chocolate cake. Reservations are $145 and dinner will run from 6-9 pm.
Thursday, March 2
Jaxon Beer Garden’s Third Anniversary
Saddle up for Jaxon Beer Garden’s third anniversary party, which just so happens to fall on Texas Independence Day. Specials will include $3 burgers, $3 Community Beer Co.’s Texan pilsner, and $5 Ranch Waters. There’ll also be live music by Raised Right Men and a longhorn for photo ops. The party starts at 5 pm and reservations are encouraged.
Friday, March 3
Flecha Azul Tequila Bottle Signing with Mark Wahlberg
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting Dallas for a bottle-signing event featuring Flecha Azul Tequila. Wahlberg is a backer in this tequila company co-founded in 2016 and launched in 2020 by Mexican PGA golfer Abraham Ancer and Mexican entrepreneur Aron Marquez. At these events, he signs the bottles only, no other personal memorabilia items. The event is 1-3 pm at the Specs at 9500 N. Central Expy. #200 in Dallas, and is free.
Saturday, March 4
Dallas Whiskey Riot
Popular in New York, the Whiskey Riot Festival made its debut in Dallas last year and will return for 2023. The festival, at the Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.), will feature more than 200 whiskeys for guests to try, from Old Pulteney 12-year scotch to local favorite TX Whiskey. Tickets are $90, and the event will run from 4-7 pm. Or pay $160 for VIP tickets and get early admission at 3 pm and dinner provided by Whiskey Cake.
TEXFest at Historic Downtown Carrollton
At least two dozen breweries will be pouring samples of their craft beer during this “Texas-sized good time” in Carrollton. A tasting card good for 12 samples is $25. Breweries include many local favorites like Peticolas Brewing, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., and Revolver Brewing. The event will also include food vendors, live music, yard games, a mechanical bull, and a longhorn for photo ops. The event will run from 3-9 pm and admission is free.
Barrel-aged Flight Tasting at Manhattan Project Brewing
Brewery is hosting this tasting event in the barrel room featuring four experimental beers that have been aged in barrels: Barley Wine aged in cabernet barrels, Enriched Plutonium aged in rum barrels, Winter Coalition aged in bourbon barrels, and Nuclear Winter aged in bourbon barrels. The ABVs range from 9-11 percent, and they're serving the flight in 8 oz pours. It's at 3 pm and it costs $20 in advance, or $24 the day of, limited to 50 attendees, and no children allowed. Order tickets here.
Monday, March 6
Tasting Dinner at Petra and the Beast With Highland Park Whiskey
Acclaimed restaurant will host special six-course tasting menu featuring cocktails and neat pours from Highland Park Whiskey, located in Orkney, Scotland. The dinner is one in a series that the distillery is doing at restaurants across the U.S. Menu details are still to come but will feature elements of farm, forage, fermentation, and fire to table. It's $160 and starts at 7 pm. Seating is limited. For reservations, call or text 318-935-0906.