This week in gluttony
These are the 9 best food and drink events in Dallas this week
Tequila, tiki drinks, Sazerac, and Belgian brews are all on the menu this week in the form of themed pairing dinners and tasting flights. Hatch chiles are featured in a four-course cocktail dinner. By week’s end, a big food and wine festival brings sips from around the world to Dallas, and a birthday bar crawl will celebrate one of Dallas’ most popular home-grown brews.
Monday, August 21
Belgian Beer Week at Meddlesome Moth
Design District gastropub will celebrate Belgian Beer Week with tappings all week long. Featured brews will include Tripel Karmeliet, Delirium Black, Chimay White, La Trappe Quad, and more. Flights will be $20 for four five-ounce pours. Save room for weekend brunch specials on Saturday and Sunday, including a savory Belgian waffle with spinach, ham, and cheese, and mussels with frites. Or visit after 5 pm for sausage-wrapped grilled leek served with beer cheese soup.
Tuesday, August 22
Hatch Chile Cocktail Dinner at Urban Rio
The Plano cantina and grill will heat things up with a Hatch chile-infused dinner. The piquant pepper will be featured in four courses and paired cocktails. Tickets are $54.90, plus tax and gratuity, and the dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, August 23
Sazerac Tasting Dinner at District Dallas
District Dallas’ next pairing dinner will feature Sazerac brands like Buffalo Trace, Weller, Stagg, and Eagle Rare. Guests will be greeted with an old fashioned and tray-passed candied bacon crostinis followed by four courses. Menu items include gumbo, glazed pork loin, black pepper juniper venison, and rye flour beignets. All courses will be paired with neat pours. Dinner is $95, plus tax and a service fee, and begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, August 24
Tequila Tipples at the Tango Room
If the basic margarita is your tequila go-to, this tasting is for you. Experience three adventurous tequila cocktails during this Tango Room guided flight, including a brown sugar rosemary paloma, spiced pear margarita, and anejo Manhattan. The $115 price also includes chef’s small bites and gratuity. Guests also get 20 percent off dinner reservations afterward. The hour-long tasting begins at 6 pm.
Art of Agave: An Immersive Tequila Pairing Dinner at Haywire
The Uptown ranch-to-table restaurant will showcase premium tequilas during this five-course pairing dinner with a surprise menu. Tequilas will include Yeyo Blanco, Fortaleza Reposado, Siete Leguas Anejo Tears of Llorona Extra Anejo, and Tequila Ocho Widow Jane Finish. Dinner is $125, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm.
Friday, August 25
Dallas Symphony Wine & Food Festival
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will celebrate local restaurants at its annual three-day Wine & Food Festival at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Events begin Friday with a multicourse Wine Down Dinner. Saturday is the Grand Tasting, featuring bites from more than 15 Dallas restaurants and samples of wine, beer, and spirits from around the world. The festival ends Sunday with Bubbles & Brunch Bites. Prices vary by event; more information and tickets are on the website.
Saturday, August 26
Dallas Blonde Bar Crawl
Celebrate the 11th birthday of Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s most popular beer with a bar crawl. Check in at the brewery to pick up your swag bag, map, and first pint. Then visit participating neighborhood bars for beer and shot specials. Tickets are $25, plus tax, and check-in is between 2-4 pm. Blonde wigs encouraged.
Guided Craft Beer Tasting at Autonomous Society Brewpub
As part of its one-year anniversary celebration, the South Akard Street brewpub will host a tasting led by brewmaster and founder Dean Weaver. Tickets are $32, plus tax. While the tasting will run from 2-4 pm, there’ll be more anniversary festivities throughout the entire day, including live music, a new menu debut, and anniversary specials.
Monday, August 28
Tiki Cocktail Dinnner at Urban Seafood Company
Four island-inspired courses will be paired with four tropical cocktails during the Plano seafood destination’s tiki dinner. Tickets are $75, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.