This Week in Gluttony
These are the 8 best food and drink events in Dallas this week
Almost every event on this list has a holiday spin, which means Christmas must be near. From cookie decorating classes to a Santa crawl to an Ugly Christmas Sweater cocktail dinner, merriment in all forms happens this week. ‘Tis the season for tasty fun.
Tuesday, December 12
Holiday Cookie Decorating at River Pig Saloon
Get in the spirit of the season with the sugar cookie decorating session paired with beer. Hosted by Dallasites101, the event comes with three cookies from J. Rae’s, a Dallas Blonde by Deep Ellum Brewing, souvenir pint glass, and chance to win prizes for the best decorated cookie. Tickets are $25, plus tax and a fee, and the event will run from 6-9 pm.
Ugly Sweater Cocktail Dinner at Urban Rio
Plano cantina and grill is no stranger to hosting festive events, and this one is sure to be a holiday hit. Break out the ugly Christmas sweater for a multi-course cocktail pairing dinner. Tickets are $70, which includes tax and gratuity, and the fun begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, December 14
Holiday Cocktails + Dessert Pairing at SOVA
Hidden speakeasy in room 520 at this micro hotel is hosting a sweet holiday tasting with two drinks from the bar’s new winter menu artfully paired with two desserts from Uptown Bakery. Tickets are $55 and the late-night tasting will start at 8:30 pm.
Sunday, December 17
Holiday Brunch Buffet at The Ranch at Las Colinas
Once a season, the Las Colinas Texas-inspired restaurant hosts this Christmas brunch buffet. Gather ‘round for indulgent displays including a seafood bar, carving station, taco station, Hill Country breakfast dishes, desserts, and more. Santa will be on standby for photo ops. The brunch is $60 for adults and $20 for kids 5-12. Seating times are from 10 am-3 pm.
Saturday, December 16
Cookies Creations at Elm & Good
Restaurant at The Kimpton Pittman will host a cookie decorating class led by the hotel’s pastry chef. The class is $35, plus a small fee, and will run from 12-2 pm. While there, check out The Kimpton Pittman’s Winter Chalet pop-up, featuring cocktails like boozy hot chocolate, winter sangria, and hot toddies aplenty.
Santa Bar Crawl at the Harwood District
The Harwood District will host its second annual holiday bar crawl featuring seven venues, each serving their own specialty drink along the way. Participants include Poco Fiasco (check in here between 3- 4 pm), Harwood Arms, Dolce Rivera, Tequila Social, Saint Ann, Te Deseo, and Happiest Hour, where an after party will ensue upon crawl completion. Tickets are $45. Dress to impress for a Christmas costume contest, too.
Oh My Cod Vegan Seafood Co. pop-up at Peticolas Brewing
Florida-based mobile vegan seafood company, the "OG's of banana blossom fish & chips," is coming to Dallas for a vegan seafood pop-up with a menu that includes "Lobster MacCrabby" cakes, coconut shrymp, New England creamy-style clam chowder, Buffalo shrymp, Crabby spring rolls, and Seafood platter with fish, shrimp & scallops. Prices range from $8 and $18, topping out at $30 for the platter. They'll be at Peticolas Brewing from 5-8:30 pm.
Sunday, December 17
Jingle Ball Brunch at La Neta Cocina y Lounge
Special holiday brunch from 12-4 pm will feature specialty cocktails including Hot Apple Pie with Santa Teresa dark rum, Sugar Cookie Martini, and Marshmallow Fireside Old Fashioned, plus Christmas themed dishes including gingerbread pancakes with candied pumpkin, gingerbread French toast, and Christmas omelet with red bell peppers and green onion. DJ will spin Christmas hits, and ugly sweaters are encouraged.