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The stage is set for Thanksgiving on Thursday, but there are other tasty happenings this week, including a Japanese take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal, the kick-off of a German market, a barbecue pitmaster course, a smoothie pop-up, and a whiskey tasting. Multiple stretchy pants may be required.

Monday, November 21

Miracle at The Aussie Grind
The Frisco coffee shop, café, and bar will make spirits extra bright this holiday with the return of Miracle, the nationwide Christmas-themed pop-up bar that arrives in more than 100 cities this week. Originating in New York City, Miracle features over-the-top Christmas décor and craft cocktails in beautiful glassware to set the tone for the season. Past fan-favorite cocktails include the Christmaspolitan, made with spiced cranberry sauce and elderflower with vodka and dry vermouth, and the Snowball Old-Fashioned, which looks just like it sounds. New for this year is kitschy Grandma Got Run Over By A T-Rex – a vodka concoction with orange liqueur, spiced pomegranate and grapefruit, and aloe vera. Also new is the Holiday Spiked Chai made with brandy, Jamaican rum, coffee liqueur, and amaretto. Miracle will run through December 31.

Tuesday, November 22

Japanese Thanksgiving at Uchi Dallas
Uchi will provide a unique take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal with this multi-course omakase dinner. Menu highlights includes spaghetti squash bisque with shrimp, bluefin crudo, and turkey katsu with Japanese curry. Dinner is $275 for two, plus tax and gratuity. Reservation times vary and are limited.

Friends-Giving Trivia at Legacy Hall
Start Thanksgiving week by testing your knowledge of the iconic hit series Friends at the Plano food hall. Grab a cup of coffee from Legacy Hall vendor Whisk & Eggs, sliders from Son of a Butcher, or chili cheese fries from Root Chicken Shak and get ready to play. The $30 fee to participate is good for a team of up to six players. Teams with the most points can win Legacy Hall gift cards for first, second, and third place, up to $100. Trivia begins at 7 pm.

Thursday, November 24

Thanksgiving dining
Looking for a restaurant to dine in or take a feast to-go? Check out our long list here.

Friday, November 25

Texas Christkindl Market
Arlington will channel German vibes during this month-long holiday market set to take place at Globe Life Field. The free, family-friendly experience will feature handcrafted gifts, German treats and eats, music and live entertainment, and appearances by St. Nikolaus. Visit the Kinder Kids Root Beer Garden for stage shows, craft workshops, and root beer and hot cocoa concessions. Adults can enjoy beer and seasonal beverages in the Warming House. German fare will be available for purchase throughout the market, which runs until December 23. A tree lighting and opening ceremony will take place Friday at 7 pm.

Miracle at Texas Live!
The over-the-top holiday pop-up bar (see above) is also taking over the Miller Tavern inside the Texas Live! complex in Arlington. "Miracle at Live!" will feature an explosion of tinsel and twinkling lights, specialty holiday cocktails, tasty small bites, Insta-worthy photo moments, themed nights, and more. Miracle at Live! will officially open at 5 pm November 25 and will stay open through December 24. Walk-ins are welcome, and reservations and private events are also available. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the website.

Saturday, November 26

Pitmaster University at Oak’d BBQ
Learn how to select and trim meat, control temps and timing, nail the rubs and seasonings, and more during this 90-minute course on smoking meats. The class will be led by Oak’d chef Michael Lane. Cost is $99 and class will start bright and early at 8 am.

Smoothie King “King of Coffee” Pop-Up Tour
The national smoothie chain will pop up outside Anime Dallas to introduce its new coffee and espresso smoothies. Visit for free smoothie samples, merch giveaways, and fun photo ops out of a coffee café shipping container with artist mural. New smoothies include Espresso High Protein Almond Mocha. The pop-up will run from 9:30 am-6 pm at Hyatt Regency’s Trinity Crossing just outside Reunion Tower.

Monday, November 28

Whiskey Pairing at Commons Club
It’s Monday Fun-Day at Virgin Hotels Dallas during this multi-course whiskey tasting. Commons Club chef de cuisine Christian Panepinto will provide assorted bites to enjoy with a variety of bourbons and whiskeys. The price is $80 and the pairing begins at 7 pm.

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These are the 11 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

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Food events are in high gear with something happening just about every day of the week, from Tastes of Spain and Ethiopia to flavors from around the world during a five-day global food competition. There are chances to sip local Texas wine during a sip-and-stroll event, and local beer as part of a special anniversary event. Wine dinners and wine tastings round out the list.

Monday, November 7

Spain Fusion at Virgin Hotels Dallas
Free event is geared toward hospitality and culinary professionals and will include a day of panels, tastings, and discussions with some of Spain’s top exporters of wine, cheese, olive oil, Iberian ham, and more. One of the highlighted speakers is Fernando Mora, one of only 369 “Masters of Wine” in the world. The tasty and educational event – taking place in support of Food and Wine from Spain – will be held at Virgin Hotels Dallas from 10 am-5 pm.

Tuesday, November 8

Margerum Wine Company Tasting at Sylvan Avenue Tavern
Tavern at Sylvan Thirty in West Dallas is hosting a free wine tasting on the rooftop from 5-7 pm, featuring wines by Margerum Wine Company, the Santa Barbara winery founded by Doug Margerum who was nominated for Winemaker of the Year in the 23rd anniversary of Wine Enthusiast's Annual Wine Star Awards in 2022. Margerum will be there in person to oversee a tasting of the winery's Rhone-varietal whites and reds.

Wednesday, November 9

World Food Championships
Five-day feeding frenzy will celebrate its 10th anniversary with more than 1,500 chefs and home cooks from around the world. All will compete to get a piece of a $300,000 prize purse. The competition cook-off categories include bacon, barbecue, burgers, dessert, rice/noodle, sandwich, seafood, soups, steak, and vegetarian. The event will take place daily from November 9-13, from 11 am-7 pm at Fair Park, with ticket prices ranging from $10 for a day pass to $185 to a three-day VIP weekend pass.

The Prisoner Wine Dinner at The Stoneleigh
Visit Perle on Maple at Le Meridian Dallas, The Stoneleigh for this four-course dinner to be paired with the popular Prisoner wines. Delight in butter-poached prawns, spiced lamb chops, and tiramisu. Dinner is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6 pm.

Thursday, November 10

Duckhorn Wine Dinner at III Forks
Fine dining Frisco steakhouse will host a five-course dinner accompanied by Duckhorn Vineyards wine pairings. Certified Angus beef brand ambassador Tony Biggs will team up with chef Chris Vogeli on the menu featuring poke and carpaccio, bone marrow and mushroom fondue, lobster and spinach-stuffed rib medallions, and short rib bone-in beef wellington with truffle sauce. The dinner is $250 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, November 12

Meddlesome Moth Tilquin Fruit Extravaganza 2022
The Moth is one of 20 locations across the U.S. chosen to tap 10 fruited Lambic kegs from Belgian brewer Guezerie Tilquin. Kegs include: Framboise Lambic, Groseille Blanche Lambic, Peche Lambic, Sureau Lambic, Groseille a Maquereau Rouge Lambic, Myrtille Sauvage Lambic, Cassis Lambic & Oude Bruin Blend, Pomme Lambic, Poire Lambic, and Coing Lambic. Tasting of all 10 beers is $30 on Saturday 10 am-12 am and $40 on Sunday 10 am-10 pm. 214-628-7900.

Girl With Flour Fall Pop-up at Sandwich Hag
Here's a chance for Dallasites to buy stunning baked items from Girl With Flour, the home-bakery project from Erika Lam Radtke, whose goods are usually available by delivery only to Collin County residents. She'll be at Sandwich Hag 11 am-3 pm or until sell-out with fall-inspired pastries, sesame & scallion focaccia, cacio e pepe fougasse, and pumpkin spice pop tarts.

Wild West Wine Walk McKinney
Put on your boots and bling and sip nothing but Texas wine during this shop-and-stroll event in Historic Downtown McKinney. Four participating wineries and wine bars include Lone Star Cellars, Landon Winery, Barons Creek Vineyards, and 4R Ranch & Winery. Tickets range from $35 for 16 tastes to $50 for 20 tastes (including four premium wines) and all-day check-in. General admission check-in timeframes are 12-2:30 pm and 2:30-5 pm. All tickets include a souvenir wine glass.

Manhattan Project Beer Company Anniversary Party
Craft beer brewer celebrates its sixth anniversary with its first-ever side-by-side tasting of all six of their Particles Collide line of beers. The favorite will be added to the limited-release schedule next year. To ensure a taste of all six beers, purchase a commemorative flight board before the event. This also affords early access to the event at 2 pm. The rest of the party kicks off at 4 pm with food specials and live music. (Complete flight is not guaranteed after 4 pm.) Walnut flight board, six tasting glasses, and six 5-ounce pours is $50.

Bubbles + Bold Reds Holiday Tasting Wine Tasting at Trova Wine + Market
Ticket holders will get to sample more than 50 holiday wines during this private tasting. Sip and nosh passed appetizers, charcuterie, and cheese, and take advantage of sale pricing on all wines featured. Tickets are $100 per person and the party will run from 6-9 pm.

Sunday, November 13

Fana's Ethiopian Pop-Up Dinner
Chef Fana Yohannes of Carver 150 will showcase her culinary prowess during this pop-up dinner featuring authentic Ethiopian dishes. Set to take place at Taco y Vino, the dinner will come with three courses. Reservations are $35 (or $25 for a vegetarian option) and dinner will be available from 5-9 pm. Email info@carverdfw.com for reservations.

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These are the 8 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

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Halloween is over but Dia de los Muertos festivities are still in full force this week. Events include a multi-course dinner, tequila mixology class, and family-friendly festival. Speaking of festivals, the week ends with two big ones: one highlighting Greek food and culture and another featuring some of the country’s best pitmasters. Both are three days long, so pace yourself.

Tuesday, November 1

Dia de los Muertos Garland
This family-friendly, free event will celebrate the lives of loved ones lost with mariachi performances and ballet folklorico dancers in Mexican tradition. An array of food trucks and vendors will serve tacos, churros, Mexican sweet bread, fruit bowls with spicy Tajin, and more. The event will take place at the Granville Arts Center and begins at 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, November 2

Dia de los Muertos Dinner at Roots Southern Table
Chef Tiffany Derry will welcome guest chefs Mauricio Lopez and Ana Martinez from Hilton Los Cabos beach resort to collaborate a five-course, Baja-inspired dinner to honor lost loved ones for the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. Each course will come with chef-curated tequila pairings. Dinner is $175 per person and begins at 6 pm.

Day of the Dead - Return of Blackswan Saloon
For one night only, defunct Deep Ellum bar Blackswan Saloon will return from the dead to serve up its former glory at Midnight Rambler at the Hotel Joule downtown. Blackswan was the bar owned by Gabe Sanchez, who is now Midnight Rambler's general manager, so it's not such a stretch, but anticipate some throwback infused drinks. 6 pm-12 am.

Thursday, November 3

Day of the Dead Mixology Class at Seisegundos
Seisegundos is Mi Cocina’s upscale second floor cocktail bar that overlooks McKinney Avenue, and it’ll be the site for this Day of the Dead-themed mixology class featuring Casamigos tequila. Participants will get to taste four varieties of the popular tequila brand and learn to create seasonal cocktails. The $40 per-person price includes light bites from the bar. Class will run from 5:30-7 pm.

Friday, November 4

Greek Food Festival of Dallas
This three-day celebration of Greek culture and cuisine will return to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, where guests can enjoy music and dance and authentic Greek dishes. Bring the family for kids’ activities, and don’t miss the marketplace. Admission is $10 for adults and complimentary for kids 10 and under. The festival will run from 11 am-10 pm Friday and Saturday, and 11 am-5 pm on Sunday.

Q BBQ Fest
To be held at AT&T Stadium’s Miller Lite House, this three-day national competition among pitmasters features six that are native Texans. The lineup includes Barrett Black of Black’s BBQ, Brandon Hurtado of Hurtado Barbecue, Mike Perez of Loro, and more Tickets range from $15 for general admission (food and drink are available for purchase) to $119 for unlimited barbecue, cocktails, and beer. There’ll also be live music. All tickets include parking and must be purchased for specific timeslots. The event will run through Sunday.

Saturday, November 5

Drink North Texas Wine Festival at The Sound at Cypress Waters
Wine festival features 18 award-winning Texas wineries from the North Texas Wine Country. Sip and savor the best North Texas wines at the beautiful Sound overlooking North Lake. Along with the vineyards, there will be artisan vendors selling handmade goods, and Petty Theft will close out the event with a performance at the Rogers-O’Brien Amphitheater. 12-7pm.

Morton’s The Steakhouse A Taste of Legends Wine Dinner
Five-course dinner paired with hand-selected bottles of wines from five of the most distinguished French wine regions to perfectly complement the meal. Courses include Brie butter brioche toast, tuna niçoise salad, Prime New York strip, beef short rib, and French artisan cheeses, paired with Champagne Delamotte Brut, Château Miraval Rosé, Domaine Matrot Meursault Rouge, Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006, and Cyprès de Climens Barsac. $179. 6:30 pm. Reservations online.

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Savor the flavor of autumn-themed dishes in this Dallas restaurant news

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This roundup of Dallas dining news is all about new menus and new dishes to try. There are vegan dishes, happy hour menus, new fall offerings, new salads, new drinks, and a famous fast-food BBQ item, a collection of items pulled from press releases and online sources.

Here's what's happening in Dallas restaurant news:

Fatburger and its sister brand Buffalo’s Express opened in Garland. The California-based chain that's a Hollywood celeb favorite is known for juicy, built-to-order burgers weighing one-third of a pound, heftier than the typical fast-food patty, with more of a hand-formed appearance. It debuted in Texas in 2020 with a location in North Richland Hills and two others have since opened: One in Arlington and one in Allen, opened by Alfredo Gonzalez who also opened this new Garland location.

Oak Cliff Burrito Company is a pop-up inside Trompo, the recently opened restaurant at Jefferson Tower from Luis Olvera, serving burritos, nachos, and bowls from 11 am-2 pm. It's camping out at Trompo until it moves to a more permanent location at 626 W. Davis St. There are regular burritos, smothered burritos, and burritos smothered with nachos. Order online for pickup at Trompo, or via Doordash and Uber Eats

Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown is expanding. Ray Washburne, who is one of the partners who knew, announced they will be turning the former Asel Art Supply building into an indoor space called Katy Trail Depot.

Loro Dallas has new fall dishes Thai Peanuts, Smoked Three Bean Salad, Green Curry Beignets, Caramelized Onion-Cheddar Burger, Beer Battered Cod Sandwich with pickles & caraway slaw, and Key Lime Pie, priced from $4.50 to $13.50.

Libertine Bar on Greenville Avenue has new Happy Hour specials including Loaded Skillet Queso with carnitas, sour cream & guacamole, Soft Pretzel with beer cheese & mustard, Kettle Chips with onion dip, Chicken Bites with honey mustard, and a 44 Farms Double Cheese Burger with American cheese and pickle-fries, from $2.50 to $7.50. All bottles of wine are half price. Frozen drinks including margaritas & Frose are $5, and some draft beer are $5.

Swizzle, the tiki-themed bar at 1802 Greenville Ave., is now open 7 days a week, meaning you can visit on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as the rest of the week.

IPIC Fairview is testing out new vegan options including vegan nachos grand with tortilla chips, black bean spread, vegan shredded mozzarella, vegan queso, vegan sour cream, guacamole, and jalapeños; a vegan supreme pizza with vegan shredded mozzarella, Impossible rumbles, pepper & onion, mushroom, red onion, and tomato. They also have a special cocktail for the fall: Autumn Apple Falls cocktail with apple cinnamon-infused vodka, ginger syrup, lemon, agave, and bitters with a cinnamon sugar rim.

Spitz Frisco, which does a healthy modern take on Mediterranean, Greek, & American foods including wraps, salads, gyros, bowls, falafel, hummus, pita, and fries, is spotlighting its vegan menu, with a separate tab on its website listing wraps with hummus and crispy garbanzos, and a “Medi bowl” with falafel, dill quinoa, hummus, tomato, cucumber, olives, lemon-herb tahini, crispy garbanzos, and za’atar. It’s a nice effort although some of the items have ingredients like feta cheese, so it would appear that they might not know exactly what “vegan” means (it means, no animal products, and that would include cheese). Founded in Utah, Spitz has locations in California, Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota, and now Texas, and opened in Frisco in September.

North Italia has a new fall/winter menu featuring seasonal ingredients such as butternut squash, fuji apple, figs, rainbow cauliflower, and hazelnut, such as Butternut Squash Annolini, Roasted Porchetta, Short Rib Lumache pasta, and Crispy Eggplant Parmesan, plus seasonal cocktails like the Barbarini Smash and the Black Fig Manhattan cocktail.

Firehouse Subs has a new Prime Rib Steak Sub, featuring prime rib cooked sous vide, topped with caramelized onions, provolone, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli, and mustard on a toasted sub roll.

Salad and Go has three new dishes for fall. Roasted Autumn Salad with sweet potatoes, caramelized brussels sprouts, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and parmesan cheese, with protein choice of chicken or tofu or steak for an extra charge, and which can also be ordered as a wrap; Chicken Pot Pie Soup, and Pink Lemonade with cranberry juice and grapefruit.

Black Rock Coffee Bar has three new drinks for winter: Peppermint Bark White Mocha with peppermint bark sauce, white chocolate, and espresso; Caramel Nog Latte with eggnog, caramel, and espresso; and Christmas Cookie Cold Brew with chocolate macadamia nut and a sweet vanilla cold foam.

McDonald’s is bringing back its McRib sandwich for the fall, along with a line of McRib merchandise, available on GoldenArchesUnlimited.com. McRib is a boneless pork item with BBQ sauce, onions, and pickles, served on a sub-style bun. It was first introduced in 1980 and is featured on the menu sporadically.

Eight Elite Light Lager is now available at movie theaters for the first time, only at Cinemark Theatres. Founded by Troy Aikman, Eight is a lager brewed with organic grains.

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas is about to be rebranded. Trinity Real Estate Investments signed a management agreement with Marriott International to turn it into a Ritz-Carlton in 2024. Four Seasons will continue to operate Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas until December 15, which is the end of the current management agreement. Following December 15, it will become The Las Colinas Resort, Dallas, an independent hotel managed by The Ritz-Carlton. It will undergo a property-wide renovation and then become The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas.

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These are the 13 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

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Halloween week brings several opportunities for spooky sips and bites, from a Halloween-themed omakase dinner to a murder mystery dinner. (There’s even pumpkin-shaped pizza and edible slime on the menu this week.) This week also brings an inaugural fall beer festival, an all-you-can-eat party at an Italian market, and a 110th anniversary of a treasured Dallas hotel. Save room for a dumpling festival by week’s end.

Monday, October 24

Fall-O-Ween Beer Dinner at Lazy Dog
All locations of the American casual pub and restaurant will offer a four-course beer pairing dinner inspired by fall flavors now through Wednesday. Highlights from the menu include butternut squash soup, chicken pot pie, and butter cake. The menu is $85 for two and includes a four-pack of craft beers for sharing. Reservations encouraged.

Wednesday, October 26

Libertine Bar Pumpkin Carving Contest
Popular Greenville Avenue bar is hosting a pumpkin carving contest from 4-8 pm, with tarot card readings from Katie Mae Darling. $20 gets you a pumpkin and a beer. Winners get gift certificates to the Libertine. Judging takes place at 8 pm. 214-824-7900.

Krupp Brothers Keg Release at Sixty Vines
The Crescent Court restaurant is the exclusive home to a newly kegged wine varietal from Krupp Brothers. Called Stone Stitch, the Cabernet Sauvignon will be served during this wine tasting experience paired with chef-curated bites. The $75 ticket includes five wines and a pairing menu of fried chicken and caviar, savory beet tart, pizza, porcini-crusted petite tenderloin, and cherry chocolate truffles. The event starts at 6 pm.

Thursday, October 27

Halloween Omakase at Kessaku
There’ll be some spooky surprises during this Halloween-themed, multi-course sushi and sake experience, which will take place atop the 50th floor of The National building downtown. Reservations are $250 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and the dinner begins at 6 pm. Cocktails are included. Note that reservations typically sell out.

Friday, October 28

Boo-Tacular at Chuck E. Cheese
There’s only one place to find pumpkin-shaped pizza in DFW this weekend, and that’s any location of the kid-favorite Chuck E. Cheese. The longtime family-friendly entertainment destination and pizza joint is serving a menu of Halloween-themed items, including pumpkin-shaped pepperoni pizza with a Jack-O-Lantern face along with cookies, cupcakes, and Dippin’ Dots topped with edible green slime. Kids can dance with Chuck E. Cheese himself at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm nightly and get free candy, and those who arrive in costume can get 10 free play points with any games purchase. Don’t miss the costume contest at 6:30 pm Friday through Sunday – all participants get 50 free e-tickets and the lucky winner gets 500. Fun fact for parents: select locations of Chuck E. Cheese have craft beer on tap.

All You Can Eataly: Fall for Dallas
For one night the marketplace at Eataly will be closed to the public for an all-inclusive tasting event. There’ll be more than 50 wines to try, a dozen-plus bars with cocktails and beer, and more than 30 food stations led by guest chefs and Eataly chefs featuring hundreds of artisanal Italian bites. Even more, outside there’ll be live music, chef demos, and a Halloween costume contest under the big event tent. VIP tickets are $195 and include early access at 6 pm and a dedicated VIP lounge with a selection of premium Italian wines. General admission is $125 with entry at 7:30 pm. (7 pm entry is sold out.)

Bishop Arts Brew Fest
This inaugural two-day fall festival – which has an adults-only day and family-friendly day – will feature beer sampling, live music, food demos & tastings, cocktails, games, and a costume contest. On Friday the event will run from 5-11 pm and only those 21-and-up are permitted. Don’t miss the bus serving Sotol samples – it’s a spirit made from a relative of the agave plant. On Saturday the event will run from 2-6 pm and feature food trucks, face painting, a petting zoo, and more live music. Admission is free, but beer samples are available via a $30 Brew Fest Pass that’s good for 10 samples and a souvenir mug.

Saturday, October 29

Lowest Greenville Fall Fest
Hang out on Lowest Greenville for a fun-filled day of food and drink. Adults must purchase a $10 commemorative Lower Greenville Collective glass between 11 am-2 pm at Greenville Avenue Pizza Co, 1923 Greenville Ave. This serves as a ticket to beer, wine & cocktail samples, and drink discounts. There's also trick-or-treating for the kids. Participating businesses include Greenville Avenue Pizza Company, Joy Macarons, Son of a Butcher, Bullzerk, Meyboom Brasserie, Sams Club, Swizzle, HG Sply Co., Leela’s, Libertine, and more.

Murder Mystery Dinner at Bourbon & Banter
Spend Halloween weekend solving a 1920s mafia marriage murder mystery paired with a four-course dinner from Bourbon & Banter. Dress the part to add to the fun – think zoot suits, flapper dresses, feather boas, and fedoras. Menu items include deviled eggs, pumpkin consommé, pan-seared red snapper, and red rum pumpkin hand pie. Tickets for two are $160 and do not include alcohol. The dinner will run from 7-10 pm.

Spell On You: Dine & Drink at Commons Club
There’ll be tricks, treats, potions, and palm readings during this immersive dining experience at the Commons Club inside the Virgin Hotels Dallas. Tickets start at $150 per person and include two “potions” from a specialty cocktail menu, food stations, a personalized tarot card reading, and entry to the hotel’s Spell on You: Halloween Party at The Manor. Dinner will run from 7-10 pm and party will go on until 2 am.

110th Anniversary Gala at The Adolphus
Opened in 1912, The Adolphus will celebrate 110 years with an entertaining evening of music, cocktails, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres. Musical entertainment will take guests on a trip through the decades, and the event will take place in the hotel’s iconic French Room. Tickets are $150 per person, plus tax and service charge, and the cocktail attire party will run from 8 pm-midnight.

Sunday, October 30

A “Titanic” Afternoon Tea Experience at The French Room
This year marks the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean, and The Adolphus will honor the ship’s memory with an elegant afternoon tea with live music. The menu will include items from the Titanic’s own tea service that was available in first class. The $85 ticket, plus tax and service charge, includes two courses, two artisan tea pairings, and a glass of champagne. Reservations are available from 11 am-3 pm. Hats and gloves encouraged in Titanic-era fashion.

Momo Festival
A popular Nepali street food, a momo is a dumpling filled with meat or vegetables. Try them in wide-ranging variety during this festival dedicated to the delicacy. Taking place at Levitt Pavilion Arlington, the event will feature at least a dozen restaurants and food vendors serving not only momos but other Nepalese cuisine available for purchase. There’ll also be bars, family-friendly entertainment, and DJ music. Admission is free with online registration and the event will run from 2–10 pm. Dogs are welcome on a leash.


Fall is everywhere on menus in this cinnamon-y Dallas restaurant news

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This roundup of Dallas dining news is a doozy, with 30 news tidbits, ranging from new openings to new chefs to news about supermarket mergers — some culled from press releases, some pulled off the world-wide web. If there's a prevailing theme, it's autumn, with just about everyone introducing new seasonal menus for fall.

Here's what's happening in Dallas restaurant news:

Foxtrot, the cafe-market concept, opens its third Dallas location at 3130 Knox St. on October 26, offering its signature all-day café experience, with coffee, cafe drinks, smoothies, breakfast tacos, salads, bowls, and grab-and-go meals for lunch and dinner. The store sells craft beer, fine wines, and everyday essentials - more than 175 local products from over 50 local makers, including Hail Mary, CocoAndré, Oak Cliff Coffee, Teasom, Joy Macarons, and Basia’s Pickles. Foxtrot debuted in Dallas in 2019 in Uptown at 2822 McKinney Ave., followed by a second Dallas location at 6565 Hillcrest Ave.

The French Room at the Adolphus hotel reopened for dinner on October 13 after a two-year hiatus, with "Be Our Guest Chef," a limited dinner series featuring guest chefs. The first chef is Laurent Quenoix, whose opening menu included chanterelles foie gras torchon with roasted quince, Maine lobster with cabbage & watercress & spicy Chinese relish, Dover sole with sweet potato mousse, risotto with truffles, venison “noisette” with date puree, chocolate bar dessert, and a cheese plate with rye crackers. The series takes place on select days in October, November, and January. Diners who attended opening night were escorted to a seating area to wait, and the restaurant added a gratuity on a price fixe menu for a table of two.

Curry Pizza House, a new pizzeria with an Indian flair, opened on October 15 at 5266 Independence Pkwy. #100 in Frisco. Since its launch in 2012, Curry Pizza House has grown to 11 locations across California and Texas, including Austin where they opened in 2021, with additional locations coming soon in Irving and Richardson.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery opened its first Frisco location at 9169 Dallas Pkwy. on October 12. The Denver-based chain specializes in innovative breakfasts including signature pineapple upside down pancakes, Benedicts like the habanero pork belly benny, breakfast sandwiches, omelets, breakfast tacos, pancake flights, plant-based plates including bravocado toast and tofu scramble, and a full bar with cocktails, beer, and spiked coffee. The Frisco location was previously a Super Chix. It seats 115 inside with 34 seats on a covered patio.

Cheba Hut, the laid-back marijuana-themed sub shop known for its excellent "toasted subs," is opening a location in the perfect town for this concept: Denton, where it'll open on Monday, October 17 at 1611 West Eagle Dr. #109, less than a mile from UNT. The shop is from franchisee Bhavik Bhakta who knew Denton would be a great location for a new shop because it fits the expressive culture of Cheba Hut with artwork, music festivals, and more.

Hawaiian Bros, a chain specializing in the traditional Hawaiian plate lunch, is opening a location in Murphy, in a former Wachovia Bank building at 203 FM 544, on October 18.

Tiger Sugar, a boba tea shop chain founded in Taiwan in 2017 and known for its brown sugar boba straked with syrup, is opening a location in Plano at 101 W Spring Creek Pkwy. #735, at the NW corner of US-75, in the same center as 99 Ranch Market: A location in Carrollton opened in 2020.

Sweetgreen has brought back three seasonal favorites: Curry Cauliflower, featuring cauliflower with blackened chicken, cabbage, cilantro, raisins, quinoa, and arugula, topped with sweetgreen hot sauce and peppercorn tahina dressing; Chicken & Brussels salad with more blackened chicken, Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, quinoa, Romaine, apples, almonds, and cranberry maple vinaigrette; and a Buffalo cauliflower side dish with curry roasted cauliflower, crispy rice, caesar dressing, and hot sauce. Available through January 11.

Knife Dallas has new menu items including roasted chicken, panzanella salad, broiled Maine lobster, prawns, whole fish in a variety of preparations, and house-made pasta including pasta Bolognese, rigatoni with truffle, and bucatini cacio e pepe.

Dive Coastal Cuisine in Snider Plaza has new specials for October including the Spicy Dive Wedge with spiced pecans, cherry tomatoes, chives, and bacon; Shrimp Enchiladas with tomatillo sauce; Manhattan red clam chowder; market fish such as halibut, Texas redfish, and mahi mahi; and a seasonal spaghetti squash side.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub has a new seasonal menu served through mid-February. Dishes include bacon-wrapped medjool dates stuffed with gorgonzola cream cheese, beer steamed shrimp, arugula & beet salad with chicken, Wagyu beef burger, shrimp pad Thai with tamarind coconut sauce, black cherry BBQ pork tenderloin, coffee-crusted braised beef, whiskey Bing cherry bread pudding, and cocktails including Maple Old Fashioned and Tito’s Winter White Cosmopolitan. At four locations in Irving, Euless, The Colony, and Walnut Hill Ln. in Dallas.

Electric Shuffle has new menu items for fall including boneless wings, chicken & pineapple skewers, crispy pork egg rolls, buffalo chicken quesadilla, sliders, a pizza with prosciutto, pear, & goat cheese, and chocolate chip cannoli, plus a quintet of new cocktails such as Son of a Peach with mezal, peach, and citrus.

RaceTrac has brought back its Waffle Breakfast Sandwich, featuring sausage, egg, and cheese between two waffles. The sandwich became a customer favorite when it was initially introduced for a short period in November 2021. Priced at $3.69, the Waffle Breakfast Sandwich is at most RaceTrac stores between 6-10 am, available now through January 31, 2023, or while supplies last.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop has added a Saucy Brisket Poblano Taco to its menu, featuring shredded brisket drizzled with special Butt Burnin’ sauce blended with Dr Pepper, topped with poblano peppers, pickled red onions, avocado, garlic sauce, feta, and cilantro on a flour tortilla, available at participating locations through November 20.

Cotton Patch Cafe has new seasonal specials available until November 4 including meatloaf sliders with tomato glaze and pepper jack cheese with french fries; Southwest chicken salad with shredded cheese, mandarin oranges, spring mix greens, corn, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, and honey-lime dressing; and triple grilled cheese with cheddar, pepper jack, and American cheese on Texas toast with fries.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill has a new seasonal menu featuring spaghetti carbonara with chicken; pork chops stuffed with fontina & prosciutto, topped with mushrooms and Lombardo Marsala sauce, and served with two sides; Stuffed Mushrooms stuffed with sausage, spinach, ricotta, parmesan, Romano, and mozzarella, served over tomato cream sauce; New York-style cheesecake topped with caramel apples and toasted cinnamon pecans; and a Blood Orange Margarita.

Whataburger has a new Whataburger Chili Cheese Burger featuring two patties, two slices of American cheese, beef chili, corn chips, mustard, and onions on a toasted five-inch bun. It's available for a limited time, how long they do not say.

DQ has two cheesy limited-edition menu items available through the end of October: Cheesy Steak Fingers, infused with cream pepper jack cheese, available in a Cheesy Steak Finger Country Basket with fries, Texas toast, and ranch dressing or creamy gravy; and the Cheesy Dude sandwich, a chicken-fried steak sandwich topped with two slices of Pepper Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and creamy salad dressing on a toasted bun.

SusieCakes has special Halloween desserts throughout October including ghost and pumpkin sugar cookies, Halloween cookie decorating kits, Boo cupcakes, Halloween-themed cupcakes, mini cupcakes, and cakes decorated with a black cat, Frankenstein, pumpkins, and ghosts. The special cupcake for October is a pumpkin spice cupcake with maple buttercream. At three locations: Preston Center, Hillside Village, and River Run in Fort Worth.

Sadelle's at Highland Park Village has created a new marketplace with grab-and-go items including bagels by the dozen, smoked salmon, rotisserie chicken, tuna salad, whitefish salad, egg salad, and wine by the bottle. They've also introduced a charcuterie program.

Legacy Hall in Plano has new cocktails including the Flower Child, Modern Fashioned, Smoky Rose, Berry Bright, The Cucumberland, Pineapple Express, Foggy London, Da Funk, Urban Mojito, El Fantasma, Don’t Call Me Shirley, and the Golden Ticket, plus two alcohol-free mocktails: the Tropical Dreams and the Botanical Garden.

7-Eleven has a new Slurpee flavor for fall: Green Apple, a combination of tart and sweet that they say taste like a freshly picked apple on a crisp autumn day. It's available for a limited time, how long they do not say.

Lounge Here, the cool bar-restaurant on Garland Road, has an acclaimed new chef: Jeff Harris, who has worked in many stellar kitchens including Tom Colicchio's Craft Dallas, Bolsa, Victor Tangos, and AF+B in Fort Worth. "When the pandemic hit, I was doing corporate private dining and helped open a fried chicken shop in Canton," Harris says. "It's great to be back in the kitchen, and I love the neighborhood." Harris says they won't do a huge overhaul of the menu, letting change happen organically with specials such as pork chop with collard greens and sweet potatoes. "Lounge Here has some great staples - the deviled eggs, shrimp & grits, chicken fried rib eye, and those won't go away," he says.

Nutpods plant-based creamer has a variety pack of three flavors: Peppermint Mocha, Holiday Nog, and Pumpkin Spice for the holidays, providing a dairy-free and zero-sugar alternative to sugary drinks. The variety pack is available online, and also individually in 11.2 oz or 25.4 oz cartons in select stores and online. These are limited-time flavors, available until sold out.

Nature’s Fynd, a food company making meat and dairy alternatives, has Dairy-Free Cream Cheese now for sale in 8-ounce tubs at Sprouts Farmers Market. The cream cheese is vegan, nut-free, and soy-free, and has no artificial flavors or preservatives, and comes in two varieties: Original and Chive & Onion.

Apres Hours, a Dallas-based line of ready-to-drink canned espresso martinis that launched in August, are now available at Total Wine & More stores in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Après Hours is available in three dairy- and gluten-free flavors: Classic, Salted Caramel, and Vanilla.

Bread Winners Café & Bakery, the venerable local chain that introduced the concept of brunch to Dallas, has a new owner. Founders Jim and Cindy Hughes sold the brand to Josh Bock of Stratega Capital, who will take over all four locations – Uptown, Inwood Village, Northpark Center, and Plano – plus the catering division and the Quarter Bar in Uptown. Harlowe MXM and Henry’s Majestic will remain with the Hughes family. Bock plans to keep the current management team in place – which includes two of the four Hughes children and many long-time employees. Andrew Popp, Bread Winners' current COO, will implement strategic direction and growth.

Kroger is angling to buy Albertsons in a deal that would create a grocery giant with almost 5,000 stores. They say such a deal will give them better buying power, improve manufacturing and distribution, save on costs, and lower prices. Isn't that what they always say? The companies plan to offload as many as 375 stores through a spinoff, if they can’t find buyers. Kroger has 209 stores in TX; Albertson's has 43 stores in TX, all in DFW.

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), an animal rights group, won a victory in court on October 8 when two members were found not guilty of stealing two sick piglets from Smithfield Foods' Circle Four Farms, a factory farm in Utah. Wayne Hsiung and Paul Picklesimer rescued the pigs, and became the target of an investigation by the FBI and the Utah attorney general’s office. The Intercept quoted defense attorney Mary Corporon, who said the trial raised questions about government agencies like the FBI performing in service to large corporations.

Texas Food & Wine Alliance (TFWA) is accepting applications for $111,500 in grants awarded to chefs, artisan producers, culinary nonprofits, and businesses. The deadline is October 23 via online submission. Winners will be announced January 21.

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Gala led by Dallas' most VIP couple scores top spot in this week's 5 hottest headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Dallas' most VIP couple leads all-star gala for Perot Museum 10th anniversary. The 10th anniversary of a Dallas landmark deserves a star-studded party and a few fireworks, too — and that's exactly what the Perot Museum of Nature and Science did to celebrate its milestone birthday. Dallas' most VIP couple led the festivities. Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki co-chaired the 10th anniversary Night at the Museum Gala on Saturday, November 12.

2. Dallas hires Martine Elyse Philippe as new director of arts and culture. The city of Dallas has a new Arts boss: Martine Elyse Philippe, who has worked in arts administration and the nonprofit world, has been appointed Director of the Office of Arts & Culture, a division of the City Manager's Office that fosters partnerships and support with arts and cultural organizations.

3. Record store in Dallas' Oak Cliff to spin off hip new restaurant-lounge. There's a hip new lounge bar restaurant opening in Dallas' Bishop Arts: Called Ladylove, it's going into the favorably located space previously occupied by Dallas Grilled Cheese Co., and is forecast to open in early 2023. Ladylove, whose subhead is "Lounge & Sound," is from David Grover and Kate Siamro, the same amazing team who own Spinster Records, the vinyl record store in Bishop Arts.

4. New Uptown Dallas movie theater sets opening date in time for the holidays. A little over a year after it was first announced, Violet Crown Cinema will open its first Dallas theater in West Village in early December. The theater is located in the former Magnolia Theater, which closed when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and never reopened.

5. Dallas university among best in U.S. for entrepreneurship programs, says Princeton Review. Dallas entrepreneurs, take note. The University of Texas at Dallas is near the top of its class among the country's best entrepreneurship programs. UTD's Naveen Jindal School of Management appears at No. 12 for best graduate entrepreneurship program and No. 25 for best undergraduate entrepreneurship program on new lists from The Princeton Review.

Longtime Mexican restaurant in Deep Ellum closes, breastaurant on the way

Deep Ellum News

A longtime Mexican restaurant in Deep Ellum is closing: Maracas Cocina Mexicana, which has been in business at 2914 Main St. in one form or another since 1992, will close this weekend, to be replaced with another concept whose identity is still to be (officially) announced.

The restaurant is going out with a goodbye party on November 25, at 5 pm, with a DJ and its signature cheap drinks.

They've already started clearing out equipment and this will be their final weekend. A staffer speaking for the restaurant said that current owner, who asked not to be named but also owns a number of Mexican sandwich shops around DFW, is doing a rebranding.

"It's re-opening as a breastaurant, and the menu will be more focused on Mexican seafood," the staffer said.

The working title for the new concept is La Toxica Mariscos Y Micheladas.

Maracas' long history began in 1992 when it was was founded as Monica's Aca Y Alla, named for founder and veteran restaurateur Monica Greene, who opened it on what was then the eastern, rather sleepy edge of Deep Ellum. (Actually, it was originally Eduardo's Aca Y Alla, founded prior to Monica's transgender transformation in 1993.)

By 2012, Greene became restless after 20 years with what she perceived as sluggish development in Deep Ellum — a sad irony since the neighborhood started to blow up just a couple of years later.

She handed over the reins to managers Jose Sanchez and Angel Borjas, who kept much of what it had been — cheap and affordable Tex-Mex, a laid-back party atmosphere — and rebranded it as Maracas. The current owner came on board in 2014.

At 30 years, the restaurant is easily one of the longest running in Deep Ellum. When it opened, restaurants were somewhat of a minority in a neighborhood dominated by live music clubs. Now restaurants are the majority, and clubs have become the minority instead.

Some of Maracas' employees have worked there for decades, and are reportedly being given the option to work at the owner's other establishments.

The Friday night party will be $15 at the door, which gets you appetizers. Otherwise, patrons can order off the menu. House margaritas will be $4.50 and beers will be $5.

The restaurant will be be open as Maracas for the remainder of the weekend, including brunch: from 11 am-11 pm Saturday and 11 am-9 pm on Sunday.

"It's been a watering hole for many of us for so many years!" says Kendell Liptrap, a regular.

Where to eat on Christmas 2022 at Dallas restaurants

Holiday News

It seems impossible to fathom but we've reached that point where we are starting to think about Christmas, and restaurants are already cooking up options, whether you're looking to dine out or grab something to take home.

This list has a little bit of everything: places that are open on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, or places doing take-out only. As the holiday draws nearer, the list will surely grow, so check back for updates, which we'll make as they come in.

Here's our list of Christmas dining options:

Dive Coastal Cuisine. To-go items include mini potato latkes, bruschetta ciabatta crostinis, charcuterie, chicken, beef tenderloin, whipped or whole sweet potatoes, holiday everything salad, and whole key lime pie. Order by December 21. 214-891-1700. Closed Christmas Day.

Dolce Riviera. Special edition Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. $85. December 19–December 24. 469-458-6623. Closed Christmas Day.

Mercat Bistro. Christmas Day brunch with festive 3-course menu. $68. Make reservations to sit in the restaurant’s famous Polar Bear section. 10 am–3 pm. 214-953-0917.

Magnolias Sous Le Pont. Open Christmas Day morning with winter themed beverages including Toffee Crunch Affogato, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and frozen peppermint mocha. 469-249-9222.

Postino WineCafe. Family-size to-go menu feeds up to 15, including two starters, bruschetta platter, and salad. Add-ons are available for an additional cost. $285, Order by December 23. 972-210-2102. Closed Christmas Day.

Tacodeli. Chile En Nogada and Spiked Horchata, available for dine-in or to-go.Available through December 23. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. West Dallas – 214-760-1930; The Hill – 214-206-8980; Park & Preston (Plano) – 972-200-5101; Parkwood (Plano) – 214-997-6047.

TJ’s Seafood Market. Holiday to-go menu includes holiday platters, shrimp, smoked salmon, oysters, and gumbo. Order by December 23 for pickup December 24. Preston Royal – 214-691-2369; Oak Lawn – 214-219-3474.

SusieCakes. Christmas desserts include chocolate candy cane cake, holiday cupcakes, cupcakes, frosted sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and decorating kits. Order by December 24. Preston Center – 214-983-2253; Hillside – 945-245-2253. Closed Christmas Day.

Ten50 BBQ. To-go smoked meats, sides, and desserts. Order by December 21. 1-855-QUE-1050 or email catering@ten50bbq.com. Closed Christmas Day.

City Hall Bistro. Restaurant at the Adolphus has a three-course menu featuring squash & kale salad, honey baked ham, cornbread dressing, candied yams, pumpkin pie, and Texas praline crunch brownie. Additional items are available for an extra cost including prime rib and salmon. 12–8 pm. $70. 214-651-3686.