The Four Seasons' Cafe on the Green has two events this weekend. The first, Mixology Mistletoe and Merriment, is a holiday-themed class that will teach participants how to egg a nog, put some cheer in their punch and make cocktails that smack of Santa's tears. The second event is a bit more kid friendly. Learn how to decorate cupcakes for the holidays courtesy of Four Season's Pastry Chef de Partie Hayoung Lesser. Kiddos 8 and under must be supervised by an adult. For reservations to either event, call 972-717-2420.
When they do: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, December 5
Where they is: 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
Town squares better watch out: Denton just upped their merriment game. On Friday, the Denton Town Square will be cast in a soft, magical glow — the kind that can only be generated from thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. Or a dumpster that caught on fire. As the square becomes illuminated, merchants will dispense piping hot cups of wassail. In case you didn't know, wassail is a hot beverage made from the blood of young apples. And it is delicious. The festivities will continue on Saturday, so your weekend schedule should read something like this: Friday — wassail. Saturday — more wassail.
What it be: Wassail Fest. For a list of participating merchants, click here.
When it do: 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, December 4 and 2-6 p.m. Saturday, December 5
Where dat is: Downtown Denton Square 110 W. Hickory St. Denton,
Oh come let us adore them, oh come let us adore them, oh come let us adore them, pork tamales. This marks the first year for The DFW International Tamale Festival and Christmas Market. Stop by and place your order for Christmas, or pick up a dozen or two or twelve. Tamales: They're the reason for the season.
What it be: DFW Tamale Festival and Christmas Market
When it do: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, December 5
Where dat is: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Small business Saturday may have been last weekend, but there will be loads of local food vendors and artisans at this Saturday's Design District Holiday Market that could use your patronage. Participating vendors include Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie, Steel City Pops, Haus Of Growlers and food trucks Chez Flo, Maui Wowi, Vegan Noms and Bombay Street Food.
What it be: Design District Holiday Market
When it do: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, December 5
Where dat is: 1519 Hi Line Drive
Grapevine Craft Brewery is celebrating their second anniversary on Repeal Day, which commemorates the day Prohibition ended in 1933. This doubly happy occasion will be marked by $3 pints and the release of Kentucky Common, a cream ale. The day will also be filled with live music and food trucks.
When it do: noon-10 p.m. Saturday, December 5
Where dat is: 906 Jean St.
Can't get enough Repeal Day celebrations? Whiskey Cake is turning back the clocks by serving discounted Prohibition-style cocktails, playing vintage music and holding a '20s-era costume contest. It will be just like stepping back in time, only with more gin and decreased early infant mortality rates!
What it be: Repeal Day Party at Whiskey Cake
When it do: 5 p.m. Saturday, December 5
Where dat is: 3601 Dallas Parkway, Plano
That's right, there's not one but two tamale-based events this weekend, proving once and for all that this really is the most wonderful time of the year. For $10 per person, participants can taste (or, you know, gorge on) a wide variety of tamales and salsas. This event benefits the Bishop Arts Neighborhood Association and associated projects. To purchase tickets, contact Patricia Erives at 469-323-2325 or Phillip Hubbard at 214-557-8943, or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
What it be: Tamale Libre
When it do: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, December 5
Where dat is: 223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
LUCK and Glazed Donut Works are combining forces yet again as they work to bring an end to as many diets as possible. Their weapons? Beer and doughnuts. This will be the ninth time for the two businesses to team up, and if the popularity of their previous pairings is any indicator then there are plenty of Dallasites just waiting for a reason to bring their Paleo regimens to a crushing, yeasty halt. Doughnut and beer pairings include strawberry jam filled with Noble Rey's Off the Leash, eggnog and pastry cream with Peticolas' Great Scott, chocolate peppermint with Legion by Community and pomegranate and early grey with Texas Ale Project's Better Horizontal. Supplies are limited, so either arrive early or be prepared for a case of the food sads.
What it be: Donut and Beer Pairing
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When it do: 11 a.m. Sunday, December 6
Where dat is: 3011 Gulden Lane Suite 112