Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck is honoring the year of the sheep with a dish called Cumin Soy Marinated Sheep-chops. Sheep-chops are empirically better than lamb-chops, if only because they do not conjure up such vivid of images of this little guy. To go along with the sheep-chops, there will be a tasting menu of Cobia Sashimi, Dumplings, Whole Roasted Rouget, Chinese New Year Tangerine Cake and House Made Fortune Cookies. The cost is $110 per person ($155 with wine pairings).
What it be: Chinese New Year
When it: Thusday, February 26 and Friday, February 27, starting at 5 p.m. each day
Where dat is: 300 Reunion Boulevard E.
Get your wallets out: it's Bonne Sante time. This is the fifth year for the wine and food showcase which features both local and national chefs, including Tim Byers, Matt McCallister, Steven Pyles and Shawn McClain. For $200 a head, you get the opportunity to rub shoulders with the fine people who rub shoulders (beef and pork, mostly) for a living, to taste their delicious food, to drink wine and to help raise money for the National Kidney Foundation.
What it be: Bonne Sante
When it do: Friday, February 27 from 6-9 p.m.
Where dat is: Galleria Dallas, 13340 Dallas Parkway
God bless events that rhyme. The Flying Saucer's Fort Worth location is hosting the sixth annual Barleywine & Swine event. For those of you with excellent deductive reading skills, you may have already cracked the code on this one. For the rest of you, this means that there will be alcohol -- namely of the barleywine variety -- and pork. To get even more specific, there will be more than 20 barleywines and a pork-tastic platter of ribs, loin, bratwurst and bacon.
What it be: Barleywine & Swine 2015
When it do: Saturday, February 28 from 11 - 2 a.m.
Where dat is: 111 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth
The Gingerman is really competitive. This Saturday, the Fort Worth location is having a chili cook-off for The Ronald McDonald House, while the one in Plano is having a salsa cook-off to benefit CASA for Children. So I guess my earlier statement should be qualified: the Gingermen are competitive, but they're also philanthropic. So come out and support your favorite cause (of acid reflux.)
What it be: 6th Annual Salsa Cook-Off
When it do: Saturday, February 28 at 3 p.m.
Where dat is: 7205 Bishop Road, Plano
What it be: Chili Cook-Off
When it do: Saturday, February 28 at 1 p.m.
Where dat is: 3716 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth
To become a sushi master is to have great patience. In the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, it takes ten years before sushi apprentices are allowed to cook the eggs. But in the words of Kimberly "Sweet Brown" Wilkins, ain't nobody got time for that. At Veritas Wine Room, you can learn how to make sushi in one afternoon, courtesy of TJ's Seafood Market. They won't make you rub an octopus for 40 minutes, but they will give you half off your first glass of wine. Everybody got time for that. The class is $46 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
What it be: Sushi Making Class
When it do: Saturday, February 28 at 4 p.m.
Where dat is: 2323 N. Henderson Ave.
Do you like Guided by Voices? Specifically, do you like their Bee Thousand album? Are you also partial to imperial lager? Well boy, oh boy do I have the event for you. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Bee Thousand, The Foundry will sell Dogfish Head's limited-release lager, Beer Thousand, for just one night. Guided by Vices, a GbV cover band, will also be there to help commemorate the occasion.
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When it do: Saturday, February 28 at 9 p.m.
Where dat is: 2303 Pittman St.