Unleash your inner Dowager Countess of Grantham at The Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is hosting a special three-course holiday tea every day from now through January 4. Guests will enjoy a first course of roasted chestnut soup with cheese wafer, a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a dessert course. To attend the tea, you must be 13 years or older (because nothing spoils a good tea like a small child.) Prices range between $47 and $57 and include parking and admission to the garden. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511.
What it be: Holiday Tea at the Dallas Arboretum
When it do: Now through January 4 - tea times are twice a day, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where dat is: Restaurant DeGolyer (in the Aboretum) 8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas
The Four Seasons' Master Sommelier, James Tidwell, and Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Rivera will host a wine event that is slated to be both merry and jolly. Selected wines will be paired with custom holiday dishes. The price is $45 per person. For reservations, call 972.717-2420.
What it be: Holiday Wine Experience
When it do: Thursday, Dec. 11 from 7 - 9 p.m.
Where dat is: Café on the Green 4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, Texas 75038
Corks and Cigars benefits The Moore Foundation for A Careful Mind, a newly created non-profit that supports research and advocacy for mental health. It also benefits you. For $15, you get complimentary drinks, lite bites, live jazz and the musical stylings of DJ Niro. Cigars will be available for purchase. So yay for mental health advocacy. But also yay for complimentary drinks.
What it be: Corks and Cigars
When it do: Thursday, Dec. 11 from 8 - 11 p.m.
Where dat is: Cigar Art 504 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, Texas 75208
If Buddy the Elf were real and in charge of arranging a benefit for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and the Crescent Fund, he would call it Cookies & Castles. He would then construct a magical candy wonderland in which children and adults alike could delight in the wonder of the season as they decorated gingerbread houses and gingerbread men. And he would wrap up the gingerbread houses with great care, so that the children who worked so hard to create them could later revel in their holiday-inspired craftsmanship. Buddy may not be real, but luckily this event is. Tickets are $75 and up.
What it be: Cookies & Castles
When it do: Friday, Dec. 12th, 2014 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 13th, 2014 at 1 p.m.
Where dat is: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn St. Dallas, Texas 75219
We all have our favorite ways of welcoming in the holiday season: trimming the house in lights, going ice skating, baking cookies - you know the drill. But maybe this is the year to start a new tradition... a bottomless tradition. Bite City Grill is throwing a Bingle Jells Brunch, where for $30 participants will enjoy a special menu, bottomless mimosas and photos with Santa. Fifty percent of the ticket sales will be donated to the Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Unit at Baylor Medical Center. Brunch-goers (brunchers?) are also encouraged to bring a teddy bear to donate to the Transplant Unit.
What it be: Bingle Jells Brunch (Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call 817-877-3888.)
When it do: Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where dat is: Bite City Grill 2600 W. 7th St. Fort Worth, Texas
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Chef Abraham Salum and Carla Nichols of Boisset Collection of Wines are hosting a multi-course sparkling wine event at Salum Restaurant. Tickets are $85 each and benefit The Stewpot and the North Texas Food Bank.
When it do: Sunday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Where dat is: Salum 4152 Cole Ave. Suite 103 Dallas, Texas