Do you have $600 and nothing else to do? This evening, III Forks is hosting a six-course, 100-point wine dinner. Courtesy of Guy Stout, master sommelier, the dinner will feature wines that cost a lot more than the ones they sell at Trader Joe's. They may even taste better. Reservations are required, because you can't just waltz into a $600 wine dinner like it's Dairy Queen and expect service, apparently.
What it be: 100-Point-Wine Dinner
When it do: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 10
Where dat is: 17776 Dallas Parkway
You know those sad stand-up comedy bars? The ones that smell like nachos and tears? Don't go there. Go to Community Beer Co. instead, where they will host the Brew-HaHa Comedy Series. For $20 (in advance, $25 at the door), a ticket to Brew-HaHa gets you entry into and a mini-tour of the brewery, a comedy show featuring, you know, comedians and stuff, as well as three beers and an obligatory commemorative pint glass. Food trucks will also be there.
What it be: Brew-HaHa Comedy Series
When it do: 7-10 p.m. Thursday, September 10
Where dat is: 1530 Inspiration Drive, No. 200
FOE and DEBC: proof that acronyms can be soulmates. The Fraternal Order of Eagles and Deep Ellum Brewing Co., respectively, are teaming up for the 4th Annual Barbeque Cookoff. This amateur competition raises money for the Texas FOE State Project, University Medical Center Foundation. And while charity is nice and all, we know the only thing you care about is samples. Sample barbecue from more than 15 teams and vote for your favorite, take home a pie or cake at the baked goods silent auction or enjoy beer specials courtesy of our friends at DEBC. Tickets are $10.
What it be: Barbeque Cookoff
When it do: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, September 12
Where dat is: 8500 Arturo Drive
Not that we're biased or anything, but if you're going to go to one food event this week it should be BrewFest 2015. More than 350 beers from around the world will be there, of which you get to try 12 2-ounce samples for $45 (advance price). If that leaves you feeling sad about the other 238+ beers you won’t get to try then just remember that additional sampling cards will be available for purchase. Guests must be 21 or older with a valid I.D.
What it be: BrewFest 2015
When it do: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, September 12
Where dat is: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Let me guess. You don't like okra. Yeah, neither does anyone else. But somehow this benefit cook-off has made it to year six. Oh wait, we know how. Because it's got music, beer and people who know their way around this much-maligned vegetable. Get your mucilaginous veggie-eating on and see who will be crowned “Okrapalooza Champion of the World" for $45. All the money raised from Okrapalooza goes to the Promise of Peace Community Garden, so put your qualms aside: It's slime-time.
What it be: 6th Annual Okrapalooza
When it do: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, September 13
Where dat is: 7530 E. Grand Ave.
Chef Tiffany Derry of Top Chef fame will prepare the menu at Cafe Momentum's latest pop-up. This being Texas and also the first Sunday of the regular NFL season, Momentum will honor the occasion by airing the Cowboys game live. Amazing food and watching giant men hurl their bodies through space and time over an inflated flap of pig skin? Heck yeah. Tickets are $100.
What it be: Cafe Momentum Pop-Up Dinner
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When it do: 6 p.m. Sunday, September 13
Where dat is: 1510 Pacific Ave.