Ever put off going to the grocery store a little too long, and been faced with the prospect of making dinner using only what you have on hand? That’s a terrifying thought, considering it means that you’re supposed to derive sustenance from some soy sauce packets, a can of navy beans, an orange and some spaghetti noodles. But where you open your cabinets and see fodder for a trip to Taco Bell, others can whip up a plate in no time flat, Instagram it, and serve it up to foodie applause. That’s (kinda) the premise behind Iron Fork Dallas—baskets of ingredients are handed over to chefs, who then go head to head in a fast-paced culinary competition, chaired by Kent Rathburn. While local chefs Matt McCallister of FT33 and Omar Flores of Casa Rubia duke it out for the Iron Fork title, you’ll get to dive into a variety of food, beer, wine and liquor samples from local restaurants and vendors—all while being inspired to reconsider the future of that three-year-old jar of capers in your pantry. Iron Chef Dallas serves up spontaneity from 7 until 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 in Centennial Hall at Fair Park, 1001 Washington Street. Tickets are $45 to $90 at microapp.dallasobserver.com/ironfork/2015/tickets.php.
Wed., April 29, 7-10 p.m., 2015