Did you know that emmental is the state cheese? No? That's because we don't have a state cheese. That's a shame, really, because Texan cheese makers are producing some really fine fromage. Taste six Texan cheeses, two wines and two accompaniments at the Dallas Farmers Market location of Scardello. This self-paced tasting will also feature the stories behind the cheeses, told straight from the cheese makers themselves. The cost is $20 per person.
When it do: 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 1
Where dat is: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Scardello at the Farmers Market is also hosting a beer and cheese pairing class this Thursday, and again on Friday. Learn about unexpected combinations and taste as you go. Tickets are $40 per person.
What it be: Beer and Cheese Class
When it do: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, and 8 p.m. Friday, June 8
Where dat is: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Tradition says that six-year anniversaries are marked with gifts of iron. Or candy, oddly enough. But Common Table says to hell with tradition by celebrating their sixth anniversary with beer — lots and lots of beer. Thursday night is dedicated to showcasing Avery Brewing's beers, including their Vanilla Bean Stout, 23rd Anniversary and 2011 Reverend. Celebrations continue on Saturday, when Common Table will tap 15 different beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Co., including Succaba, 19th Anniversary and Parabola. This level of revelry is enough to make you think all anniversaries should be commemorated this way.
What it be: 6th Anniversary Week
When it do: 10-2 a.m. Thursday, June 2, and Saturday, June 4
Where dat is: 2917 Fairmount St.
The Bishop Arts District is a real gem, with its original architecture, one-of-a-kind shops and now, thanks to the Bishop Arts District Wine Walk, lots and lots of winos. Buy a commemorative glass for $15 in advance or snag one at the event for $20 (tumblers are an additional $10.) Check in at the tent on Bishop and 7th, then meander through participating shops, refilling your glass as you go. That's right: alcohol and shopping, a match made in bad decision heaven.
What it be: Wine Walk at The Bishop Arts District
When it do: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 2
Where dat is: West Davis Street and North Bishop Avenue
This weekend is the 30th annual Taste of Dallas and the lineup looks better than ever. Enjoy bites from 45 different food vendors, each of which range from $2-$5, as you stroll the Esplanade at Fair Park. Next, hit up a food truck or two before visiting the Taste Taverns, which hold all that is magical/boozy in this world (and cost an equally magical $10.) Enjoy the Etsy Dallas Artisan Market while you're at it, or stop to admire live chalk art. There will be live music and kids activities to boot. Tickets are $14 in advance at area Albertsons, Fiesta, Tom Thumb and Walgreens, or pay $20 at the gate.
What it be: Taste of Dallas
When it do: 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 3; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, June 4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, June 5
Where dat is: 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.
Flying Saucer's donut and beer pairing is enough to make your inner Homer Simpson drool. Enjoy four mini donuts courtesy of Hypnotic Donuts paired with four beers. Pairings include a pistachio donut with Boulevard Triple Julep and an orange cake donut with Prairie and Friends TRVE. The cost is $15 per person.
What it be: Donut and Beer Flight
When it do: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4
Where dat is: 14999 Montfort Drive, Addison
Watch area bartenders go head to head — or perhaps muddler to muddler — at the latest Chefs for Farmers event. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the resulting cocktails, and cast their vote for what will ultimately be dubbed the signature drink of the evening. Upscale street food will also be served from some of Dallas' most up-and-coming chefs, and your votes count here, too. Surely this is one election we can all get behind. Tickets are $75.
What it be: Chefs for Farmers Mix-Off
When it do: 5-8 p.m. Sunday, June 5
Where dat is: D.E.C. on Dragon, 1414 Dragon St.
Come one come all to Night Out on 15th. For one night only, the historic stretch of Plano's 15th Street is blocked off for an evening of good food, good drinks and who knows, maybe some new friends. Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by chefs from area establishments like Lockhart Smokehouse and Urban Crust. Enjoy local beer and wine as you dine in style at a long table situated right on the street. The evening also includes a Deep Eddy Vodka and TX Whiskey craft cocktail reception, as well as a post-dinner whiskey and cigar lounge. Tickets are $150 per person.
What it be: Night Out on 15th
When it do: 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday, June 5
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