Think of it this way: The resveratrol will balance out the carcinogens. Enjoy an evening of Texas wine and barbeque at Ten50BBQ in Richardson. Enjoy a four-course dinner with pairings from Messina Hof wines. Tickets are $30 per person.
What it be: Messina Hof Wine Pairing
When it do: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10
Where dat is: 1050 North Central Expressway
In Texas, summer is marked not by the passing of time but by the pouring of sangria. Because nothing takes the temperatures down a notch or two like a fruity, ice-cold glass of wine. Enjoy a glass — or two, or seven — at the Summer Sangria edition of Bishop Arts District's Wine Walk. The walk takes participants on a sangria-laced journey through Bishop's collection of quaint shops and restaurants, plying them all the way with refills of the fruity stuff. Those who buy advance tickets ($20) will kick things off at Tent #2 at Bishop and 7th Street, where wristbands and glasses await. Those who have not pre-purchased can do so at the same cross streets, but this time check in at Tent #1 for $25 tickets.
What it be: Summer Sangria Wine Walk
When it do: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11
Where dat is: West Davis Street and North Bishop Avenue
Italy's 60 million residents agree: Food and wine is where it's at. Celebrate them both — food and wine, that is — at the kickoff gatherings for the 19th annual DFW Restaurant Week. The festivities on Friday and Saturday include a showcase of some of the best food and wine North Texas has to offer. These events will also incorporate appearances from celebrity chefs, cocktail and culinary demos and more. Tickets start at $15 per person.
What it be: DFW Restaurant Week Food and Wine Festival
When it do: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13
Where dat is: 1902 Main St.
Birds are remarkable creatures, and not just because they are tasty when braised. Flock together for the sake of our brothers-in-wings at Chicken Scratch, where nonprofit organization Window to the Wild Inc. will be on hand to educate and to raise funds for birds who can't be released into the wild — cause, you know, humans mess things up. Get to know the birds and grab a bite (just not the fried chicken!) and a beverage while you're at it. This event is free to attend, and live music starts at 8 p.m.
What it be: Foundry, Food and Feathered Friends
When it do: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13
Where dat is: 2303 Pittman St.
Ain't no shame in LUCK's pairing game. First it was doughnuts and beer, now it's time for cookies and beer to take the plate. This pairing will feature four specialty cookies from the Great One Cookie Company and craft beers from local breweries. Notable pairings include dark chocolate potato chip with Wild Acre Brewing Company's Moonlight Shine and Franconia's Silver Star Bock with a sweet potato chipotle cookie. Three seatings will take place and tickets are $18 each.
What it be: Cookie & Beer Pairing
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When it do: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14
Where dat is: 3011 Gulden Lane #112