Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, December 18-21

"However, this bottle was not marked `poison,' so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off." Clearly, if Alice were real and not the figment of Lewis Carroll's imagination, her Wonderland would be found inside a Spec's.

In honor of Alice's inner sommelier, Max's Wine Dive is holding a 12-course wine dinner. Each course corresponds with a chapter in Alice in Wonderland. No word yet on whether any of the offerings will drastically increase or decrease diners' statures. Dinner is $95 per person - call 817.870.1100 for reservations.

What it be: Alice in Wonderland Dinner

When it do: Thursday, Dec. 18 from 7 - 10 p.m.

Where dat is: Max's Wine Dive 2421 W. Seventh St. Suite 109 Fort Worth, Texas


What did people do with ugly Christmas sweaters before Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties came to pass? Did they wear them to the grocery store or to their places of work, or were they expensive, festive forms of kindling? I guess we'll leave it to the anthropologists to figure that one out; in the meantime, how about another Ugly Christmas Sweater Party? This one is for a good cause -- your $25 cash donation goes to Alley's House, an organization that provides support services to teen moms and their kids. Beer, wine and food will be provided, and prizes and trophies will be awarded for the ugliest and most creative sweaters.

What it be: 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and Benefit for Alley's House

When it do: Thursday, Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Where dat is: 1212 Skillman St. Dallas, TX 75206


As part of their Hopped Up Cinema Series, the Alamo Drafthouse will be showing "Scrooged," Richard Donner's take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Each installment of the Hopped Up series includes a five-beer flight from a different local brewing company, and this time Alamo is teaming with 903 Brewers. Beers include Sasquatch Chocolate Milk Stout, Chosen One Toasted Coconut Ale, Land of Milk and Honey Imperial Stout, and Sugar On Top IPA. Bah humbuzzed, indeed.

What it be: Hooped Up Cinema Series: Scrooged

When it do: Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8:15 p.m.

Where dat is: 100 S. Central Expressway Suite 14 Richardson, Texas


The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a tradition rooted in Southern Italy, but part of many Italian-Americans' Christmas-time celebrations. Some families stick to seven dishes - one, some say, for every sacrament - while others cook nine, 11 or even 13 different dishes. The meaning behind the number of dishes depends on who you ask, but one thing is for certain: no matter the number of plates on the table, you will not leave hungry. The Italian Club of Dallas hosts their very own Feast and the menu is enough to make your inner Lidia Bastianich swoon: clams with oregano and bread crumbs, marinated fresh anchovies, baked cod, white smelt, marsala house-wife style, Christmas honey frittes and more. Dinner is $65.10 per person for non-members.

What it be: Feast of the Seven Fishes

When it do: Friday, Dec 19 from 6 - 10 p.m.

Where dat is: Italian Club of Dallas 14865 Inwood Road Addison, Texas 75001


You don't need to be a nuclear physicist to understand this kind of fusion. Kevin Martinez, of Tokyo Cafe and Yatai Food Kart,is teaming up with the good people at Revolver Taco to create one night of pop-up magic. Martinez will bring the bao buns (and maybe the funk), while Revolver will take care of the fillings, such as pato with mole negro. Other menu items will include masa-less seafood tamal, carne asada, chilaquiles verdes,carnitas and guisado de huitlacoche with potato. There will also be ramen-menudo sopa, or what I like to call the Wet Dream of Soups. In short, this is the kind of food that needs to be inside of you. Must be 21 or older.

What it be: Fusion Pop-Up

When it do: Saturday, Dec. 20 from 10:30 - 2 a.m.

Where dat is: Revolver Taco 2822 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107


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