A visit to the Dallas Arboretum can instill a deep and abiding appreciation for mother nature. It can also leave one feeling very full of good food and drink, and like one needs to have a lie-down. A selection of food, wine and spirits will be available for tasting as guests explore the Arboretum's Dallas Blooms gardens and mingle with chefs and winemakers as part of Savor the Arboretum. The cost is $70 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the educational department at the Arboretum.
What it be: Savor Dallas: Savor the Arboretum
When it do: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10
Where dat is: 8525 Garland Road
There's a time for playing it safe and a time for seafood and hard liquor. Enjoy all that and more at Whiskey Business. This event pairs a selection of hors d'oeuvres created by Richard Triptow, Dallas Fish Market's executive chef, with tastings of Old Forester and Woodford Reserve. The menu for the evening includes arctic char, hamachi, shrimp toast and anchovies. Ray-Bans are optional.
What it be: Whiskey Business
When it do: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17
Where dat is: 1501 Main St.
The Bluebonnet Brew-Off is an annual home-brewing competition put together each year by area home-brewing clubs, and is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). Each year, the competition sees about 1,000 entries and several hundred attendees who help judge the brews. This two-day event kicks off on Friday with a talk from the keynote speaker and People's Choice competition, while Saturday's lineup includes a six-hour pub crawl. The cost ranges from $30 (tasting glass only) to $40 (tasting glass and hors d'oeuvres).
What it be: 30th Annual Bluebonnet Brew-off
When it do: 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, March 11, and 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12
Where dat is: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 Las Colinas Blvd. W., Irving
Make sure your phone has a full battery and your emoji-selecting abilities are at their peak, because the Hello Kitty Cafe food truck makes its first stop in North Texas this Saturday. There will be Hello Kitty macarons, tiny Hello Kitty cakes, Hello Kitty cookies and even Hello Kitty water served in bow-shaped bottles. There will also be Hello Kitty lines stretching Hello Kitty only knows how long, for which you will need to be Hello Kitty prepared, because this is going to be a Hello Kitty storm.
What it be: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
When it do: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 12
Where dat is: Outside the Crate and Barrel store in Plano's Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 West Park Blvd.
Ever wanted to learn how to make cheese? Well now's your chance. Break out the hairnets and the rennet tablets, because Mozzarella Co. is having a mozzarella and ricotta cheesemaking class. Start the afternoon with a tour of Mozzarella Co. before taking part in a hands-on cheesemaking tutorial. The day's activities conclude in real Little Miss Muffet style with a wine and cheese tasting. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 214-741-4072 for reservations.
What it be: Cheesemaking Class at Mozzarella Co.
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When it do: Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 12
Where dat is: 2944 Elm St.