Hash Over: Steal This Wine, State & Allen's New Bottles, And Chocolate Is What's For Dinner

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Paul Burrough at Sacred Cellars has started a new promotion that can make your wine habit a bit less financially ruinous.

Steal of the Week, Burrough writes, is Sacred Cellars' "own version of wine.woot.com, but only waaaay better. For example, [last] week's offering [was] priced at less than 50% of average retail. It's always gonna be really hard-to-get wines in very limited quantities, with ridiculous ratings and acclaim."

Now if only a local beer store would do the same thing.

Also going on this week...

Speaking of wine, State & Allen Lounge has updated its wine list and summer menu. New vinos include Aussie Cabernet blend First Drop's "The Red One," Spanish Vinos Sin Ley's "Gordo," Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Errazurize Estate and more. New food offerings include wheat pasta and chicken, fish tacos and summer soups.

DallasChocolate.org has set the menu for an exclusive dinner 2 p.m. Saturday with chocolate makers Steve DeVries and Alan McClure. Along with Herb Crusted Salmon with Celery Root Potatoes and Bittersweet Chocolate Balsamic Glaze, Savory Chocolate Tower on Summer Greens with French Herb Vinaigrette and more, the event includes a guided chocolate tasting and lecture. Reservations are available at the Web site.

La Duni Latin Kitchen and Coffee Studio in NorthPark hosts an important "hands on" class on August 27--or just in time for Labor Day. That's right, learn to make three classic mojitos--shaken, muddled and fired--with Barcardi rum. Playing around with that kind of fire will cost $17 in advance, $20 at the door. The even runs one hour (that's three drinks an hour--just at the limit) and begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 214-987-2260. Capacity is limited.

Keep this in mind if you hate 'no eating' policies on public transportation. Dine On The Line 09/09/09 commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the McKinney Avenue Trolleys with a cocktail party, dinner on the trolley and Dean Fearing's imitation of The Beatles. Geez. It all takes place Wednesday, September 9th, kicking off at 6 p.m. Participating restaurants include Fearing's, The Crescent Club, The Place At Perry's, Nick & Sam's Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Sambuca, Arcodoro & Pomodoro, Truluck's and Hully & Mo. Dinner will cost you. More information here.

Oh, and KRLD's Restaurant Week is officially underway.

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