Scardello Artisan Cheese is commemorating six months at their new Dallas Farmers Market location like all good cheese vendors should: with a cheese party. They call it a tasting, of course, because adults are boring, but really it's just a big ol' cheese party. Enjoy samples of some of Scardello's most exciting cheeses for $20 per person.
When it do: 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10
Where dat is: 1010 South Pearl Expressway
So you've been to the Deep Ellum Wine Walk and the Bishop Arts District Wine Walk, but have you, my Cabernet guzzling friend, been to the Plano Wine and Art Walk? Downtown Plano can be quite charming, especially under the influence of a few sample-pours of vino. Pre-purchase ticketsonline
and then pickup your souvenir glass at check-in on the night of the event. Stroll, sip and shop your way through this tasting tour, with stops at participating downtown stores. Tickets are $10 and include live music and access to art exhibits.
What it be: Plano Art and Wine Walk
When it do: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 9
Where dat is: 1017 E. 15th Street, Plano
Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign aims to end childhood hunger by getting kids access to nutritious foods and by counseling families on how to prepare meals in a healthy, affordable way. To do this, they need a little support from folks like you. Your philanthropic purchase of a $250 ticket will be rewarded with a multi-course dinner at Smoke (and, you know, the knowledge that kids won't go hungry.) The dinner will be hosted by chef Tim Byres, with guest chefs including Marlene Duke (The Theodore), Ford Fry (Ford Fry Restaurants), Jesse Griffiths (Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper CLub) and Taylor Bowen Ricketts (Sela Cooking.)
What it be: No Kid Hungry Dinner
When it do: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9
Where dat is: Smoke, 901 Ft. Worth Ave.
It's never too hot for lederhosen. Break out your finest pair for Junetoberfest. This event combines all the German beer you know and love from Oktoberfest with the added fun of volleyball tournaments. Yes, that's right, heavy German ale and strenuous physical activity in the hot sun — what can go wrong? DJ B will be on hand to spin tunes that have that special polka flair. Registration is $130-$150 per team.
What it be: Junetoberfest at Sandbar
When it do: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 11
Where dat is: 317 South 2nd Ave.
The Untapped Festival brings happiness-inducing beer and indie music to Panther Island in Forth Worth. A $42 ticket includes access to both music stages and a 12-sample card. The sample card can be used to make a dent in the 300 or so beers that will be available, which represent a total of 70 different participating breweries.
When it do: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11
Where dat is: 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth
Every year, Desperados Mexican Restaurant hosts Savor Mexico, a culinary event that highlights the flavors of a particular region in Mexico. This year, diners will be treated to dishes from Chiapas, located in Mexico's southern most region. The tasting menu was devised by Chef Jose Bossuet Martiez, and includes imported wine, beer and margaritas. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association's scholarship fund.
What it be: 7th Annual Savor Mexico: Chiapas
When it do: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 11
Where dat is: 3015 Gulden Lane
Hitch up the wagon and head over to Heritage Farmstead in Plano for dinner and a concert. Held on Farmstead's historic grounds, the dinner will include Texas-style barbecue courtesy of Love & War In Texas. The evening concludes with a performance by local folk group The Trishas. Tickets are $75, with proceeds benefiting Heritage Farmstead Museum's mission of preserving and celebrating agricultural history in North Texas.
What it be: Friends of the Farmstead Dinner
When it do: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, June 11
Where dat is: 1900 W 15th St., Plano
The Windmill Lounge is turning 11 and they're going about it the right way: free sliders, cake, champagne and the sweet, sweet sounds of DJs Joel Gajeweski and Chris Roze. The festivities kick off at 8 p.m., Easy Slider starts serving at 10 p.m., and bubbly with cake is slated for 11 p.m.
What it be: 11th Anniversary Party
When it do: 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday, June 11
Where dat is: 5320 Maple Avenue
The 3rd Annual Sous Chef Dinner is a grand affair with two nights, nine chefs and nine courses. Each night, Lucia's Justin Holt will work with nine top chefs from around the state of Texas, each of whom will contribute one dish. The fresh, seasonal menu also includes drink pairings, and tickets are $150 per person. A portion of the proceeds goes to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Call 214-261-4500 for reservations.
What it be: 3rd Annual Texas Sous Chef Dinner
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When it do: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12 and Monday, June 13
Where dat is: 1530 Main St.