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Seven Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, January 22-25

Don Julio Tequila is doing their part to foster an appreciation and understanding for modern art by teaming up with Café Modern. It makes sense, really. So much of the modern art world gets panned by Joe Schmo, whose unimaginative, sober vision of what constitutes art can be summed up by an Albert Bierstadt painting. But plied with a bit of tequila, Joe may find that Twombly isn't so bad, after all. As part of this outreach effort, a four-course pairing dinner will be offered for $89 for non-museum members or $75 for members. The tequila-inspired menu features dishes such as shrimp sangrita, agave BBQ cabrito tamal, mole spice-rubbed steak and cinnamon horchata tres leches cake. For reservations, call 817-840-2157.

What it be: Don Julio Tequila Dinner

When it do: Thursday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m

Where dat is: 3200 Darnell St. Fort Worth, Texas 76107


The Modern isn't the only museum to crack the "____ + booze = crowd pleaser" code. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is holding an after-hours event themed around mixology. Guests will learn about the history of beer and get to taste craft beer from Community Beer Company. There will also be a lesson on cocktail making, with a special emphasis on the science behind the booze. And to top it all off, fusion food, a Mixed Up dance demonstration with Essence of Motion and collaborative art making with Oil & Cotton are all on the agenda. The cost is $18 for non-members or $13 for members.

What it be: Social Science: Mixology

When it do: Friday, January 23 from 7 - 11 p.m.

Where dat is: 2201 N. Field St.


Watch signature whiskeys and Goose Island beers face off at Cook Hall in a competition that's sure to capture the hearts and livers of all who behold it. Entrées such as cauliflower soup, Berkshire pork belly, and barley and hazelnut-crusted lamb chops will be paired with everything from Jim Beam Signature Craft to Goose Island farmhouse ale. Will the smoky, peaty notes prevail or will hops emerge the victor? Make a reservation to find out: 214-397-4111. Dinner is $68 per person.

What it be: Beer vs. Whiskey Dinner

When it do: Friday, January 23 at 7 p.m.

Where dat is: 2440 Victory Park Lane


What comes to mind when you think of running a 5k? Is it a sense of accomplishment at achieving a goal, or pride at taking an active role in your health? Is it the feeling of belonging that comes with participating in a communal activity? Nah. We know you. For you, it's all about the strategically located doughnut hole stations. In what has got to be the most Homer Simpson-approved physical activity of all time, Hypnotic Donuts is holding their third annual 5k and 1-mile fun run this Saturday. For $35, adult 5kers get a free T-shirt, doughnuts and beer. The price drops to $25 if you just want to run the mile, thus maximizing doughnut calories consumed to calories burned.

What it be: Hypnotic Donut Dash

When it do: Saturday, January 24 at 8 a.m.

Where dat is: The Fair Park Grand Place next to Big Tex Circle


Dan Landsberg, executive chef at Hotel ZaZa's Dragonfly restaurant, will be on hand at the Dallas Farmers Market as part of the market's cooking class series. The theme for this class will be a "New Perspective to Winter Veggies," or "How I Learned to Stop Stewing and Love the Collard." The cost is $30 at the door. For reservations, call 214-653-8088 or visit

What it be: 2015 Winter Chefs Cooking Class Series

When it do: Saturday, January 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where dat is: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway


Community Brewing Company is turning 2. To commemorate this happy occasion, they are throwing a big party with 25 beers, 11 beer stations, three live bands and a whole bunch of happy, drunk people. A ticket gets you eight 6-ounce pours and the obligatory commemorative glass.

What it be: 2 Year Anniversary Party at Community Beer Company

When it do: Saturday, January 24 from noon - 6 p.m. (entry for regular ticket holders begins at 1:30 p.m.)

Where dat is: 1530 Inspiration Drive


FireWheel Brewing Co. is hosting its first Chili Challenge, where the only thing hotter than the chilis will be the competition they inspire. It's free to participate, but teams must bring their C-game and be able to make at least 2 gallons of chili on-site between noon and 4:15 on competition day. There will be beers on tap, should any teams wish to get their chili ingredients drunk (in fact, FireWheel will award extra points for this.)

What it be: FireWheel One-Pot Chili Challenge

When it do: Sunday, January 25 from 12 - 4 p.m.

Where dat is: 3313 Enterprise Drive, Rowlett


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Kathryn DeBruler
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