Work up an appetite for the Super Bowl with NFL Dinner Series; Attend Backyard Braising Class and $30 Dinners at Landmark

Chef Kent Rathbun and the Taste of the NFL are partnering up again with a new event called Taste of the NFL Dinner series. This will be a string of culinary events leading up to next year's Super Bowl XLV and the annual Taste of the NFL's Party with a Purpose. The dinner series will kick off on September 12 and end on January 1, 2011. The local celebrity chef lineup will  feature Del Frisco's David Holben, Dean Fearing, Stephan Pyles, York Street's Sharon Hage, and many more.

To celebrate the official announcement of the dinner series, two kick-off dinners will take place this Monday and Tuesday, May 10 and 11. Tonight's dinner will be at Abacus starting at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Kent Rathbun, David Holben, Dean Fearing, Stephan Pyles, Sharon Hage, and Brian Olejack. Tomorrow's dinner will be held at Lonesome Dove in Fort Worth with Tim Love, Michael Thompson, Grady Spears, Blaine Staniford, and Jon Bonnell. Both of these six-course dinners will be $125 and will be benefiting North Texas and Tarrant County Food Banks.

The regular dinner series will feature a four-course dinner priced at $125 per person. Proceeds from each event will also benefit the North Texas and Tarrant Area Food Banks. Come on. Pales by comparison to what you're going to pay for Super Bowl tickets.You can visit www.TasteoftheNFL.com for a complete schedule.

Also going on this week....

Williams-Sonoma at Stonebriar Centre will be holding a backyard braising technique class this Saturday, May 15, starting at 9:30 a.m. Also keep a look out for their Better Burgers class on May 22. The techniques classes are free, but reservations are required. For more information, call 972-712-9455.

Warwick Melrose Hotel is celebrating Warwick's International Hotel's 30th Anniversary by offering a three-course dinner for $30 at its Landmark Restaurant during the month of May. For $30, diners can select an appetizer, entrée, and dessert from over 20 selections. You can make a reservation for the Three for $30 Dinner by visiting www.warwickmelrosedallas.com or calling 214-224-3152.

The Knox-Henderson area has a new addition with J. Black's Feel Good Lounge making its recent debut. The Austin-based restaurant features cocktails, a wine list, food plates, fresh salads, and artisan pizzas. Chef de cuisine Bobby Weddle, who was trained at the Texas Culinary Academy, heads up the kitchen, offering patrons dishes like Texas Kobe beef sliders, barbeque pulled pork pizza, and New Zealand lamb chop lollipops. And what's a bar without a happy hour? J. Black's hours of happiness take place from 4-8 p.m. and all day on Sunday featuring $1 off all drinks, 25 percent off on bottles of wine, and half-priced select sharing plates.

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