Weekend Planner: Craft Beer Weekend and a Taste of the NFLBy Farah Fleurima
May 15, 2014
Beer Dinner at Taverna Rossa
The Plano pizzeria/Italian eatery is serving Peticolas Brewing’s best as part of a five-course meal to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. The $55 dinner starts at 7 PM and includes pairings like Royal Scandal Pale Ale and beer cheese soup, and Velvet Hammer with braised short ribs.
Culinaria Festival Week in San Antonio
The wine- and food-loving organization Culinaria is putting on its namesake event through the end of the weekend, with tastings, parties, classes and meals dominating the schedule. Highlights include the Becker Wines luncheon on Friday, Saturday’s Grand Tasting, Friday’s The Best of Mexico taste tour of our southern neighbor, and Sunday’s Burgers, BBQ & Beer.
Main Street Days: Craft Brew Experience
Another Craft Beer Week festivity will have Grapevine abuzz all weekend. The 30th annual Main Street Days' theme is all about craft brands, kicking off with a 10 AM Friday cask keg tapping right on historic Main Street. The centerpiece event is the Craft Brew Tasting Experience, featuring more than 30 beers to sample all through the three-day affair.
Grill Out at Barter
The handsome Uptown eatery is toasting warm weather (which, thankfully, will return after a cold-ish snap early this week) with a whole pig roast over an open fire; $25 gets you all-you-can-eat meat with rice and beans. Dig into mixologist Rocco Milano’s themed drink, the Don Julio Shot & Beer Cocktail, with tequila and Arnold Amber Ale. The fun lights up at 11 AM.
Spanish Wine Dinner at Hotel St. Germain
The Uptown hotel restaurant raises several glasses to Basque cuisine with a four-course meal plus passed hors d’oeuvres. Festive music and Spain-inspired decorations will provide an immersive experience (7 PM, $95 per person; call 214-871-2516 for reservations).
Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party
This marriage of sports and fine food celebrates its 10th anniversary this year at the Gaylord Texan’s sprawling Glass Cactus nightclub in Grapevine. Expect terrific food samples from some of Dallas’ finest eateries (Abacus, Lockhart Smokehouse, Shinsei and more), cocktails aplenty, music, and getting a little starstruck if you’re a longtime Cowboys fan, as quite a few current and past players will be in attendance. The $200 ticketed event, which benefits the North Texas Food Bank, starts at 6:30 PM.
The Texas Homebrew Society presents its showcase of beers crafted by local teams of individual brewers. There’ll be dozens of beers on hand to try at the Bishop Arts-set fest, but in order to partake, guests are required to join the Homebrew Society, which has a $25 membership fee. Each member gets one ticket, and your membership is good through the end of the year and includes invites to future homebrewing events.