For this writer, the only thing scarier than Halloween is the Christmas rush, which has clearly already started, as evidenced by the first item on this week’s list. If the next vacation is already encroaching on your life, don’t worry. Two big weekend foodie events, Chefs for Farmers and World Food Championships, are taking place this week and have nothing to do with Christmas.
However, we are starting with a holiday tradition that has already started …
Holiday tea at the Adolphus hotel
1321 Commerce Street (downtown)
11 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. every Wednesday to Sunday until January 15
If you’re ready to start Christmas now that Halloween is over, this Dallas holiday tradition is back starting today. Holiday Tea ($ 75 plus taxes and tips for adults and $ 35 plus taxes and tips for children under 12) includes two teas and three courses – sandwiches, scones and desserts – as well as a glass of champagne for guests aged 21 and over. Free daily valet parking at the Adolphus is included. Book online at Resy.com or call The French Room at 214-651-3615.
If you love Christmas but aren’t a big fan of tea, the French Room Bar turns into Cocoa Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. also from Wednesday to Sunday. No reservations are required for a seat at the bar for alcoholic cocoa and special holiday drinks.
Thursday, November 4
Virtual wine and cheese tasting with the central market
6 pm-7:30pm Thursday November 4
Janet Fletcher, triple winner of the James Beard Prize and founder of the Planet Cheese blog, will host a cheese and wine tasting at the Central Market this Thursday. Hurry if you want to order a tasting kit; they are to be picked up today from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Lovers Lane, Plano or Fort Worth Central Markets. The class plus a tasting kit that serves two to four people is $ 70, and access to the virtual class without a tasting kit is $ 20 per household. Sign up for either option on the Central Market website.
Grapes and ashes (wine and cigars) at the Distinctive Vines wine fair
1110, rue Akard Sud (Les Cèdres)
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, November 4
Sample house wines and two-for-one cigars (from Definition Cigars) on the patio while DJ Freeze takes care of the music. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 7 a.m. You can order dishes from the menu until 10 p.m. Register on Eventbrite to attend this free event.
Happy Hour Hike at Legacy West
6007 Legacy Drive (Plano)
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 4
At this monthly event, tickets ($ 20 per person) include a collectible tasting glass and a menu of Legacy West restaurants and retailers offering samples of wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic refreshments. Learn more and purchase tickets on Eventbrite.
Friday November 5th
World Food Championships at Fair Park Centennial Hall
3809 Grand Ave. (Fair grounds)
Friday to Sunday, November 5 to 7
This “Food Olympics” event where chefs from across the country come together to compete for cash prizes will be hosted at Fair Park for three full days. Spectators can watch the preliminary rounds in 10 categories: sandwich, soup, seafood, bacon, steak, dessert, chef, recipe, burger and barbecue.
Significant tasting opportunities are included with general admission ($ 15 for adults) and additional specialty tasting events (a Brunch Bar and Bourb’N’Que) will be offered. Learn more about the World Food Championships on their website and get your tickets at the events website and at the fairground ticket office.
Belle Glos Wine Dinner at the Ocean
13340 Dallas Parkway (Dallas North)
6.30 p.m. Friday 5 November
This five-course meal at the Oceanaire Seafood Room will tour California’s coastal vineyards with Belle Glos wine pairings. View the full menu and purchase tickets ($ 175) on Eventbrite.
Saturday 6 November
10th Annual Chefs for Farmers: Visit of the farm
Board at NorthPark Mall, 8687 N. Central Expressway (North Dallas)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 6
As part of the 10th annual Chefs for Farmers event, there will be a tour of McKinney and Lucas’ farm. The first stop is at Roots with Andrea Shackelford from Harvest Seasonal Kitchen cooking the food. At Profound Microfarm in Lucas, Joel Orsini of Profound Foods will create food and drink. Girl with Flour’s Erika Radtke will be at the third stop at Water Boy Farms and Apiary in Lucas. Buy tickets ($ 125) on the McKinney Roots QGiv page.
DEVOUR Street Food Festival at The Exchange Food Hall
211 S rue Akard (Discovery district)
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday November 6
Also part of Chefs for Farmers, this new event is an all-inclusive street food style festival with bites from over 13 restaurants. Beer, wine, cocktails from Maker’s Mark, Ketel One Botanicals, Tanqueray, and Big Country Hard Seltzer are also included, and music will be provided by DJ Yuna. Tickets cost $ 85 on Prekindle.
Blues, Bandits and BBQ 2021 with Go Oak Cliff
Kidd Springs Park, 1003 Cedar Hill Avenue.
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday November 6
Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the live music at this family friendly event with the neighborhood barbecue teams cooking. Tickets cost $ 40 for one barbecue plate and two drink tokens, $ 25 for the barbecue only, or $ 15 for two drink tokens. Get all the details and buy tickets on Eventbrite.
Dallas Uptown Rotary Club Men Who Cook
Beehive Dallas, 1512 Edison St. (Uptown)
5-8 p.m. Saturday 6 November
The “Celebrity Chefs” of the Rotary Club will prepare bite-sized samples of their recipes. Other activities include live music, a silent auction, and wine tasting. Get all the details and buy tickets on Eventbrite.
Brewing Lab and Coffee Making Class at White Rock Coffee
WRC Brew Lab, 10109 E. Northwest Highway (NE Dallas)
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 6
Learn how to make a great cup of coffee at home, in the office, or at your favorite campsite from people who really know their coffee. Tickets are $ 35 on Eventbrite.
A taste of two legends at Morton’s The Steakhouse Dallas
2222 McKinney Avenue.
6.30 p.m. Saturday 6 November
This five-course dinner will be accompanied by fine wines from five prestigious Willamette Valley wineries. Past appetizers include salmon tartare; Asian pear, melon and citrus gastric; duck liver mousse and more. And that’s just the beginning. View the full menu and purchase tickets on Eventbrite.
Boba tea tasting at Moge Tee in Carrollton
1016 West Trinity Mills Road, Suite 100 (Carrollton)
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 6
This tearoom in the Korean mall / stores in Old Denton is on to something. Sometimes when you see a boba menu, you just want all the tea. At this event, you can have it all (OK, almost anything) with a flight of four 8-ounce tastings with toppings, plus a full-size drink and a bag of goodies. Choose your flight from a menu of 19 options and customize your selections. Other entertainment planned for the event includes photo ops, raffles and shopping for Boba-themed gifts. Tickets are $ 25 on Eventbrite.
Cars and coffee at Duino Coffee in McKinney
7650 Stacy Road, Suite 200 (McKinney)
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 6
All types of cars are welcome at this free monthly event for coffee lovers and car enthusiasts. Spectators don’t need to register, but if you want to show off your car, you can find the registration information on Eventbrite.
Sunday November 7
Chefs for Farmers Main Event at Dallas Heritage Village
1515 S Harwood St. (Les Cèdres)
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 7
At this annual event, chefs from a few dozen Dallas restaurants team up with local farms and vendors to create delicious dishes and share samples. Adult drinks from local wineries, distilleries and breweries make it even more fun. This year’s event will also include a Rosé Garden, Tailgate Par-TAY, and a Go Texas Zone featuring all things born and raised in the great state of Texas. Tickets cost $ 125 per person for general admission or $ 195 for VIP on Prekindle.
Wine & Dine with Chefs Aaron Bludorn and Matt McCallister at Homewood
4002 Oak Lawn Avenue.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 9
Here’s a warning for a very special night next week at Homewood. Produced by the Dallas Food & Wine Alliance (DFWA), this will be their first collaborative dinner with chefs. Award-winning sommelier and Alliance board member Paula Rester Salinas will create food and wine pairings for the five-course dinner.
Learn more about the chefs, view the full menu, and purchase your tickets ($ 195) on Eventbrite.