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Upcoming Opportunities To Taste

Though eating lighter and losing weight may be on your New Year’s resolution list, Dallas restaurants haven’t skipped a beat in creating some incredible wine dinners and tasting opportunities that will make you want to splurge just a bit.  Here are some of the tastiest options coming up in the next few weeks.

You never know what inspires a chef, some love foie gras, some love caviar, some love truffle.  It would seem Chef Graham Dodds of Central 214 loves goat, and when cooked well, I have to agree.  Chef Dodds will present a Goat and Beer dinner on January 17 with Windy Hill Organics and Real Ale Brewing Company.  The six course dinner will celebrate the flavors of the whole goat, from the cheeks to the loin to the shoulder to the shank, each paired with Red Ale Brewing Company beers.  The dinner is $70 per person and reservations are required, 214-443-9339.

My doctor always says that getting more fish in the diet is key to a healthy lifestyle, and TJ’s Seafood makes this easier than ever by cooking the fish for you, as well as selling it.  And, they only sell what is fresh and in season.  On January 23 at their new location on Oak Lawn will host a wine dinner with Merriman Winery, featuring their highly rated estate grown Pinot Noir paired with scallops, tuna and salmon dishes. Mike Merriman, owner of Merriman Winery, will be on hand to speak about the wines and pairings. I am a huge red wine with fish fan, and Pinot is one of the best pairings with fish, so this is guaranteed to be a fun and flavorful night.  Reservations required – 214-219-3474.

Feel like taking a trip to the exotic instead?  Then make your reservations for the Maharaja Feast at Samar by Stephan Pyles on the evening of January 23.  Samar will create a special 4 course Indian inspired menu for only $35 per person for the night.  Menu available here; reservations recommended – 214-922-9922.

How often can you say you have dined with a Count?  Well, your opportunity is here on January 29 at The Mansion on Turtle Creek as they partner with Sigel’s Wine and Spirits for a special dinner with Count Stefan von Neipperg and his St. Emilion Bordeaux from Clos de l’Oratoire, Canon La Gaffelière and La Mondotte, as well as the wines of Château Clos Marsalette in Pessac-Léognan and Château d’Aiguilhe in the Côtes de Castillon.  Chef Bruno Davaillon will create an expertly paired menu for each of these special wines flown in for the night.  The dinner is $190 a person and reservations are required – 214-350-1271.

During the day on the 29th is also one of the most important events in the city, the 5th annual Soup’s On Luncheon for The Stewpot presented by The Stewpot Alliance.  This year the luncheon is being held at The Omni Hotel downtown, a larger venue than they have had in the past, and they are hoping for a sell out of 800 guests.  This is one of the main fundraisers for The Stewpot, which offers a safe haven for out cities homeless assisting with job placement, medical care, mental assistance, and so much more to help get these individuals back on their feet.  More details and tickets available here.