With pre-summer in full swing, I’m sure you’re starting to sweat from an overload of events. So here. Have some more. Before spending next weekend celebrating the fathers out there (as you already should every day), check out this list of food and dining fun.
Inwood Tavern is celebrating 49 years with live music by Droo D’Anna and an open bar from 6 p.m. to close. Enjoy Smartarita, a lower-calorie drink. Too bad it doesn’t actually make you smarter. Jack’s Chowhound food truck is selling $1 tacos, and don’t worry if you miss the live music (ending at 9 p.m.) or the food (ending at 8 p.m.), there will be complimentary root beer shots and cocktails courtesy of Three Olives Vodka, American Harvest Vodka, and Peligoso Cinnamon Tequila all night long. Starting at 9 p.m., a DJ will entertain for the remainder of the night.
Saint Monica’s Guild will be hosting “A Night at the Oscars” to benefit St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fancy night includes a three-course dinner with wine and entertainment for $30. The Cathedral Choir singers will perform music from Oscar-winning movies. Black tie is optional, but you might as well dress the part. For more information, call 214-887-6552.
Spend your night listening to live jazz music and eating cheese with wine at Scardello Artisan Cheese. There’s a late night class from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for no cover charge, and wines are only $6 by the glass. No reservations needed. Just show up early, grab a seat and relax.
Oh, and don’t forget about the 50 percent wine discount at Dish. That is, all wines sold by the bottle. Even if you don’t have anything special to celebrate, it’s Friday, so welcome the weekend the right way.
To celebrate Gmo Tristan, the winner of last weekend’s Chefs for Farmers Sous Chef Competition, Boulevardier will be serving his winning dish Friday and Saturday night. The dish is a Moroccan-glazed lamb loin on a bed of roasted carrot hummus accompanied by a North African salad of fried garbanzo beans, cumin almonds, preserved lemons, drunken raisins, and peas drizzled with a touch of preserved lemon confit.
The Windmill Lounge, like Inwood Tavern, is also celebrating an anniversary this weekend. Festivities, food, a DJ, and a photo booth will keep the party going. There will also be special rumfest cocktails from Brugal Rum and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. There’s no cover and the party lasts from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Ten Bells Tavern is hosting a fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Duck Team 6, a local rescue group to help street dogs in Dallas. A $10 donation will give you 10 percent off food during the event, $3 pints of Leinenkugels and Third Shift, and a raffle ticket.
Cool down at the 18th annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off at Chestnut Square Historic Village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to see the Crank-Off and enjoy the activites and entertainment are free, but ice cream scoops are available for $2-$3. However, you can pay $15.25 in advance or $20 at the door to try all the Crank-Off entries and submit your vote for the People’s Choice from noon to 1:30 p.m. The proceeds benefit the McKinney Education Foundation and the Clyde and Doc’s Ice Cream Freezer Museum at Chestnut Square.
Dallas Heritage Village is offering a $25 hands-on class concentrated on vinegars from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll learn about vinegar cultures, how to make vinegar from scratch, and how to infuse and flavor vinegar. You’ll even get to take and grow the project home with a vinegar starter.
In honor of grilling season, Sur la Table will give a $5 demonstration class (9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) focused on the popular summer cooking method. The menu includes marinated chicken skewers, spice-rubbed vegetables, and smoked brown-sugar pears. Call 214-219-4479 for more information.
Shinsei is celebrating its seventh anniversary, too, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a casino party upstairs where you can sip on Azunia Tequila Margaritas, munch on Chef TJ’s Roast Pork Steam Buns and Elvis’ sushi. DJ Danny Salinas will bring the music. A $50 donation at the door benefits Vogel Alcove. RSVP if you plan to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marley Dablo will be an online journalism senior at the University of Oklahoma in the fall. She plans to attend culinary school upon graduation in hopes of combining her writing and culinary skills to ultimately have her own cooking show one day.