With the return of cold comes a host of exciting weekend events. From pop-ups by chef named James Beard to an après-ski themed party, there are plenty of events to fill your weekend, whether you want to learn how to chop fish at the Central Market, learn how to cook food for homemade dogs or test your tolerance for hot wings at Turning Point Beer. Here are 10 gourmet finds for this weekend:
Rare Blanton Tasting at Hooligan’s Pub
310 E. Abram Street (Arlington)
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, January 21
If you’re looking for something for a date night this weekend, Hooligan’s Pub is hosting a rare Blanton bourbon tasting with a lineup including Blanton’s Straight From The Barrel, Gold Label, Black Label, Green Label and Red Label. Many of these labels are not available for sale in the United States; tickets cost $229 and allow holders to pour 1 ounce of all five bourbons with wine pairings including brie cheese, bread, meatballs with gravy, and apple pie for dessert.
Fish Monger’s Chop House at Central Market Dallas Preston Royal
10720 Preston Road
12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, January 22
Central Market Dallas Preston Royal brings another unique event to our list with a live cut from their expert fishmongers as they take cuts typically seen only in beef and pork to create ribs, bone-in chops, cowboy steaks and more among rare offerings like amberjack and king mackerel. Attendees will learn the benefits of cooking bone-in fish and have the opportunity to experience new selections. Admission is free but limited to 100 people.
Turning Point Beer Hot Wings Challenge II
1307 Brown Trail in Bedford
2 p.m., Saturday, January 22
Turning Point Beer is ready to help you test your limits with its second Hot Wings challenge. Competitors will have to eat increasingly spicy wings in a limited time during the event without taking a drink. The last to eat will win the title of the year and a gift package worth over $150. Tickets to compete are $25 and include competition wings, two beer coupons and a goodie bag.
Annual Truck Yard After-Ski Party
5624 Sears Street
Saturday, January 22, 2 p.m.
The Truck Yard keeps the cold weather fun going with its annual après-ski party. Bundle up in your ski gear and enjoy Fireball apple cider, enriched hot chocolate, regular hot chocolate for kids, live music, food trucks, snacks and drinks, limbo contests and more again. Those who dress up enter to win a Shotski Custom Truck Yard prize.
Splendid market and art exhibition at the Westlake Brewery
2816 Commerce Street.
2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 23
The Westlake Brewery is hosting a market and art exhibit this Sunday. The market will feature local shops selling vintage sneakers, art, collectibles, jewelry and more. There is also an art exhibition with a collection of films highlighting the long history of Street Art in Deep Ellum. The bar will be open until 8 p.m.
Cooking for Your Dog at Home by Homegrown Hounds
5260 N. O’Connor Blvd. #170 (Irving)
3 p.m., Sunday, January 23
If your fur baby is as spoiled as mine, you’ll love this $30 course. Cooks will learn to cook for their dog at home. You take what you make, along with the recipe. Dogs are welcome in class. Face masks are mandatory.
Yacht Rock Brunch at TK
14854 Montfort Drive (Addison)
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, January 23
There are plenty of brunch options in Dallas, but none as nautical and crowded as TK’s recently opened Yacht Rock Brunch. Brunch includes mimosa flights, casual food and jams featuring all your favorite yacht rock hits. Those who go the extra mile with nautical attire will receive a free drink.
Neon 90s themed cupcakes at Mitchell Lofts
3800 Commerce Street 319
2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, January 23
This cooking class ($40) is taught by Ginger Taylor, owner of The Cupcake Experience. Taylor was named “Best Cupcake Artist” in Dallas by Magazine D, and now she’s bringing everyone neon-colored glow-in-the-dark frostings and 90s hip-hop themed fondants. Wear your old 90s gear and join Dallas Black Bloggers and Ginger Taylor for a fun afternoon .
RAINBOWCAT X Midnight Rambler
1530 Main Street (at the Joule Hotel)
6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25
James Beard-appointed chef Misti Norris of Petra and the Beast is bringing back her previously discussed RAINBOWCAT pop-up to Midnight Rambler next Tuesday. This puts one of the best chefs in town in one of the best bars in town. Pre-ordering is recommended (and helps them plan). It will close at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The selection menu is located here.