Summer officially ends on Saturday, and this week’s event lineup provides for a perfect farewell. There’s a sunflower festival with floral-themed cocktails, a tropical island-themed birthday celebration, and two tequila-themed parties. Cheers to surviving another Texas summer.
Tuesday, September 19
Tequila Dinner at Chido Taco Lounge
The Frisco taco hot spot will host a four-course dinner paired with ArteNOM tequilas, including blanco, reposado, and anejo. Menu items include chicken tinga sopes, sopa con albondigas, crispy carnitas with elote sweet potato, and Mexican chocolate cream pie. Dinner is $165, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 7 pm.
Thursday, September 21
Sunflower Festival at Haywire and The Ranch at Las Colinas
Celebrate the Texas sunflower with menu specials at both Haywire locations in Plano and Dallas and The Ranch at Las Colinas. From Thursday through Sunday, the sister restaurants will offer sunflower-inspired cocktails, including The Western Wildflower with lemon vodka, and the Sunflower Sour with bourbon. They’re also serving sunflower seed hummus made with herb-infused olive oil. All guests who purchase a sunflower menu item will receive a complimentary packet of sunflower seeds to take home and plant.
Beviamo Italian Wine Dinner at Knife Plano
Chef John Tesar’s Plano steakhouse will host a multicourse Italian-themed wine pairing dinner with Texas touches on the menu. Think figs with ricotta, honey, and Texas pecans; cacio e pepe; and 45-day dry aged beef from 44 Farms. Wines will be paired with each course. Dinner is $150, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Kick Back Dinner Series at LORO
Both the Dallas and Addison locations of the Asian smokehouse and bar will host a five-course, family-style dinner paired with beers from a local brewery. In Dallas, it’s Community Beer Company and in Addison, it’s Manhattan Project Beer Company. Menu items range from pineapple tuna poke and green curry mussels to smoked spatchcock chicken and charred prawns. Tickets are $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 7:30 pm.
Friday, September 22
The Island Spot’s 13th Anniversary Celebration
The Carrollton location of this Jamaican-inspired gem will host a birthday party to kick off the weekend. It will include live reggae music, rum specials, giveaways, and dishes like jerk chicken, plantains, and fried dumplings. The fun will run from 7-10 pm.
Saturday, September 23
Sugar Fest at Mexican Sugar
Both locations of the festive Mexican restaurant (Las Colinas on Saturday and Plano on Sunday) will host an afternoon of sampling agave-based spirits, with a special focus on tequila and mezcal. General admission is already sold out, but there are $65 VIP tickets available that include complimentary premium tastings, hand-crafted cocktails, and Mexican Sugar cuisine in a private area. The event will run from 2-6 pm both days.
Monday, September 25
Pints & Pies Beer Dinner at Urban Seafood
Indulge in four courses of both sweet and savory pies paired with pints of various brews at the Plano seafood destination. Tickets are $65, including tax and gratuity, and dinner starts at 6:30 pm.
86 Cancer at The Adolphus
Makeready’s annual fundraiser to benefit cancer research will feature a Chopped-style culinary competition at The Adolphus. Dallas chefs will compete alongside culinary students from El Centro College for a panel of judges. Participating chefs will come from Monarch, Circle T Ranch, Fearing’s, Bistro 31, Billy Can Can, and SER Steak + Spirits. The $130 ticket includes hors d’oeuvres from participating chefs, along with food, beer, wine, and signature cocktails from The Adolphus. The event will run from 6:30-10:30 pm.