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Where to celebrate Negroni Week in DFW, June 1-7

June 1, 2015
Where to celebrate Negroni Week in Dallas |

Today kicks off Negroni Week, a weeklong annual fete in which $1 of every Negroni drink (or edible — there’re quite a few out there!) sold at bars across the country is donated to that venue’s chosen charity. Not surprisingly, Dallas and Fort Worth are all in with this terrific happening that also celebrates the simple classic bev made of gin, Campari and vermouth.

Among the local watering holes toasting Negroni Week are Black Swan Saloon, Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House, The Standard Pour and Henry’s Majestic, to name a few. Over in Fort Worth, American Food and Beverage, Landmark and Thirteen Pies. Find all of the participating bars and restaurants here. And celebrate responsibly! Uber if you need to; get your first ride up to $20 free if you’re new to using the app-based car service by using code p9xq5.

Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

A first-timer’s go at Iron Fork

May 13, 2015

Ed. Note: We have a terrific guest post brought to you by our beer blogger and nascent spirits/cocktail enthusiast friend Patrick St. Jean. As Jerry and I had to leave town for a spell, he and his wife went to Fair Park food and drink fest Iron Fork in our stead. Here’s Pat’s recap:

By Patrick St. Jean

My wife and I took DART down to Fair Park to check out the 2015 Iron Fork competition, try some food, and sample some drinks.

With our swag (tasting glass, etc.) collected, we started walking around the perimeter of the hall, checking out the various local restaurants and sampling their wares. My first stop was one of the many Alaskan Brewing booths for a Big Mountain IPA. From there we headed over to Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse’s booth to sample a skewered selection of their meats, with generous portions of chicken, beef and pork, all of which were delicious.

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Savor Dallas bulks up its slate of spirits and beer

March 19, 2015
Savor Dallas brings the booze and beer |

Membership has its privileges, someone once said. And that is true of Goody Goody’s deep involvement in this year’s Savor Dallas, the refreshed annual food and wine extravaganza that kicks off tonight. Last year, the Dallas Morning News-owned event firm CrowdSource scooped up Savor Dallas from co-founders Jim White and Vicky Briley-White and have since unleashed a slew of cool changes to the four-day event!

In addition to a (sold-out) Community Brunch on Sunday whose proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum, a new series of informational foodie/drinkie events called the Toast of the Town Event Series will take place at some of the finest restos in town all throughout Savor Dallas.

But, hey — this is a beer and spirits blog. So what we’re most excited about is that the centerpiece Grand Tasting (the huge food and drink sampling extravaganza going down this year at Fair Park’s Centennial Hall) is debuting a spirits alley featuring among the best brands in the biz. (The Reserve Tasting just before the Grand Tasting is also featuring a mixology corner, but that event’s sold out!) PLUS, Savor Dallas has joined forces with the folks at Untapped (also run by CrowdSource) to present a craft beer corner at the Grand Tasting.

The mini-Untapped participants will include brews from Ballast Point, Boulevard, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Firestone Walker, Lakewood and Ommegang. Hanging out on the spirits alley will be nearly 40 labels, including Woodford Reserve, Tullamore D.E.W., Fernet, Herradura and Grey Goose. So slap on your Bytox patch before you navigate the offerings this Saturday, because there’ll be a ton to savor at Savor Dallas!

Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

Cook Hall, Deschutes join forces for beer dinner

March 16, 2015
Cook Hall is hosting a beer dinner featuring Deschutes brews |

This Friday (March 27), get your beer bib on and head toward Victory Park: Cook Hall and Oregon brewery Deschutes are collaborating on a beer dinner at the restaurant inside the W Hotel.

The 7 PM meal is a four-course dinner with the following entrees and pairings:

1st Course: Roasted Fennel-Sunchoke Soup, with Crispy Artichoke Chips with Orange Oil, with River Ale Golden Ale
2nd Course: Beet-Horseradish Cured Salmon Gravlax with Watercress Salad, Pickled Radishes and Coriander Vinaigrette, with Fresh Squeezed IPA
3rd Course: Espresso Crusted Lamb Loin, Braised Belgian Endive, English Peas, with Barley Risotto, with Obsidian Stout
Dessert: Almond Cake with Grilled Pineapple, Ginger Ice Cream and Pineapple Sorbet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with Zarabanda Farmhouse Saison

The $55 dinner is exclusive of tax and gratuity and includes free valet, though bring a few singles for a tip!

Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

Iron Fork details and a ticket giveaway

February 27, 2015

Hold on to your hats, foodies: The Dallas Observer’s Iron Chef — brought to you in conjunction with local chef Kent Rathbun — is back this April to fill up Fair Park’s Centennial Hall with edible and sippable goodness. The food and drink festival culminates in a head-to-head chef competition, but that’s not even what we’re most excited about … read on!

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