Cooking show brings star power
The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show has some big-name kitchen talent coming to town. The event includes workshops, demonstrations and meet-and-greets with stars including Paula Deen and Bobby Flay. Participants can also get time with local kitchen celebs Stephan Pyles, Tre Wilcox, Abraham Salum and more. The weekend also features book signings, tastings, vendors and VIP sessions. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23; $24.50 general admission (doesnât include celebrity events), $65-$400 for premium packages. Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St.; metrocookingdallas.com.
CHEESE 101: Learn your way around the cheese case with the help of this popular introductory class. Youâll taste cheeses (and some accompanying spirits), learn how cheese is made, discover how to distinguish characteristics of specific cheese types and get hints on pairing with drinks. 7 p.m. Wednesday; $30. Scardello Artisan Cheese, 3511 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas; 214-219-1300.
FALL MEALS: Usher in cooler temperatures with autumn-inspired dishes that youâll learn to prepare in this hands-on class: pork loin chops with apple cider-mustard sauce; oven-dried tomato, avocado and farro salad; roasted cod with creamed leeks and bacon; and apple-walnut galette. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday; $69. Sur la Table, 4527 Travis St., Dallas; 214-219-4479.
CAT CORA: Iron Chef pioneer, restaurateur and cookbook author Cat Cora will lead a demonstration class, featuring grilled grape leaf with herbed goat cheese on bruschetta; grilled pork tenderloin with chimichurri sauce; and chocolate pudding cake with honey whipped cream. 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20; $85. Central Market, 5740 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas; 214-234-7000.
Catch action at 26th GrapeFest
Grapevineâs 26th Annual GrapeFest â" A Wine Experience kicks off Thursday and continues through Sunday. Among its most popular events is the Peopleâs Choice Wine Tasting Classic, with tastings throughout the festival and winners announced at 5 p.m. Sunday; $20. Other attractions include the competitive GrapeStomp (entry fee $5), Grapevine Wine Pavilion featuring the cityâs wineries, and the Vintnersâ Auction Classic ($20 advance, $25 at the door), which includes Bubbles & Baubles, a chance to find a 1-carat diamond in a $50 glass of champagne. Get complete details, admission and hours at grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest.
TASTE WITH DISTRIBUTORS: WineTasticâs distributor tasting series continues with selections from WineTroopâs Steve Brewer, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; $10. 4140 Lemmon Ave. at Wycliff, Dallas; 214-559-8910.
ROGUE BEER DINNER: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse hosts a four-course dinner with Ardern Batchelder from Rogue in Oregon, including Oregasmic Ale and Chocolate Stout, 6 p.m. Friday; $75 (plus tax and gratuity). 10477 Lombardy Lane near West Northwest Highway, Dallas; 214-366-2000.
GERMAN BEER TASTING: Urban Crust presents five German-style beers with small plates, 6:30 p.m. Monday; $29.90 (plus tax and gratuity). 1006 E. 15th St., between J and K, Plano; 972-509-1400.
LOCAL EATS DINNER: Rathbunâs Blue Plate Kitchen hosts a Local Eats dinner, with Marc Kuehl from Brazos Valley Cheese and John Gambini from Texas Olive Oil Co., with Texas-raised Toan Nguyenâs Syn wines from Synopsis in Chile, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19; $95 (plus tax and 20 percent gratuity). 6130 Luther Lane in Preston Center, Dallas; reserve at 469-867-3681.
FREE THIS WEEK
KOSHER AND KENWARD TASTINGS: Sigelâs Fine Wines presents two free tastings. 3209 N. Fitzhugh Ave. at Cole, Dallas; call 214-635-2162 to reserve.
Royal Wine Co. representative Wayne Feldman shares Israeli wines from the importer, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Look for K-Wheelz Kosher Food Truck, too.
Meet Napa boutique winery owner Tor Kenward with limited-edition, ultra-allocated wines from Tor Kenward Family Wines, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday.
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