There’s no denying it now: summer is here, and all anyone can do is try to somehow mitigate the heat. Fortunately, this month’s line-up of Dallas-Fort Worth food events offers plenty of ways to chill — and eat — with plenty of air conditioning.
Below, check out Eater’s carefully-curated guide to July’s best food and drink related shindigs, ranging from wine tastings to dog-friendly patio hangs. There’s something here for every taste and budget, so get those reservations in ASAP, or just show up.
Summer Sammie Pop Ups
- Where: Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie (3700 McKinney Avenue, Suite #150)
- Cost: $6
- When: Saturdays starting July 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Details: Bisous Bisous chef/owner Andrea Meyer has become somewhat known for her mad scientist twists on French-style pastries. Cruffins stuffed with pizza ingredients and architectural feats made from macarons come to mind. Meyer’s latest creation, the Croissant Waffle ice cream sandwich, is equally tempting. This over-the-top treat features three homemade ice cream flavors sandwiched between two croissant waffles.
July Concert Series
- Where: Ten50 BBQ (1050 N Central Expressway)
- Cost: free admission
- When: Every Saturday in July from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Details: Live music and barbecue go together like pork and beans, or chicken and pie, or cornbread and just about everybody. Pull up a chair and have a listen to bands like Big Jangle and Raised Right Men play at Ten50 BBQ every Saturday night in July. See the Ten50 website for the full schedule.
Mutts’ Dog Days of Summer
- Where: Mutts Canine Cantina (2889 Cityplace West Blvd.)
- Cost: free for Mutts Members ($5.95 daily, $15.95 monthly, or $119.40 annually)
- When: Wednesdays through August 16, “Yappy Hour” is 4-6 p.m.
- Details: Don’t forget about your best friend when the temperatures climb. Mutts has begun a weekly “Dog Days of Summer” event featuring free dog baths, treats, splash pools, adoptions and human “Yappy Hour” specials every Wednesday through August 16. All-day specials include $2 ice cream (both human and canine versions) and $5 frozen drinks, and from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the price for Franconia and margaritas drops down to just $3.
Grilling with the Pros Series•
- Where: Whole Foods Park Lane and Whole Foods Colleyville
- Cost: $50
- When: July 14 at 6:00 p.m. and July 28 at 5:45 p.m., respectively
- Details: In order to properly prepare its patrons for summer grilling season, Whole Foods has assembled a list of local chefs to teach folks how to grill better at home. For the $50 cost of admission, guests will get to sample the food cooked by the chef in class, a goodie bag from Whole Foods, plus prizes and cold craft brews from the partnering local breweries. The July 14 class at Park Lane features guest chef Graham Dodds with beer from Noble Rey Brewing, while the July 28 class in Colleyville will be taught by guest chef Stefon Rishel with beer by Legal Draft Brewing.
Community Beer Dinner
- Where: Uchi Dallas (2817 Maple Avenue)
- Cost: $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, reservations required.
- When: Sunday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. (check in at 6:00 p.m. for a complimentary specialty cocktail)
- Details: Six courses, two desserts, several Community Beer Co. beers and one specialty cocktail await at Uchi Dallas. The beers and paired courses have been expertly chosen and created by the team at Uchi. Call 214.855.5454 to reserve.
Uncommon Ramen featuring Chef John Tesar
- Where: Top Knot (2817 Maple Avenue)
- Cost: Ramen prices vary
- When: July 31, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Details: Top Knot’s popular modern Summer Ramen Series AKA “Uncommon Ramen” returns with chef John Tesar in the kitchen with Angela Hernandez and her team. Whether you make a reservation at (214) 855-1354 or just stop in and hope to get lucky, don’t miss out on the evening’s signature japadog, served on decadent house-made buns. Details to come; watch Top Knot’s instagram page for more.
Bastille Day Crepes
- Where: Whisk Crepes Cafe
- Cost: $3 wines & mimosas; $10 champagnes by the glass
- When: July 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Details: What better way to celebrate Bastille Day than to do as the French do: drink wine and gorge on crepes, oui? The chef/owner of Whisk Crepes Cafe has come up with crepe specials designed just for Bastille Day as well as the aforementioned cheap booze.
- Where: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (10477 Lombardy Lane)
- Cost: $95 per guest plus tax and gratuity
- When: July 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Details: Master Sommelier Barbara Werley of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse will take guests on a tour of classic varietals via a blind tasting to help challenge the palate and mind. Afterward, Werley will pair various Prime cuts of beef with wines of many styles and origins. It’s sure to be a tasting to remember. Learn more online, then reserve your spot by calling 214-366-2000.
Street Food Pop-Up
- Where: Monkey King Noodle Co. in Carrollton (1309 S Broadway St.)
- Cost: special menu pricing
- When: July 27, 5 pm until sold out
- Details: Four chefs. Four cuisines. One night. No reservations. This will be a night to remember as these talented chefs create dishes “their mamas and grandmas made for them with love” until it’s all gone. Join chef Andrew Chen of Monkey King Noodle Co., chef Dien Nguyen of Wabi House and Sumo Shack, chef Tuan Pham of a soon-to-open Ft. Worth restaurant, and chef Donnie Sirisavath AKA Donny Darkoo of Don Darkoo Popups as they cook up Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Laotian cuisines as part of a unique menu for one night only.
Balcones and Ironroot Whiskey Dinner
Where: Rye McKinney
Cost: $125 per person
When: July 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Details: Chef Jeff Qualls at Rye McKinney will assemble ingredients from the McKinney farmers market and other local farmers to create the freshest, local menu possible for this dinner. The result will be five farm-to-table courses paired with Balcones and Ironroot Whiskeys, with the distillers themselves there in the flesh. The dinner is limited to just 40 seats; reserve a table by calling 214.491.1715 and choosing option 2.