Tasting notes: Foodie fun for a week!

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It’s a good week for foodies in Dallas, with a different event almost every night (and some during the day!). Here’s a rundown on how you can feast for a week.

Tuesday: FT33 tasting menu. Matt McCallister’s buzzworthy restaurant in the Design District, FT33, pictured, celebrates a year of operation with the launch of a new tasting menu of local ingredients showcased in a minimalistic style. Each seven-course meal with include snacks, a savory element and a sweet element. Begins this Tuesday, and each Tuesday–Thursday hereafter, from 6–9 p.m. Limited availability. $95/person. 214-741-2629.

Thursday: Wine Poste dinner with Tiffany Derry and Uno Immanivong. Sticking close to the Design District, The Wine Poste, a new combination wine retailer and event/dining space, hosts its latest dinner with celebrichefs Tiffany Derry and Umo Immanivong cooking an Asian-themed menu (paired, natch, with wines). The five-course menu will include crispy duck confit, Chinese barbecue port and apple fritter churrro bites (can’t wait to see the wine they match with that one!). 7 p.m., $100/person. WinePoste.com.

Friday: 79 cent pork chops at Perry’s. You heard correctly: On Friday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., the first 100 customers at Perry’s Steakhouse on McKinney Avenue get their chop for less than a buck, in honor of the first Perry’s opening in 1979.

Saturday: A Feathered Affair. A lineup of all-star chefs including Abraham Salum (Salum, Komali), Jeff Harris (Bolsa), Chad Houser (Cafe Momentum), Graham Dodds (Hibiscus) and Nathan Tate (Boulevardier) will cook for this fundraiser for the Trinity River Audubon Center at the locale in the beautiful Trinity River Forest, sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas. 7–11 p.m. $75/person. GLFD.org.

Sunday: Texas Veggie Fest. The outdoor celebration of vegan cuisine returns to the gayborhood with a daylong event at Reverchon Park. Lots of vendors — food, but also cruelty-free products and services — will be on hand at the dog-friendly, free event. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. TexasVeggieFair.com.

Monday: Industry night at Belly & Trumpet. The uptown eatery gives back to those who work in food service with a recurring Monday night event that includes a different local bartender mixing it up each week.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 22: Five Sixty Japanese dinner. Patton Robertson, the exec chef at Wolfgang Puck’s lavish restaurant atop Reunion Tower, teams with other local chefs to host a Japanese-inspired meal. Among those preparing dishes will be  Matt Raso of Nobu, Hiroyuki Fujino (sushi cef at Five Sixty) and Teiichi Sakurai of Tei-An. All dishes will be paired with sake or wine. Reception at 6 p.m. $150/person. 214-741-5560.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

In time for TBRU, a fun, true story

Mr-TBRU-entrants-and-winners-at-RU-copyWith Texas Bear Round Up starting today, I was thinking about this online exchange from a few weeks ago.

Iris McCallister, the wife of FT33 chef Matt McCallister, is a frequent LIKEr of my Facebook posts, and vice versa. A few weeks ago, Iris posted something like this on her Facebook page: “Just came from a beer tasting and never have I seen so many bearded men in flannel!”

Being the jokester I am, I said, “You should attend TBRU!”

Ha. Good one, I thought.

But Iris, being a straight married lady, didn’t get it.

“What’s TBRU?” she asked back. “Texas Bear Round Up,” I replied, figuring she’d finally get the joke.

But oh, no.

Next thing I know, Iris is inviting her girlfriends to attend. “Arnold Wayne Jones suggested we might want to check out the Texas BEER Round Up! Let’s go, should be fun!” she enthusiastically posted. Apparently, she read my post only fleetingly. Fortunately, one of her girlfriends was savvier.

“Ummm, Iris, I think you might want to take a look at this,” she posted, linking to the TBRU home page.

I could practically hear Iris shriek from miles away.

Personally, I think it would hilarious if Iris McCallister and her girlfriends showed up at the Crowne Plaza, all ready to taste artisinal beers and being met by fuzzy meatmen in Speedos. But it’s probably best she didn’t.

You can, though. See ya there. And if you see Iris, give her a big bear hug.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

SPOILER ALERT: ‘Top Chef’ all-straight now, but Texan’s still in running

Top Chef: Seattle has toyed with us, both as gays and Texans. The first evictee was openly gay chef Jeffrey Jew. Since then, we’ve had just one queer chef to root for: returning competitor Josie Smith-Maleve, pictured. She wasn’t personally popular among the other cheftestants, and they’d been itching for her to go for a while. Last week, when she bested frontrunner Kristen Kish, the world seemed topsy-turvy. So last night, when Josie was finally let go, it felt, sadly, like justice had been served.

Still, that leaves a gay-free zone headed into the final weeks of the competition. Not, though, a Texan-free one. FT33‘s Joshua Valentine — who started as a line cook at Stephan Pyles — is still in the running. Hey, if we don’t have a gay to support, we always go for a Texan.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones