Parties, Festivals and Music in Dallas

Ted Allen and chef Richard Chamberlain

by Steven Doyle

Here is a list of some of the weekend events you may not wish to miss. There is literally something for everyone.

Scardello is hosting a Peticolas Beer tasting at the shop tomorrow from 2-4. $5 for cheese accompaniments paired with 3 beers, no reservations required. What a deal!

TACA Lexus Party on the Green showcases the culinary talents of celebrity guest chefs from Dallas and around the world, who dish up their signature cuisine at stations set throughout Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. A silent auction, wine cork pull and vibrant musical entertainment add to the evening’s festivities. Some of the local chefs in attendance will be Tim Byres(Smoke), Graham Dodd (Bolsa), Kevin Garvin (Neiman Marcus), Brian Luscher (The Grape) and Teiichi Sakurai (Tei An). 

The last time I saw Kevin Garvin, we were tooling around Addison in his loaner Porsche as part of Cotes de Coeur and within minutes pulled over by one of Addison’s finest. I won’t say he was speeding but he was let off with a warning.

Enjoy the final weekend of Dallas Theater Center’s Cabaret at the Wyly Theater. Special tickets are available tonight as a pop-up benefit with sales of special $50 ticket going to the local Holocaust Museum. Also, while checking out these tickets, take advantage of the fun Pay-What-You-Want prices (as little as one penny for any seat in the house) for the upcoming performance of The Wiz for the kick-off event July 8.

While discussing performing arts, we would be remiss not to give a shout out to the Dallas Symphony. Jaap van Zweden concludes the season with Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No. 9, Choral, whose Ode to Joy has stirred listeners for generations. While at your work desk, you can enjoy some of the symphony’s sounds here.

This is also festival season, and one of the best around is Taste of Addison. We were treated to a tasting last night courtesy of chef Richard Chamberlain and his crew (which included his guest sous chef, son Steven). Chamberlain once again hosted food television wunderkind and Mondovi spokes model Ted Allen as they both cracked wise and made a few beautiful dishes for the hungry crowd

If you see Chamberlain at Taste of Addison this weekend, and you will if you go, ask him about his 3-foot pepper grinder he uses at his namesake steak emporium, and why Ted Allen fell in love with the large wooden device.  Also enjoy the signature chop that he prepares for the event on the cheap.

Hard Night's Day at Wildflower Festival

Also enjoy the Richardson Wildflower Festival which has become more about the tunes than the flowers in the past few years. This event always has fantastic older acts that are endeared by the masses (including me). This year find headliners Jerry Lee Lewis, REO Speedwagon, Whitesnake, The Guess Who, The Little River Band, Joe Ely, and local favorite A Hard Night’s Day the Beatle cover band that packs ‘em in.

There’s plenty more going on and we will make another list up tomorrow for more weekend fun.

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