Goodbye, November. I’d say I’m sorry to see you go, but I’m ready to get down to the serious business of crafting my Christmas wish list.
Some people seem to think that their birthday entitles them to weeks of getting their way. My oldest friend, Meagan, is not like this. Today is her birthday, and she hasn’t even sent so much as a text message exclaiming “BIRTHDAY MONTH!!” Which is definitely not what I did. And speaking of birthdays, Rich Rogers over at Scardello is celebrating one today, too. Head to the Best of Big D cheese shop for Cheesemonger’s Birthday Surprise, an evening devoted to tasting his favorite cheeses paired with his favorite wines. It’s lucky that Rogers has good taste. There are only two spots left, so hurry.
If you feel like celebrating the start of the season by giving back, there are two opportunities to do that tonight. First, there’s the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Toast and Taste Wine Opener in the Bank of America building. Half the ticket price is tax deductible, and all the proceeds fund research and awareness of the disease. Drink, admire the Dallas skyline, and partake of the dessert station (which, let’s be honest, excites me almost as much as the prospect of so many varieties of alcoholic grape juice).
A little bit further away, the Dallas chapter of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS hosts a party so big, it requires three different locations. Hop from Nest to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to Design Within Reach (don’t worry, they’re all across the street from each other) for three themed parties where you’ll eat, drink, and bid on unique holiday wreaths created by local and national designers. Raya tells me that Whoopi Goldberg did one this year, so look for her name on the tag. Proceeds from the wreath auction go to North Texas AIDS service organizations.