July 2 (and each Wednesday)
Dallas Vegan Drinks meetup: Vegan 101, a DFW vegan meet-up group, hosts a variety of mixers. Vegans, vegetarians, “even the veg-curious” are welcome. They do a Dallas Vegan Drinks meetup the second Thursday of every month. Next one is 6 p.m. July 10, at a location to be named. For details, visit meetup.com/vegan101
Central Market’s “Texas Garden” cooking class: A hands-on class at the Dallas Lovers Lane location has you prepare and devour a five-course vegetarian meal starring Texas produce, including country fried portabello steaks with mushroom and shallot gravy. $60. 214-361-5754; www.centralmarket.com.
Spiral Diner breakfast cooking class: Taste and learn to make Spiral’s most popular breakfast dishes, including vegan pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and a tofu scramble (also offered July 21 at the Dallas location). $40; must reserve and pay in advance. 1314 Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817-332-8834; www.spiraldiner.com/news
Grace vegetarian wine dinner: Chef Blaine Staniford will prepare a multicourse meat-free menu paired with wines selected by sommeliers Jenny Kornblum and Lioneel Peñacerrada. Menu details and price to be announced. Grace, 777 Main St., Fort Worth. 817-877-3388; gracefortworth.com.
Texas Veggie Fair: Held on the last day of the Texas State Fair, this fest offers a vegan alternative, with food vendors, a beer garden and live music. Look out for the vegan corndog from Tough Cookie, and the bakery is always a highlight. In Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., along Turtle Creek in Dallas’ Oak Lawn area. Admission is free. www.texasveggiefair.com
— Compiled by Marilyn Bailey, Special to DFW.com