Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 21

Kill the lights at FT33 for tonight's guest chef; The Nasher gives educators a contemporary art lesson.

Squash roasting onsite at Brandon Baltzley's TMIP restaurant. Courtesy of TMIP.
Squash roasting onsite at Brandon Baltzley’s TMIP restaurant. Courtesy of TMIP.

If you find the increasingly gaudy frills of fine dining to be a bit overwhelming, then tonight’s entry in FT33’s guest chef series might be exactly what you need. Brandon Baltzley hails most recently from Michigan City, Indiana, where he ran the TMIP (“The Most Important Part”) restaurant, which sat on a farm. I utilize the past tense, unfortunately, since the establishment has apparently received some recent and fatal interference from local authorities concerning building codes and the like. Baltzley and his staff prepared a variety of anachronistically radical dishes, such as bison tartare, goat caramels, and other menu items which were largely sourced from the land surrounding the stark eatery. The restaurant was carved inside of a house that was built sometime in the 1850s.

FT33 will undergo a bit of a “makeunder” this evening, to thematically coincide with Baltzley’s arrival, as it will be lit by candlelight, and all of the cooking will be without the aid of modern technology. Some preview photos of the prepping for the dinner have popped up online, and you can see one here if you want to already start thinking beyond lunch. Baltzley himself is a controversial figure, whose exceedingly interesting life led to a memoir before he even turned 30. Both the methods employed and the visiting chef should provide fascinating accompaniment to Matthew McCallister’s ever-progressive dining series. For reservations, call 214-741-2629.

The Nasher Sculpture Center turns its sights on local educators, since it’s already tackled its summer program for students. The Museum Forum for Teachers is a week-long crash through contemporary art starting this week, and will feature outside input from other respected institutions, including DMA, the Modern, and more.

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