Everyone knows the food McKinney, TX is aMAZing. And it seems like every week there is a new restaurant or food event or something to talk about. But this week I want to talk about how McKinney eat local food, and because we do, the local food movement here continues to grow and mature.
Chestnut Square Farmer’s Market
This weekend marks the opening of the Farmer’s Market for the season. There have been monthly Winter Markets since the last season ended, but spring is here and it is time for some produce y’all!
The weekly Farmer’s Market is such a fun event that weaves its way through the historic McKinney homes in Chestnut Square every Saturday from 8 till noon. And if you need to replenish your local goodies midweek, you can head to Adriatica every Thursday afternoon from 3-6pm.
A Local Brew
If you live in McKinney and haven’t had a beer from Franconia, then what the heck? Located just north of University Drive, this brewery offers their delicious brews at most local restaurants and grocery stores. It’s perfect for a spring weekend. I recommend the Dunkel.
And if you want to see how beer is brewed, the good times had by the Franconia brewers, check out their green facility, and sample some of the tasty stuff, you should head down there on Saturday at 11 a.m. for a tour. At $5 per person it’s a deal! Get more on their website right here.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Tupps Brewery will be open soon at the historic Cotton Mill.
I’ll be honest. I was a little sad when I found out Sauce would be no more. I’m over it now. I have a full review coming soon, but let me just tell you a couple of things you need to know about Harvest:
Grapefruit Infused Cocktail, Crispy Ribs, Pan-roasted Red Fish.
You are going to need a reservation for this one.
Meat Eaters Delight
I’m a big fan of the meat sold at Local Yocal. The Wagyu brisket is crazy delicious. The meat is sourced from their ranch in Oklahoma and processed on sight to owner Matt’s precise standards.
Matt wants you to understand what you are consuming, so he offers Steak 101. He gives an entertaining overview of the meat industry. Then you learn about all the cuts of beef and how they are best prepared. But Matt saves the best for last, and starts grilling up all the different cuts you learn about. You will be a meat savant when you are done.
You’ll need to reserve a spot. Classes are $50 per person and worth every penny.
Stop over at The Wine Merchant on your way and pick up some wine or beer to enjoy with your meat.
Patina Green Pop Up Dinners
As I write this, there are still some spots available at Patina Green for their pop up dinners this weekend. They have recently added this fun event to their offerings. This Friday and Saturday they will have a locally sourced, a al carte menu.
They always fill up, so make your reservation now and don’t get mad at me for bogarting four seats. Also this event is BYOB, so again, The Wine Merchant can help you out.
Also, if you want to learn to make your own food with local ingredients, you can sign up for one of Chef Robert’s cooking classes.
Happy Easter everyone. I hope your McKinney weekend is beautiful!