Love the nightlife?  Love to boogie?  Then you’ve probably already found The Brixton, Plano’s new chic nightlife experience!  For this diner, however, this weekend was my first foray to the destination tucked into a corner on the west side of the Shops of Legacy.

While The Brixton normally doesn’t get rocking until after its 4 p.m. opening on Saturdays, this weekend, I was thrilled to visit the destination for a cooking class with a living legend.

 

Chef Dean Fearing, who made his name known in the Dallas dining scene as the Executive Chef of the Mansion on Turtle Creek and later as the creative talent of his namesake restaurant, Fearing’s, led a class titled Grilling for the Big Game.

 

The class was an innovative partnership between The Brixton and culinary event team RVC Productions.  The team returns to the Brixton on February 10, when Chef Kent Rathbun will lead a Valentine’s Day cooking class.

While learning grilling and smoking tips with one of the fathers of Southwestern cuisine was great, the experience was made even better with the partnership with Addison-based Bitter Sisters brewery.  If you’ve not been to their tasting room on Surveyor in Addison, you’ve missed out.  Their Marzen beer – Hissy Fit – is one of my favorites.  It has a classic Bavarian flavor and is such a great complement to grilled and roasted meats, as proven when we sampled it side by side with Fearing’s Prime Cut Ribeye grilled over mesquite with West Texas mop sauce and a to die for Cornbread pudding!

 

While the AV experience at the Brixton as great – with giant screens, great sound, etc., the experience still felt intimate and casual.  We were able to get real one-on-one time asking questions of Fearing – what grill or smoker he likes, how to season meats like a professional every time, when to measure and when to guess by taste – and to laugh along with his celebrity-studded culinary world.

 

 

The afternoon ended with a generous round of drawings, ranging from prime beef to cookbooks to gift certificates, and a toast with Bitter Sisters Winter Bush seasonal beer.  We may have come together as strangers, but left as classmates and colleagues – what a great way to spend an afternoon!

 

(Disclaimer: My ticket was complimentary, and all opinions are my own.)