Complete Your 2018 Black Tie Dinner Experience

The theme is Visible Together. The event is Black Tie Dinner. And the weekend? It's all right here.

Posted on Oct 15, 2018 By Nick Totin

The largest fundraising dinner for the LGBTQ community in the nation returns to Dallas on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Dallas. If you plan to visit Dallas for the 2018 Annual Black Tie Dinner, then keep reading. This post outlines everything you need to know about what else to see while you're here. If you're not already planning to attend, then read about the event , buy your ticket and come back here and read about everything you need to know about what else to see while you're here.

 

Friday

If you make it to Dallas early on Friday, and you definitely should, take advantage of exploring Dallas' food scene. One of the greatest recommendations we can offer are: Sassetta, Flora Street Café or Bullion. But you likely won't be disappointed no matter where you go.

The casual Italian eatery, Sassetta, located in the Design District offers a variety of specialty pizzas, pastas and salads so you simply can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Be sure to order one of their savory desserts before you leave.

Located in the Arts District, Flora Street Café is the creation of famous chef Stephan Pyles. It's upscale, it's intimate, it's modern, and most of all, it's delicious. The menu is updated regularly so it's never a bad idea to return.

Bullion is your option if you're interested in a range of classic and contemporary French dishes realized through Chef Bruno's eyes. He revisits classics and wants his ingredients to stand out allowing guests to enjoy French food the way he would eat it.

Black Tie Dinner begins on Friday night with the B4Black Auction Preview Party (8-10 p.m.) at the Sheraton. This party gives guests the chance to preview some of the auction items and mingle with other dinner attendees before the main event on Saturday night.

 

Saturday

Now it's Saturday, and you've got a few hours to kill before putting on your face, your glitter and the best shoes anyone has ever seen you in. Take a quick Uber to Highland Park, the sophisticated pocket of North Dallas that will supply you with an entire morning of brunch, shopping and sightseeing options - and a quick pre-BTD cocktail!

We don't want to spoil any secrets, but Black Tie Dinner is expecting an impressive lineup of distinguished guests. You may have heard the opening speaker this year is Representative Beto O'Rourke. The night includes speakers, performers, a luxury auction, and all benefits LGBTQ advocacy organizations here in North Texas and across the country.

When the dinner is over and your life is changed forever, you have two options: 1) stick around for After Black, also at the Sheraton or 2) take that tux out on the town and explore some of Dallas' most vibrant nightlife.

Explore the Dallas gayborhood, located in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. You WILL find a bar to fit your scene, and I encourage you to try the rest of them as well. Our highlights include: S4 (Station 4 to the non-local) which is an all-in-one nightclub complete with a drag show every night of the week, Round Up Saloon, where boots and ability to two-step are not required, and Sue Ellen's, one of the country's last standing (and most OUT-standing) lesbian nightclubs. But do not let our word count limit stop you, all of Cedar Springs Road is packed with excellent options to dance and drink the night away.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your weekend, you'll be making a difference by attending Black Tie Dinner and we know it will make a difference in your life too.

 

Sunday

When you wake up on Sunday, you might've already missed the room service cutoff for breakfast, but don't worry you're not alone. Uptown has plenty of options for finding a late brunch. My absolute favorite for a sweet brunch fix is Henry's Majestic featuring a Sopaipilla Waffle that is heaven on a plate. And for more brunch options, explore the rest of the Uptown neighborhood!

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