VERTS Pop-Up Dinner

November 23, 2016

Last week, Colton and I were invited to a fine dining pop up dinner at VERTS Mediterranean Grill in Dallas.  Neither one of us have heard about VERTS before, so we were excited to check it out.  If you follow us on Instagram, you have seen several of these photos, but here is the full recap of the event.


VERTS is a fast-casual, scratch Mediterranean kitchen.  You can create your own pita, bowl or salad with meat, veggies and delicious sauces.  There are plenty of spots to eat there, or you can take it with you on the go.  The chefs make everything from scratch, with the highest-quality ingredients and it is healthy and delicious.

The Pop-Up

Chef Kate, the chef at the SMU Dallas location, created a four-course dinner, each course paired with a Deep Ellum Brewing Company beer.  Deep Ellum Brewing is a local brewery known for making good beers with great labels.  Most restaurants in the area carry it, so if you live in Dallas and haven’t heard of it, check it out now.  Better yet, check out the tasting room at the brewery.

Course 1

The first course set the tone for the amazing food of the evening.  Chef Kate created several dellicious appetizers for us to munch on while chatting. This was paired with Deep Ellum’s Rye Pils, a lighter lager with crisp and floral notes.

It included:

Seasonal pickles

Collard green doimas

Fresh pita and schmaltz hummus with crispy chicken and an egg: No joke, this was some of the best hummus I have ever eaten.  Chef Kate added the crispy chicken and egg to this already incredibly seasoned humus.

Course 2

Chef Kate’s created the second course to be full of flavor and texture. Deep Ellum paired Easy Peasy with it.  Easy Peasy is a citrus IPA, and it is easy to drink all year long.

Beef and lamb tartare with puffed quinoa and harissa aioli

Course 3

Most would agree that this was the prettiest course of the evening.  The beets gave the tzatziki a beautiful pink color.  It paired perfectly with Neato Bandito, Deep Ellum’s Mexican Style lager.

Cured fish, smoked beet tzatziki, pickle apple and chile oil

Course 4

This delicious course matched the beautiful plates it was served on. Deep Ellum’s Local Legend really intensified the flavor of the lamb belly.  If you are looking for a flavorful sweet milk stout, Deep Ellum’s Local Legend is it!

Lamb belly with black garlic and carob glaze, cauliflower tahini puree, and crispy kale


Everything about the event was wonderful, from the table graffiti to the delicious beer nuts mix created by Chef Kate.  Thank you, VERTS and Deep Ellum Brewing Company for having us out.  Colton and I had a great time and we can’t wait to come back and get some delicious food to go.  There are a few VERTS locations in DFW, including one in Plano!




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Have you ever been to VERTS Mediterranean Grill?  What’s your favorite thing on the menu? Leave me a comment below!

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health November 23, 2016 at 6:38 am

    i saw it it Mai’s IG as well, i am really interested to check them out soon.

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Yes! Her photo was so pretty, so I included it. It is really delicious!

  • Lisa November 23, 2016 at 8:16 am

    The food looks absolutely delicious and fresh! Adding beer into the mix is always a win especially for the guys!

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      It’s absolutely delicious. So healthy and clean too!

  • Kathy Brown November 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I’ve never heard of Verts. I wish there was one located near me. I guess I’ll have to go to Dallas someday

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      You are always welcome here! 🙂

  • Veleisa Burrell November 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I got the invite but couldn’t go because I wouldn’t be able to eat anything. Can’t wait for the next event!

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      I am sad you weren’t able to make it to this one, but next time for sure.

  • Lee Anne November 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Oh man, all of this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    Lee Anne

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Of course!! It was really good.

  • Jen @ Saving with Spunk November 23, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I’m going to a conference in Dallas in 2017. I will definitely be checking this place out as I LOVE Mediterranean food! Looks great!

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Yay!! I hope you get the chance to check it out. Let me know if you need other suggestions. 🙂

  • Melissa Chee November 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    OMG! That dinner looks AMAZING

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      GIRL! It was! 🙂

  • Dominique November 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Wow! Those dishes look so creative!

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      They were- tasty and beautiful!

  • Mai Lyn Ngo November 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Your insta story for this had me drooling. What a fun night!!! It made me crave Verts and obviously I was there soon after. haha.

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      haha. Well your Insta Post has me wanting to go back!!

  • Allison - Celebrating Sweets November 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Everything looks delicious! I love Mediterranean food!

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Me too! It was so good. 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks November 23, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    That food looks delicious, and I love that they paired it with Deep Ellum. My favorite thing is supporting local businesses!

    • Jessica November 23, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Me too, girl! It was really really good. 🙂

  • Brandi November 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Holy smokes. That looks so good. Total food jealousy over here.

  • Brittany Giles November 27, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    How yummy is this?! Your pictures def have me with all kinds of food envy! Sounds like an amazing experience!

  • Ginger Marie November 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

    OMG! I never see this kind of food at Verts! haha. But they’re still suuuuuper tasty.