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