It’s the end of rodeo season and the beginning of Valentine’s season, and there are events to commemorate both this week. Also, trade tacos for tamales this Tuesday, enjoy a taste of Carmel cuisine and wine, and save room for corned beef by week’s end. January detoxes are over; it’s time to indulge.
Tuesday, January 30
Tamale Tuesday at The Collective Brewing Project
Who needs tacos on Tuesday when there are gourmet tamales to be had? Patrons of the Near Southside brewery can enjoy elevated takes on the husk-wrapped Mexican delicacy for just $2 each. Varieties include chipotle beef barbacoa; green chili pork; mushroom, kale, and cheese with hibiscus masa,;and tequila-lime chicken with spinach masa. Save room for Mexican-style popcorn with spicy mayo, cotija cheese, lime, and cilantro, as well as mole-spiced chicharrones. Wash it all down with Collective’s craft brew. The menu will be available from 4-10 pm.
Thursday, February 1
Carmel Valley Wines & Comfort Foods at Local Foods Kitchen
Chef Katie Schma draws inspiration from her Carmel, California upbringing for this four-course dinner, which will feature wines from the same region. Stick-to-your-ribs dishes include Valencian seafood paella, lamb curry, and chocolate angel pie, and wines will range from rosé to Pinot Noir. Arrive at 6:30 pm. for tray-passed appetizers before dinner at 7 pm. The $85 per person price does not include tax or gratuity.
Friday, February 2
Cornbeefapalooza at From Across the Pond
It’s a weekend of corned beef bliss at this North Richland Hills English-inspired pub and restaurant. Patrons can order specials like corned beef hash, Irish eggs Benedict with corn beer, and corned beef Reuben sandwiches and tacos, Friday through Sunday. Corned beef lovers will want to mark their calendars for the second weekend of each month, because Cornbeefapalooza is now a regular monthly event.
Saturday, February 3
Michaels Cuisine Saturday Stock Show Brunch
Kick off the last day of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo with brunch at one of the city's most popular pre-rodeo hangouts. Chef Michael Thomson’s ranch-inspired menu includes green picadillo enchiladas with eggs, smoked prime rib and eggs, and a jumbo sticky bun with ancho chile pecans and bourbon cream cheese icing. Drinks range from a TX Whiskey peach and apricot iced tea to the “Paloma-mosa” with champagne, tequila, habanero syrup, and pink grapefruit juice. Brunch will be served from 11 am-4 pm.
Monday, February 5
Italian Chocolate, Italian Dessert with Amedei Tuscany at Central Market
Life is short, so eat dessert first. Sample chocolates from Amedei Tuscany, one of Italy's finest chocolate brands, and then learn how to prepare decadent chocolate desserts, including white chocolate-pistachio tiramisu and chocolate cake with strawberries — all while you sip Moscato d’asti. The class is $50 per person (worth it alone for a taste of Amedei's Porcelana, one of the most expensive chocolates in the world) and begins at 6:30 pm.