It’s Carnival season in Texas, as some area restaurants prep for early Mardi Gras festivities by this weekend. Also plan for wine dinners, a Chinese New Year celebration, and yoga paired with brunch. But first, sip on some bread pudding stout thanks to a collab between two local breweries — it’s a sweet way to bid farewell to February.
Tuesday, February 26
A Martin House x HopFusion Collaboration
Coordinated by the folks behind the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, the two Fort Worth breweries will team up to release a bread pudding stout. The 10 percent alcohol-by-volume brew was inspired by Ellerbe Fine Foods’ Maw Maw’s bread pudding, brewed with roasted pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and Texas toast. Visit Martin House’s kid-friendly Riverside Lounge at 4 pm, when they’ll tap the first keg. LUCK at Trinity Groves will be on site to serve grub for purchase, and the lounge will close at 10 pm.
Wednesday, February 27
Ellerbe Chinese New Year
The farm-to-table restaurant continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a monthly dinner highlighting a different country’s cuisine. The year of the pig is the theme for this month’s Chinese New Year-inspired, three-course affair. There’ll be Shanghai-style shrimp rolls, pork and cabbage dumplings, ginger-soy steamed fish, a citrus lamb chop over noodles, and green tea ice cream. The meal is $40, plus tax and gratuity, and wine pairings are extra. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm.
Thursday, February 28
Champagne Tasting at Umbra Winery
Toast to the last day of February with bubbly at this downtown Grapevine wine bar. There’ll be four French champagnes paired with bites including lobster bisque, smoked chicken and gouda crostinis, beef tenderloin and veggie skewers, and peach zabaglione. Tickets are $55 plus tax and tasting will run from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Perfect Pairings: A Night with Coppola at Bonefish Grill
This three-course dinner could almost be considered a six-course affair, as the main course features three dishes. There’ll be seared ahi tuna, Georges Bank scallops, and lobster roulade. The Southlake seafood restaurant will pair Francis Coppola wines with each dish. Finish with Jamaican coconut pie or a macadamia nut brownie. Reservations are $50 per person.
Saturday, March 2
Yoga + Tacos at Bartaco
CorePower Yoga will lead an all-level power flow class on the restaurant’s riverfront patio. The class starts at 10 am, and a brunch of chips, guac, tacos, and aguas frescas will immediately follow. The $25 price per person includes everything. Arrive about 10-15 minutes early, and bring your own mat.
Mardi Gras Fest on Race Street
Race Street will turn into Bourbon Street during this family-friendly parade and festival. The folks behind the New Orleans-inspired Tributary Café are behind the second annual event, which includes live music, a street dance, and vendors. Visit the restaurant all day for a crawfish boil, meat pies, Abita beers, hurricanes, milk punch, and sazeracs. The festival will run 12-6 pm, with the parade to begin at 1 pm.
Mardi Craw 2019 at Texas Live!
Wash down gumbo, oysters, and smoked crawfish with hurricanes at this inaugural Mardi Gras celebration at the Arlington entertainment complex. Packages range from $15 for hurricane samples only to $60 for all-you-can-eat crawfish and hurricane samples, plus a specialty cup and T-shirt. The event will run from 4-8 pm and parking is free.
Gumbo Cook-off at Twilite Lounge
The New Orleans-inspired bar will host its first-ever amateur gumbo competition, and patrons get to taste and vote for their favorite. Go for the gumbo, but stay for the live music by Willie Green Project, who’s coming all the way from the Crescent City. Voting will run from 6-8 pm, and winners will be announced by 9 pm. Admission is free.