Cinco de Mayo events abound this weekend, but Saturday also brings the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Mint juleps and margaritas, anyone? Friday is also May 4, and Star Wars fans (and a popular pizza joint) are ready to celebrate the day as an unofficial holiday honoring the iconic movie series. There’ll be whiskey and wine dinners, too.
Tuesday, May 1
Wonderment Wine Dinner with Magdalena’s at Kent & Co. Wines
Juan Rodriguez’s dinners are a hot ticket. The Magdalena’s owner will visit the West Magnolia Avenue wine bar to prep a multicourse meal to pair with Wonderment Wines from Napa. Owner and winemaker (and former fashion model) Stephanie Cook will be there, too. Reservations are $99 per person plus tax and gratuity, and the dinner begins at 7 pm.
Wednesday, May 2
Casamigos Tequila & Margarita Dinner at Taverna Rossa
The Southlake pizza and beer joint shifts gears for one night to offer a Mexican-inspired five-course dinner paired with tequila tastings and cocktails. Shrimp ceviche, pork shoulder pozole, white fish Veracruz, brisket enchiladas, and a caramelized mango tart with Mexican chocolate round out the flavorful menu. Libations include a cucumber rickey made with mezcal, a tequila reposado mule, a frozen margarita blended with tequila blanco, and an old fashioned shaken with tequila anejo. There’ll be tasting flights, too. Reservations are $85 (plus tax and gratuity) and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, May 3
Waters Whiskey Dinner
It’s a hump day humdinger at the Sundance Square restaurant, where chef and owner Jon Bonnell will go over the top with a meat-heavy menu and potent pairings. Cocktails include a private reserve old fashioned, Kentucky straight bourbon Manhattan, Kentucky straight bourbon blood orange cider mule, and straight rye whiskey sazerac. They’ll help wash down chicken fried steak sliders, candied bacon, smoked pork ribs, duck leg confit, bacon-wrapped scallops, and doughnut holes for dessert. Reservations are $105 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Friday, May 4
Star Wars Day at Cane Rosso
May the 4th be with you, pizza-loving Star Wars fans. It’s the day Cane Rosso takes Star Wars very seriously, so much that they’ll offer food and drink specials themed around the iconic movie series. Visit starting at 5 pm for the return of Roni One double pepperoni and bacon marmalade pizza; C3PO three-cheese, pepperoni, and oregano pizza; and the new Yodaroli — Yoda-shaped, scratch-made ravioli. Show up in Star Wars costume and get 25 percent off your food bill. There’ll be a costume contest, too.
Late Night Cinco de Yakitori at Proper on Magnolia
This one’s for the night owls. Starting at 11 pm, members of Shinjuku Station’s culinary team will visit the craft cocktail bar — just named Fort Worth Bar of the Year in the prestigious CultureMap Tastemaker Awards — for a Japanese and Mexican fusion outdoor cookout on the patio. The menu will include pork belly pastor with grilled pineapple, octopus tacos with cucumber, pear, pico de gallo and wasabi cream, skirt steak fajitas, and Japanese elote. The menu will be available until 2 am or until sell-out.
Saturday, May 5
Derby de Mayo Brunch & Party at Chef Point
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Ketucky Derby in one fell swoop at the gourmet gas station restaurant, where both sombreros and derby hats are encouraged. A “Derby de Mayo” brunch menu (to be served 10 am-2 pm) includes mint juleps, jalapeño margaritas, French toast with Kentucky bourbon sauce, and huevos rancheros. Hot brown sandwiches will be served all day, and live music will begin after the blanket of roses has been awarded. Reservations are encouraged.
El Fuerte Taco Fest
It will be a taco lover’s paradise at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion, where multiple area restaurants will share their tastiest renditions of the beloved handheld fare. Participants include taco experts Salsa Limon, Taco Heads, Del Norte Tacos, R Taco, and Wild Salsa along with outliers Bird Café, Texas Bleu Steakhouse, and The Tavern. They’ll compete to win in categories like “best presentation,” “best salsa,” and “best tortilla,” while the public will vote for the “best overall taco.” The event will run from 12 noon-6 pm. Tickets are $30 ($50 for early admission at 11 am and access to a private bar and restroom) and $15 for children ages 6 to 13. Alcohol is not included in the ticket price, but beer and margaritas are will be available for purchase.