This week’s festivities feature Champagne, tequila, red wine, and even pumpkin margaritas. There’s also a taco festival, tamale-making class, and “pupsgiving” event where fur babies are welcome to the dinner table. Let the Thanksgiving pre-gaming begin.
Thursday, November 15
Pinot Noir for Turkey Day Dinner at Cadillac Wines
Wine experts say Pinot Noir pairs best with the smorgasbord of flavors that is Thanksgiving dinner. Its acidity level and medium body can match up with poultry and all its accompaniments. The folks at Cadillac Wines promise to prove it at this dinner featuring Pinot Noir in various forms, including sparkling. Reservations are $65 per person, and dinner begins at 6 pm.
Bollinger Family Champagne Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
Champagne drinkers know any day is a good day for bubbly. Chef Molly McCook will showcase her skills with a four-course dinner paired with bubbles galore. Menu highlights include chilled chicken and apricot terrine, crabmeat agnolotti pasta, braised Akaushi beef, and a sweet potato roulade with pecan crumbs, sweetened cream cheese, and cinnamon-sugar sweet potato chips. Reservations are $165 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and a champagne reception with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres begins at 6:30 pm.
Cenote Tequila Dinner at Wild Salsa
Four courses paired with tequila cocktails for $45 (inclusive of tax and gratuity) is a steal. The featured tequila brand is Cenote, which will be mixed into blood orange margaritas and a concoction called a “melted” colada. Dishes include octopus ceviche, wild mushroom tamale, pork belly carnitas, and sweet arroz con leche. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
FnG Eats Red Wine Festival
The concept is simple: Pay $60 (plus tax and gratuity) and indulge in seven, count ‘em, seven red wines along with hors d’oeuvres. The event will run from 6:30-10 pm. Plan for an Uber ride home.
Saturday, November 17
Pupsgiving at Mutts Canine Cantina
For those who prefer pups to people (you know who you are), here’s a canine-friendly way to celebrate Thanksgiving for a good cause. Visit Fort Worth’s hottest dog park and bar for adoptions, a costume contest, pumpkin patch photo booth, and vendor market. All proceeds from sales of Mutts’ pumpkin margarita (made with LunaZul tequila) will benefit the Humane Society of North Texas. Pupsgiving will run from 11 am-3 pm.
Texas Taco Fest at Texas Live!
‘Tis the season for tacos. The two-day, family-friendly festival will host 30 different taco vendors, who’ll serve more than 75 varieties. Participants include Dallas-area spots like TacQui, Flaming Grill Barbecue, and Cuates Kitchen, along with more widely known taco joints like Torchy’s and cult-favorite Taco Casa. There’ll be a tequila-sampling expo, make-your-own-margarita bar, and live music. Tickets range from $14.95 for general admission (tacos not included) to $54.95 for VIP access, which comes with five tacos, four beverages, a gift bag, and a VIP area. Early entry begins at 12 pm both days, and the event will run until 7 pm on Saturday and 6 pm on Sunday.
Sunday, November 18
Tamale Class with Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen
In case you missed it: The west Fort Worth favorite for Latin dishes is on its way further west as the restaurant prepares to move to Willow Park late next year. Owner Crystal Padilla will give potential Parker County patrons a sneak peek with a class hosted at her future neighbor Drakes Yoke. The class is $60 per person (plus tax) and includes ingredients for one dozen tamales. Class will run from 3-5 pm.