After a Thanksgiving weekend of gluttony, this week’s menu is on the lighter side. Think refreshing bubbly and simplistic Parisian cuisine, along with a beer tasting paired with light bites. For heftier appetites, there’s a bourbon dinner at an English pub and a six-course Southern pop-up dinner to be held in a home furnishings store — perfect for shopping off the extra calories.
Wednesday, November 29
Grower Champagne Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
Reservations are limited for this elegant five-course dinner featuring five “intense and rare wines,” which will be available for purchase for your own holiday soirees. Dinner will start with an assortment of cheese and charcuterie paired with a brut rosé, followed by courses of marinated Louisiana blue crab, poached egg over beet farroto, caramelized onion short rib, and a trio of fruit and phyllo for dessert. Reservations are $160 per person plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Friday, December 1
Sazerac Bourbon Dinner at The Londoner Colleyville
Three Buffalo Trace spirits, including Eagle Rare bourbon whiskey and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac straight rye whiskey, will be paired with three courses at this English-inspired pub. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm with an opening cocktail. Tickets are $50 per person.
A Simple, Simply Parisian Dinner Party at Central Market Fort Worth
Cookbook author and food writer Ellise Pierce, aka The Cowgirl Chef, will prepare a four-course Parisian-inspired meal of simple dishes easily paired with bubbly. Watch, learn, and taste while she whips up flatbread with artichoke puree, olives, and ricotta, carrot-orange soup, snapper en papillote, and chocolate soufflé with coffee ice cream. The class starts at 6:30 pm, and registration is $70 per person.
Saturday, December 2
Holiday Pop-up Dinner at Into the West
Aspiring young chef Baxter McDonald will create a Southern-inspired, six-course meal paired with red and white wines at this Fort Worth Stockyards home furnishings store. The menu includes chili and butternut squash soup, poached trout, pork chop with sweet potato puree, and buttermilk pie. Arrive early for champagne and some holiday shopping, too. Tickets are $75, and dinner starts at 7 pm.
Holiday Beer Tasting at The Ginger Man
Both the Fort Worth and Southlake locations of the craft beer bar will host a guided tasting featuring eight holiday beers paired with accompanying bites. The $45 ticket includes gratuity, and the tasting begins early, at 3 pm.