The chaos of the Christmas season culminates this week, when many bars and restaurants are squeezing in the last round of holiday parties. But there is still room at these five noteworthy events, which range from a $175, seven-course seafood dinner to a $10 pie and beer pairing. Remember: holiday calories don't count.
Tuesday, December 19
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Grace
Chef Blaine Staniford will present his take on the traditional Italian Christmas Eve meal, which is also known as The Vigil. The luxurious, seven-course dinner starts with a terrine of veal tenderloin and bluefin tuna, followed by Maine black bass, ocean trout rillette, linguini and clams, salt cod and Yukon potato doughnuts, Nantucket Bay scallops, and mascarpone and ricotta cannoli. All courses will be paired with wines. The $175 per person reservation does not include tax and gratuity. A welcome reception with bubbles begins at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7 pm.
Wednesday, December 20
Shannon Brewing Company Rare Release Wednesday
Toast to holiday cheer with the Keller brewery’s peppermint mocha chocolate stout, available for $6 a pint, one day only from 4-9 pm. As with every brew featured on Shannon Brewing Company’s Rare Release Wednesday, once it’s gone, it’s gone. Admission is free.
Whiskey Ranch Holiday BBQ Dinner with guest pitmaster Matt Pittman
The Meat Church pitmaster, who’s created an empire selling barbecue rubs out of Waxahachie, will prepare a carnivorous dinner at Whiskey Ranch, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.’s expansive new distillery and bar in east Fort Worth. The event will begin with a whiskey cocktail reception at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner (paired with more whiskey cocktails) from 6-8 pm. Tickets are $50.
Thursday, December 21
Artisan Pairing: Sweet Lucy’s Pie at The Collective Brewing Project
The South Fort Worth brewery is partnering with baker Lindsey Lawing of Sweet Lucy’s Pies for a perfect pairing of pie and craft beer. The $10 ticket includes two slices of pie — lemon raspberry buttermilk and espresso cardamom fudge — paired with Collective’s Lemon Vanilla Radler and Belwegian beers. “They are at two different ends of the spectrum,” Lawing says. “Something a little lighter and something a little more decadent.” The event will run from 6-9 pm.
Sunday, December 24
Sunday Family Dinner at TruFire Southlake
Let someone else do the Christmas Eve cooking. The entire family is invited to TruFire Kitchen & Bar for a special four-course dinner, which comes with a choice of starter, salad, two entrees served family-style, and choice of dessert. Reservations for adults are $24 per person and children under 10 are $10. Wine is $3 a glass all night and seating times begin at 4 pm.