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These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

lime poundcake, Central Market, citrus fest, Juan Rodriguez cooking class
Citrus will take a starring role in chef Juan Rodriguez's cooking class at Central Market. Photo courtesy of Central Market

After a quiet start to 2018, events are ramping up in Fort Worth, starting with the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival’s first Sipping Series event of the year. Citrus is celebrated at Central Market with Magdalena’s chef Juan Rodriguez, and there’s also a decadent wine dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods, a taco shop pop-up at the Collective Brewing Project, and a parade watch party with a Bloody Mary brunch at Del Frisco’s. 

Tuesday, January 9

Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival Sipping Series: Beer Tasting Class
Toast to 2018 with a local beer tasting. A panel of brewery owners and experts, including Cody Martin of Martin House Brewing Company, Nate Swan of Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, and John Pritchett of Wild Acre Brewing Company, will present three beers each — two year-round offerings and one seasonal release. Tickets are $30 per person, and the event will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm at Wild Acre Brewing.

Thursday, January 11

Seasonal Supper: Sensational Citrus with Juan Rodriguez at Central Market Fort Worth
Just in time for Central Market’s annual Citrus Fest, Magdalena’s chef and owner Juan Rodriguez will prepare citrus-centric menu of Mexican cuisine. Courses will include arroz con pollo with Buddha’s hand (a citrus fruit with finger-like sections) and cactus with yuzu lemon, grapefruit, and serrano-cucumber water. The $65 per-person class begins at 6:30 pm and wines are included.

Robert Foley Vineyards Wine Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
Longtime Napa Valley winemaker Bob Foley himself will be on-hand at his eighth annual namesake wine dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods. Executive chef Molly McCook’s menu will include Gulf crabmeat with grilled cornbread, pork rillette with turnips and carrot puree, balsamic braised Akaushi beef with butternut squash risotto, and a bittersweet chocolate and olive oil cake with salted marcona almonds and dark cherries. The $155 per-person price (plus tax and gratuity) includes wines with each course, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

Friday, January 12

Collective Goes Braindead
The South Fort Worth brewery welcomes Deep Ellum’s BrainDead Brewing as the guest tap of the month, meaning BrainDead beer will available at Collective throughout January. But on Friday, January 12, chef David Pena from Bowls and Tacos (which comes from the BrainDead folks) will make a special appearance to prepare a menu of his street tacos and poke bowl specialties. The event begins at 4 pm and admission is free.

Saturday, January 13

Third Annual Bloody Mary Brunch & Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo All Western Parade-Watching Party
Snag a prime parade-watching spot on the balcony of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House downtown, with brunch and Bloody Marys to boot. The $100 per-person ticket benefits A Wish with Wings, a local non-profit whose mission is to grant wishes for young Texans with life-threatening diseases. The over-the-top brunch buffet will include everything from omelets and bacon to biscuits and scones. A Bloody Mary bar and mimosas are included. Brunch begins at 10 am with the parade set to start an hour later.