This Week in Gluttony
This week’s event lineup is Grapevine-heavy, as half of the list features notable tastings in the wine-friendly city. There’s also a prestigious wine dinner on West Magnolia Avenue with California wine royalty as a special guest, and a wild game cooking class featuring a local celeb chef. (There are just a few seats left.) By week’s end, caffeine might be necessary. Good thing one of Fort Worth’s newest coffee shops will celebrate its grand opening on Friday.
Monday, January 13
Defender Wild Game Cooking Series with Marcus Paslay
There’s still time to snag a seat at Monday's cooking class, featuring chef Marcus Paslay of Clay Pigeon Food & Drink and Piatello Italian Kitchen, at Defender Outdoors. Paslay will prepare and share recipes for venison tartare, grilled venison loin, and venison osso bucco. The $95 per-person price ($75 for Defender Outdoors members) includes wine pairings. The event will run from 6 to 8 pm.
Tuesday, January 14
Fabulous French at Off the Vine
This Grapevine wine bar hosts themed tastings on the regular, but this one will feature an all-French lineup with varietals that won’t break the bank for an entire bottle. Taste wines from Loire Valley, Beaujolais, and Bordeaux while a speaker shares details on each. The tasting is $30 per person and begins at 7 pm. Reservations are required.
Thursday, January 16
Annual Robert Foley Vineyards Winemaker Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
He’s been called the “god of Cabernet,” and he’ll be the guest of honor at this popular annual dinner party featuring his namesake California wines. The menu hasn’t been posted, but that’s not stopping reservations from going fast. Wines to be served include a 2018 Chardonnay, 2015 Charbono, 2013 Cabernet, 2014 Claret, and 2014 Port. Seats are $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and the event begins at 6:30 pm.
Meet the Chef with Craft & Vine at Messina Hof Grapevine Winery
Guest chef Bill Trevino of Roanoke’s star wine bar and restaurant, Craft & Vine, will visit the Grapevine winery to share his take on tapas. Indulge in four of his tasty dishes paired with wine for $29.99, plus tax and gratuity. The event will run from 6:30 to 8 pm and tickets should be purchased in advance
Craig Baker Wine Event at Mason & Dixie
While not a winemaker himself, Craig Baker is a respected wine connoisseur who selects artisanal wines from small family estates to showcase via the portfolio of distributor Misa Imports. He’ll visit the Grapevine restaurant to share six selections from around the world paired with a cheese and charcuterie board. Tickets are $20 per person and the tasting begins at 6:30 pm.
Friday, January 17
Summer Moon Coffee Fort Worth Grand Opening
Wood-fired espresso beans set this new coffee shop apart from the rest. Hill Country-based Summer Moon Coffee uses a 19th-century hearth in Dripping Springs to roast beans using oak wood. Now Near Southside patrons can taste the flavor at the shop’s newest outlet on South Main Street. Visit from 7 am to 8 pm for complimentary samples, live music, and half-off all Summer Moon drinks. Don’t miss the house-made Moon Milk — a blend of seven secret ingredients that combine for a sweet cream. Order like a regular with lingo like “Half Moon,” “Summermoon,” and “Whispermoon” when ordering coffee.