The Chinese New Year begins this week, and one local restaurant is celebrating with a festival. But first, cozy up with pub-style comfort food at a local beer dinner, or sip on Spanish wines paired with tapas at one of the Near Southside’s favorite wine bars. There’s also opportunity to tour some of Fort Worth’s tastiest barbecue joints via bus. Finally, get in on the cookbook club craze come Monday at a supper club where guests provide the meal.
Tuesday, January 21
Pub Feast Beer Dinner at Funky Picnic Brewery & Café
Tuck into some comforting pub food at this five-course beer-pairing dinner featuring British-inspired dishes. Menu highlights include sausage-wrapped Scotch eggs, fish and chips, prime rib with potatoes and turnips, and sticky toffee pudding. Each course is paired with a different Funky Picnic beer. Tickets are $75 and do include tax and gratuity. Dinner begins at 7 pm.
Thursday, January 23
A Tasting of Spanish Wines with Tapas at Grand Cru
The West Magnolia Avenue wine bar hosts its first tasting of the year, featuring Spanish-style tapas. Taste deviled eggs, garlic shrimp, Spanish pizza, chorizo-filled mushrooms, and cheeses paired with Brut, Rosé, Tempranillo, and more. Tickets are $28, plus gratuity. The guided tasting starts at 7 pm.
Saturday, January 25
BBQ & Brews Tours
Hop on the bus for a guided tour of Fort Worth’s barbecue and breweries. The tour includes hearty samples of barbecue and three craft beers. First stop: Panther City BBQ, where the tour will begin and end. Locations in between are secret. Tickets are $55 per person, and the tour will run from 1 to 4 pm.
Sunday, January 26
Four Sisters Lunar New Year Food Fest
It’s the year of the rat this Chinese New Year, and the folks at Four Sisters are celebrating with an indoor-outdoor food festival. There’ll be at least seven different food stations serving a la carte specialties for guests to purchase. Participants include Bobaddiction and Monkey King Noodle Company from Deep Ellum, and SXSE Food Co. from Austin, among others. There’ll be drinks and DJ music, too. The party starts at 4 pm and will run until 8 pm, or until the food sells out.
Monday, January 27
The Table Cookbook Club
Cookbook clubs are all the range right now, and this one hosted by The Table Market & Culinary Studio in the Near Southside is open to the public. Pick up a copy of Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman and prepare a dish from it to bring. (Dish selections should be indicated upon registration.) Then gather for a roundtable meal and discussion with other home cooks. Appetizers and wine and will be provided, but feel free to BYOB. Registration is $20 and dinner begins at 6 pm.