It’s officially Carnival season in New Orleans, and Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell is kicking things off with crawfish boil fit for the French Quarter. It’s also time for Girl Scout cookies (paired with beer, of course), and a special event celebrating National Pie Day. Wine lovers won’t want to miss Grace’s Pheasant Ridge wine dinner featuring some of Texas’ best vino, and for those yearning for a taste of Europe, there’s an Italian wine dinner at Chef Point Cafe.
Tuesday, January 23
An Italian Wine Dinner at Chef Point
Escape to Italy for an evening at the gourmet gas station restaurant in Watauga. Chef Franson Nwaeze’s four-course menu will include fried goat cheese with heirloom tomatoes over arugula with pesto, a jumbo meatball with herb tomato sauce, house-made linguine with fresh clam sauce, and coffee liqueur-soaked tiramisu. Wine pairings are included in the $55 per-person price (plus tax and gratuity), and dinner begins at 7 pm.
Fried Pie Flight Day at Flying Saucer
Celebrate National Pie Day with a fried pie and beer pairing. The lineup includes apple pie paired with Huyghe Brewery’s Delirium Tremens, which offers notes of wildflower honey; apricot pie paired with the orange zest-infused Green Flash GFB blonde ale; cherry pie paired with New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk, which tastes like a chocolate covered cherry; and peach pie paired with Rahr & Sons’ caramel scented Iron Thistle. The $20 flight will be available starting at 6 pm.
Wednesday, January 24
Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing with Ballast Point Brewing at The Bearded Lady
Forget the milk. Girl Scout cookies pair just as well with beer. The Magnolia Avenue bar will serve a flight of five San Diego-based Ballast Point beers (each one a four-ounce pour) paired with a variety of the seasonal treats. Each board will cost $20 and will be available all day.
Thursday, January 25
Mardi Craw-Fish Boil at Waters
If anyone knows how to properly party for Mardi Gras, it’s Jon Bonnell. The Fort Worth chef once interned at a popular fine dining restaurant in New Orleans, and still visits the Crescent City every year during Carnival season. But before he heads to The Big Easy, he’s hosting a crawfish boil with frozen hurricanes, gumbo, crab cakes, and muffuletta sandwiches on his Waters restaurant patio. The all-inclusive price is $100 per person, which will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event will run from 5:30-8 pm.
Pheasant Ridge Wine Dinner at Grace
Celebrate Texas wine with some of the best in the state. Pheasant Ridge Winery founder and winemaker Bobby Cox will be on hand to talk about his High Plains wine while chef Blaine Staniford cranks out a five-course meal. Dinner includes olive oil poached King salmon, miso glazed Diver scallop, confit of Muscovy duck, short rib steak, and panna cotta made with local honey. Wines ranges from a 1994 Pinot Noir to a 2006 Chardonnay. Reservations are $99 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and a cocktail reception begins at 6:30 pm.