Suddenly, our culinary event calendar is slammed. This week provides multiple opportunities to dine and imbibe, with Tuesday being the busiest day of the week. Everything from Swiss fondue to cuisine from Compton is on the menu. Make reservations now, then locate your stretchy pants.
Tuesday, January 29
Trap Kitchen Cookout Tour 2019
What happens when a Blood and a Crip come together to cook five-star meals in Compton? A culinary sensation is born. Trap Kitchen was established in 2013 when Chef Spank and Sous Chef News partnered to start a catering company, changing their life paths forever. Having gained national acclaim, the duo is on a U.S. tour with a stop in Arlington at Social Bakehouse Cafe. Guests can indulge in a buffet-style dinner with dessert for $35. Add a mimosa for $5 more or get the whole bundle with a cookbook and T-shirt for $75. Dinner begins at 7 pm.
Lockhart Smokehouse Arlington Smoke Camp
Learn how to get that perfect smoke ring at this barbecue boot camp to be held at Texas Live! One of Lockhart’s tenured pitmasters will lead about an hour of instruction while guests enjoy a barbecue buffet and sip Revolver Brewing samples. The class is $110 per person, and participants will leave with a Lockhart Smokehouse T-shirt along with a better knowledge of smoking meats. Class begins at 6 pm, and doors open at 5:30 pm.
Avion Tequila Dinner at Wild Salsa
There’s just a little time left to get tickets to this four-course Mexican dinner, which includes tequila tastings and cocktails and even DIY hand-shaken margaritas. Menu highlights include Gulf shrimp tostadas, chicken tinga empanadas, and pork belly carnitas. Tickets are $45 per person, including tax and gratuity, and dinner starts at 6:30 pm.
The Prisoner Wine Company Dinner at Great Scott
The two year-old restaurant is known for its house-cured meats, and that’s what guests will start with at this five-course dinner paired with Napa Valley wines. Yellowtail tartare, smoked pork belly, black pepper-crusted lamb rack, dry-aged beef tenderloin and a dark chocolate s’more round out the menu. Reservations are $95 per person and include tax and gratuity. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, January 30
Après-Ski Swiss Style Fondue Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
This year marks a decade since the farm-to-table fine dining restaurant opened on West Magnolia Avenue, and owners are celebrating with a series of globally-inspired dinners. This one will feature three courses for only $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes classic gruyere and Emmentaler Swiss fondue with toasted bread, cured meats, new potatoes, pickled mushrooms, sausage, pears, prosciutto, and more. Wine pairings are extra and reservation times are open.
3V Tasting: Washington Values
Big value, big taste — find both in Washington wines. (The state’s wine country is on approximately the same latitude as some French Bordeaux and Burgundy regions.) The Roanoke wine bar will serve five wines paired with a cheese board for $25 per person. No reservations are necessary, but the tasting will run from 6-8 pm.
Thursday, January 31
5-Course Mezcal Dinner at Café Modern
While the Mexican spirit does come from the agave plant, mezcal is not the same as tequila. The smoky spirit will be paired straight with dishes like yucca and pork tamales, picadillo-stuffed onions, and goat barbacoa. The dinner is $99 per person ($89 for museum members) and begins at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, February 2
At this this unconventional fundraising dinner, guests are scattered about town at more than 30 different restaurants before convening at a secret location for an after-party with drinks and dancing. Many restaurants are already sold out, but there are a few seats available with ticket pricing ranging from $75 to $250 per person. Proceeds this year benefit the Hope Center 4 Autism.
Sunday, February 3
Chix & Brix at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Twelve, count ‘em, 12 chefs will share their Southern takes on the basic bird at this brunch-time event that benefits Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo scholarship programs. Sparkling wines will be paired with each course, and the lunch will take place at the Round Up Inn inside the Amon Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. Seats are $65 per person, which comes with grounds admission and one parking pass for every two tickets purchased. The event begins at 11 am.