Things are already getting sweet this month, and Valentine’s Day is still more than a week away. There are two chocolate tours — one inside a gourmet grocer and the other around Grapevine — and a pre-Valentine’s Day dinner and dance soiree at a local winery. But singles and couples alike can also enjoy a Cabernet wine dinner, a rodeo-themed brunch, and a six-course Greek-inspired dinner in the test kitchen of one very famous chef. Satisfy your sweet tooth and make reservations now.
Wednesday, February 6
Grafeío by Chef Tim Love
It’s the fourth year for Tim Love’s annual pop-up dinner series, when the celeb chef opens his personal test kitchen in north Fort Worth for four nights to showcase his culinary range. This year, Love goes Greek. The six-course dinner will feature Grecian cheese croquettes, blue fin tuna carpaccio with foie gras, honey-chili beef fillet skewers, lobster spaghetti, and lemon and yogurt ice cream with lemon curd. Limited reservations are available from 5:30-9 pm Wednesday through Saturday and are $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The price includes a cocktail upon arrival, two wines, a digestif, and valet parking. Additional wines from Love’s cellar, as well as more cocktails, will be available for purchase.
Thursday, February 7
Four-Course Wine Dinner featuring Louis M. Martini at Pinstripes Fort Worth
This one’s for Cabernet lovers. Each course will be paired with a different vintage of California’s Louis M. Martini cabs, from Sonoma County, Alexander Valley, and Napa, of course. Menu items include an antipasto platter, poached pears, Colorado lamb chops with truffle parmesan risotto, and chocolate cheesecake with Cabernet cream. Seats are $60 per person, and dinner at the upscale bowling alley starts at 7 pm.
Friday, February 8
Love Bites: Chocolate Fest Tasting Tour at Central Market
Some of the world’s most exclusive chocolates are available for a limited time at the gourmet grocer now through February 14, and on Friday guests will have the opportunity to sample many of them. There’ll be 14 chocolate stations scattered around the store — some savory and some sweet. That self-guided tasting tour is free with online registration, and will run from 5-7 pm at all stores.
Saturday, February 9
Michaels Cuisine Saturday Stock Show Brunch
Chef Michael Thomson will open his kitchen early Saturday for a pop-up brunch to celebrate the last day of another Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo run. There’ll be traditional dishes like the All-American breakfast with eggs, bacon or sausage; breakfast potatoes and toast; along with more elaborate options like the cast iron-fried pork chop with cream gravy, black beans; eggs; and breakfast bread pudding. Wash it all down with bloody marys, micheladas, mimosas, margaritas, and spiked coffee. Brunch will be available from 10 am-4 pm.
Valentine’s Chocolate Tour
Take a bus to chocolate bliss during this traveling tour of Grapevine’s sweetest spots. Stops will include JudyPie, Dr. Sue’s Chocolate, Val’s Cheesecakes, and more. There’ll also be beverages on the bus to keep the party moving. Tickets are $43 per person and the tour will run from 1-4:30 pm. Riders will meet at Dr. Sue’s Chocolate.
Valentine’s Dinner & Dance at Messina Hof Winery & Resort
The downtown Grapevine winery will serve a five-course dinner paired with their award-winning wines and a little live music, too. Go for crab cakes with remoulade sauce, rosemary-skewered beef tenderloin, chicken piccata, flat-iron steak, cheesecake, and chocolate mousse torte cake. Dance it all off to swanky tunes from Brad Acklund, who’ll cover classic American songs. Reservations are $89.99 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and the romantic affair will run from 7-10 pm.