Mardi Gras and margaritas are both represented on this week’s list of events. Learn how to make two classic New Orleans cocktails and then celebrate National Margarita Day with tacos and tequila (as if we need more reason to drink margaritas in Texas). Bubbly and barleywine — which actually isn’t wine at all — appear later in the week, as does a well-rounded wine dinner and communal gathering.
Tuesday, February 19
Mardi Gras Preview Party at Tricky Fish
Mardi Gras isn’t until March 5 this year, but the Cajun restaurant at Waterside is ready to let the good times roll. Learn how to make two Crescent City classic cocktails — the hurricane and the sazerac — from the folks at Louisiana-based Bayou Rum. Seats are $22 per person and the price includes bar bites to help soak up the booze. The event will run from 6:30-8:30 pm.
FnG Eats February 2019 Wine Dinner and Communal Gathering
It’s time for another four-course wine dinner at the Keller restaurant from chefs Carlos Arevalo and Bob Stephenson. There’ll be Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Malbec, and a 10-year-old tawny Port paired with banh mi crostinis, butter leaf salad with smoked bacon, bone-in short rib, and sweet potato toffee cake. Reservations are $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner starts at 7 pm.
Friday, February 22
National Margarita Day Taco Pop-Up at Proper on Magnolia
It’s taco Friday at the West Magnolia Avenue craft cocktail bar, where pop-up barbecue chefs Marcus Kopplin and Carter Froman will visit to prepare a slew of tacos to pair with Patron tequila margaritas. The menu includes barbacoa brisket tacos with candied jalapeño, pulled pork tacos with habanero salsa, and al pastor bacon tacos with grilled pineapple slaw. There’ll also be oak-smoked Mexican spare ribs. The menu will be available from 5-10 pm or until sell-out.
Bubbles Dinner at Grace
The downtown restaurant’s popular sparkling wine dinner is back this year, featuring fizzy pours from as far as Hungary, Austria, England, Italy, and of course, Champagne, France. Chef Blaine Staniford will prepare sea scallop crudo, brioche crusted Ora king salmon, and agnolotti with house-made ricotta for the five-course menu. Limited seats are still available for $135 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and an opening reception will begin at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, February 23
7th Annual Barleywine & Swine Celebration at Flying Saucer
Barleywine is not actually wine at all, but rather a style of strong and malty English beer. The downtown bar and restaurant will have around a dozen to choose from, available by the glass or by the flight. Four pours will run $20. Pair them with the Saucer’s swine platter of pork ribs, pork loin, brat, and braised cabbage. The platter is $15.99, or get the flight and platter combo for $30. The festival will run from 11 am-2 am or until sell-out.