This week brings the first day of spring, and there’s a rosé soiree to celebrate. In addition to a few California wine dinners with spring-inspired menus, there’s also an outdoor steer roast for charity and beer and ice cream pairing party. End the week with a dreamy mac and cheese cook-off on Sunday, when calories don’t count.
Tuesday, March 19
A Taste of South Main Village
In a progressive dinner format, participants will travel from one venue to the next to partake in a three-course meal. Start at Leaves bookstore and tea shop for a sparkling tea cocktail paired with quiche, corn and bean salad, and roasted fingerling potatoes with salsa before driving to Cannon Chinese Kitchen for sausage or tofu fried rice and a spring roll. End at Three Danes Baking Company (within walking distance) for Danish sponge cake. Reservations are required and are $35 per person plus tax. The event begins at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, March 20
Third Annual Rosé Soiree at Winslow’s Wine Café
Wear your favorite shade of rosé for this patio party that will celebrate the first official day of spring. There’ll be 20 different rosés to sample, all paired with hors d’oeuvres. Advance tickets are $40 or $45 at the door (if available), plus tax. The sipping soiree will run 6-8 pm.
Chimney Rock Wine Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna will visit for this five-course dinner and will bring a few winery-only wines. Menu highlights include tempura Ahi tuna, smoked beet carpaccio, crisped pork with mushrooms and jasmine rice, seared Muscovy duck breast with foie gras mousse, and classic egg custard tart with lavender cream. Reservations are $155 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, March 21
Piezo Winery Wine Dinner at Grace
Sip some boutique California wine at this five-course dinner downtown. Sonoma Coast wines will be paired with courses like black bass crudo, calamari Milanese, and Wagyu strip, short rib and kielbasa. Arrive at 6:30 pm for bubbly and passed canapes before a 7 pm start time. Reservations are $150 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Stags’ Leap 5-Course Wine Dinner at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
California Chardonnay, Viognier, red blend, Cabernet, and Petite Syrah will pair with decadent courses at the Shops at Clearfork steakhouse. Highlights include chilled crab salad, seared foie gras on Japanese toast, a “butcher’s butter” cut of American Wagyu from Snake River Farms, and butter cake with strawberry geltato. Reservations are $145 per person plus tax and gratuity and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Friday, March 22
ABLAZE: Igniting Passion for a Cure
There are a few tickets left for this outdoor steer roast, which will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Chef Lou Lambert and friends will preside over a live fire pit to roast a whole steer at Whiskey Ranch. Food pairings, wines, craft beer, and whiskey, along with live music, are included in the $350 individual ticket price. Other participants include Juan Rodriguez of Magdalena’s, Stefon Rishel (formerly of Max’s Wine Dive), and Terry Chandler of Fred’s Texas Café. The event begins at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, March 23
Beer & Ice Cream Pairing at Panther Island Brewing
The downtown brewery will partner with Riverside ice cream parlor Gypsy Scoops to offer floats of the adult variety. Part of the flight lineup includes chocolate peanut butter milk stout with banana pudding ice cream, Russian imperial stout with toffee crunch ice cream, and gose with white chocolate chip and raspberry swirl ice cream. Or patrons can buy a scoop of chocolate or vanilla ice cream to pair with any brew. The pairings will be available from 3-6 pm or until sell-out.
Sunday, March 24
Mac Attack 2019
It’s the cook-off of our dreams. The second annual competition will bring together about a dozen or so chefs to share their best version of macaroni and cheese. Participants range from Fred’s Texas Café and Grace to Café Modern and Tokyo Café, where the event will take place. Try them all and vote for your favorite. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for anyone under 18 partaking in the mac and cheese. The event will run from 2-5 pm.