Appropriately, a rosé tasting on a pretty patio kicks off the first day of spring this week. Pairing dinners, which range from Burgundy to some smooth scotch, then follow. By Sunday, stretchy pants might be required for an inaugural competition from which dreams are made — a mac and cheese cook-off.
Tuesday, March 20
The Second Rosé Soiree at Winslow’s Wine Café
On the official first day of spring, wear your favorite shade of rosé to sample wine of the same name. Eight different rosé wines will be served alongside hors d’oeuvres, and live music will be presented on the lush Winslow’s patio. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door (plus tax), and the event runs from 6-8 pm.
Burgundy Wine Dinner at Grace
Anne Parent of Burgundy’s Domaine Parent continues her family tradition of winemaking that started in the 17th century. She and her importer, Jeanne-Marie de Champs, known in some circles as the “queen of Burgundy,” will visit Grace for this five-course dinner. The meal will include prawn tartare, sturgeon with escargot tortellini, dry aged duck, and Wagyu short rib bourguinon. Seats are $185 per person plus tax and gratuity, and an opening reception (with brut rosé) starts at 6:30 pm.
Wine Dinner & Communal Gathering at FnG Eats
Have a wine dinner in Keller and they will come — so much that FnG Eats is hosting back-to-back dates. The four-course meal is a steal at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and features dishes like smoked rabbit tostadas, beef Wellington, and a triple berry cobbler with apples and rhubarb. Wines range from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir and the menu is the same both Tuesday and Wednesday. Dinner starts at 7 pm.
Thursday, March 22
Relic Wine Dinner at Waters Restaurant
Sip wines from both the Sonoma Coast and Napa Valley paired with Jon Bonnell’s five-course surf and (mostly) turf dinner. The chef will prepare crab cakes with lemon-chive aioli, roasted quail with fried avocado, duck confit with a sage waffle and blackberry-bourbon jam, and grilled tenderloin with onion-gruyere risotto. Seats are $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 7 pm.
Friday, March 23
The Macallan Scotch Dinner at Kirby’s Steakhouse Southlake
Scotches (four total) will range from 12- to 18-year, which makes for some smooth sipping. The four-course, Scottish-inspired dinner will include a Bridie meat pie, a Scotch egg with duck confit sausage, lamb and beef shepherd’s pie, and poached pear shortbread with mascarpone cream. Tickets are $99 per person (all inclusive) and dinner begins at 7 pm.
Sunday, March 25
Mac Attack Charity Cookoff
If heaven had a cook-off, this would be it. Tokyo Café exec-chef Kevin Martinez has rounded up his rowdy friends for a cooking competition, one where macaroni and cheese is the dish du jour. Participating chefs and restaurants (a dozen total) include Magdalena’s, Fred’s Texas Café, Piattello Italian Kitchen, and Hot Box Biscuit Club. Guests will vote for their favorite, and proceeds will go to the winner’s charity of choice. Tickets are $35 and the event will take place at Tokyo Café from 2-5 pm.