This Week in Gluttony
These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week
It’s a week of pop-up pairings, like doughnuts and beer, fried chicken and cocktails, and brunch and brew. There’s also a wide range of price points, from a $115 Italian red wine dinner to a $29 crawfish boil. Arrive early, and hungry.
Thursday, April 12
Five-Course Brunello di Montalcino Wine Dinner at Piola
Italian red wine takes center stage for this rich pairing dinner, which also features plenty of Parmigiano. Guests will partake in pan-seared foie gras with parmesan custard, roasted beef with house-made pappardelle pasta, mushroom-stuffed quail over creamy polenta, baby rack of lamb Milanese with parmesan-crusted artichokes, and chocolate ganache cake with raspberry coulis. Seats are $115 per person plus tax and gratuity, and the event begins at 6:30 pm with prosecco upon arrival.
Saturday, April 14
Doughnut and Beer Pairing at Grapevine Craft Brewery
Get in line for hot doughnuts and cold beer. The Dapper Doughnut’s mobile kitchen will be on-site at Grapevine Craft Brewery to whip up hot and fresh doughnuts in custom flavors (like s’mores, chocolate peanut butter, and turtle) to pair with craft brew. The $20 price includes four doughnuts with four five-ounce pours. The pairing will be available from 12 noon-5 pm, and children are welcome.
Saap Lao Kitchen Pop-Up at Trinity River Distillery
Saap means “delicious” in Laotion and the menu for the Dallas-based Lao family catering company is just that. Choose from Lao fried chicken baskets or larb gai, a Lao chicken salad tossed in toasted rice, lemongrass, galanga, herbs, and lime juice. Spicy Lao-style beef jerky — for which Saap is kind of famous — will also be for sale in four-ounce bags. Wash it all down with cocktails from the distillery bar. Arrive early as the menu will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 1-4 pm.
Sunday, April 15
Brewer’s Brunch with Chef Jen at The Collective Brewing Project
Jen Williams’ smothered chicken and matcha biscuits are something like “if chicken and dumplings and biscuits and gravy had a baby,” she says. The heavenly dish will be a part of the JayCee Hospitality chef’s pop-up brunch menu, which will also include her “B4 Buzz” — beer-brined pork belly with barley, bell peppers, pea shoots, and red eye gravy, and brunch boards prettied up with meats, cheeses, beer poached eggs, and homemade breads. Prices will range from $7-$15 for food, and beer can be purchased separately at the bar. Brunch will be served from 12:30-4 pm.
Sunday Crawfish Boils at Winslow’s Wine Café
Sundays are for crawfish at the West Fort Worth wine bar and restaurant, where patrons can devour all-you-can-eat spicy Louisiana crawfish starting at 5 pm. The $29 per-person price (plus tax and gratuity) also includes potatoes, sausage, corn, and mushrooms — a must-have addition for any authentic Cajun boil. Arrive early as the mudbugs go fast. There’ll be discounted wine bottles, too. Reservations will be accepted for parties of six or more.