Springtime has sprung, and outdoor events are many. Extend the Earth Day observations with a tasting featuring environmentally-friendly wines. Then come party with CultureMap as we celebrate the best in Dallas-Fort Worth food and drink. Also on the schedule, a patio party, whiskey dinner, farm supper, margarita festival, and special deals for opera fans. No one escapes hungry.
Wednesday, April 24
Earth Day Wine Tasting at Winslow’s Wine Café
Earth Day was April 22, but the Camp Bowie Boulevard restaurant and wine bar is celebrating a little later this week with a wine tasting guests can feel good about. There’ll be 25 different wines to be sampled that fall into the category of organic, biodynamic, or certified sustainable. Wines will be paired with hors d’oeuvres and the tasting will take place on the patio. Reservations are $45 per person, plus tax, and the tasting will run from 6-8 pm.
Silver Oak Wine Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
The menu is still in the works, but that won’t stop seats from selling fast, thanks to the famed Napa name known for its Cab. There’ll be Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, a 2012 Merlot, and two Cabernet Sauvignon vintages from 2014. Reservations are $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, April 25
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards at Fashion Industry Gallery
It's time to celebrate two of the things we love most — food and drink — by honoring the top restaurant and bar talent in Dallas-Fort Worth at CultureMap's annual Tastemaker Awards. Fashion Industry Gallery Dallas will transform into a foodie destination, filled with top local culinary talent, for a swanky tasting event and awards ceremony announcing the winners. General admission tickets are $60 and include valet, food, and three premium beverages. VIP admission is $105 and includes early entry, valet, a dedicated VIP bar, and elevated food pairings.
Friday, April 26
Fort Worth Opera Night Out
In conjunction with the Fort Worth Opera Festival — which kicks off Friday night with Porgy and Bess at Bass Hall — the opera has partnered with Sundance Square restaurants for exclusive deals for ticket holders. Each restaurant participating in Opera Night Out (or "ONO") guarantees priority service, and some feature a special offer exclusively for opera patrons. For instance, The Capital Grille and Del Frisco's Grill both offer a free appetizer with purchase of two entrees. Offers are good through the festival's end on May 12; be sure to call the restaurant to make a reservation.
Lightning Wines Patio Dinner at Grace
Snag a spot on one of downtown’s hottest patios for this six-course springtime soiree. Winemaker Randy Hester will be on hand to talk through his California and Texas wines. They’ll be paired with crab salad, Hawaiian Ahi tuna, Muscovy duck, potato gnocchi, short rib of beef, and strawberries and cream. The elegant dinner is $135 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm with a bubbly reception.
Nash Farm Supper – Farm to Fork Experience
A historically inspired, 19th century menu will be featured at this annual fundraiser for the historic downtown Grapevine farm. The evening will kick off with a farmhouse reception followed by a family-style supper in the meadow paired with Grapevine wines. Tickets are $100 per person, and the event begins at 6:30 pm.
Fixe Fort Worth Woodford Whiskey Dinner
Sip smooth Woodford Reserve whiskey cocktails paired with four springtime Southern courses at the Shops at Clearfork restaurant. (Don’t miss the biscuits while there.) Dinner begins at 7 pm and is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Saturday, April 27
Fort Worth Margarita Festival
Sample more than a dozen margaritas (one ounce each) from Fort Worth restaurants and bars, like Meso Maya, El Bolero, Varsity Tavern, and The Original Mexican Eats Café. There’ll be food truck fare available for purchase to provide some sustenance. Tickets are $35 for general admission with an entry time of 3 pm, or $55 for VIP early entry at noon. The festival will take place at The Yard and will run until 6 pm.
Sunday, April 28
Cocktail Pairing Dinner at Basement Lounge
Kevin Martinez of Tokyo Café and Yatai Food Cart will prepare a multicourse underground dinner (literally) to be paired with handcrafted cocktails by The Basement Lounge bar team. Dinner is $130 total per person and starts at 6 pm. Expect house music, a cool vibe, and to be the only patrons there as the bar will be closed to the public.