It’s a week full of pairings, including tacos and beer; baked goods and beer; and for sweet treat lovers, wine and pie. The pairings are easy on the wallet, too, ranging from $20 to $35. There’s also opportunity to drink for a good cause during Negroni week, which starts June 4. But first, carnivores shouldn't miss “meat day.” It’s an unofficial holiday in Japan, and one Cowtown restaurant is celebrating it in a big way.
Tuesday, May 29
Meat Day at Shinjuku Station
The backstory: In Japan, “meat day” is celebrated on the 29th of each month, except Sundays. “Two” and “nine” sound similar to the Japanese word for meat. To observe the unofficial holiday, the South Fort Worth Japanese restaurant will feature menu specials from the kitchen and bar, including $2.90 edamame, tok fires, hot sake, and Sapporo. There also will be a $29 Rosewood Ranch wagyu tataki platter with ribeye, skirt steak, short ribs, and more. Reservations are encouraged but not required.
Wednesday, May 30
Taco & Beer Pairing at The Bearded Lady
It will be taco Wednesday at the West Magnolia Avenue bar and restaurant, where for $20, patrons will be able to partake in three gourmet tacos paired with three 5-ounce pours. The taco lineup includes green curry lamb with falafel and mint tzatziki; cilantro-lime carnitas with ginger slaw and queso fresco; and coconut braised chicken with grilled pineapple and fried plantains. All will be paired with Ballast Point beers and will be available starting at 6 pm.
Wine and Pie Pairing at Sloan & Williams Winery
It might be the perfect pairing, pie and wine. The Grapevine winery and tasting room will partner with pie shop and neighbor JudyPie to serve five 2-ounce pours of both Texas and California wines paired with five small portions of various scratch-made pies. The tasting will begin at 6 pm, and guests are encouraged to arrive early. Tickets are $35 per person.
Sunday, June 3
Waitress Pie-Baking Class at Central Market
To mark the arrival of the hit Broadway musical Waitress in Fort Worth later this month, Central Market and Bass Hall are partnering on a pie-baking class. Participants will create some of the unique pies featured in the show. Flavors will include “Life’s Just Peachy-Keen Polka-Dot Peach Pie” and “Old Joe’s Slice of Heaven Coconut Cream Pie.” All participants will receive a copy of the book The Waitress Pie Book: Sugar, Butter, Flour and an exclusive ticket offer for the show. Registration is $65, and the class starts at 11 am.
The Beers & The Bees Flight at Legal Draft Beer Co.
The Arlington brewery will partner with neighbor Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery to serve a decadent pairing of beers and baked goods. On the menu: fruit and nut brownies, blackberry pie tartlets, goat cheese and bacon scones, Key lime tartlets, and toffee cookie sandwiches — each paired with a different Legal Draft craft brew. Tickets are $20 per person and pairing times are 1 pm and 3 pm. Bring the kids for their own pairing of sweets and endless root beer for $12.
Monday, June 4
Negroni Week at Fixe Southern House
There’ll be seven days to imbibe for a good cause at the Southern restaurant, where $1 from each sale of two specialty Negroni cocktails will benefit Trigger’s Toys, a non-profit that gives financial and emotional support to hospitalized kids. The Red Light Negroni, with sweet herbal liqueur and sweet vermouth, and the Aged Old Fashioned, with angostura bitters and simple syrup, are the two featured cocktails. Both will be available through June 10.