The heat is on, but this week provides opportunities to cool off — with ice cream beer floats or a chilled glass of rosé. Two Fort Worth institutions are also celebrating anniversaries this week, and there are big menu specials for customers. For those looking to taste fine wines paired with an adventurous menu (think chicken oysters and milk-braised veal), there’s a wine dinner on Thursday for you. But make reservations now as it’s sure to sell out.
Thursday, June 7
Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel Wine Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
Four courses and five wines will be included at this sure-to-sell-out wine dinner. Ellerbe chef Molly McCook’s menu will start with pan roasted Jidori chicken oysters (that’s the rich, dark meat found along the backbone of the bird) and then move to grilled lobster tail, milk-braised veal and morels, and dried peach semifreddo. Wines will include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot, and Dolce. Seats are $150 per person plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, June 9
Lime Gose and Melt Ice Creams Beer Floats at Clearfork Food Park
Here’s a reason to brave the weekend heat: Melt Ice Creams will make a special appearance at the shaded Clearfork Food Park to serve ice cream beer floats worth a little sweat. The beer — Real Ale Brewing Co.’s lime Gose, a tart beer with hints of coriander and salt. The ice cream — Key lime dreamsicle, made with vanilla and tangy Key lime. The creamy, citrusy combination will be available from 1-4 pm.
Lonesome Dove 18th Anniversary
It’s been nearly two decades since a young Tim Love took a chance on presenting a sophisticated side of Western cuisine in the very down-home Fort Worth Stockyards. Now there are Lonesome Dove Western Bistro locations in Austin and Tennessee; and while a stab at a New York City outlet didn’t work, Love is now undoubtedly a national name. From June 9-16, patrons can celebrate the restaurant’s 18th anniversary with a six-ounce garlic stuffed tenderloin for $18. (The regular menu price is $37.) Reservations are encouraged.
It’s our Rosé Birthday! at Kent & Co.
National Rosé Day just happens to fall on the popular wine bar’s fourth anniversary, so patrons will be encouraged to drink pink to celebrate. Start with a sip of AIX Provence rosé — a massive, 15-liter bottle will be opened for the occasion. There’ll also be special pricing on more than 150 wines by the glass, along with raffle giveaways and a live DJ. Kent & Co is open from 12 pm-1 am, so guests can truly rosé all day.
Monday, June 11
Mama’s Pizza 50th Birthday Celebration
Elizabeth Biggs became known as “Mama” when she managed a new East Coast-style pizza joint near Texas Wesleyan University in 1968. Eventually, so did the restaurant. Fifty years and several locations later, Mama’s Pizza is celebrating its anniversary with a weeklong itinerary of customer appreciation specials that start Monday, June 11. Medium one-topping pizzas will be $5 on June 11. Large one-topping pizzas will be $10 on June 12. All orders (except the lunch buffet) are 50 percent off on June 13. Breadsticks will be 50 cents on June 14. On June 15, the famed lunch buffet will be $5 from 11 am-2 pm. Mamas-sized two-topping pizzas will be $15 on June 16, and two large one-topping pizzas will be $19.68 on June 17. There are now six locations of Mama’s — three corporate and three franchise operations. All will offer the anniversary week specials.