This week, bed-and-breakfasts are the place to be, with two different chef pop-up dinners happening at two different historic homes. (An overnight stay is not required to attend either.) There’s also a rosé wine dinner featuring a notable chef working to open his own place, and two different anniversary celebrations with daily specials and giveaways. One is a beloved burger joint, the other, a brand-new café.
Monday, July 9
100 Days of 203 Café – Celebration Week
One-hundred days ago, the folks from Reata opened a fast-casual downtown café on the second floor of the historic Fire Station No. 1 building in Sundance Square, and a centennial celebration is in order, they say. Customers can visit 203 Café Monday through Friday for daily giveaways, including 100 triple chocolate cookies on Monday, 100 iced drinks on Tuesday, 100 Reata blend coffees on Wednesday, 100 cinnamon rolls on Thursday, and 100 breakfast tacos on Friday (only until 10:45 am). The breakfast and lunch spot has become popular among downtown workers for sandwiches like the Reuben, roast beef, and pimento cheese with fried green tomatoes.
Fred’s Texas Café 40th Anniversary Celebration
Originally named for the family dog, Fred’s was a Fort Worth institution for burgers back before burgers went gourmet and Seventh Street went flashy. Visit this week for $5 daily specials, including cheeseburgers on Monday, nachos on Tuesday, loaded cheese fries on Wednesday, and loaded queso and chips on Thursday. The specials will be available at all three locations, including North Fort Worth and Bluebonnet Circle. On Saturday, Fred’s original location will serve 78 cent Lone Star draft beer all day.
Tuesday, July 10
A Rosé Dinner with Chef Stefon Rishel at Central Market
The former Max’s Wine Dive and Texas Blue executive chef is working to open his own place — to be called Wishbone & Flynt — in downtown Arlington by fall. (Lease negotiations are still in the works.) Get a sneak peek of potential menu items paired with 12 different tastes of Central Market’s favorite rosé wines. Standouts from the six-course menu include smoked Gulf ceviche, caramelized cauliflower with crispy pancetta and gorgonzola cream, Mediterranean chicken skewers, Korean barbecue meatballs, and strawberries Romanoff. Spots are $65 per person and filling in fast. The class begins at 6:30 pm.
Friday, July 13
Chef Dinner with Jen Williams at The Texas White House Bed & Breakfast
No need to book an overnight stay to enjoy this four-course dinner inside the charming South Fort Worth bed-and-breakfast. Jen Williams of JayCee Hospitality will prepare fois gras-stuffed dates, chilled sweet corn soup, beet-cured steelhead trout, pork belly with creamed peas and grilled okra, and Oaxacan chocolate mousse with grilled Parker County peaches. There’ll be sangria, too, but guests can also BYOB. Seats are $65 per person, and a $50 deposit per couple is required. Arrive by 6:45 pm.
Sunday, July 15
Sunday Supper hosted by Savor Culinary Services at Rosen House Inn
Enjoy a five-course summer supper inside the historic bed-and-breakfast from Victor Villarreal, who’s joined Savor Culinary Services after stints with Max’s Wine Dive, Clay Pigeon, and Sera Dining & Wine. Oysters three ways, potted shrimp with curry lavender butter, “tongue ‘n cheek” minced pie, stuffed porchetta, and an amaretto ricotta terrarium make up the imaginative menu, which will come with drink pairings. Tickets are $65 per person in advance and $80 on the day of the event. It begins at 6:30 pm.