It’s a true taste of summer this week as barbecue, brews, and lots of ice cream are on the menu. A Texas grocer is celebrating ice cream by offering more than 450 unique craft selections. There’s also a barbecue class paired with whiskey cocktails, and a Texas wine dinner highlighting food and wine from the Lone Star State. This week also offers two options for tasty tours around town — one via chartered bus and the other by bicycle. Finally, toast to the weekend with a Sunday Funday sparkling wine party.
Wednesday, July 17
Ice Cream Dreams at Central Market
Cool off in Central Market stores July 17-23 during Ice Cream Dreams, the gourmet grocer’s summer ice cream event featuring more than 450 craft ice cream selections. Find small-batch offerings like Central Market’s own Tahitian vanilla and Saigon cinnamon, or Central Texas’ Lick, made with ingredients from local farms like country honey and vanilla bean. There’ll also be Keto-compliant ice cream from Rebel Creamery in peanut butter fudge and mint chip. All ice cream (except novelties) will be 20 percent off during the event.
Thursday, July 18
TX Whiskey and Meat Church BBQ Class
The three-hour class will cover prep and execution for brisket, brisket burnt ends, and the candy-like pork belly burnt ends. Learn about everything from meat selection and trimming to seasoning and wood, as taught by Matt Pittman of Meat Church. Included in the $149 ticket price is a Firestone & Robertson Distilling tour, three cocktails, and a 10 percent discount at the Whiskey Ranch store. Class begins at 6 pm.
Texas Wine Dinner at Café Modern
Guest chef Cindy Lucio of Fort Worth’s own Texas White House Bed & Breakfast will prepare a six-course dinner inspired by all things Texas, with menu items ranging from pork picadillo tacos to smoked brisket with plum-bourbon barbecue sauce. Sweet mascarpone ice cream from Melt will be paired with a Dutch baby pastry topped with strawberry-basil salsa for dessert. Then there are the wines — winemakers from all over the state will be on hand to talk about the rise of Texas wines and share their best varietals. Seats are $109 per person, or $99 for museum members, plus tax and gratuity. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, July 20
6-Pack Trail, Bike Cruise & Craft Beer Tour
This downtown-area bike ride will take participants on a tour of six breweries for an 8-ounce pour at each. Check in at Brewed before embarking on a road ride to Fort Brewery & Pizza, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Martin House Brewing Company, Wild Acre Brewing Company, HopFusion Ale Works, and the Collective Brewing Project. Finish up back at Brewed with dinner. Plan for an all-day affair, as check-in begins at 11 am, and the ride ends around 4:30 pm, when dinner begins. Tickets are $55 per person.
Funky Picnic Brewery & Café Grand Opening
The Near Southside's buzziest new brewery-cafe officially opens with a party that will feature the seasonal release of “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” a small-batch, 9-percent saison with prickly pear cactus and pink peppercorn. Pint Services will be there screen-printing T-shirts, and Air Style Art will offer customized glass etchings with the purchase of Funky Picnic glassware. The free event takes place 12-5 pm, but Funky Picnic will be open full business hours, 11 am-10 pm.
Sunday, July 21
Fort Worth BBQ & Brews Tour
A perfect summer Sunday afternoon is made easy thanks to Visit Fort Worth and Eat This Fort Worth, which have collaborated to host a guided bus tour highlighting the city’s craft barbecue and brewery scene. Stops are secret, but the tour begins and ends at South Fort Worth’s Panther City BBQ. The $65 ticket price includes barbecue samples and four craft beverages. The tour begins at 1 pm and ends at 4 pm.
Sunday Bubbles at Off the Vine
Toast to Sunday Funday at the downtown Grapevine wine bar, where bubbly fans can get a flight of six sparkling wines paired with light charcuterie for $30 from 2-4 pm. Participants will also learn how to impress their friends by sabering a champagne bottle — that means slicing it open with an actual sword. Reservations are required.