It’s a week of multicourse dinners, including one that explores the cuisine of the Sonoma Coast and another that visits Paris. Non-wine drinkers will appreciate the option to indulge sans wine pairings at a lower price, and there’s also a dinner that caters to cocktail drinkers. By Friday, DFW Restaurant Week, which has morphed into an entire month, arrives with several restaurants participating in the annual fundraiser’s preview weekend.
Wednesday, July 31
Summer in Paris Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
Escape to Paris via the farm-to-table restaurant’s “around the world” dinner series. Chef Molly McCook will take guests on a Parisian culinary adventure with four courses, including steak tartare, chicken paillard, brie and peach salad, and a French clafoutis with blackberries and whipped cream. Dinner is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and an optional flight of four wines will be available. Reservations begin at 5:30 pm.
Abe Froman’s Summer Dinner Series at Food Hall at Crockett Row
This almost-vegetarian dinner offers four courses filled with summer flavors. There’ll be grilled watermelon gazpacho, charred curry cauliflower steak with roasted eggplant puree as the main course, and blood orange ricotta with raspberry compote and shortbread crumble for dessert. Only the first course has a protein — whipped gravlax, which is a salt-cured salmon. Seats are $75 per person, and each course comes with a specialty cocktail from Bar 7, also inside the food hall. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, August 1
Wine Dinner at Local Foods Kitchen
It’ll be a cool evening on the Sonoma Coast in the minds of the guests at this five-course wine dinner, which will feature limited production Director’s Cut wines by Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Enjoy heirloom tomato tarts, seared scallops over crispy risotto, seared duck breast with butter-whipped parsnips, classic Bolognese, and blackberry cheesecake. Seats are $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity, or $45 per person sans the paired wines. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Tom Eddy Wine Dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille
Scallops, swordfish, duck, and New York strip make up the protein-heavy menu at this five-course wine dinner, which will be paired with five different wines from Napa Valley’s Tom Eddy Winery. Guests will get pours of Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Moir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a sweet orange Muscat with Texas peach and blueberry cobbler for dessert. Reservations are $175 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner starts at 6:30 pm.
Friday, August 2
DFW Restaurant Week
Far longer than a week, the annual dine-out fundraiser kicks off August 2 with a "preview weekend" (a separate pre-launch event is taking place Thursday night) and now runs as long as four weeks at some area restaurants, including B&B Butchers & Restaurant, Del Frisco’s Grille, Rise, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and The Capital Grille. Patrons can make reservations to indulge in a pre-set, multicourse meal for either $39 or $49 per person — a real bargain for some of Fort Worth’s priciest establishments like Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Grace, and Waters. There are nearly 30 restaurants in Fort Worth and the mid-cities area participating in the 22nd annual event, which benefits the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home.