August means Hatch chile season is here, and one gourmet grocery chain is ready to celebrate the piquant pepper with a month-long festival. This week also marks the beginning of DFW Restaurant Week, where nearly two dozen Tarrant County eateries will offer specials to benefit a good cause. Also on the schedule: a four-course supper club dinner, social run with post-race brews, and a brisket-smoking class led by one talented pitmaster.
Wednesday, August 4
Annual Hatch Chile Fest at Central Market
Hatch peppers are here, and the gourmet grocer will feature the popular pepper in everything from crab cakes and brioche to mac and cheese and tortillas. Named for their origin of Hatch, New Mexico, the pepper is harvested only a few weeks out of the year and more 250,000 pounds will make their way to Central Market stores across Texas. The festival will run through August 26 at all locations.
Friday, August 6
DFW Restaurant Week
The 2021 edition of the annual dine-out fundraiser kicks off its preview weekend on Friday, with the official “week” running August 9-15. Patrons can indulge in a pre-set, multicourse dinner for either $39 or $49 per person — a bargain for some of Fort Worth’s priciest establishments like B&B Butchers & Restaurant, Del Frisco's, Grace, and Wicked Butcher. A two-course lunch option is available for $19. There are nearly two dozen restaurants in Tarrant County participating in the 24th annual event, which benefits Lena Pope Home and the North Texas Food Bank. Note that some restaurants are extending their specials through September 5.
Supper Club at Magdalena’s
August dates for chef Juan Rodriguez’s popular weekend supper club events are now live, and seats will go fast. The outdoor dinners, set to take place in Magdalena’s newly renovated garden, include an appetizer and four courses. (Indoor seating available by request.) This month’s menu features squash blossom quesadillas, octopus ceviche, charred vegetable ravioli, and Molokai coffee chocolate cake. A welcome cocktail will be included, but guests may also BYOB. Seats are $75 per person and dinner begins at 7 pm.
Shannon Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Grub Burger Bar
Head to Grub Burger Bar in Alliance for a four-course dinner paired with beers from nearby Shannon Brewing Co. Courses include barbecue chicken satay with chipotle slaw; marinated tomato bruschetta; slider trio with parmesan truffle fries; and vanilla honey porter spiked shake. Tickets are $50 per ticket or $90 for 2 tickets, and seats are limited. The dinner begins at 6:30 pm; call the restaurant at 682-204-0111 to reserve a space.
Saturday, August 7
Rahr & Sons International Beer Day Social Run/Walk
In honor of International Beer Day, the Fort Worth brewery will host a “three-ish” mile social run — all levels welcome. The untimed, self-guided route around the Near Southside will finish with three pint-size brews for participants. A pint glass to keep is included in the $25 per person price. Check in and start walking, jogging, or running any time between 8 and 9 am. The Holy Frijole food truck will be on site for breakfast starting at 9:30 am. Last call is at 11 am.
Drive-In Sour Beer Launch & New Tunes at Martin House Brewing Company
Martin House regularly releases new beers, but this Saturday's the biggie for fans of sour beers. The so-called "Drive-in" series is back in the taproom, featuring the following fun sour flavors: Orange Cream, Pacific Waves (blue coconut), Lemon Berry, and Watermelon Candy. They'll have a limited number of kegs of each on tap, and two food trucks will be on site for sustenance. Wristbands are $15 and include four pours and a souvenir pint glass, 12-5 pm. (Non-drinkers are free at the family-friendly event.) Matt Nestor will provide live music, 1:30-4 pm.
Smoking with Paul at Jambo’s BBQ at The Arlington Steakhouse
Jambo’s pitmaster Paul Lovato will share his secrets to smoking the perfect brisket. Tickets are $40 and should be reserved in advance. The demonstration will run from 3-4 pm. Call 817-275-7881 for reservations.