Cool off this week with refreshing summer wines at one downtown restaurant’s annual “cool wine dinner,” or sip invigorating sake at a seven-course soiree at a beloved Fort Worth Japanese restaurant. There’s also a local beer dinner at a luxury downtown hotel and a Sunday supper complete with cocktails at a West Magnolia Avenue bar. Come Monday, DFW Restaurant Week officially begins, so reservations (perhaps several) are in order.
Thursday, August 9
Revolver Beer Dinner at Omni Fort Worth Hotel
The hops-inspired four-course meal will feature Granbury’s celebrated brewery. Passed hors d’oeuvres, including blue masa fried sweet breads and watermelon shots, will be paired with Long Range Pilsner. Then the popular Sidewinder Pale Ale will pair with poached lobster, followed by Full Tang IPA with fried pickled okra over wild arugula and heirloom tomatoes. The main dish of braised short rib will come with Mullet Cutter Double IPA, before a sweet finish of smoked chocolate ice cream tacos paired with Anodyne White Wheat Ale. Seats are $45 per person plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6 pm.
7-course Sake Tasting Dinner at Tokyo Café
A nationally-recognized certified sake pro will lead 18 lucky guests through a tasting of seven different sakes paired with courses by chef Kevin Martinez. The exotic menu ranges from brown butter oysters and Spanish jamon with pickled honeydew to miso-glazed cod and prime ribeye. Tickets are $85 per person, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Hurry, as there were less than 10 seats left as of Monday morning.
Friday, August 10
Cool Wine Dinner at Grace
Cool off with refreshing summer sips at Grace’s second annual Cool Wine Dinner. There’ll be crisp dishes like white gazpacho, watermelon salad, rock shrimp ceviche, Tahitian vanilla pound cake with limoncello gelato, and more. Toast to the end of the summer’s heat wave with array of thirst-quenching wines, including bubbly brut, sparking rosé, and white trousseau gris. Reservations are $100 per person (which is a steal for Grace wine dinners), plus tax and gratuity. An opening reception starts at 6:30 pm, and dinner begins at 7 pm.
Sunday, August 12
Sunday Supper at Proper
There’ll be cocktails made with Waco-based Balcones whisky paired with all five courses of this Sunday afternoon supper, which starts early at 4 pm. Chef Victor Villarreal of Savor Culinary Services will prepare ocean trout shashimi, potted shrimp, barley fried rice with charred eggplant and shishito peppers, ricotta pasta with pork belly and blackberry sauce, and chocolate Oreo stout crumble. Tickets are $100 per person.
Monday, August 13
DFW Restaurant Week
Although “week” is in the title, the annual dine-out fundraiser can run as long as three weeks for some area restaurants. There are 20 Fort Worth restaurants and around a dozen more in the mid-cities participating in this year’s event, which supports the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. Patrons can make reservations to indulge in a multi-course meal for either $39 or $49 per person — a bargain for pricey establishments like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Grace, and The Capital Grill, all of which are on the list along with newcomers like Fixe Southern House and B&B Butchers & Restaurant.