This week starts spicy and ends sweet. A Hatch chile buffet provides a final taste of the New Mexico pepper before this year’s harvest is gone. Then there’s a party celebrating local foodie entrepreneurs, and featuring their tasty creations, at a brand new kitchen space in buzzworthy South Fort Worth. The weekend brings a cocktail festival as big as Texas with around 1,500 people expected to attend, followed by a Sunday pork roast party at a local barbecue trailer. End on an indulgent note with a chocolate truffle class paired with wines.
Wednesday, August 22
22nd Annual Hatch Chile Festival Buffet Dinner at Blue Mesa Grill
Hatch, New Mexico chilies — known as some of the best — are harvested once a year in August and make their way to stores and menus across the country. Find a whole buffet dedicated to the piquant pepper at Blue Mesa Grill locations on this day only, from 5-9 pm. Spicy specialties will include chile-wrapped Oaxaca cheese bites; chile rellenos with cheese, smoked chicken, or pulled pork; chile-stuffed steak, and more. The buffet is $18 per person and $7 for children ages 6 to 11.
Thursday, August 23
Locavore Launch Party
The premise behind the new, shared commercial kitchen is to provide food entrepreneurs a home to take their business to the next level. There’ll be appetizers from Z’s Café (owner Carlo Capua is behind the Locavore concept) along with beer, wine, and samples from some of the local small business owners renting space. Guests can expect items like sweet potato pound cake, Venezuelan arepas, and “the best ranch dressing you’ve ever had in your life, with fresh vegetables,” says Capua. The event will run from 5-7:30 pm and is free to the public.
Saturday, August 25
Fort Worth Cocktail Festival at The Yard
Little Red Wasp, Fixture, Whiskey & Rye inside the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, and the brand new Tricky Fish in Fort Worth are just a few of the restaurants and bars participating in this massive cocktail competition. A $25 ticket gets you admission and a card good for 15 one-ounce samples, plus one voting chip for choosing your favorite. Pay $5 more and be granted early admission at noon. General admission entry is 2 pm and the event runs until 6 pm.
Sunday, August 26
Pig Roast with Panther City BBQ and Lost in the Sauce
Roasted pork is always better when it’s slow-roasted whole on a spit. That’s how the folks from South Fort Worth’s Panther City BBQ will spend their Sunday, and the public is welcome to partake in the end product. Pop-up chef extraordinaire Hao Tran of Lost in the Sauce will be on site to prep the succulent pork in banh mi sandwiches, pork dumplings, and Vietnamese noodle soup. The lunch bell rings at high noon, so arrive early before sell-out.
Truffle-Making Class at Messina Hof Winery in Grapevine
Spend Sunday afternoon hand-rolling rich chocolate truffles while sipping paired Texas wines. The class will be led by Dr. Sue Williams, owner of Grapevine-based Dr. Sue’s Chocolates and a practicing physician whose mission is to fight obesity-related disease through all-natural dark chocolate. The class will run from 2-4 pm and tickets are $39.99 per person plus gratuity.