Oktoberfest events are starting to pop up around town, and this week features a five-course German-themed dinner is paired with beers. Also on the list is the return of Grapefest along with a tony wine dinner, charity chicken wing cook-off, and a brunch board pop-up at a local wine bar. It’s also the 103rd birthday of one Tex-Mex institution, which is celebrating with some freebies.
Wednesday, September 15
El Fenix 103rd Anniversary
The Dallas-based Tex-Mex institution will celebrate its 103rd birthday at all 15 DFW locations with some giveaways. The first 103 customers at each outlet will receive a complimentary cup of queso with an entrée purchase and be entered to win free El Fenix for a year. At the downtown Dallas location, guests can enjoy live mariachi music and Mexican dancers, margarita and ranch water samplings, and special guest appearances by members of the Martinez family, who founded the Tex-Mex institution more than a century ago.
Chateau Montelena Tastemaker Dinner at Ruth’s Chris
The downtown Fort Worth steakhouse will host a five-course wine-pairing dinner featuring famed California Chardonnay producer Chateau Montelena. Menu highlights include crispy chicken confit, stuffed pork tenderloin, filet au poivre and Sicilian almond cake. Dinner is $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and will start at 6 pm both Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Thursday, September 16
35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience
The largest wine festival in the Southwest is back, this year featuring non-stop live music on four different stages for four days. Headliners include 80s musical titans Berlin and Asia, along with AshenMoon featuring Garry Beers of INXS and Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom. As for the wine, Texas wineries will be well-represented along with this year’s featured guest wineries: Napa Valley and South Australia’s Barossa Valley. Admission is free on Thursday. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (62-plus) and children 6-12.
Saturday, September 18
Wings for Wishes Cook-Off
Local charity A Wish with Wings will hold its first-ever Wings for Wishes chicken wing cook-off and fundraiser to support its mission of granting magical wishes for young Texans with life-threatening medical conditions. The event will feature individuals, restaurants, and community groups squaring off to determine who will be "Lord of the Wings," including Stone House Restaurant in Colleyville, Dirty Bones, Parker County Ice House, and more. Purchase tickets online ($25-$40) to sample a variety of wings and enjoy live entertainment. It all happens 11 am-3 pm at River Ranch Stockyards.
Sunday, September 19
ByWasonga presents Brunch at the Haus
The South Fort Worth wine bar will host cook and caterer Henry Abuto of ByWasonga (Wasonga is Abuto’s middle name) for Sunday brunch. Abuto’s artistic brunch boards will feature chicken and waffles. The board is $60 and feeds two, and also comes with a bottle of bubbly and juice for mimosas. The event will run from 10 am-1 pm, and reservations in advance are required.
Monday, September 20
Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Funky Picnic Brewery & Café
The Near Southside beer and dining destination will host a five-course German-themed dinner paired with its own house-brewed beers. Menu highlights include house-made spaetzel, currywurst served with curry ketchup and duck fat-fried potato chips, roasted venison, and deconstructed Black Forest cake with Dr Pepper cherry sauce. Beer pairings will include the first pours of the brewery’s 2021 Prostoberfest. Seats are $75 per person and dinner begins at 7 pm. Note that tickets must be purchased by Friday. For a longer list of local Oktoberfests this fall, check out this story.