It’s a week of fall bounty with multicourse dinners, an outdoor food and wine extravaganza, and even a tiki party that’ll transport guests to the tropics — and that’s all before Friday. Here’s hoping for cooler weather by Saturday when Fort Worth firefighters will host their annual chili cook-off.
Tuesday, October 17
Fall Wine Dinner at Fixture
Taste Washington-based J. Bookwalter wines paired with a five-course dinner from Fixture executive chef Ben Merritt. Diners will be treated to cherry-glazed elk loin, smoked ham hock cassoulet, quail on pumpkin hash, and lighter dishes including strawberry-chevre salad and gazpacho with poached lobster. The bar will open at 6 pm with dinner starting 30 minutes later. Reservations are $75 per person; call 817-708-2663.
Wednesday, October 18
Tiki Party at The Usual
Tiki drinks are all the rage at trendy bars from New York to L.A., and The Usual will celebrate the rum-based cocktail with a party that will transport patrons to a Polynesian paradise. There’ll be passed appetizers from Magdalena’s, live music by The Tiki Torches, a luau setting, and plenty of tropical libations. Admission is $20 and the party runs from 6-9 pm.
65 Roses Wine and Food Extravaganza
One of Fort Worth’s largest tasting events of the year, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser will offer generous hors d’oeuvres from more than a dozen restaurants, including Ellerbe Fine Foods, Bonnell’s, Michaels Cuisine, and Meso Maya, along with wine and beer. Individual tickets are $150, and the outdoor affair at Mopac Event Center begins at 6:30 pm.
Messina Hof African Wine Dinner at Chef Point
The Watauga gas station café will host a four-course dinner inspired by chef and owner Franson Nwaeze’s African heritage. Each course — which range from oxtail stew to plantain puffs — will be paired with Texas wines from Messina Hof, with the winemakers visiting to guide diners through each glass. The $59 reservation includes tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 7 pm.
Thursday, October 19
7-Course Wine Dinner with Mexico Top Chef Judge Chef Aquiles Chavez at Café Modern
Known for his Houston restaurant La Fisheria, Top Chef Mexico judge Aquiles Chavez will visit the museum to prepare seven exotic courses paired with Mexican wines from Baja California. Menu highlights from the $150 per person dinner ($135 for Modern members) include rabbit and tortilla soup, yellowtail tostadas with cactus, and green mole with turkey and rice. Notable chefs Moises Reyes and Diego Guillen will assist Chavez in the kitchen. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. For reservations, call 817-840-2157.
Quintessa Wine Dinner at Kent & Co. Wines
Guest chef Anthony Felli of Waters Restaurant will visit the West Magnolia Avenue wine bar to prepare hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner paired with Napa Valley wines from Huneeus Vintners. Passed apps will include tuna tartare and calamari steak strips, while the seated dinner will feature King crab ricotta cannelloni, braised veal with exotic mushrooms, and fromage with fruit. Wines will range from sauvignon blanc and chardonnay to pinot noir and cabernet. Dinner begins at 7 pm, and reservations are $130 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reserve a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port Wine & Chocolate Tasting at Texas de Brazil
Sip sweet port wines while sampling various local chocolates and cheeses. The Flagdate Partnership will offer a variety of ruby and tawny ports, including one aged for 20 years. The tasting begins at 6:30 pm, and reservations are $45 per person, $40 of which will go to the American Red Cross to benefit hurricane relief efforts.
Saturday, October 21
Fort Worth Firefighters Chili Cook-off
Red, green, and non-traditional are the three chili categories for the annual firefighters cook-off, and guests can sample them all for $1 each, or pay $5 for a bowl. Rahr & Sons beer will also be for sale. The event runs from 11 am-2 pm. in General Worth Square downtown, and admission is free.