The weather changes and just like that, our social calendars are filled with wine dinners, cocktail parties, tasting events, and pop-ups. (Plan accordingly, as one event is really a five-day festival.)
There are two nods to New Orleans cuisine this week, as well as an anniversary for a local barbecue icon with throwback pricing. Find your stretchy pants and enjoy.
Monday, October 15
Riscky's 91st Anniversary
It was 1927 when Polish immigrant Joe Riscky opened his namesake grocery store and market on Azle Avenue in Fort Worth, where he quickly became famous for barbecue. This week all Riscky’s Barbecue locations will offer chopped beef sandwiches for 91 cents to commemorate the barbecue birthday. The special will run through Thursday.
Fort Worth Cocktail Week
Now in its third year, the five-day spirits celebration aims to introduce the masses to Fort Worth’s growing craft cocktail scene. The party starts Monday at Shipping & Receiving with a Texas Spirits Tasting Party with Devils River Whiskey, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., Seersucker Southern Style Gin, and Deep Ellum Vodka. Bourbon Bash is Tuesday at Thompson's featuring classic music and cigar rolling. Taste the tropics on Wednesday with a Tiki Party at The Usual. There’ll be Caribbean bites for pairing. Thursday brings a Tequila & Mezcal Margarita Party at The FW Blackhouse with rare, exotic spirits. Things get serious by Friday with Gin vs. Vodka at the Foundry District featuring a bare-knuckle martini brawl. All events are $20, with tickets available via Ticketfly.
Tuesday, October 16
Prohibition Wine Dinner with Ammunition Wine at Chef Point
Costumes are encouraged at this three-course dinner, in the form of flappers, gangsters or silent screen stars. Menu items include scallops over cheese grits with saffron sauce, bacon-wrapped teres major with truffle mashed potatoes, and chocolate mousse with fresh berries. Each course will be paired with Sonoma, California-based Ammunition Wine. Reservations are $44 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and dinner begins at 7 pm.
Wednesday, October 17
65 Roses Wine and Food Extravaganza
One of the most exclusive tasting soirees of the year, the fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation showcases many of Fort Worth best chefs. Typically held outdoors, this year’s event will be held at Wild Acre Brewing Co. Participants include Magdalena’s, Bonnell’s, Buttons, B&B Butchers & Restaurant, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Michaels Cuisine and more. Individual tickets are $150 per person and the event begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, October 18
Bourbon Street Oyster Bar & Grill Grand Opening
The newest Montgomery Plaza tenant – which focuses on New Orleans-style chargrilled oysters – will celebrate its opening with complimentary cocktails from 6–8 pm. Arrive early as there'll be no reservations taken. Plan to pop by neighboring sister restaurant Barrel & Bones, which is also participating in the event and offers a hefty whiskey selection and barbecue.
Perrin Family Wine Dinner at Local Foods Kitchen
Expect a Mediterranean-inspired feast paired with some of the most notable (and recognizable) wines in the world at this four-course dinner. Miravel rose is on the menu first paired with seafood bouillabaisse, followed by a variety of French reds paired with pork belly-stuff fried quail over leeks, grilled blackberry-balsamic flat iron steaks with gruyere potatoes and English peas, and fromage ricotta cheesecake with fresh berry coulis. Dinner is $85 per person plus tax and gratuity and appetizers will be passed starting at 6:30 pm.
Real Ale Brewing Beer Dinner at Pinstripes
Beer pairings from Real Ale Brewing Co. in Blanco, TX are included in this four-course dining event. Menu highlights include bacon-wrapped jalapenos and figs with chili-balsamic glaze, spicy coconut halibut over curry risotto, and a coffee cake layered with raspberry sorbet. Dinner is $60 per person and begins at 7 pm.
Saturday, October 20
Spooky Sip & Shop in Sundance Square
Stroll and shop Sundance Square stores while you taste a dozen wines paired with apps. The $25 ticket (which benefits Komen Greater Fort Worth) comes with a tasting glass and access to discounts throughout the square. Participating restaurants providing bites include Mi Cocina, Istanbul Grill, Waters, Reata, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, and FunkyTown Donuts & Drafts. The event will run from 1–5 pm. Tickets will be $30 the day of the event.
Sunday, October 21
A Creole Evening at Rosen House Inn
Pop-up chefs Hao Tran of Lost in the Sauce and Kyle Slater of The Wooden Spoon will partner to prepare a six-course menu of New Orleans-inspired classics paired with Abita beers at the South Fort Worth bed-and-breakfast. Menu highlights include Natchitoches meat pie, smoked crawfish bisque, and Cajun fried quail with praline waffle. Dinner is $44 per person and begins at 6 pm.