Things get a little spooky this week with Day of the Dead dining events and a Halloween-themed wine tasting. But there’s also opportunity to show some love to first responders with two events that benefit those on the front lines of our city streets. Also expand the palate with an olive oil and rare balsamic dinner and a pop-up event featuring Asian dumpling and doughnut fusions.
Thursday, October 28
National First Responders Appreciation Day at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
Now in its fifth year, the annual event treats all on-duty first responders, including firefighters, police officers, EMTs and paramedics, to a complimentary three-course meal at the Shops at Clearfork steakhouse. Berg Hospitality Group founder and CEO Benjamin Berg started the event in Houston in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey. Menu highlights includes beef and barley soup, the Butcher Shop Burger with Applewood smoked bacon, and New York cheesecake. Guests of first responders may partake in the menu for $25. Reservations are recommended.
Friday, October 29
Olive Oil & Rare Balsamic Pop-Up Dinner at Savor Culinary Services
Savor Culinary Services and The Virgin Olive Oiler will partner to share a five-course dinner with an olive oil tasting (rescheduled from last month). Patrons will sniff and sip olive oils and even 25-year balsamic vinegar just like fine wines. Menu highlights include goat cheese-crusted truffles, wild mushroom soup, pork tomahawk, and blood orange shortcake. Guests will start with a welcome cocktail and are welcome to BYOB. Tickets are $125 and dinner begins at 6 pm.
Saturday, October 30
Halloween Bash + One Year Anniversary at Love Local Coffee & Art Shop
Since they didn’t get to have a ribbon cutting or grand opening party when they opened during the pandemic a year ago, this locally owned coffee shop in southwest Fort Worth is doing it up big for its first anniversary. They'll be serving Halloween drinks and desserts (wear a costume and get 20 off your drink order); they'll host vendors, trick-or-treating, giveaways, and more. The party lasts 9 am-4 pm at 4612 SW Loop 820.
Witch Way to the Wine Hallo-Wine Trail in Grapevine
Pick up your wine glass and set out to taste wines at six different Grapevine wineries located in and around Historic Downtown. The $50 ticket (if purchased in advance, or it’s $55 at the door) includes three tastes at each winery, plus a food pairing. Check in at any participating winery to get started, and stroll at your own pace. The trail will run from 10 am-6 pm.
Day of the Dead Brunch at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
The Shops at Clearfork steakhouse will host its annual spooky brunch inspired by the Mexican holiday that honors lost souls. Visit from 11 am-3 pm for live DJ music and mariachis, face painting, Codigo tequila cocktail specials, and Mexico City-inspired brunch dishes. Menu items include the thick corn tortilla Benedict; oven-baked bread filled with beans, cheese and pico de gallo; and shrimp chilaquiles. Reservations and costumes are encouraged.
Fort Worth Firefighters Chili Cook-off
Red, green, and non-traditional are the three chili categories for the fifth annual firefighters cook-off, to be held at General Worth Square downtown. Guests can sample more than 30 chili entries for a $1 each, or pay $5 for a bowl. There’ll also be beer for sale to wash it all down. The event runs from 10 am-2 pm, and admission is free.
Dumplings and DoBao Pop-up at FunkyTown Donuts & Drafts
Hao & Dixya dumpling queens will visit the downtown doughnut shop and draft beer dispensary to serve not only dumplings with dobao — a cross between a doughnut and a chewy bao bun. Visit for Nepalese chicken dumplings, butternut squash dumplings, and dobao in the form of a glazed doughnut filled with pork and topped with Sriracha honey glaze. The pop-up will run from 5-7 pm.
Monday, November 1
Dia de los Muertos Dinner at Tinie’s
This menu tasting is paired with spirits in more ways than one. The South Main St. Mexican restaurant (known for its extensive tequila and mezcal collection) will host a Day of the Dead-themed, five-course tasting dinner from Chef Christian Lehrmann paired with sips from Tequila Ocho and Mezcal Vago. Tickets are $55 per person. Arrive by 6:30 pm for a welcome cocktail.