This week is all about dinner parties, as there are four that range from a scotch pairing dinner to a “hunter’s feast.” Red wine lovers, take note: a trip to Keller may be in order for a festival featuring nothing but bold reds. Non-drinkers will appreciate this week’s bites and mocktails soiree. The week ends with a tree-lighting at a local whiskey distillery, and whiskey barrels will replace the pine.
Tuesday, November 19
LangeTwins Zinfest 2.0 Wine Dinner at Fixture
Chef Ben Merritt visited Lodi, California earlier this year to cook a multicourse dinner at the prestigious LangeTwins Zinfest, and he’ll re-create it for his customers at home. Start with Texas beet fries before moving to Gulf shrimp enchiladas, blue crab custard, duck tamales, and Wagyu short rib two ways. Save room for a warm buttermilk biscuit topped with chocolate gravy, strawberries, and whipped vanilla butter. The Texas-sized meal is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. A welcome reception begins at 6 pm with dinner to be served at 7 pm.
Wednesday, November 20
Hunter’s Feast at Ellerbe Fine Foods
Get a taste of the wild with this three-course game dinner featuring braised quail, salt-baked axis venison leg with wild boar dirty rice, and charcuterie made from wild game. Save room for lemon panna cotta with prickly pear syrup. The dinner is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and reservations will be taken between 5:30 and 9 pm. An optional wine flight will be available.
Thursday, November 21
Scotch Dinner at Cafe Modern
Glenlivet and Chivas Regal will be the featured scotches at this five-course pairing dinner with guest chef Kevin Martinez of Tokyo Café. Scotches will range from 12 to 18 years in age. Dine on roasted bone marrow, braised pork jowl, duck confit, and sticky toffee pudding. The dinner is $99 per person ($79 for museum members), plus tax and gratuity, and starts at 6:30 pm.
FnG Eats Red Wine Festival
Pay $60 (plus tax and gratuity) and indulge in seven red wines along with hors d’oeuvres. Think Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Merlot, Red Zin and, of course, Cab. Bites will be many, including sliders, meatballs, potstickers, ceviche, flatbreads, desserts, and more. The event will run from 6:30-9 pm.
Fall Seasonal Beer Dinner at Deep Ellum Funkytown Fermatorium
ICYMI: Deep Ellum Brewing Co’s first expansion outside Deep Ellum is located in Fort Worth on University Drive, where small-batch brews help wash down wood-fired pizzas. But there’s no pizza on this five-course menu; instead things get fancy with chicken pate, butternut squash ravioli, grilled duck, and beef short rib osso buco. Save room for pecan pie. All courses will be paired with Deep Ellum brews and the price is only $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and the first course will be served at 7 pm.
Friday, November 22
Whiskey Ranch Concert Series and Tree Lighting
Be among the first to see Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.’s new whiskey barrel Christmas tree during this holiday concert series kickoff event featuring Mike and the Moonpies. The $25 ticket includes one cocktail and admission to the concert. Gepetto’s pizza truck and Sweet Lucy’s Pies will be on site, too, and the event begins at 5:30 pm.
Holiday Bites and Mocktails at The Table
Who needs alcohol when the mixers are this lovely? The four-course pairing menu, presented with The Elevated Elixir, will feature ginger pumpkin mule, cranberry pear spritz, pomegranate blood orange Fresca, and hot caramel apple cider. Nibbles will include turkey and cranberry meatballs and shrimp and avocado salsa. Learn how to DIY for parties at home with demos from the experts. Reservations are $50 per person and the event begins at 7 pm.