Just like that, December is here. But the only holiday-themed event on the list this week is an observance of Repeal Day, when Prohibition ended in the United States. One local bar and restaurant is throwing a party to celebrate. Also on the list, a collaboration dinner with two popular pop-up chefs, a tasting of wines from historic vineyards, a Napa wine dinner with a TCU tie, and the launch of one local brewery’s most adventurous beer yet. Think barbecue, in stout form.
Tuesday, December 3
Montagu Wine Dinner at Next Bistro
Texas Christian University alum and winemaker Weston Eidson founded his Napa Valley wine operation, Montagu Wines, in 2012 after traveling the world to learn from the best in the business. He’ll be on hand to talk through five of his very limited production wines during this four-course dinner. Menu items range from veal-stuffed quail with squash risotto to lamb chops. Seats are $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and guests should arrive by 6:45 pm.
Wednesday, December 4
Napa Heritage Wines at Off the Vine
Wines produced from vineyards planted in the late 19th century are often referred to as “heritage” wines. Taste six of them from three different Napa Valley vineyards — including Silverado, Burgess, and Inglenook — at this Grapevine wine bar. The $50 per-person price includes light charcuterie. Reservations are required at the tasting begins at 7 pm.
Thursday, December 5
Bacon Burnt Ends Stout Launch at Martin House Brewing Company
Barbecue and beer always go together, but a barbecue-flavored beer? The Riverside brewery has partnered with Heim Barbecue to try it with inspiration from those famed bacon burnt ends. The collaboration follows other wildly successful beer launches with local flavors from Best Maid Pickles, Melt Ice Creams, Swiss Pastry Shop, and more. Visit the brewery from 4 to 8 pm for a pint glass and four pours for $10. There will be about two dozen other brews available, but note that the Bacon Burnt Ends beer will be available only at the brewery, meaning you won’t find it in stores. Heim Barbecue will be on site to serve the real deal via its Meat Force One catering truck.
Repeal Day at Bird Café
Celebrate the right to imbibe at this fourth annual event. Enter the secret speakeasy and casino complete with poker, craps, and blackjack with $10 admission. Pick your poison from the wall of whiskey and enjoy classic cocktails and a spread of hors d’oeuvres from chef Brian Olenjack. The party will run from 9 pm to 12 am, and at 10 pm, there’ll be a complimentary champagne toast. Costumes are encouraged (there’ll be a photo booth), as is dancing to the music of the Chris Milyo Band.
Sunday, December 8
Pop-Up Dinner with Scotty Scott & Hao Tran at The Table
He’s a personal chef with a massive Instagram following. She’s a dumpling pop-up queen and partner in The Table retail market and culinary studio. Together they’ll whip up a fusion of flavors, including Thai chicken thighs, brown butter bok choy, squid ink quail and shiitake dumplings, and Singapore crab. Reservations are $60 per person and dinner begins at 7 pm. Alcohol is BYOB.