The list for opportunities to imbibe this week is long, with Repeal Day on December 5 being the busiest. From mezcal sipping to a holiday high tea, there’s an event for everyone on Santa’s list.
Tuesday, December 5
Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Sipping Series: Mezcal Tasting Class
Made from native Mexican agave, mezcal is like a cousin to tequila. Learn about its ever-changing landscape from spirits guru Ryan Fussell, who’ll lead participants through a tasting of six different varieties. Tickets are $30, and the class begins at 6:30 pm at Kent & Co. The Space.
Repeal Day at Bird Café
Enter Bird Café’s “secret saloon” with $10 admission and celebrate the right to imbibe with Prohibition-era bathtub gin cocktails, retro libations, shot specials, and free appetizers. The event runs from 9 pm-12 am and at 10 pm, a complimentary champagne toast will take place. Costumes are encouraged (there’ll be a photo booth), as is dancing to the music of the Gatsby Gang.
Bubbles Wine Class at Chef Point Café
Sip sparkling wine in the form of champagne, cava, prosecco, and more at the Watauga gourmet gas station restaurant. The class begins at 6 pm and runs just an hour. Reservations are $20 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and featured wines will be available for purchase.
Caymus Vineyards Wine Dinner at Next Bistro
Cab lovers won’t want to miss this dinner party featuring some of Napa’s very best. Three wine-paired courses will include a basket made of Parmesan cheese with shrimp and frisée greens, beef short ribs with winter vegetables, and boeuf en croute with merlot sauce. Reservations are $129, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6:45 pm.
Friday, December 8
“First Draft” Soft Opening Charity Event at City Works
While Fort Worth’s new City Works restaurant at The Shops at Clearfork won’t officially open until December 9, diners can get a sneak peek and enjoy select dishes and an open bar while supporting Cook Children’s. The national chain is known for its wide-ranging craft beer selections, classic American dishes, and sports bar-like atmosphere. Tickets are $40 per person, and 100 percent of proceeds will be donated. Seating times start at 6 pm.
Saturday, December 9
Holiday High Tea at Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Lace and pearls is the attire for this sophisticated affair, which will feature a selection of hot teas, assorted sandwiches, cake, and treats. The event will run from 2-5 pm, and reservations are $45 for adults and $35 for children ages 4 to 12.
Slider and Beer Pairing at Grapevine Craft Brewery
Local food trucks have partnered with the Grapevine brewery to create a four-course menu that will be offered throughout the day, beginning at noon. Pairings include a banh mi slider with Morning Haze IPA, a pulled pork slider with Carolina slaw and Nightwatch Oatmeal Stout, a smoked turkey slider with Scotch Ale, and a smoked bologna and pimento cheese slider with Lakefire Rye Pale Ale. The price is $24.
Panther Island Brewing 3 Year Anniversary Larty
Heim Barbecue and Alchemy Pops are among the vendors that will be onsite for the Fort Worth brewery’s birthday party. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes 10 five-ounce pours from a selection of 30 beers. There’ll be live music by Deric Merrill and Poo Live Crew and the party starts at 1 pm, or noon for a VIP early entry fee of $35.
Sunday, December 10
Tamale Class at Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen
Make reservations fast as two of three tamale classes offered so far this season have sold out. The class includes everything needed to make one dozen tamales, as well as appetizers and a non-alcoholic beverage (although alcohol will be available for purchase). Reservations are $50, plus gratuity, and the class will run from 5-7:30 pm.