Holiday party season is in full swing, which means many restaurants and bars are booked for private events. But there are still opportunities to partake in festive food and drink this week. From pie sampling and Christmas bread baking to whiskey tasting and giant shake sipping, consider these season's treatings.
Wednesday, December 13
A Taste of Christmas (Pie) at Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop
Try before you buy. The Colleyville pie shop will serve samples of five holiday offerings, including chewy chocolate chip pie; Nanny’s pecan pie, a pecan pie with chocolate chips and toasted coconut; spiced pumpkin pie; and chocolate chess pie. Complimentary holiday spiced coffee will also be served. Christmas pie orders will be available for pickup December 23 and 24. The sampling will run from 4-7 pm.
Thursday, December 15
Whiskey Ranch: Limited Holiday Preview
There are only two days left this year (Thursday and Friday) to visit Firestone & Robertson’s expansive new Whiskey Ranch distillery, located on the former Glen Garden Country Club golf course. Patrons can sample TX Blended Whiskey and the TX Bourbon, as well as sip cocktails such as the Pecan Old Fashioned and the TX Smash, in the distillery tavern. Hours are 12-5 pm Thursday and 12-6 pm Friday.
Saturday, December 16
Ugly Sweater Beer Yoga at The Collective Brewing Project
The tackier, the better. Throw on your ugly Christmas sweater for poses followed by pints. Arrive at 11:45 am for the noon class, which will last about an hour. Yogis then get the taproom to themselves until 2 pm. Three brews are included in the $20 price.
Sunday, December 17
Return of the Freak Shake at Gypsy Scoops
The Race Street ice cream parlor will serve gargantuan shakes made for two with over-the-top garnishes like moon pies, cotton candy, chocolate cake, and peppermint cookies. Holiday calories don't count, right? Patrons can customize their own version, or choose from a menu of options. The $15 massive shakes are meant to be shared, and the shop will be open from 12:30-8 pm.
Monday, December 18
Marche Ann’s Christmas Breads Class at Central Market
The Black Rooster Bakery founder and former owner will share her favorite recipes for holiday baking, including Christmas stollen (German fruit bread) and brioche dough. Participants will work in teams in this hands-on class, which begins at 5:30 pm. Registration is $75 person, and it's expected to sell out, so those interested should not wait to register.