This week in gluttony
The culinary game is strong this week as multiple events feature elaborate menu items. From swordfish skewers and squid ink risotto to cranberry herb biscuits topped with fried chicken and Mexican chocolate butter sauce, dishes are downright drool worthy. Don’t miss the complimentary tequila tasting in the middle of it all, and get ready to don those ugly holiday sweaters.
Tuesday, December 14
El Chingon First Anniversary Fiesta
The West 7th-area “Bad Ass Mexican” restaurant and bar marks its first anniversary with a week-long fiesta. Events include a holiday party hosted by entertainer Kirill Bichutsky on Tuesday; a flight of three new holiday cocktails on Wednesday; a friends & family party 7-9 pm Friday; a charitable "Toys for Tacos" drive on Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-3 pm; and brunch with a "mimosa tower" Sunday. For more information, visit the website.
Wednesday, December 15
The Feast of the Seven Fishes at Grace
The annual Italian-inspired pre-Christmas dinner sells out, so inquire quickly for reservations. Seven luxurious courses range from swordfish spiedini to striped bass with squid ink risotto. Each course will be paired with fine Italian wines. Dinner is $175 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and a pre-dinner reception with passed canapes begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, December 16
Bubbles Wine Class at Chef Point Colleyville
This elaborate wine class comes with four courses paired with lots of bubbly, from Cava to Brut Rose. Menu items include pan seared scallops with saffron risotto, smoked salmon gravlax, and strawberry fried pie. Reservations are $62 per person (includes tax and gratuity) and the class begins at 6:30 pm.
Deck the Halls with Hall Wines at Hotel Vin
Journey through the Hall Wines portfolio in this exclusive tasting of the Napa brand with Dallas roots. Featured wines will include Hall Sauvignon Blanc, Walt Chardonnay, Walt Blue Jay Pinot Noir, Hall Cabernet, and Kathryn Hall Cabernet. Wines will be paired with light bites. The delicious and educational wine tasting event will take place in the Grapevine hotel's luxurious Riedel Room. Tickets are $125, and the event runs 6-7:30 pm.
Friday, December 17
Meet the Maker with Lalo Tequila at Toro Toro
Sample Austin-based Lalo Tequila during this complimentary tasting at the downtown Latin steakhouse, located inside the Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Visit any time from 5-7 pm. Also don’t miss Toro’s Toro’s Twelve Days of Cocktails, featuring a different festive cocktail each day through December 25.
Saturday, December 18
Santa Baby Brunch at Messina Hof Grapevine Winery
The downtown Grapevine wine bar will host a brunch buffet with Santa himself as a special guest. Menu items include an omelet bar, waffle station, carved ham, mimosas made with Messina Hof sparkling, and more. Reservations are $69.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 6-13. Seating times are from 10 am-1 pm.
Christmas Party & BBA Bottle Release at Maple Branch Craft Brewery
The Foundry District's brewery and beer garden is throwing its first-ever holiday party and timing it to a beer release. The free festivities include visits with Santa, sweet treats, hot chocolate, Christmas music, and the release of this year's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout: The Showman. A limited quantity will be for sale in in 22-ounce bottles, and they'll have a couple of kegs available on tap. Bottles go on sale at 11 am, and Santa will be in the taproom for pictures from 2-5 pm.
Annual Ugly Sweater Party at Cowtown Brewing Company
Don your gaudiest holiday sweater for this annual party, which includes visits with Santa starting at 2 pm. They're using the occasion to release their Barrel-Aged Always Be Flexin’, a Belgian-style Dark Strong aged for 12 months in V.S.O.P brandy barrels, coming in at 12.95 percent ABV. The event is free and lasts from 2-9 pm.
Sunday, December 19
Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Brunch at The Bearded Lady
Keep that ugly Christmas sweater handy for this scrumptious brunch that comes with prizes and giveaways all day. Cleverly named menu items include the Festivus for the Rest of Us, with fried chicken and Mexican hot chocolate butter on a cranberry herb biscuit; and Rudolph’s Pre-Workout, featuring cream cheese, a sausage patty, bacon, fried egg, cheddar, and tomato on a toasted everything bagel. There’ll be special Christmas cocktails, too. Brunch will run from 11 am-3 pm.