This week in gluttony
These are the 7 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week
Halloween is over and it’s the calm before the storm of holiday events. This week brings several new pairing dinners (including one with mezcal) along with the launch of a new weekend brunch. Break out the comfy clothes for the weekend when there’s an all-you-can-eat barbecue festival and a nacho-eating competition.
Wednesday, November 2
Tocco Wine Dinner at Fitzgerald
The popular Gulf Coast-inspired Camp Bowie Boulevard restaurant will host an Italian wine dinner featuring the time-honored Tocco Vineyards from Barossa Valley. The four-course dinner will be paired with six wines and followed by petit fours for dessert. Dinner is $140 per person, plus tax and service charge, and will begin at 6:30 pm. Also make plans for Fitzgerald’s launch of weekend brunch service on Saturday and Sunday.
Dia de Los Muertos Dinner at Don Artemio
This four-course dinner will honor lost loved ones during the traditional Mexican holiday. Menu highlights include sea bass en mole negro de Oaxaca and chile en nogada. Courses will be paired with mezcal cocktails. Dinner is $115 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 7:30 pm. Don’t miss the calaveras (Spanish for “skulls”) art exhibition featuring the work of Mexican artists. Arrive anytime from 5-7 pm to meet the artists themselves.
Thursday, November 3
Spanish Wine Dinner at Mason & Dixie
The Southern-inspired Grapevine restaurant will go global with a wine-pairing dinner featuring tastes of Spain. Five courses will be paired with Spanish wines. Dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and will begin and 7 pm.
Pasta Making Class at Rancho Loma Vineyards
Led by handcrafted pasta makers Gnocchi Dokie, this always-popular hands-on pasta class typically sells out. There are just a few spots left for the 8 pm class time (6 pm is full). Class includes your personally created pasta dish and a flight of three Rancho Loma Vineyards wines. Tickets are $40 per person.
Friday, November 4
Chinese Takeout Cooking Class at Indulge Cooking Studio
Create authentic classic Chinese takeout dishes during this hands-on class inside downtown’s new 3rd Street Market, home of Indulge Cooking Studio. Dishes will include beef and broccoli, vegetable chow mein, crab Rangoon, and Chinese greens. The three-hour class is $89 and begins at 5 pm.
Q BBQ Fest
To be held at AT&T Stadium’s Miller Lite House, this three-day national competition among pitmasters features six that are native Texans. The lineup includes Barrett Black of Black’s BBQ, Brandon Hurtado of Hurtado Barbecue, Mike Perez of Loro, and more Tickets range from $15 for general admission (food and drink are available for purchase) to $119 for unlimited barbecue, cocktails, and beer. There’ll also be live music. All tickets include parking and must be purchased for specific timeslots. The event will run through Sunday.
Sunday, November 6
Ultimate Nacho Challenge at El Chingon
It’s National Nachos Day and this West Seventh district Mexican restaurant and bar will host a stacked nacho-eating competition. Teams of two will compete to finish an oversized platter of nachos doused in cheese, Mexican citrus cream, jalapenos, pico de gallo, and guacamole. The quickest duo will win bottle service and Chingon bucks. Check-in begins at 1 pm and the challenge starts at 2 pm. Entry is free.