This week in gluttony
Flavors of Germany and Mexico shine this week during events that feature food and drink from both countries. Note that one major Oktoberfest event has a new location this year. There are also two opportunities to try Texas-based whiskeys that may fly under the radar.
Wednesday, September 21
Mexican Wine Tasting at Don Artemio
The popular high-end Mexican restaurant will host an extensive wine tasting featuring wines from Querétaro, Guanajuato, Coahuila, and Valle de Guadalupe Winery in Mexico. There’ll be 10 wines total, along with passed hors d’oeuvres and multiple guest speakers participating. The tasting is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6 pm.
Thursday, September 22
Fort Worth Oktoberfest
The three-day Munich-style celebration of German culture is back, but this year, in a new location. Taking place at Trinity Park, Fort Worth Oktoberfest kicks off Thursday with the ceremonial “Tapping of the Kegs.” Guests can expect a weekend full of traditional German food, live music, polka dancing, carnival rides, and an array of contests, including dachshund races, barrel rolling, stein hoisting, and sausage eating. Admission is $10 (or $20 for a three-day pass) and comes with a commemorative stein glass. Admission is free for children under 12. The party starts at 5 pm Thursday and Friday, and 11 am on Saturday.
Loco for Elotes & Wine at Landon Winery
Here’s a new wine pairing partner: elotes. The Grapevine winery will pair four wines with four varieties of Mexican grilled corn slathered in an array of toppings, from chorizo and hot Cheetos to smoked blue cheese fondue. The pairing is $48 per person, plus tax, and begins at 6:30 pm.
Bendt Distilling Co. Dinner at Clay Pigeon Food & Drink
Taste Texas-based whiskeys during this four-course pairing dinner at Clay Pigeon. Each course will come with a Bendt Distilling Co. cocktail and a taste of each whiskey straight. Menu items include tuna crudo, gumbo pot pie, short rib pastrami, and chocolate tart. Even more, each guests gets a bottle of whiskey to take home. Dinner is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and seating times run from 5-8 pm.
Casa Madero 1st Winery in the America’s 1597 Wine Dinner at Don Artemio
Said to be the oldest winery on the continent, Casa Madero opened in Mexico’s Coahuila in 1597. Co-owner Daniel Milmo will be a special guest at Don Artemio to talk to through the Mexican wines during this multicourse pairing dinner. Menu highlights include chile en nogada, duo of cabrito, and ceviche. Dinner is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6 pm.
Friday, September 23
Oak & Eden Launch Party: New Whiskey Release at Atico
The Bridgeport-based whiskey producer Oak & Eden will debut its newest release during a tasting party at the Stockyards rooftop bar. Participants will taste Wheat & Honey, a wheated bourbon infused with a honey-soaked wooden spire. (Fun fact: Yellowstone actor Forrie J. Smith created his own coffee-infused bourbon with Oak & Eden.) Meet the founders and enjoy complimentary samples. The event is free and will run from 5-7 pm.
Saturday, September 24
Salad and Go Arlington Grand Opening
To celebrate the grand opening of its new location in Arlington, Salad and Go is giving away free salads - no purchase or coupon required. Beginning at 3 pm, the first 200 guests to visit the new location at 4828 S. Cooper St., will receive a free salad. The offer is for drive-thru orders only, not valid with online or mobile app orders, available only while supplies last.
Monday, September 26
Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Funky Picnic Brewery & Café
The Near Southside Fort Worth brewery and restaurant will celebrate Oktoberfest with five German-style courses paired with five craft beers, including their own PROSToberfest. Menu items include potato soup, potato pancakes, currywurst, schnitzel, and German chocolate pie. Tickets are $90 per person and include tax and gratuity. Dinner starts at 7 pm.