This Week In Gluttony
These are the 13 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week
‘Tis the season for spooky fun, as evidenced by the number of Halloween-themed food and drink events this week. A haunted wine dinner, scary brewery tour, creepy cocktails, and a candy and beer pairing are just a few on the list. This weekend also brings the 32nd annual edition of a famed chuckwagon gathering, not to be missed for its tasty cooking and tribute to cowboy culture.
Tuesday, October 24
Halloween Candy Pairing at Brewed
Just in time for fall, Brewed is back with evening dining hours. Now open Thursday-Saturday until 11 pm, the tenured coffee and cocktail bar has also brought back its popular beer and Halloween candy flight. Guests get four beers paired with four trick-or-treating favorites for $15. The flight is available now through October 31.
Thursday, October 26
Fall Fab 5 Tasting at 3 Vino Wine Bar & Bottle Shop
The owners of the Roanoke wine bar have picked their fall favorites to share. Visit anytime from 3:30–8 pm to enjoy five wines paired with a cheeseboard for $25. No reservations required. Featured wines will be available for purchase by the bottle to take home at special pricing.
Tales from the Cellar: A Haunted Wine Dinner at Clay Pigeon Food & Drink
This spooky four-course dinner will be paired with haunting tales behind each featured wine. Four different wine regions will be covered. Dinner is $120 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and seating times range from 5–8:45 pm.
Shrek Swamp Party at Rooftop Cinema Club
Visit the downtown Rooftop Cinema Club at the Worthington Renaissance hotel for a special screening of the 2001 cult classic film, paired with food, cocktails, and a Shrek-inspired DJ set after the show. (Expect lots of Smash Mouth.) Menu items include pulled pork tacos, nachos, soft salted pretzels, and “Hot Diggity Dogs." The $45 ticket includes one adult beverage and bottomless popcorn. Doors open at 7 pm for the 8 pm screening, followed by dueling DJs from 9:30–11:30 am.
Friday, October 17
Gnocchi Dokie Pasta Class & Dinner at Two Brothers Winery
The Old Town Keller winery will host a hands-on pasta-making class in partnership with Gnocchi Dokie. The fall-themed featured dish is garganelli pasta with butternut squash and broccoli rabe. The $50 ticket price, plus gratuity and a small fee, includes your first glass of wine to be paired with the dish. Start time is 6:30 pm.
Saturday, October 28
Sweet Lucy’s Pies Pie Contest
The Fort Worth-based pie company will host a pie contest in conjunction with Clearfork Farmers Market, Fort Worth Cookie Gal, and Felipe Armenta restaurants (Press Café, Pacific Table, Maria’s Mexican Kitchen, to name a few). Contestants may submit a pie of any variety by 9:45 am at the Clearfork Farmers Market to be judged by a panel on taste and appearance. Young bakers (12 and under) may enter Halloween-themed treats, too. Prizes – to include a pie package, restaurant gift cards, and a Clearfork Farmers Market gift bag – will be given for first, second, and third place winners in both categories, to be announced at 11:30 am.
7th Annual Fort Worth Firefighters Chili Cook-off
These Fort Worth first responders know how to cook, as proven by the crowds drawn every year to this annual chili cook-off. Approximately 30 firehouse teams (including new competitors from San Antonio and Denver) will prepare their best chili recipes in three categories: red, green, and non-traditional. Peruse the festively decorated booths (there’s a contest for the best) and sample them all. Admission is free, and tickets can be purchased for chili samples or chili by the bowl. Beer is also available. Proceeds benefit Fort Worth Firefighter Charities. The event will run from 10 am–2 pm.
Red Steagall Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
The 32nd Annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering takes place this weekend in the Fort Worth Stockyards, and part of the event lineup – which includes ranch rodeos, cowboy poetry, live music, a Western swing festival, and more – is an authentic chuckwagon cook-off. At least a dozen chuckwagons will arrive by noon on Friday to set up camp for the weekend. On Saturday, visit all day starting at 10:30 am to see cowboys and cowgirls use only trail driving era cooking supplies to compete for the best coal-fired meals. A team of judges will determine the winner, but passers-by can get a glimpse – and maybe a sample or two.
Day of the Dead Brunch at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
Celebrating the Mexican tradition of honoring loved ones lost, this Dia de los Muertos-inspired brunch is back with Mexico City-inspired dishes, specialty cocktails, mariachi performances, and more. Go for spicy palomas, chicken mole enchiladas, chilaquiles, and churros. There’ll also be DJ music, face painting, and swag for giveaways. The brunch will be served from 11 am–3 pm.
Costumes & Cocktails at Whiskey Ranch
Whiskey Ranch is throwing a Halloween party, complete with complimentary axe throwing, DJ music, food trucks, a costume contest, and of course, whiskey cocktails. The event will run from 12–5 pm, with the costume contest set to take place at 3 pm. Several prizes will be awarded, including a grand prize of a TX Whiskey barrel. Admission is $15 and includes your first drink.
Booery Tour at Martin House Brewing Company
It’s the 11th anniversary of the riverfront brewery’s original backyard party. There’ll be costume contests, beer releases, bands, and even a snake-handling comedian. New beer releases will include Sea Witch, Murdermaid, and Whiskey Barrel-Aged Black Gose, but there will be more than 40 others on tap. Admission is free for everyone (including kids), but for those who are drinking, wristbands are $25 and good for four pours, plus a souvenir pint glass. The event will run from 12–5 pm.
“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” at Hotel Drover
The Backyard at Hotel Drover will come alive with a creepy pop-up featuring 90s-era Halloween-themed flair. Spooky cocktails from the Pour Horse bar will include Whiskey Bent & Spell Bound and Wicked Witch of the West. The festivities will also include a pop-up shop and the hotel’s signature leather tag branding experience called The Mark. Visit from 7–10 pm.
Sunday, October 29
Local Farm Tour & Dinner hosted by Hao’s Grocery & Café
Embark on a self-guided tour of local urban and community farms before indulging in the fruits of their labor during a farm-to-table dinner. Featured farms and the suggested schedule includes First Earth Farm in Bluff Dale (11 am–12 pm), Stone’s Throw Farm in Fort Worth (1–2 pm), Conundrum Farms in Crowley (3–4 pm), and the Fairmont Neighborhood Community Garden (4:30–5 pm). Finished with a seated dinner at Hao’s Grocery & Café starting at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $60 per person.