This week in gluttony
It’s a week of giving and sharing, with multiple restaurants honoring veterans with complimentary meals and the return of a big free dinner to those who'd like one. Step back in time with a Dutch oven cooking demonstration at one of Fort Worth’s most cherished museums, learn to smoke the perfect BBQ brisket, and save room for tacos during a two-day festival.
Wednesday, November 9
Feast of Sharing 10th Annual Holiday Dinner
Hosted by H-E-B and Central Market, this community celebration will provide complimentary dinner to anyone who wishes to attend. The event is back after a two-year hiatus and is expected to draw around 10,000 people to Dickies Arena. (Volunteers are still needed.) Besides a meal, there will be kids’ activities, live entertainment, health and family services, and an appearance by Santa. The event will run from 3-7 pm.
Thursday, November 10-Friday, November 11
Veterans Day deals and discounts
Dozens of local restaurants are offering free and discounted meals and menu items for active military and veterans. For a complete list, go here.
Saturday, November 12
Dutch Oven Cooking at Log Cabin Village
Visit this living history museum and learn how ancestors used to prepare meals over hot coals during a Dutch oven cooking demonstration led by the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society. The demonstrations (which often include samples) will run from 10 am- 2 pm and are free with admission ($7 for adults, and $6 for kids ages 4-17 and adults 60-plus).
Texas Taco Festival at Texas Live
More than two dozen restaurants and food vendors will participate in the two-day event, which will feature not only tacos but margaritas, tequila flights, desserts, and more. Tickets range from general admission ($12.99 on Sunday, $16.99 on Saturday), which allows for entry at 2 pm and includes one beer or cocktail, to VIP ($59.99 Sunday, sold out for Saturday), which grants early admission at noon and includes private bars, five taco vouchers, chips and salsa, two beers or cocktails, and gift bag with swag. Additional vouchers may be purchased at the event. Children 10 and under do not need a ticket.
BrisketU at Rahr & Sons Brewing
Backyard Pitmasters’ acclaimed BrisketU class promises to teach the everyday meat lover how to work a pit and create a perfectly smoked brisket. Renowned pitmasters will teach participants about BBQ pits, choosing the right cut of brisket, trimming techniques, rubs and prep, wood selection, starting and managing a fire, timing the cook, and properly slicing the end result. The three-hour class is $119 per person; register here.