This week in gluttony
These are the 8 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week
It’s Halloween week and that means lots of chances for tasty events with spooky twists. There’s a Day of the Dead brunch with tequila cocktails, a fall beer pairing dinner for two, a costume contest paired with cocktails, and even pumpkin-shaped pizza at one of the hottest spots for kids in town. (For a grown-up night out at a bar with spooky cocktails, check out this list.) Also, sample complimentary coffee and cocktails inspired by a legendary actor, a fete with a noted chef, and all first responders working Friday should make plans for a special lunch.
Monday, October 24
Fall-O-Ween Beer Dinner at Lazy Dog
All locations of the American casual pub and restaurant will offer a four-course beer pairing dinner inspired by fall flavors now through Wednesday. Highlights from the menu include butternut squash soup, chicken pot pie, and butter cake. The menu is $85 for two and includes a four-pack of craft beers for sharing. Reservations encouraged.
Tuesday, October 25
A Fete with Chef Jenny Castor
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards' Fort Worth Chef of the Year, Jenny Powell-Castor, will share her secrets to elevating the at-home dining experience using simple food items (think salt, honey, and butters) during this evening presentation. Hosted by the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation at Sugarboo & Co. décor store in the Shops at Clearfork, the two-hour event will come with bubbly and bites along with shopping discount and takeaway gift. Tickets are $125 and the event begins at 6 pm.
Friday, October 28
First Responders Day at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
On-duty first responders will be treated to a complimentary three-course lunch at the Shops at Clearfork fine dining restaurant. The offer is open to EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and police offers. The annual event was started by B&B’s founder Benjamin Berg in 2017 in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. The menu includes choice of appetizer, entrée, side, and dessert. Guests of first responders are welcome to enjoy the menu for $25. The lunch will be available from 11 am-4 pm. Reservations are recommended by calling 817-737-5212.
Boo-Tacular at Chuck E. Cheese
There’s only one place to find pumpkin-shaped pizza in Fort Worth this weekend, and that’s any location of the kid-favorite Chuck E. Cheese. The longtime family-friendly entertainment destination and pizza joint is serving a menu of Halloween-themed items, including pumpkin-shaped pepperoni pizza with a Jack-O-Lantern face along with cookies, cupcakes, and Dippin’ Dots topped with edible green slime. Kids can dance with Chuck E. Cheese himself at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm nightly and get free candy, and those who arrive in costume can get 10 free play points with any games purchase. Don’t miss the costume contest at 6:30 pm Friday through Sunday – all participants get 50 free e-tickets and the lucky winner gets 500. Fun fact for parents: all Fort Worth locations of Chuck E. Cheese has craft beer on tap.
Saturday, October 29
Coffee & Spirits Tasting at John Wayne: An American Experience
Visit John Wayne Stock & Supply, the flagship retail store located in the Stockyards inside a museum dedicated to the “Duke,” for a day of tastings. From 10 am-1 pm, guests can sample Gold Handle Coffee, Wayne’s line of coffee named after a traditional gift of a gold-handled mug he often presented to friends. Stay for a tasting of Duke Spirits, including bourbons and tequilas, from 1-4 pm. Guests will be treated to cocktail samples from recipes in the new book, John Wayne: The Official Cocktail Book. Meet Marisa Wayne, John Wayne’s youngest daughter, who’ll make an appearance to sign advance copies from 3-6 pm.
Day of the Dead Brunch at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
The annual Mexican tradition of honoring lost loved ones is back at B&B with an all-day celebration. There’ll be DJ music and mariachis, face painting, specialty cocktails with Codigo tequila (including a mezcal espresso martini), and Mexico City-inspired brunch dishes. Menu items include pozole, chicken mole enchiladas, chilaquiles, and pumpkin with cinnamon and Mexican cane sugar. Festivities will run from 11 am-3 pm and reservations are encouraged.
Costumes & Cocktails at Whiskey Ranch
Halloween weekend starts at Whiskey Ranch with a daytime costume party paired with TX Whiskey cocktails. Several prizes will be awarded along with a grand prize of a TX Whiskey barrel. The $10 ticket covers admission and your first cocktail. There’ll also be live music and a taco truck. The party will run from 12-5 pm.
Sunday, October 30
A popular Nepali street food, a momo is a dumpling filled with meat or vegetables. Try them in wide-ranging variety during this festival dedicated to the delicacy. Taking place at Levitt Pavilion Arlington, the event will feature at least a dozen restaurants and food vendors serving not only momos but other Nepalese cuisine available for purchase. There’ll also be bars, family-friendly entertainment, and DJ music. Admission is free with online registration. Dogs are welcome on a leash.