This week in gluttony
These are the 6 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and this week offers perfect pre-gaming opportunities. There’s a chocolate truffle class, a Taylor Swift-themed cookie decorating class (think girls night out), and a whiskey dinner great for an early date night. Plan for ice cream for breakfast by the weekend. Also, a longtime local chef is in need of a double lung transplant, and there’s a benefit concert happening this week in his honor.
Wednesday, January 31
Button’s Family Affair Benefit Concert
Fort Worth’s culinary community will unite to support Keith “Buttons” Hicks, a beloved local chef who’s been diagnosed with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is in need of a double lung transplant. Hicks' restaurant resume in Fort Worth includes Ovation, Buttons, and most recently, The Rim. Known for his “love, peace, and chicken grease” mantra, Hicks is credited for introducing elevated soul food to the masses. The concert will feature local acts, including Melanie Dutton and Rob Holbert Band, and more than a dozen others. Tickets range from $25 for general admission standing to $65 for theater-style seating. The event will run from 6 pm-idnight, and doors open at 5 pm.
Thursday, February 1
Buffalo Trace Whiskey Dinner at Waters
Chef Jon Bonnell’s steak and seafood destination in Sundance Square will host a four-course pairing dinner featuring straight pours of Buffalo Trace Whiskey. Menu items include grilled Texas quail knots, seared king salmon, pork belly confit, and toasted pecan shortbread cookies. The dinner is $160, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, February 3
Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Melt Ice Creams
The annual event will feature new breakfast-inspired flavors, like Strawberry Poptart, Coffee Cake, and Fruity Cereal Pop, along with earlier operating hours. Arrive anytime between 9 am-12 pm in PJs for a complimentary house-made waffle cone with purchase of a scoop. The first 20 in line will also get a Melt ice cream cone pin. The celebration will take place at all Melt locations.
Make & Take: Chocolate Truffles & Chocolate Bark at Central Market Cooking School
‘Tis the season for all things chocolate with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Create your own truffles (dark chocolate and mint) and custom chocolate bark during this hands-on class. Participants will learn how to melt chocolate (there’s a trick), make ganache, temper chocolate, and shape the final product. Class is $75 and begins at 10:30 am.
Shake It Off Cookie Decorating Class at Lockwood Distilling Company
Swifties can “shake off” their “ex-lovers” during this Taylor Swift-themed cookie decorating class to be held at Lockwood Distilling Company on West Magnolia Avenue. The class includes cookies, icing, sprinkles, and a box to take home your creations. Or enjoy them on-site with special Swift-themed cocktails by Lockwood. The class is $60 and will run from 3-5 pm.
Sunday, February 4
RibsU at Martin House Brewing Company
Learn how to smoke Southern-style ribs from the experts at Backyard Pitmasters BBQ Classes, who’ll visit the Riverside brewery for this hands-on class. Six types of ribs will be covered, including short ribs, chuck ribs, beef back ribs, St. Louis-style pork ribs, pork baby back ribs, and lamb ribs. Participants will learn about rubs, sauces, candying, and how to butcher a rack, slice, and serve. The class is $94 ($84 for additional participants) and will run from 11 am-2 pm.