This week in gluttony
These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week
Break out the boots and shine the turquoise. The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is in full swing, and one local chef is hosting ticketed dinners with an early start time just for the occasion. Also on the list are two wine tastings, a pasta making class, and a new college night with some special sports guests at a local brewery.
Wednesday, January 18
Grady Spears Rodeo Dinners at Fort Brewery
In case you missed it: chicken fried steak king Grady Spears (formerly of Horseshoe Hill Café) is making guest chef appearances at Fort Brewery in the Foundry District. Now he’s added more days and an earlier start time to coincide with the start of rodeo season. Tuck into Spears’ fork-tender chicken fried steak starting at 5:30 pm and be out by 7 pm just in for 7:30 pm rodeos at Dickies Arena. Spears is there Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights through February 3. Guests have three options: A vegetarian plate ($45) with roasted fall vegetables, candied carrots, mashed potatoes, and sauteed spinach; pepper crusted beef tenderloin ($65) with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables, or Spears’ famed chicken fried steak ($55) with cream gravy, mashed potatoes, and candied carrots. All options start with pan de campo and family-style greens to share, along with buneulos with caramelized bananas and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Australian Wine Tasting at 3 Vino Wine Bar & Bottle Shop
Travel to Australia for an evening via this Roanoke wine bar, which will host a tasting featuring wines from the seventh largest wine-producing region in the world. The $29 price include five Australian wines in a flight and an artisan cheese board. No reservations required and arrive anytime, 6-8 pm.
Thursday, January 19
Pasta Making Class at Rancho Loma Vineyards
This popular class is sure to sell out, so book your spot early. Led by the folks from Gnocchi-Dokie, the hands-on lesson will guide participants through making their own handcrafted pasta. The $40 ticket includes your finished pasta dish paired with a glass of Rancho Loma Vineyards wine. Class times are 6 pm and 8 pm.
TCU College Night at Fort Brewery & Pizza
Still licking wounds from those Georgia Bulldog bites at the National Championship? Gear up for the start of TCU Baseball season during this player meet-and-greet at Fort Brewery. There’ll be $5 beer and seltzers, pizza, and DJ music. Note that this event is for ages 21 and up and begins at 8 pm.
Friday, January 20
New Year, New World Wine Tasting at Wine Thief
Celebrate the New Year by learning about New World wines at the Omni Fort Wort Hotel’s swanky wine bar. Guests will sip on several varietals paired with small bites while hearing from a guest speaker. Reservations are $45, plus tax and gratuity, and the tasting will run from 5-7 pm.