This Week in Gluttony
These are the 11 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week
Events are back in full swing as evidenced by this week’s lengthy list. Start the week with a burger special, a brand new happy hour, and a Greek wine tasting. Then make plans for two tequila tastings (one with a female country music legend); an Indian-inspired afternoon tea; and a dinner celebrating the Lunar New Year of the dragon. Save room for bubbles and brunch at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo by week’s end.
Tuesday, January 23
Hen Burger Special at Fred’s
It’s the last week to get this month’s over-the-top burger special at Fred’s Texas Café. The Hen Burger features an Angus patty topped with smoked ham, sugar-cured bacon, American cheese, a fried egg, and Fred’s signature Chuckwagon-inspired “hen butter.” The ensemble is $17 and comes with hand-cut fries, available at Fred’s Camp Bowie Blvd. location and Fred’s North on Western Center Blvd.
Greek Wine Tasting at The Fitzgerald
The tasting includes four Greek wines paired with four light bites, including recipe cards and discounts on retail wine purchases. Price is $35 and the tasting begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, January 25
Rockfish 26th Anniversary Party
Dallas-based seafood chain will celebrate its 26th anniversary with specials January 25–28, including $3.26 cups of gumbo, $6.26 shrimp, cheese, jalapeno and bacon “Bombs,” $2.26 jalapeno hush puppies, $4 domestic beers, and $6 Day at the Lake cocktails made with coconut rum, amaretto, orange juice, and grenadine. Rockfish has locations in Arlington, Frisco, Lewisville, McKinney, Richardson, and Southlake.
Meet the Maker: La Pulga at Toro Toro
Visit the Latin-inspired restaurant inside Renaissance Worthington Hotel for a complimentary tasting of Fort Worth-backed La Pulga tequila. Open to both hotel guests and locals alike, the tasting will take place from 5–7 pm. Bonus: valet is free to Toro Toro guests.
Cosa Salvaje Tequila Tasting with Tanya Tucker at Joe T. Garcia’s
Country music icon Tanya Tucker has her own line of tequila (including a pink-hued plata) and she’ll visit the Tex-Mex institution to meet fans and share some samples. Line up early for the exclusive chance to try Cosa Salvaje tequila and mingle with Tucker herself. The event will run from 6–7:30 pm.
Dinner with The Wine Wrangler at Hot Box Biscuit Club
Local wine guru JR Clark, otherwise known as The Wine Wrangler, will visit Hot Box Biscuit Club for a rodeo-inspired wine pairing dinner. Standout menu items include a fried crawfish topped deviled egg, roasted poblano and garlic soup, and seared hangar steak with TX Whiskey Cowboy Butter. The dinner is $65 and begins at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, January 27
Winter Fest 2024 at Martin House Brewing Company
The annual event will have an '80s theme this year, so break out the brightly-colored ski gear. Martin House will host comedian Joseph Rosenzweig for a family-friendly set from 2–2:45 pm, and there’ll be an '80s cover band, grub by gastrovan Barley, fire pits, hot chocolate for the kids, and around 45 beers and seltzers available for sipping. The $20 ticket cost covers four beers and a souvenir pint glass, and the event will run from 12–5 pm.
Hosted by the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation and set to take place at Whiskey Ranch, this multi-course dinner will unite three James Beard recognized chefs: Tom Perini of Perini Ranch, Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie in Austin, and Rodrigo Cardenas of Don Artemio. Menu highlights include prime rib-wrapped Peking duck, blue corn fried masa with beans and chicharron, and sourdough bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Dinner will conclude with a chef panel discussion led by Patricia Sharpe of Texas Monthly magazine. The event is $250, which includes paired cocktails by TX Whiskey and La Pulga Spirits, and begins at 6:30 pm.
Sunday, January 28
Bubbles & Bites Brunch at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
The perfect precursor to a Sunday matinee rodeo is brunch with bubbly. The fifth annual event, to be held on the rodeo grounds, will feature bites from more than a dozen local chefs and restaurants and various wines for sampling. Participating restaurants include Don Artemio, JD’s Hamburgers, Joe T. Garcia’s, Magdelena’s, il Modo, Roy Pope Grocery, and more. Tickets are $65 and the event will run from 11 am–1:30 pm.
Indian Inspired Afternoon Tea at Indulge
Warm up with a sweet and savory Sunday tea party influenced by Indian flavors at the downtown culinary studio. Menu items will include chicken puff patties, Bombay sandwiches with cilantro-mint chutney, crunchy chaat cups, scones with clotted cream and jam, and sweets like Indian shortbread and cashew fudge to sip with black, herbal, and masala chai tea. Tickets are $65 and the tea begins at 2 pm.
Monday, January 29
Lunar New Year Dinner at Hao’s Grocery & Café
This communal dinner will celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional Chinese dishes, include hot and sour soup, pork dumplings, mapo tofu, char siu barbecue pork, cherry garlic sticky ribs, vegetable chow mein, and orange chicken. Dinner is $50 (BYOB) and begins at 6 pm.