The 7 most delicious spring culinary events for Fort Worth foodies
The food festival and fundraiser season is just around the corner, and is an opportunity to experience many of Fort Worth’s culinary talent in a practical, fun setting. Events this spring range from a cocktail contest and a whole ox roast to a four-day feeding frenzy. Many benefit good causes and make them even more delicious. Now mark your calendar.
Foodie Philanthropy 2019, February 2nd
In this innovative fundraising campaign, in which the guests are distributed in more than 30 different restaurants in the city, only a few places are left. You will receive a dinner with several courses (at least one cook promises nine to ten courses), paired with wine, beer or cocktails. The participants then meet in a secret location for an after-party with drinks and dancing. Tickets cost between $ 75 and $ 250 per person. Participating restaurants range from Bonnell’s and Shinjuku Station to Piattello and Joe T. Garcia. The proceeds this year will benefit the Hope Center 4 Autism.
ABLAZE: igniting passion for a cure, March 22
Chef Lou Lambert and friends will be running a live fire pit to roast a whole ox on this al fresco dining experience. The Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser takes place at the Whiskey Ranch and includes food, wine, craft beer and of course whiskey. Lambert’s participating friends include Juan Rodriguez of Magdalena, Stefon Rishel (formerly of Max’s Wine Dive) and Terry Chandler of Fred’s Texas Café. Tickets are priced at $ 350 per person and will go on sale in early March. Sponsorships – some of which include an intimate Thursday night pre-party – start at $ 2,500 and are available now.
Fort Worth Food + Wine FestivalApril 4th to 7th
New year, new place, new events. Most of the four-day Smorgasbord takes place under the stars (and some tents) in the heart of the ranch in Clearfork. Proceeds from the festival will go towards raising funds for local scholarship programs and culinary grants. VIP passes are available. Here is this year’s series of events:
The lenient affair begins April 4th with tacos + tequila ($ 50). The long lines of last year will be alleviated this year by more than double the number of participating chefs and restaurants.
The Main Event ($ 125) on April 5 features wines from around the world, craft beers and spirits, and hearty bites from dozens of the best chefs in North Texas.
Desserts After Dark ($ 60) is back at the Whiskey Ranch on April 5, with 16 pastry chefs and 14 mixologists sharing their sweet things as guests dance the night away.
New this year is the $ 75 Culinary Corral in the heart of the Clearfork Ranch, held on April 6 during brunch hours. Admission includes access to the tasting tent, the beer garden and the “Korkhof” as well as to a handicraft market with live music all day.
The festival continues that evening at Burgers, Blues + Blues ($ 70), when 13 chefs take part in a burger battle with craft beer from all over Texas.
Sunday’s new grand finale – Ring of Fire: A Next-Level Cookout ($ 65) – brings together 22 chefs to grill, roast, and grill anything from exotic meats to pizza over living fire .
Barrett Havran Memorial Great Taste of Fort Worth7th of April
It’s 40th Anniversary of that Cowtown-chic Sunday night affair that brings together a long list of Fort Worth restaurants and chefs to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Gloria Starling from The Capital Grille, Juan Rodriguez from Magdalena’s and Chester Cox from Kent & Co. Wines are back as chairs for this year’s tasting which will be held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Live music, fine wine, and an almost endless selection of decadent bites are all included on the $ 125 ticket. Arrive early for a VIP wine tasting for an additional $ 75.
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, April 25th
The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are an annual celebration of talent in the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant and bar community, selected by their peers. It sheds light on the people who make the region’s restaurant scene special and recognizes their innovation, energy and creativity. In March and April we will present all DFW nominees in a special editorial series. Then join us on April 25th at the Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas for a glamorous tasting and award ceremony, where we will celebrate the nominees and announce the winners. Guests can chat to some of the city’s best culinary talents and foodies. Further details and ticket information will follow shortly.
Crafts: Remedies, Community, Cocktails26th of April
Local bartenders will shake up their best libations for this cocktail competition with a variety of local spirits including TX whiskey, Blk Eye Vodka, and gin from Acre Distilling. Guests can select the winning cocktail while they visit a speakeasy-themed Mopac center and sample heavy appetizers (Chef John Tesar’s Knife Burger will be on-site). Tickets start at $ 125 and the event will benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in North Texas.
Empty bowls, 1st of May
Later in the warmer month of May this year, the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s fundraising campaign promises “bowl-friendly food”, not just soup. Attendees will receive hefty samples from more than 40 local restaurants during the popular lunchtime event, as well as a souvenir bowl handcrafted by North Texas artisans. (Arrive early to get your first dibs.) Details for this year are still in the works, but wide-ranging participants from last year included Grace, Fred’s Texas Cafe, Paris Coffee Shop, and Reata. Tickets are not on sale yet.