It ainâ€™t just for boots and broncos anymore, Fort Worthâ€™s ramping up now for its first annual Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, March 27-30, 2014. The four-day event promises to â€œinfuse historic venues and homegrown flavor with celebrated local chefs, culinary professionals and winemakers into one taste-filled weekendâ€ for everyoneâ€™s taste at every price level. Proceeds from the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival benefits the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, a 501(c)3 (pending) non-profit organization.
Kick-Off Party â€” Thursday, March 27
Billy Bobâ€™s Texas at 250 Rodeo Plaza
7-9 PM / $65
Twelve of Fort Worthâ€™s finest chefs will prepare tastings paired with Texas-made craft beers, wines and spirits. Participating chefs include: Jon Bonnell (Bonnellâ€™s and Waters), Terry Chandler (Fredâ€™s), Keith Hicks (Buttonâ€™s), Mark Hitri (Billy Bobâ€™s), Lanny Lancarte (Lannyâ€™s), Tim Love (Lonesome Dove), Molly McCook (Ellerbe), Dena Peterson (CafÃ© Modern), Juan Rodriguez (Reata), Blaine Staniford (Grace), Michael Thomson (Michaelâ€™s) and Donatella Trotti (Nonna Tata). Guests will also enjoy live music by Stoney LaRue.
Grand Tasting â€” Friday, March 28
Renaissance Worthington Hotel at 200 Main Street
7-11 PM / $125
A tasting event as big as Texas, showcasing wineries, craft breweries and distilleriesâ€”including Fort Worth favorites, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. and Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., who will both host a loungeâ€”along with many of the most well-known area chefs, restaurateurs and food artisans. A few guest chefs include: John Tesar of Spoon, Tom Perini of Perini Ranch Steakhouse and Matt McCallister of FT33.
Culinary Plaza in Sundance Square — Saturday, March 29
Sundance Square Pavilion, 420 Main Street
10 AM – 5 PM / FREE â€“ All ages welcome!
10â€“10:45 AM Â Â Â Â Chef Lou Lambert, author of â€œBig City Ranchâ€ cookbook preparing Mint Roast Lamb
11â€“11:45 AM Â Â Â Â Chef John Tesar from Spoon Bar & Kitchen preparing Seared Braised Beef Tongue, Salsa Verde, Arugula & Caramelized Onions
12â€“12:45 PM Â Â Â Â Chef Donatella Trotti from Nonna Tota preparing Tagliolini with
Creamed Leeks Shrimp
1â€“1:45 PMÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chef Andrew Dilda from Barter Restaurant preparing Breakfast Sausage
2â€“2:45 PM Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chef Blaine Staniford from Grace / Little Red Wasp preparing Chorizo Stuffed Dates
3â€“3:45 PM Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chef David McMillan from Bird CafÃ© preparing Sabzi Khordan
4-4:45 PM Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chef Marcus Paslay from Clay Pigeon preparing Pasta Carbonara with Fresh Pasta
5â€“5:45 PM Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chef Molly McCook from Ellerbe Fine Foods preparing SautÃ©ed Louisiana Gulf Shrimp & Kale
Tastes Of the World, An Epicurean Stroll Through The Arts â€” Saturday, March 29
Bass Performance Hall at 555 Commerce Street
11 AM -2 PM / $500
Fine art lovers will experience the performing arts paired with exquisite cuisine and rare wines. Guests will enjoy a progressive lunch on the renowned Bass Performance Hall stage. Each course will be paired with a unique performance by the best talents in the city. Only 150 seats are available for this exclusive event.Â
Museums & Mimosas at The Modern Â — Â Saturday, March 29
The Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell Street
12 – 1 PM
*Exclusively for Festival Package Ticket Holders
Please join The Modern Art Museum for â€œMuseums and Mimosas.â€ Enjoy a short introduction to the wonderful David Bates exhibition at noon, followed by mimosas and “brunch bites” on the lobby terrace until 1 p.m. This is a great way to enjoy a masterpiece, sip a refreshing mimosa and meet other people who share your passion for art and food. This event is exclusively for those who purchased the full festival package.
Burgers, Brews + Blues â€” Saturday, March 29
Edwards Ranch/Heart of the Ranch at 500 Clearfork Main Street
6-9 PM / $60 or $75 (VIP â€“ begins at 5 PM)
Enjoy a trio of all-American classics, as 26 craft breweries (including Fort Worth favorites like Rahr & Sons and Martin House) and 13 restaurants (including Fredâ€™s, Tommyâ€™s, Dutchâ€™sâ€”to name a few) offer beer and sliders, accompanied by live blues bands. VIP admission includes reserved seating and early entrance.
Sip + Savor â€” Saturday March 29, 2014 and Sunday, March 30
Renaissance Worthington Hotel at 200 Main Street
11 AM – 2 PM / $75 per day
On Saturday and Sunday, food & wine lovers will enjoy various wines, craft beers and spirits, as well as small bites from Fort Worthâ€™s hottest new restaurants. Itâ€™s a great opportunity to meet and learn from the areaâ€™s most celebrated culinary experts.
â€œMeals On Wheelsâ€ For Meals On Wheels, Inc. â€” Sunday, March 30
Coyote Drive-In at 223 NE 4th Street
3-5 PM / $50
A variety of tastes will be served by a dozen of North Texasâ€™ famed food trucks, such as: Taco Heads, Daddy Bobâ€™s Smokewagon and Salsa Limon. Live music, as well as chuck wagons (the original food trucks), will serve as entertainment. The event benefits Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Greater Tarrant County.
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