These are the 7 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

There will be many ways to escape (at least mentally) this week. Jet set in France during a dinner or a tasting of French wines. Or pretend you’re on the beaches of Mexico during one of two National Tequila Day celebrations. Or just find respite from the heat with a refreshing glass of iced tea, which will be free at a chain sandwich shop this week.

Wednesday July 20

One Night in Paris: French Wine Tasting at Chef Point Restaurant & Bar
Escape to Paris via Watauga during this French wine tasting hosted by Chef Franson Nwaeze at Chef Point Restaurant & Bar. Featured dishes include escargot, smoked duck breast, grilled lamb skewers and duck confit. Reservations are $78 and include tax and gratuity. Dinner starts at 6.30pm and will also take place at Chef Point’s Colleyville place on Thursday at the same time.

Thursday July 21

Free tea day at McAlister’s Deli
Weather this hot calls for a cold drink, and McAlister’s Deli will answer with free iced tea. Visit any location for any variety of the sandwich chain’s crisp tea, which is infused with orange pekoe black tea leaves. Options include sweet, unsweetened, half-and-half, half-tea-half-lemonade, or tea with flavored shots. Limit one tea per person in store and four teas per order through the McAlister’s Deli website or app.

friday july 22

Southern Rhone Summer Wine Tasting at Mason & Dixie
Grapevine’s Southern-inspired restaurant will go European with a tasting of French wines. Guests will enjoy four wines accompanied by four dishes highlighting the flavors of the southern Rhône. Tickets are $49 and the tasting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday July 23

Riscky’s BBQ 16th Annual Rib-Eating Competition
The 95-year-old Fort Worth barbecue institution will hold its annual rib-eating contest at its Stockyards Station location. The first 30 participants to register on the day of the event will have 60 seconds to eat as many prime ribs as possible. Then the top qualifiers will advance to the next round, where prizes will be valued at $100 for third place, $250 for second place, and $500 for first place. There is a $5 entry fee and the contest will begin at 11 a.m.

National Tequila Day at River East Station
Race Street’s popular live music destination invites customers to celebrate tequila on Saturdays with all-day specials. Go for flight deals on $5 margaritas, tequila and mezcal; $3 Bloody Marias; and $6 bowls of pozole. Free live music will also entertain throughout the day. The post office opens at 11 a.m.

Sunday July 24

Half Price Tequila in El Chingon for National Tequila Day
For one day only and only until 5 p.m., the half-Mexican half-bar restaurant El Chingon will offer its selection of tequilas and mezcals at half price, bottles and shots included. Start the day early with a brunch of classic dishes like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. El Chingon opens at 11am.

Make your own wood-fired pizza at Pizza Verde
The plant-based pizzeria will teach attendees how to make vegan, wood-fired pizza. The course includes applications and a glass of prosecco, as well as an ingredient bag with dough, homemade mozzarella and a sauce recipe for making pizza at home. Tickets are $60 per person and class begins at 5:30 p.m.

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