One of the warmest food festivals is also one of the toughest tickets.
Empty Bowls is a soups-and-stews charity tasting event next Thursday. It features more than 30 restaurants serving everything from bisque to cookies, all as a lunchtime benefit for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
The catch: You have to plan ahead. Ticket sales end Monday, and the event regularly sells out.
It features 2,500 bowls hand-painted by local artists, but the real star is the selection of soups and stews, some from white-tablecloth restaurants.
The list of new entries this year includes the downtown steakhouse Capital Grille, serving steak soup with roasted pepper and bean salad, along with Eddie V's Prime Seafood.
Also new: tortellini soup from Aventino's, Rodeo Goat's brisket chili and Billy Bob's Texas' Club 80 oyster bisque.
Returning features include Blue Mesa Grill's Painted Desert soup, and more chili from both Bob's Steak & Chop House and Riscky's Barbeque.
The Wild Mushroom Steak House from Weatherford will serve a roasted tomato-basil soup with serrano ham, and Cast Iron at the Omni hotel will serve chicken chipotle chowder.
Desserts include pies by the Paris Coffee Shop, McKinley's Fine Bakery & Cafe cookies and Schlotzsky's Cinnabon Minibons.
It's 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Tickets cost $45 at tafb.org, the Tarrant Area Food Bank's Facebook page or at 817-332-9177, extension 137.
More Easter offerings :
Six10 Grille at the Ashton Hotel offers dishes such as smoked ham with ginger-cherry glaze ($22), a lobster omelet ($18) and a bacon-wrapped filet with a crabcake ($30); 610 Main St., 817-332-0100, theashtonhotel.com.
Café Modern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has a spring brunch menu featuring pineapple upside-down pancakes, a bacon-potato frittata and beef bourguignon potpie ($13-$15.75), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 817-840-2157, 3200 Darnell St., themodern.org/cafe.
FnG Eats in Keller, newly named to an Urbanspoon list of America's top 200 new bar-and-grills, will have a full brunch menu Easter, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 201 Town Center Blvd., 817-741-5200, fngeats.com.
Waters, chef Jon Bonnell's newest, will open for dinner next weekend and serve Easter brunch, then reopen Tuesday for regular hours; 2901 Crockett St., 817-984-1110.
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