The Taste of Parker County has grown with Weatherford.
Four years after a counter-service Tex-Mex chain won “best in show” at the event, the 2013 version Thursday will include 15 restaurants ranging from a choice steakhouse to fine dining and seafood.
For $35 — $40 at the door — diners can sample dishes from the Wild Mushroom Steakhouse, Copper Creek Restaurant, Boo-Rays of New Orleans, Fish Creek Restaurant, Yesterdays and more.
“So many people have moved out here, and more come to visit,” said Jerrett Joslin, who operated downtown Fort Worth restaurants before opening the Wild Mushroom in Weatherford, horse ranch country.
“We get local folks, and then we get world travelers and corporate executives. They come every month from New York or Los Angeles to see their horse.”
The Wild Mushroom will serve familiar favorites, he said: macaroni and cheese, creamy jalapeño soup, maybe a prime rib or another entree.
At the first Taste, Joslin’s restaurant wasn’t even open yet.
“We were cooking in a turkey fryer and serving mac and cheese off a Coleman grill,” he said with a laugh.
The Taste is a fundraiser for the Weatherford College capital campaign.
Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse clubhouse, 2251 Mineral Wells Highway, tasteofparkercounty.com.
The Mushroom is open weeknights and Saturdays for dinner, and also Thursdays and Fridays for lunch at 1917 Martin Drive; 817-599-4935, thewildmushroomrestaurant.com.
A dive with champagne?
Max’s Wine Dive sounds perfect for Fort Worth.
In a city known for dives, Max’s will bring a menu featuring fried chicken and champagne.
The Houston-based restaurant will open a Fort Worth location this summer in the So7 shops, on West Seventh Street in front of Barcadia.
Yes, they know the bridge is closed.
“We’re just trying to get open whenever we can, and not worry,” said Max’s spokesman Jonathan Horowitz.
Max’s, known for fried chicken and burgers but also a Sunday brunch, chef’s menu and a long wine list, was started by airline pilot Jerry Lasco and patterned after a favorite dive bar in Newark, N.J.
The Lascos hope for a mid-August opening at 2421 W. Seventh St., a block west of Chuy’s.
The Dallas location is open for dinner-only Mondays through Thursdays, for lunch and dinner Fridays through Sundays at 3600 McKinney Ave., 214-559-3483, maxswinedive.com.