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The dish on pop-up dinner series Twenty at the Tower

Posted 9:21am on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013

Fort Worth is in the midst of a pop-up feeding frenzy. If you’re a DFW foodie, you’ve likely already heard about Twenty at the Tower, a series of pop-up dinners this June and July featuring local chefs and benefiting the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival.

The events, which began June 2 with dinners prepared by Blaine Staniford, executive chef at Grace, are cloaked in a cool mystique. Though we know which chefs are participating — the likes of Kevin Martinez (Tokyo Cafe), Juan Rodriguez (Reata) and Dallas’ John Tesar (Spoon) — we’re not supposed to know which chefs are cooking on which night.

Chefs who’ve cooked as of June 11 are Staniford, Graham Dodds (Central 214), Jon Bonnell (Waters), Gwin Grimes (Artisan Baking Co.), Todd Williamson (Capital Grille) and Michael Thomson (Michael’s).

The series continues through the end of July; most dinners take place Sunday and Monday nights, but there will be a couple of Tuesday dinners to round things up to 20 (check out the calendar that you can find by clicking on the Twenty at the Tower logo on the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival website). Most dinners will have a different chef on Sunday, Monday and the occasional Tuesday nights.

And a note for vegetarians: Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival co-founder Russell Kirkpatrick (of Reata) says that the July 15 dinner will be vegetable-influenced.

Dinners are $75 a person; proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival. Seatings begin at 7 p.m., with a 6:30 pre-dinner reception, at the old Tower restaurant at the corner of Fourth and Taylor streets in downtown Fort Worth.

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