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Weekend Chef: Big weekend at Twenty at the Tower

Posted 7:09pm on Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013

It was a big weekend for 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 surprise guest chefs were Tim Love of Woodshed Smokehouse on Sunday, and John Tesar of Spoon on Monday. My wife had bought tickets with a friend for Monday’s dinner, not knowing who the chef would be.

Actually, that is how it works. The chef's name is kept secret until the night you show up. The menu is released a day or two in advance so you can bring appropriate wine pairings (it’s BYOB), but that's it on hints. There is a list of chefs participating, so if you are a good detective you might be able to guess the chef, which is also part of the fun.

I guessed Tesar was the chef for our dinner Monday night from seeing the posted menu (it was heavy on seafood), but really had no idea Love was Sunday's chef from his menu. For example, there were no obvious listings of steaks or BBQ, plus there was Aji (now is that the fish or the sauce?) Hushpuppies on his menu. I just don’t think Tim Love when I hear hushpuppies…

So how much does it cost to play this guessing game? Tickets are $75 per person, and proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival. Gratuity not included. Seatings begins 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. I thought $75 was a steal for the number of courses Tesar served (there were three separate dessert courses). Check out pictures of some of the dishes served from both nights in the slideshow above.

The dinners continue through the end of July on Sunday and Monday (and one Tuesday). You can buy tickets here at the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival website.

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