Alice In Wonderland To The Max

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by Andrew Chalk

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Last Thursday, it was Max’s Wine Dive located in Fort Worth’s buzzing West 7th Street area. The restaurant hosted one of the most macabre dining events I have been to anywhere in the area: a 12-course Alice In Wonderland themed dinner with matching wines. The event, apparently a creative joint venture between GM Chad Wherry, execuchef Stefon Rishel and, from corporate, Alex Bell the Max’s chain “Creative Content Manager” (as well as being involved with wine buying).

Staff dressed up as characters from the book with Alex Bell as the Mad Hatter who proceeded to punctuate gaps between courses with a rhyming dialog that he had memorized (!) based loosely around the food and the book. 

Guests got into the occasion too with many dressed up as characters or just with bizarre outfits. Small wonder that the restaurant was closed off for the event which sold out. Max’s is considering more similarly whacko events and advise Crave to expect one in Dallas. To hear about it, sign up to Max’s mailing list on the web site.

The Wonderland Menu

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Chapter 1: Down the Rabbit HoleRabbit Roulade, Rabbit Mousse, Parsley Gelee, Carrot “Dirt”

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Chapter 2: Pool of TearsMelon Encompassed, Tomato Consommé

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Chapter 3: The Caucus RaceDuo of Oxtail and Pigtail, Pearl Onions, Combined Reduction

Curiouser and curiouser!” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Chapter 4: The Rabbit Sends a Little BillSavory Petit Four, Crispy Painted Shell

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Chapter 5: Advice from the CaterpillarSmoked Mushroom, Herb Salad

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Chapter 6: Pig and PepperPeppered Pork Tenderloin, Cherry Gastrique

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Chapter 7: Mad Tea PartyTea-Smoked Duck Tea Sandwich

Chapter 8: Queens Croquet Grounds Salmon Croquettes, Dill Aioli

Chapter 9: The Mock Turtle  – Confit Chicken Thigh, “Turtle” Stew

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Chapter 10: The Lobster QuadrilleLobster Bisque, Sherry Syrup

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Chapter 11: Who Stole the Tarts?Mini Fried Pies

Chapter 12: Alice’s EvidenceAnimal Crackers with Confectioner’s Icing

 

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