Winter Getaway - Cactus Grill, Red Caboose & Whipple Truss Bridge, Meridian, TX, Saturday, January 13, 9:45am (ice date January 20).

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Time to leave the house.  Join us for a country drive to Meridian, lunch at the highly-rated Cactus Grill Restaurant, wine-tasting at the also highly-rated Red Caboose tasting room, and a visit to the 1884 Whipple Truss Bridge (weather and construction permitting).  The Cactus Grill has a variety of excellent selections and was featured in Texas Highways Magazine.  It is a surprising find in little Meridian.  We will order from a group menu (see below).  After lunch, we will do a tasting of 6 wines at the Red Caboose tasting room in nearby Clifton, and have an opportunity to purchase some of their highly-regarded wines.  After the tasting, we will take a short hop to the Whipple Truss Bridge, weather and construction permitting.  Named after its designer, this historic single-lane bridge was built in 1884 (before cars were invented) and is one of the few remaining bridges of its type in Texas.  The event fee of $30 per member ($40 per nonmember) includes both the lunch (tax & tip included) and the 6-wine tasting.  See below to pay.

NOTE:  The Cactus Grill is a small establishment.  The only staff is Raul the chef, and Veronica & Mario the servers.  Please expect some wait time for your food as we anticipate a large group, and everything will be prepared fresh only after you order.  You may BYOB and pay corkage of $4.50 for 4 persons (Not included in the event fee.  Share the fee with your fellow members).  We suggest you have a good breakfast before the event.  Our group menu is below.

When:  Saturday, January 13, 9:45am. 

Meeting Place:  At 9:45am (come earlier if you wish to have breakfast), we will meet for a briefing at Starbucks, 4849 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, TX, just south of I-20, (817) 263-7070 ‎(see map below).  It is located in the shopping area to the right of the Chase bank.  We will depart immediately after the briefing.

Group Menu:
1) House Salad with choice of dressing.
2) Choice of:
    Baja Fish Tacos - on flour tortillas, lettuce, tomato, cilantro jalapeno tartar sauce, and french fries.

    Chicken Fried Steak - mashed potatoes, vegetables, cream gravy
    Fried Catfish - cilantro-jalapeno tartar sauce, french fries, cole slaw
    Grilled Black Angus Cheeseburger - cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, mustard, and french fries.
    Chicken Salad Sandwich - chicken breast with apple, celery, grape and mayo dressing on wheat with lettuce and tomato.  Choice of chips, fries or cup of soup.
3) Tea, soda or coffee.

Signup and Fees:

We will charge an event fee of $30 per person for each MBCA member and their immediate family members. Non-members are welcome, and will be charged $40 each. The event fee will cover lunch, tax and tip at the Cactus Grill and the wine-tasting fee at the Red Caboose.  Also, you may BYOB to the Cactus Grill if you wish to enjoy your favorite libation with lunch. Corkage is $4.50 per 4 persons.

Important:  Please register as soon as possible so we can provide a good headcount to the venues we will visit.  We will need to apprise the facilities of our headcount as we go, and there is a possibility that we will need to limit our attendance if we have too big of a group.  First come, first served.  Also, the Chisholm Trail Parkway will be part of our route.  Please expect to be billed for tolls.

1) To pay online using your credit card:

You can pay for this event with your credit card via PayPal.  Your online payment serves as your registration.  You do not need a PayPal Account to do so. If you have a mix of members and non-members attending, use the drop-down menu below to select "MBCA Member", then click the "Add to Cart" button. From the PayPal screen, click "Continue Shopping". Then, use the drop-down menu below to select "Non-Member", then click "Add to Cart" . After you are done, click "Proceed to Checkout" from the PayPal screen. Please ensure the quantities for members and non-members reflect the number of attendees in your party.

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2) To pay with a check:
Please register and send your event fee as soon as possible so we can provide a good headcount to the venues we will visit. Make your check out to MBCA and send to DJ de Jesus, 4159 Charron Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76116. To book your spot,
click to email DJ de Jesus or call him at (817) 319-3033.

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