Freda Ballas sends the new schedule for the Dallas Farmers Market Chef’s Cooking Class series sponsored by The AIWF and the Dallas Farmers Market Friends. Jump for the full schedule and details. Great line-up. Go.
Hooray! Now we don’t have to wait for dinner to get that famous mushroom soup. Friday lunch service at The Grape starts this Friday, October 3, from 11:30 am-2 pm. Other goodies promised by chef-owner Brian Luscher: a “killer cheeseburger” (I think more information is required here), moules frites, cascabel and cerveza chopped pork sandwich, and buttermilk-battered chicken. Thank goodness fall and winter clothing is a bit more forgiving, because I’ve gained 10 pounds just writing about it. (Oh, wait. I think I gained 10 pounds eating lobster rolls this past weekend.)6 Comments »
The excitement surrounding the pie contest at Northaven Gardens is heating up. Our pie chick, Nikki, was overwhelmed with calls so she had to create an official word doc for registration. (Who knew SideDish was such a powerful force in the world of pie?) Anywhoo, think you’ve got a recipe that will take first prize? Download this and send it to Nikki. Contest at NHG on November 15: Be there, be square. Eat pie.1 Comment »
Dishers, Texas Wine Month starts tomorrow. And Lisa, one of our loyal readers, is so excited about it she wants to offer up some suggestions. So without further ado, here is our Texas Wine Chick, Lisa:
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As Miss Nancy first reported here , October is Texas Wine Month. At the stroke of midnight tonight, happy girls and boys throughout the city will sing “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, while corks pop and wine flows into goblets and flutes and tumblers, everyone taking a celebratory sip to ring in the happiest month of the year–well, maybe that’ll just be at my house.
You see, I’m a huge fan of Texas wine. First and foremost, I love it because it’s good. And in many cases, it’s great. Texas wines are winning awards left and right, and our state’s wine industry is in the midst of quite a boom. Lone Star wine is also local – yet another reason to fall in love. When you choose Texan, you’re supporting a Texas business, a Texas farm, or both. I mean, I like a good farm stand as much as the next gal, but a basket of veggies doesn’t get me half as excited as a great bottle of wine.
So, to celebrate October, I’ve listed four excellent Texas selections below. All are readily available in Dallas, and all will run you less than $20. If you’re into adding noisemakers, streamers or fireworks to the celebration, you’re on your own. Continue reading "Texas Wine Report From The Texas Wine Chick"
This information probably would have been helpful for thirsty people yesterday. My apologies. But plan on going next Monday night to Hotel ZaZa‘s Dragonfly bar for half-priced bottles of wine. They’ve got a special list of whites and reds from France, Italy, Cali, etc. that they’re offering for cheap-o (or at least, cheaper) on Monday nights. While you’re at it, try some of the calamari salad too.
This Friday, the VP nominee is going to be eating at a $1,000 a plate luncheon at The Fairmont. I wonder if they’re going to serve baked Alaska. Oh, I’ve got a million of these. (Hi, Grumpy!)
If she wants the best, she should try the one at Oceanaire.22 Comments »
Out of all the tequila joints in the Southwest, the judges for the Sante Awards picked Dallas’ Blue Mesa Grill as numero uno. Surprised? Not me. They offer at least 100 (I quit counting at 40) tequilas and each month they feature a well-known tequila or one from a boutique distillery. Owners Jim and Liz “Baroness” Baron (left) are also dedicated locavores: starting in 2009, the fresh fruit for all of their cocktails will be sourced from Texas farms. Oh, did I forget to mention the complimentary quesadilla bar they feature during happy hours? Good times, we love free food.
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Chef Joanne Bondy (Old Hickory Steakhouse) once said, “Old McDonald had a farm, not a drive through.” And each year she takes time out of her busy schedule to volunteer for the AIWF’s Days of Taste program at the Dallas Farmers Market. For 8 days chefs, foodies, nutrition experts, farmers and growers join together to teach children about eating. So get off your couch and teach a kid how to bake a potato. Details on how to volunteer are below. In the meantime, Miss Amy has written a poem.
A few weeks ago, Chef Jason Boso (Twisted Root Burger Company and Cowboy Chow) was driving his Vespa scooter when he was hit by a Hummer trying to turn in front of him. Yow. Zah. He has been in the hospital for three weeks and is still in and out of ICU. A good friend of Boso’s sends this note to the Dish Nation:
He is sick about being away from the restaurants, but thankfully he has talented managers who are keeping the restaurants running smoothly! I’d love to see some of his fans run out to the Root or Cowboy Chow over the next few days to show their support (maybe even leave him a note). I’m sure that would help his spirits immensely.
Nation, I think that is doable. Head to Deep Ellum and grab a burger at Root or a brisket grilled cheese at Cowboy Chow and help this chef. Boso doesn’t want the hospital revealed, so leave your greetings in the comments below. Three weeks in a hospital is a long time. Let’s cheer this guy up. Eat. Drink. Save a chef.
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Well, we slept like babies on the first night–probably enhanced by the complimentary Mighty Leaf chamomile tea in the White Barn Inn lobby–so we were ready to feed the belly come daylight. After a buffet breakfast–fruit bowl, quiche, and a bread basket filled with everything from croissants to cherry almond muffins–we hit the streets of Kennebunkport. First stop: Breakwater Spa, where I darn near snoozed (that’s a good thing) through an Ultra Luxe Facial. I awoke to hunger pains, so it didn’t take long for us to stumble into Old Salt’s Pantry, in the main square. Actually, we stumbled into Old Salt’s Gifts first, where Barbara insisted we go see her son next door at the deli–after we bought a few fall foliage postcards by local photographer J. Colby. And, determined to find a lobster roll worthy of famous status, we obliged. Son John was a charmer, cooking up grilled cheese–white American cheese on white bread, thank you very much–and a lobster roll that kicked the arse of the lobster roll from the night before. (And it was a buck cheaper.) This time the sweet meat was the star; the mayo was only a condiment, the way God intended. Together with a bag of salt and vinegar Lay’s potato chips, it goes down as one of the best lunches in my travel history.4 Comments »
So here I am in Kennebunkport, Maine, where we narrowly escaped Hurricane Kyle. (Apparently it swung east. Hooray!) Did this stop us from enjoying ourselves? Of course not–because there were lobster rolls to be had. We drove in from Boston–we had this big idea to take in the fall foliage along the way, which turned out to be a bad idea because it was dark and raining and we couldn’t see the foliage, anyway–and we got lost heading to White Barn Inn, where we are staying. (We asked for directions four times and finally made it.) Friday night we stopped at Alisson’s Restaurant, where there is a famous lobster roll, apparently. And, because I knew I was coming to New England, I had been fantasizing about lobster rolls for a week. To start I had a special: cheeseburger soup, which was kinda like queso (nice!), all spicy and loaded with ground beef. The “famous” lobster roll was stuffed full of sweet meat, doused with mayo, and served with too-sweet coleslaw and pickle chips. It was mighty tasty, but I wasn’t convinced it deserved its famous billing. I washed it all down with Sam Adams Oktoberfest–then slept like a baby at the White Barn. Although it started off a little rough, the day ended up a-okay. Funny what a little lobster and beer can do.1 Comment »
Executive Chef John Tesar is back in Dallas after a few weeks of traveling Europe for inspiration (poor guy) and invited the media to the Mansion last night to see what he found. Needless to say, the ink-stained wretches didn’t class up the joint (note to gents: jackets are still required in the Chef’s Room), but the food was pretty outstanding. My guest and I opted for the six-course chef’s tasting menu and the seafood tasting menu, respectively. Jump for the details. Continue reading "The Chef’s Room is Back. You Should Skip Lunch."3 Comments »
Okay, so you do have to pay to get into the Fair. But we know you were planning on going at some point. Why not hit it up Monday, October 6, around 2:30pm? Walk past the fried everythings that you know won’t taste good anyway, and head to the Creative Arts Building, where chef Jeff Moschetti and pastry chef Rafael Torano (left) from the Warwick Melrose Landmark Restaurant will be doing a cupcake-making demo. But these aren’t just any old cupcakes. They’re called “Adult Cupcakes,” and they’re made with Guinness Stout chocolate cake, vanilla gelato, chocolate mousse, chocolate sauce, a cherry and powdered sugar. And yes, the chefs will be giving out free cupcake samples.1 Comment »
OK, I have three e-mails telling me that Casey Thompson is moving to San Francisco. Their source? Casey’s Facebook page. Not linking to it cuz I think that is sleazy and something that only Tim Rogers would do. (He copped that photo from said page.) That said, in the world of media reporting, three of any one thing makes it a trend. Or, in this case, a semi-fact worth semi-reporting which is somewhere in the definition of the word “blog.” So I texted, e-mailed, and called Casey. CF? Wassup, chica. Spill it.
UPDATE: It’s official. Casey is packing up and moving to SF next week.10 Comments »
Hey people, a little blue bird with molting feathers tells me Cedar Hill is getting an “urban development” called a “village.” That should make you hungry. Anywhoo, it’s “some where down there” on Belt Line and it’s called Uptown Village. So far they have Matt’s Rancho Martinez and a Razzoo’s, not to mention a Maui Wowi smoothie place. Coming in November? A third location of Patrizio’s. Is this a great city or what? Thanks, Honey Bun. You’re always 101 pounds of fun.
Yesterday, Eats Blog contributor Joyce Saenz Harris Beyond Stuff and More wrote that her three-syllable-named colleague Sheryl Jean reported that the leasing team of CB Richard, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2007 revenue), announced that Stephan “With-An-A”‘ Pyles, one of Dallas’ premier chefs, is opening a new restaurant called Samar. This is a curious development in the restaurant business–commercial real estate people announcing restaurant openings without including the restaurant-covering media. Guess they need all the good news they can get these days.
(photography by Kevin Hunter “Gatherer Miss” Marple)
I’m not taking anything away from these folks–I’m happy to see Pyles stimulating the downtown economy and appetites. I guess I just craved a little bit more information about the soul of the place. Like maybe something about the food? Oh wait, it says right here: “International Tapas menu with views of downtown skyscrapers.” Jump for hard news. (Grammar police, be damned.) Continue reading "Thanks to Chef Stephan Pyles, 2100 Ross has 92% Occupancy and Synergies with Arts District"8 Comments »
I know, I know, I can hear you reading this. You’re tired of sea bass–it has become the new chicken of the sea. There may be two restaurants in Dallas that don’t serve it. However, lots of you like a good piece of bass and some of you even like to cook it. So it is my duty to tell you that the good folks, and they really are, at TJ’s Market & Catering have a new shipment of Patagonian Toothfish. See, sounds better already. Get your butts over to Preston Forest (214-691-2369) and pick some up. In the mean time, jump for a few “fun facts” about sea bass. (How low can you go?) Continue reading "TJ’s Market Has Some Good Bass"7 Comments »
Last February I went to Amsterdam. It is one of my favorite cities in the world. The Beemster cheese is addictive (you can buy it at locally at Central Market). With the exception of a few Indonesian places, the food isn’t the greatest in the world, but the “coffee” is better than any tricked up latte you’ll ever smoke drink at Starbutt’s (not a typo). After a few “cups”, it’s great to rent a bike (left) and head out to one of the many fabulous museums (Hi, Vince!). When I miss Amsterdam, I go to Café Rembrandt on McKinney. No, you won’t find “ladies of the night” or Eurotrash folks standing outside smoking, but they do have reproductions of the Dutch masters on the walls and a few bites of Dutch fare on the menu.
You might want to take both of your ears there this weekend: they are featuring some live music from Tim Miller (Friday at 9PM) followed by Clay and the Electronic Cowboys (Saturday, 10PM). I don’t know anything about the music, perhaps Nikki, our pie and herb expert, can ask her husband. Oh, you may want to call ahead—it’s probably BYOCoffee.
(Beemster, the cheese that won’t get you arrested.)1 Comment »
Yow. Zah. Yes please, Mr. Anthony Bombaci, send seven orders over to our office before we all faint from hunger. Dang, we have to wait until Thursday, October 2? Yes, that is when Nana will host a five-course dinner, including the aforementioned dessert, paired with wine from Dry Creek Valley. The sassy dinner is $125 a person and starts with a reception where you can sip Chenin Blanc and meet Doug Frost , the groovy wine consultant and writer who also happens to be one of only three people in the world to hold both Master Sommelier and Master of Wine titles. That’s the perfect recipe for some heady cocktail conversation. Let us know if you go. (Call: 214-761-7470 for info and reservations.)