And our own sweet Katie McNew was at the preview party last night. Here is her report.
The good folks over at Dallas Farmers Market Friends know how to party. And you can join them on on November 6th for their 14th annual Hoedown at the Food and Fiber Building in Fair Park from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It’s a night of celebrating all things local and Texan. The evening is co-hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s program, GO TEXAN. Texas farmers will donate ingredients for local chefs and Texas vintners will be sampling their finest varietal wines. Classical guitarist Stacy Arnold will be providing Texas-style entertainment. Statewide artisans and vendors will also be offering their specialties to round out the evening celebrating all things Texas. For tickets, click here or call or call 972-943-4622. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to Dallas Farmers Market Friends.
Dishers, I discovered a restaurant in Rome called Obika and we have to do whatever it takes to get one in Dallas. Okay, so I’m a little late to the mozzarella bar party–this place has been written about in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and a host of European publications. Currently there are locations in Rome, Milan, London, Turin, Kuwait City, and New York. One side of the menu offers four mozzarellas (paestum, pontina, affumicata, and stracciatella di burrata) and a long list of salamis, fish, vegetables, and condiments to mix and match. Pictured is the burrata with a plate of salami made from free range Cinta Senese pigs in Tuscany. I could eat this every day. We also tried a panini stuffed with hand-cut prosciutto, from San Daniele, mozzarella di bufala, sliced tomatoes, and chopped basil on olive bread. I could eat this every night. Check out their website and more pictures below.2 Comments »
Good morning Dishers, and Happy Halloween! Let’s start this morning off by discussing who is dressed up in the office today. No one. Guess who’s been eating candy? This girl. Okay, next topic. Let’s talk about someone who’s making a difference in the area. Chef Tim Love. We know he’s great in the kitchen at Lonesome Dove and flippin’ burgers at Love Shack. His newest project is revamping the school lunch program at his son’s school, All Saints Episcopal in Fort Worth. From the press release:
At All Saints, Love has introduced numerous new, healthier lunch options for the students, including a readymade sack lunch featuring sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, baked chips, fresh fruit; vitamin-rich steamed vegetables; turkey hotdogs; and 100 percent real fruit juice. Any fried dishes, such as the sweet potato french fries, are made using 100 percent canola oil, which has zero trans fats, while other ingredients like white flour and corn syrup have been completely removed from the menu. The existing school lunch menu has not been completely overhauled however: (“Kids should still be allowed to have a cheeseburger on Fridays,” says Love).
Chef Love is also working with the school on teaching nutrition in the science curriculum. He hopes to integrate this healthier system into Fort Worth public schools, where his girls have started kindergarten. Pretty cool, huh? There, that was my nice post of the day. The rest are going to be dark and evil, mwahahahaha!!2 Comments »
Sorry, I’m still suffering a little jet lag and I inadvertantly deleted a post about Gina Campisi’s soon-to-open restaurant, Fedora. A reader, who had dined at Jorge’s, the Mexican spot next door to Fedora in One Arts Plaza, asked when Fedora was going to open. I’m asking the Dish Nation to a) report on what you know about Fedora’s and b) report on your experiences at Jorge’s. Confused? Good, at least we’re on the same page.A nice man on the phone just told me that Fedora will have a soft opening “maybe tomorrow” and if not “then probably Monday.”7 Comments »
Last week I was in Rome for three days where I ate so much I thought I might explode. Not only did I visit some of my favorite haunts (Hosteria Costanza), I tried a couple of new places in the Jewish Ghetto area of town– Ristorante Piperno and Ba Ghetto. Ristorante Piperno is in an restored home built in the 16th century on a secluded little square (Monte de’Cenci) near the Tiber. They have been serving Roman-style dishes since 1860. We gorged on Jerusalem artichokes, fried zucchini blossoms, spaghetti carbonara, gnocchi with fresh porcini mushrooms. Service was incredible; the crowd was mostly locals.
The next day we stumbled into Ba Ghetto, a Kosher Israeli/Roman place in the Ghetto. Again we went for the Roman food–pastas and fried artichokes–but we also tried skewers of grilled chicken, Kosher salami, and house made vegetarian couscous. Other than a couple from Cleveland sitting at the table next to us, the restaurant was packed with regulars. Pictures below.3 Comments »
Hey, I don’t set the prices for these celebrity chef dinners, I just report them. Moments after I posted about the dinner at Stephan Pyles, this little diddy dropped into my inbox:
Who in the hell can afford to pay $175 for a dinner these days. That is $350 for a couple. That is just crazy. People are losing their homes and starving all over the world. It just makes me sick. I can’t even afford a babysitter to go out and people are going on like there is no tomorrow.
Hmm. Sick is a little strong and there may not be a tomorrow which is all the more reason to either find a cheap babysitter or take the rugrat with you the next time you go out to eat. I suppose it is time for the Dish Nation to help this poor gal find some cheap eats. I, for one, had a nice night out at Dunston’s last night: a six-ounce, bacon-wrapped Prime tenderloin with an all-you-can-eat salad bar and a vegetable for around $18.24 Comments »
Each year the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas presents the Stephan Pyles Celebrity Chef Dinner to fund culinary scholarships and provide support for education and research in the culinary and viticulture arts. Click here to sign up for the bash that will take place on Sunday, November 9th at Stephan Pyles Restaurant. There will be a five-course dinner and a live auction. Here’s the lineup for this year’s all-star team from Mr. BA:
Host Chef Stephan Pyles of Dallas, Executive Chef/Owner Jonathan Eismann from the much-lauded Pacific Time restaurant in the hot Design District of Miami, Florida, Executive Chef Jason Ferraro of Seventeen Seventeen at the Dallas Museum of Art, jW Foster from Pyramid Restaurant & Bar at The Fairmont Dallas, and Chef Pedreaux Cuellar, Chef de Cuisine at COCO Chocolate Lounge & Bistro in San Antonio. Also joining the team is the 2008 Stephan Pyles Scholarship winner, Amol Thanky from Texas Culinary Academy in Austin.
The price is $175.00 per person (tax and gratuity included). Reservations can be made by calling the Foundation at 512-327-7555.1 Comment »
Prego Dishers, I returned last night from Italy where I attended the week-long Ecco la Cocina cooking course and culinary tour in Tuscany. Our trusty group of eight ate and drank our way through the Chianti region. Highlights of the trip included visits to wine cellars large and small and castles big and tall. Along the way we picked saffron from fields around San Gimignano, dined at fabulous restaurants in Siena, and drank Brunellos in Montalcino. I ate my weight in burrata.
And we cooked: our hands-on lessons took place in ancient mill that has been somewhat converted into a romantic kitchen where Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo, taught us how to prepare the regional and seasonal dishes of Tuscany. We spent the last three days in Rome where we discovered some amazing taste sensations. As soon as my brain catches up to my body, I will spill all of the cannellini beans. Until then, enjoy some food porn after the jump. Continue reading "Report From Italy"8 Comments »
Good tamales are hard to find. Exhibit 1: the undercooked specimen I sampled at brunch at Mattito’s last Sunday (not pictured at left). Not so this Sunday, when the second annual Tamale Festival takes place from 11 AM to 6 PM in the North Hall of Dallas Market Hall. Sponsored by Univision 23 and Telefutura 49, the event features big money for the best tamales (pictured at left), tamale-wrapping contests, activities for the kiddos, and musical entertainment. Jump for the full deets.1 Comment »
Everyone loves Paris. But we can’t even afford the gas to drive to Austin right now, much less a trip abroad. If you’re like us (so sorry), at least the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas is offering some relief. They are offering a French Toast weekend package that’s a pretty sweet deal. For $260 dollars, you get a night at the Omni, a cooking class, a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, a wine tote with two bottles of wine, a French dinner, and a “French Toast” breakfast for two in your room or in the restaurant. Throw in whatever French word you want here for awesome. Click here for all the info.
Royal Chef Darren McGrady (profiled here by yours truly) is flyin’ high these days. Yep, good one. He’s created a British-influenced menu for first and business class travelers on American Airlines flights, which seems like a big honor to me. On the menu? Cottage pie, beef filet with morel mushrooms, and oatmeal-crusted pork, just to name a few items. Way to go Darren. Click here for press release and pictures.3 Comments »
Now that’s a headline I’ve never written before. Anyway, word has just come that Trader Vic’s will be offering $2.00 Zombie drinks. On the website, Zombies are described as “Our version of Don the Beachcomber’s original lethal libation. A real dirty stinker.” That tells me nothing. But there is also a picture, and it’s orange and icy, so we’re guessing it’s full of vodka. Go and enjoy.3 Comments »
You all know Kent Rathbun, owner of Abacus and Jaspers, Iron Chef winner, etc. You know his wife, Tracy, runs Shinsei restaurant. On November 23, the two will battle, but over drinks, not food. Grey Goose vodka is the liquor of choice, and bartenders from the three restaurants will compete for the title of “Bartender Extraordinaire.” (Okay, we made that up). But the winner will get his or her cocktail placed on the menus at all three restaurants, so that’s a good thing, too.
Want to judge the competition? For $75, you get drinks and food (Rathbun barbeque, yes please) and the opportunity to give a marble to whichever drink you like the best. The one with the most marbles wins. Jump for all the details.2 Comments »
You know you’re going to be wearing a costume on Friday anyway, so if you’re in Mockingbird Station, stop by Urban Taco on Halloween. You’ll get free chips and salsa (they’re serving pumpkin salsa, mole sauce and jalapeno zucchini on Friday), and if you’re over 21, you’ll get a free Halloween margarita.
Sounds like a good way to warm up before whatever you have going on that night. I still don’t know what to be for Halloween, speaking of. Suggestions are appreciated.6 Comments »
I love carving pumpkins. I’ll admit that it seems a hassle at first, but when I’m finished there’s a sense of satisfaction and a very handsome pumpkin to show off. Anyway, if you’re still looking for something fun and different to do this Halloween, invite some pals over for a pumpkin carving party. I went to one recently (check out the sweet pic) and I must admit it was more fun than I thought it would be. People munched and drank and carved, and by the end of the night we had our very own carved pumpkin patch right in the backyard. All I’m saying is that carving doesn’t have to be just for the little ones. See the cat in the middle… that’s mine.
The Wine Market in Oak Lawn has been having a “moving” sale for what seems like forever. But, hey, you can’t complain about the prices. Good hooch + low prices = a fat and happy wine cabinet. Now they’re trying to unload six bottles of Opus One for $179 each not to mention other premium juice like Shirvington Shiraz, Molly Dooker Velvet Glove Shiraz, and 2000 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune Riesling. With my 401k sinking, sounds like wine is a better investment anyway.
Prego, Dishers. I am in Rome preparing for an early morning flight home. I am sitting in a shoe store on the Via Condotti trying on boots. As I slipped into some yummy purple “the new black” leather knee-high boots, my Mare, that’s Blackberry in Italian, went beep. A note popped on to my screen and read: “Bill Addison is leaving the DMN and going to Atlanta. The paper is conducting a national search.” Maybe you already know this but typing this entry just saved me from buying a pair of $700 purple boots in a horrid economic crisis. Ding dang, I’m going to miss ‘ol Freckle Face but I know he loves Atlanta. Ciao, Bill. Next girl up, as we say in the biz.24 Comments »
I’m sure you’re great in the kitchen. You whip up souffles and debone your own chicken. If not, chef Mansour Gorji has some spots left in his cooking technique class tonight. You know chef Gorji. He owns Canary Cafe, a great mediterranean spot in Addison. He makes killer steak. He loves pomegranate. Come learn how to make shrimp gazpacho, fresh fish with tortilla de patatas, and pistachio and figs over ice cream during his Spanish Seafood cooking course at his restaurant. Tonight at 7pm. Cost is $59 for class, meal, and wine. Ole!
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Nancy forwarded this email along to me on Saturday. Great news for a Monday morning about Jason Boso, (Twisted Root, Cowboy Chow), who had been in the hospital after a Hummer crushed his scooter.
Jason Boso was released from Baylor today. Yesterday (Friday) marked 7 weeks since the accident landed him in the hospital. While he will still have physical therapy, etc. many times per week for a while, he’s home and is looking forward to getting back to work.
Jason–we look forward to you making us a burger very soon.