Hey kids, Father’s Day is June 21st. Here is a list of dining options for you to consider.
It’s hard to believe VonGeertsem Butcher Shoppe in Uptown has been open three years. Greg and Kathy Geerts must be doing more than just a little something right, they are adding to their inventory. Besides excellent cuts of corn fed beef, they now offer high quality North Texas Black Angus grass fed beef. 3527 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-219-3700.5 Comments »
I caught up with nice man and Managing Director of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Duncan Graham. He’s a patient and philosophical British guy. I asked him what was going on over at “Crippled Creek.” When are they going to name a new chef? He responded:
“I have always been fond of the childhood tale of The Turtle and the Hare where The Turtle reigns supreme. Sometimes when I become eager to check things off my list, or try to resolve challenges too quickly, I stop and remind myself of the moral of that fable: slow and steady wins the race. To that end, we shall remain thoughtful and steady in the care and treatment of Dallas’ most iconic restaurant.”
Duh, he would pick the Turtle. I mean they don’t call it Rosewood Mansion on Hare Creek, but I’ll move on to his recap of who is in the kitchen and why the Bushes would feel at home in the dining room.
Apart from Eric Brandt, the other leaders in the kitchen are Jason Maddy, Chef de Cuisine, and David Collier, Executive Pastry Chef. Jason was with David Bouley and worked his way up to become Chef de Cuisine. He moved back to Austin (where he’s from) and became Exec Sous for David Bull. And from Austin to Dallas and The Mansion. David Collier was recently featured on The Mansion’s blog.
Interestingly there is a definite, though unintended, DC connection at The Mansion. Eric Brandt was Exec Sous Chef at The Ritz Carlton there. David Collier was at Kinkaid’s and so was Michael Flynn, our Director of Wine and Beverage. I was General Manager of The St Regis Hotel and our daytime host in the restaurant, Jasmine Calbert, was a White House intern during the second Bush administration.
Duncan Graham, thank you so much for the update. Say hi to your mum in Chesire for us.9 Comments »
Now that Salmon-gate has settled to a simmer, I’m happy to announce a unique one-of-a-kind (for now) event: a behind-the-scenes look at how some restaurants use family and friends to test their recipes.
The other day when I was talking with Liz Baron about Zinsky’s Delicatessen, she mentioned they were planning a huge tasting. I told her if she was looking for people with opinions, I knew a few. I asked her if they would consider letting ten SideDish readers into the private tasting. She just got back to me this morning and said yes. How great is that?
So if you have strong opinions on what a New York deli should be in Dallas, submit your name and “qualifications” below. If we get more than ten, we’ll draw from a hat.
The “SideDish Kvetch” will take place at Bengal Coast on Sunday, June 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.37 Comments »
Kristen and Mitch Kauffman closed their Urbano Paninoteca last December. Today they announced their new restaurant, Urbano is now open for lunch and dinner. The website isn’t up yet, but the doors to the 100-year old building they’re housed in is open. Urbano is sandwiched between Jimmy’s Food Store and Tom Spicer’s FM 1410. Jump for more details. Continue reading "Urbano Opens in East Dallas"2 Comments »