That’s the scoop according to Mr. Worzel “Scoop” Gummidge over at Dallasfood.org. (Man that dude eats out a lot.)
UPDATE: Worzel is wrong. Going nowhere. Open.3 Comments »
If you missed Robert Kenner’s documentary Food, Inc., at AFI Dallas, it hits the Magnolia Theatre next Friday night, June 19. Go see it. I spoke to Kenner about the film yesterday. Interview after the jump.
The owners of The Counter in Plano have split from the L.A.-based mother ship. No longer a chain in the link, the burger spot is now called Meatheads. “Still good burgers,” said the nice man on the phone. “Just not build your own.”5 Comments »
Our hard-workin’, sweet intern, Sara, discovered Cappa Cafe on Walnut Hill this morning. She files this report:
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For those who fall under the category “definitely NOT morning people,” breakfast on the run is sort of standard. So Cappa Cafe, a tiny, all-brick standalone off Walnut Hill and Central in the middle of a shopping center is a godsend. Not fast-food chainy type fare, it’s got a good selection of coffees, lattes, and cappuccinos at friendlier prices than Starbucks (my medium skim cafe au lait was only two bucks, and they have one called the Hammerhead that I might have to try) andpastries, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, plus paninis and salads for lunch. I kept passing by thinking I was seeing the grand opening, because they’ve got flags and a huge banner announcing their existence, but apparently they’ve been open for two months now. Food was ready pretty fast, which means it might have been sitting under a heat lamp for a while, but it tastes fresher than most and the staff is super perky, which means their coffee works.
Several Dishers have reported that the businesses on the east side Preston Center are without power. If you’re headed to Houston’s or Taco Diner, you may want to call ahead.3 Comments »
Master Sommelier James Tidwell from Cafe on the Green at The Four Seasons in Las Colinas files this report:
This past Monday and Tuesday (June 8 & 9), 23 other Texans and I judged over 500 wines during the 26th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition. I’m probably going to hear “It’s a tough job, but….” However, the sober and serious judges consisted of sommeliers (Paul Botamer of Fearing’s, Michael Flynn of Mansion on Turtle Creek, Hunter Hammett of Pyramid Restaurant, and Luigi Santos of Bob’s Steak and Chop House in Grapevine), restaurant owners, retailers, wine distributors and a number of wine writers and bloggers (Alfonso Cevola, Jeff Siegel, Renie Steves and Russ Kane), under the direction of Co-Chairs Barbara Werley MS of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and Michael Zerbach. The wines were divided into over 30 categories and tasted blind. No, we weren’t wearing blindfolds. We were given anywhere from three to 12 glasses at a time with no knowledge of what we were tasting except the grape variety and vintage of the wines. Then, each panel of five judges would vote on whether each wine rated a gold, silver, bronze or no medal. Arguments insued, fisticuffs were avoided. At the end, 26 gold, 81 silver, and 172 bronze medals were awarded to wines from 14 states and several foreign countries. In addition, we voted for the Texas Rising Star Award which recognizes a white and a red wine from Texas wineries less than three years old. I would love to tell you the winners, but you’ll have to await the official announcement from the Texas Wine and Grapegrowers Association on June 19th. I will tell you that I learned one important lesson…Texas is producing some delicious wines. So, GO TEXAN.
UPDATE: Results were released late this afternoon. New this year was a category for Texas wineries that have been in business for three years or less. Titled the Texas Vintner’s Rising Star Award, it was sponsored by owner and long time wine maker of Messina Hof Winery & Resort, Paul Bonarrigo. It was awarded to recognize fine Texas wine made from new, up and coming wine makers and encourage more new wineries to enter their products. There were six new wineries that fit the criteria. An award was presented for the best red wine and the best white wine, which were judged separately on the final day of judging. This year’s winners of the Texas Vintner’s Rising Star Awards were KE Cellars (Tyler) for their 4 U Syrah, 2007 red table wine and Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery (north of Longview) for their Blanc du Bois Off-Dry white, 2008. WAY TO GO EAST TEXAS!3 Comments »
Father’s Day gift alert: The Mercury chef Chris Ward is hosting a “Grillin’ and Chillin’” cooking class and lunch on June 27 (a week after Father’s Day, but he won’t mind) at the restaurant. The price ($125) includes a lesson on selecting and seasoning cuts of meat and seafood and how to properly grill them. A tasty lunch is included.
Of course, anyone is welcome to participate, not just lucky dads. My dad doesn’t even know how to turn on a grill, so this isn’t an option for me. A Hasty Bake oven will also be raffled off. For reservations call 972-960-7774.
Anybody headed to Colorado next weekend for the Aspen Food and Wine Classic ? Is so, make sure you hit Explore Booksellers where Dallas gal Monica Greene has just reopened her remolded restaurant, Escape. The menu is organic vegetarian.
Two Dishers “lucky enough to snag tickets” are driving from Denver (I-70 route) and ask for dining suggestions along the way. I say wait until you get to Basalt (Grana Bread Company). If you know of a hidden gem on or off the highway, leave it below.
If you make it to Aspen, you can get free Texas munchies and Texas wine on Friday afternoon (June 19 at 3:00 p.m.) at the annual Texas Outlaw Party at Kenichi. There you will find a huge contingent of Dallas and Texas attendees: Jeffrey and Tara Yarbrough,Mike Hoque (Dallas Fish Market), Tre Wilcox, Mike Karns (El Fenix), Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616 in Austin, Tom and Lisa Perini (Buffalo Gap), Bunny and Richard Becker (Becker Vineyards) . Who knows, maybe Mick Fleetwood will return this year. I’m sorry I won’t be there this year to produce the Second Annual Derriere of the Day Contest. Guess I’ll have to do it in Jacksonville tomorrow.2 Comments »