My mom is under the weather so yesterday I called Neighborhood Services and ordered one of their Hot Bird To Go dinners. I picked it up at 5:30 p.m. and headed over to her house with a bottle of wine and some good cheer. Good heavens, there was enough food for six people. The canvas bag was filled with a whole (huge) roasted chicken, two sides (rabe sautéed with red peppers and bacon and oven roasted herb potatoes), a ginormous mixed salad with Granny Smith apples and poached onions, and a 12-inch baguette slathered with melted butter and of clumps of softly sautéed garlic cloves.
The meal was around $37 bucks and I think if you take the canvas bag back, you get $5 off your next purchase. Please call ahead to order. Warning: could be habit forming. 5027 W. Lovers Ln. 214-350-5027.5 Comments »
There are two significant wine conferences taking place in Dallas this weekend.The GO TEXAN Drinklocalwine.com event starts tonight with a dinner at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts. On Saturday the all-day conference will feature seminars focusing on trends in Texas wine, the distinctive grapes that Texans are using to make those wines, and how consumers can work to get more regional wines in stores and restaurants. The final event of the day will be a Texas Twitter Taste-off, moderated by Russ Kane of Vintage Texas. Participants will taste some 40 Texas wines and blog or Twitter about them. Their votes will pick the conference’s favorite wines. I’ll be one of those Twittering fools (DSideDish). BTW, the event is sold out.
On Sunday, the fifth annual Texas Sommelier Conference (TexSom) kicks off at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas. The two-day event includes lectures and tastings with the nation’s preeminent wine experts. There are five classes on Sunday, August 16 (some tickets still available) and a grand tasting on Monday evening, August 17th. A separate set of courses, designed exclusively for the trade and media, will take place on Monday. While the courses are conducted, a competition for Texas’ Best Sommelier runs behind the scenes. On Monday evening, the conference concludes with a Grand Tasting(a few tickets available), where wine professionals and the public come together to taste world-class wines and witness the drama and celebration surrounding the naming of Texas’ Best Sommelier 2009. Last year’s winner is Scott Barber of Dallas’ Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. He dominated 24 other competitors and won the coveted title after a rigorous three-part examination involving wine tasting, service and theory. Once again, I will be a Twittering and blogging fool.1 Comment »
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“On August 25th, we will hold our inaugural wine dinner at Chef Kent and Tracy Rathbun’s new T19th Floor Penthouse at the Heights at Park Lane. On a recent trip to Sonoma, Kent and Tracy had the pleasure of visiting Vision Cellars and dining at owner Mac McDonald’s (pictured left) house with his lovely wife, Lil. They were so enamored of both Mac and his wines, they knew the next time he was in town, they would love to host a dinner with Mac. A small boutique winery in Sonoma, Mac’s wines are such a pleasure to drink, you won’t want to miss this event. It will be a very special dinner and very limited in number! JUMP for the deets. Continue reading "Kent Rathbun is Having a Dinner Party at His New Penthouse"
Hey, Farmer groupies. Grab you cloth bags and head to the Dallas Farmers Market this weekend. Here is what you can expect to find.
Angela’s Farm – onions – red, yellow and white, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, OKRA! and peas.
Arce Park Farms – Heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and cowpeas.
-Beef all grass finished; salad-bar beef – strong Red & Black Angus influenced
Berry Best Farm – Organic Blueberries
Birch Creek Farms – cantaloupe, eggplant, peppers, acorn, yellow and butternut squash, cucumbers, zucchini.
Comeback Creek – tomatoes, blueberries, peppers, okra, peaches, and plums – are starting a CSA group.
Fred’s Alaska Seafood – salmon and crab legs.
Haney Farm – organic eggs & will be bringing cherry tomatoes also until it gets too hot for them to produce. They feed only organic feed from Coyote Creek mill, the only USDA certified organic feed mill in Texas, and pasture/free-range our hens, no cages, and they have access to fresh grass year ’round.
Harmony Harvest – eggs and veggies- also has CSA group.
Heddin Family Farm – Texas Cream peas, Purple Hulls and Black eye peas, green beans, green tomatos, Cayenne Peppers, Jalapeño Peppers, squash, red new potato’s, zucchini, pickling cucumbers.
J.T. Lemley – yellow squash, 8-ball squash, tomatos, onions, peaches, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, plums, blackberries, cucumbers, new potato’s, sweet yellow onions.
John Lucido –herb plants and of course his herb pasta and canned goodies.
JuHa – pork, lamb, sausage, eggs, beef, and pastured poultry.
Kitchen Pride – Mushrooms – Oyster, Portabella, Baby Bells, and White Button
La Esperanza Farm – squash, onions, okra, eggplant
Lightsey Farm – peaches, onions, figs, plums, blackberries, green beans, zucchini and peas.
Mill Creek Farms is also bringing in squash, potatoes and peas.
Northstar Ranch – Beef and pork –
Orchid Garden with specialty plants and orchids.
P.O.P. Acres will be here on Friday’s and Saturday’s
-steaks, roasts, stew-meats (great for summer grilling). They are also bringing in a few scallop squash that are Organic.
Savoy Sorbet – Saturday afternoons & Sunday’s – herbal infused sorbet from her herb garden; currently offering Chamomile Orange, Rose Geranium Raspberry, Lavender, Rosemary Lime Chablis, Lemon xxx, Apple Mint, and Anise. New Flavor – Mojito
Sonny Ferrell – figs, peppers, and onions
TEXAS MEATS Super Natural will always be 100% grass fed beef and lamb, pastured chicken and pork, eggs from free ranging hens, farmstead cheese.
TxHoneybee Guild – local and zip code honey, comb honey, honey sticks and bee pollen.
TxLonghorn Cooperative – Saturday’s and Sunday’s with certified Longhorn Beef – regular cuts, beef sticks, sausage and smoked bones for dogs!
Wackym’s Kitchen – Newest Cookie Flavor – Salted Caramel. Brown sugar and sea salt.
ALDI Food Market will hold a manager trainee hiring event
for Dallas-area stores on Aug. 25 & 26. The “select assortment discount grocer” will accept applications for manager trainees to work in ALDI stores located throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth are that will begin opening in Denton in the spring of 2010. Details below. Continue reading "ALDI Food Market Is Hiring"