Slow Food Dallas is planning an “Eat-in” at White Rock Lake at the Big Thicket on Monday at 6 pm. The gathering is designed to bring people together to eat and show their support for the Real Food in Schools campaign. Slow Food USA is advocating for a change to the Child Nutrition Act which comes up for renewal every four years.If you haven’t had lunch at a public school in the last 20 years, you may not know that children are being served previously frozen, processed foods and are also allowed to purchase soft drinks and various processed foods from vending machines. Jump for more information. Continue reading "Slow Food Dallas is Planning an Eat-In at White Rock Lake on Labor Day"
Victory Tavern City Grille. Hosting a four-course dinner paired with the excellent wines of Ridge Vineyards. Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 – 6:30pm. $65 per guest. Details below.
Coast. Beginning Wednesday, September 9, those seeking lunch in Plano will have a new option as COAST, a noted seafood restaurant located in The Shops at Legacy, will open Monday through Saturday for lunch service from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. COAST also offers a weekly “Cocktail Cruise” from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. During this time, guests can enjoy $5 premium well martinis, select wines by the glass and the ever-popular COAST Frozen Hard Lemonade, a refreshing mix of tangy fresh-squeezed lemonade and premium vodka served in a glass rimmed with salt and crushed Lemonheads Candy. Chilled Sake is available for $3 per bottle. The “Cocktail Cruise” is the perfect time and place to enjoy COAST’s stunning view of the “dancing fountains” at The Shops at legacy.
Tramontana. Come taste the flavors of Paris, France, as you enjoy an evening of great food and wine created by Chef James Neel. The menu highlights his experiences from this summers R & D food trip. Four courses of cuisine from the heart will be paired with wines from the Louis Latour portfolio. Wine representatives will be on hand to speak and answer all your questions. 214-368-4188. And, yes, Chef James is receiving fresh Maryland soft shell crabs for this weekend. Details below.
Ferrari’s Flight! PatioParty at Ferrari’sFlight (attached to Ferrari’s Grapevine1400 William D. Tate #817-251-2525) is featuring a patio party on September 18 that will include $3.00 hand-crafted draft beer (brewed by Gavin Secchi), $5.00 Peach Nectar Bellini’s, $5.00 Italian sausage sandwiches, cooked on the outdoor wood-burning oven, and live music by Jet Poets, which is a band comprised of four men in the aviation business (pilots and flight attendants). The band begins at 8:00 PM and plays cover tunes spanning all genres.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Welcomes Balvenie to Dallas on September 18th. If you’re that Scotch Aficionado, this dinner is a must! “The Most Handcrafted Single Malt Scotch Whisky,” Balvenie, created by Malt Master David Steward, is a one-of-a kind. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional floor maltings and employs coopers to tend the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills. The Balvenie Scotch dinner on September 18th, $125 per person plus tax and gratuity, begins at 7:00p.m. Details and menu below.
Watters Creek. Second Annual Taste Of Watters Creek Benefiting Meals On Wheels is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This signature event benefits Meals on Wheels and features delicious food from Watters Creek restaurants, plus wine and cocktail tastings. Wine stewards and sommeliers will be on hand to educate guests about the 50 domestic and international wines available for complimentary tastings sponsored by Republic Beverage. Taste of Watters Creek will feature wineries from California, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Details below.
Hotel St Germain. An Evening With Julia. Friday, September 18 & Saturday, September 19, 2009. 7:00 p.m.$ 75 per person. Spend a glamorous evening at Hotel St Germain celebrating legendary culinary goddess: Julia Child. Chef Chad Martin has created an exquisite menu featuring recipes from her culinary bible, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We’ll kick off our celebration with passed hors d’oeuvres and Champagne followed by a sumptuous buffet supper, all from the repertoire of Julia herself. Accompanying the divine menu will be Champagne and five French wines. The complete menu is below.2 Comments »
Last night I popped into Three Forks for dinner. Just inside the front door I spotted a portrait of Three Forks founder Gene Street and his family. Although Gene claims to have “had Marilyn way before Joe DiMaggio,” the truth is, after his divorce from his wife Leisa, he had Marilyn’s face painted over Leisa’s. Gene, now retired from the restaurant business, is getting ready to unveil a new project that includes chickens, paint, and money. Stay tuned.
So our sweet friends at D Home are doing something called the Restaurant Awards, in which they honor restaurants for good design, lighting, tabletop, signage, ambience, etc. We figured you, dear Dishers, are full of opinions. So we hope you’ll give us some ideas for your favorites in the following categories—or feel free to add your own. Continue reading "D Home Restaurant Awards: We Need Your Help"23 Comments »
Join me on Wednesday, September 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Celebration Restaurant to celebrate our victorious local cheese makers. Last month, Latte Da, Lucky Layla, and the Mozzarella Company won national awards at the 25th Annual American Cheese Society Competition in Austin. All three cheese makers will be there passing out samples of their cheese and we’ll be pairing the selections with Texas wines. Free! Come early and stay late. If you would like to stay for dinner (on your own dime), contact Lincoln at 214-351-5681 and mention that you are a SideDish CheeseHead. [Don't forget, you can buy local cheese, honey, and other products at Celebration's Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-Noon.]
If you plan to attend, leave a “yes” or “yes plus 1″ below so we can plan to have enough cheese. And wine. And call Lincoln.10 Comments »
How many of you have visited a small winery and gotten swept up in the romance of tending the vines and making your own wine? It’s happened to me on more than ten occasions. Ah, the cool morning breeze in your hair; the dogs and chickens running freely through the fields; sharing endless glasses of wine with happy customers. Snap!
On October 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville will host a “Prospective Wine-Grape Growers Workshop.” The workshop will be presented by Fran Pontasch and Fritz Westover of the Texas AgrLife Extension Service viticulture team. Pontasch is the team’s North Texas viticulture adviser and Westover serves as the Gulf Coast viticulture adviser.
They will present a real-life look at the most common concerns potential or small-scale producers may have prior to committing valuable resources towards a commercial vineyard enterprise. Topics will include necessary viticulture expertise, vineyard site selection, risk factors, and vineyard labor requirements and economics.
When the class is over, perhaps we can all discuss the dogs, chickens, and endless glasses of wine ideas. Details for the class below. Continue reading "Prospective Wine-Grape Grower Workshop on October 12 in Stephenville"3 Comments »
The four local wineries in Dallas collaborate for the second Dallas Wine Trail event Saturday, Sept 5th. This one features a visit to the wineries including Fuqua Winery, Times Ten Cellars, Inwood Estates Vineyard and Calais Winery.
This in from Lee Fuqua:
Grand Tasting Part Deux
Explore the Dallas Wineries on Labor Day Weekend
Saturday September 5, 2009
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Be a pioneer as this is a true wine trail.All the Dallas wineries are about a 15 minute drive from each other.They are all between Mockingbird and downtown Dallas.
Find your way to each winery where your admission price will include:
3 tastings at each of the 4 wineries a crystal “Dallas Wine Trail” wine glass to use and keep light food at each winery and a bottle of premium wine to take home. All for only $39 in advance or $45 at the door, if any tickets are left available.Tickets available here.
[UPDATE: Stephan Pyles.]1 Comment »