Last week when I talked with the TABC about Twisted Vine, I asked Agent Holloway if he knew anything about the ongoing investigation of Las Colinas Prime. He transferred me to Agent Joe Garcia. If you read Costa’s transcript you will remember Agent Garcia. Here is an quick recap and updated status.
In July I reported Republic Restaurant in Las Colinas had changed their name to Las Colinas Prime. In the comments section, readers reported some shady activities going on at LCP. I finally tracked down Michael Costa, the man responsible for running LCP for owner Bill McCrorey, and printed the entire transcript of our conversation. Costa denied he was arrested by the TABC. When I contacted the TABC, they said otherwise. I sent the transcripts and all of the SideDish posts to the TABC.
Las Colinas Prime is now closed but the investigation into Costa and McCrorey is still open. There is a hearing scheduled for mid-October. The original investigation has spun off in a couple of other directions (health code violations for one) and the whole deal is getting very complicated. Agent Garcia confirmed that criminal charges have been filed against Michael Costa and Bill McCrorey for “possession of an un-invoiced alcoholic beverage.” (Section 28.06 of the law states punishment is “not less than 30 days and not more than 2 years.”) Whether or not they do jail time depends on the judge. Costa was also charged with “evading arrest with the use of a vehicle” which is a “state jail felony.” Agent Garcia says Costa could “go to pen for six months to two years.”
UPDATE: I forgot to copy and paste the rest of the story. According to a police report on filed on September 22, Bill McCrorey’s wife “threatened complainant with death and fired a gun at complainant [Bill]… Threatened to kill complainant and used a firearm and shot at complainant. Complainant was in fear for his life.” (thanks to alert Disher, JW)18 Comments »
Unless you’ve had your head in the ground, it’s been hard to miss the media blitz from Starbucks concerning their new VIA Ready Brew coffee. Yep, Starbucks is getting into the instant coffee business and they swear it’s as good as their traditional in-store drip. So, find out for yourself. Drop in to see your favorite barista, test the VIA against SB’s Pike Place brew, and see if you can tell the difference. You’ll get a certificate for a free tall brewed coffee and $1 off the VIA Ready Brew pack. And hurry. Today’s the last day for the taste test.2 Comments »
Read all about it here. I cannot believe this decision. Apparently they had to choose either Gourmet or Bon Appetit, so most people thought it would be Bon Ap, considering, oh, Gourmet has been around for 68 years, and Ruth Reichl is food world royalty (waiting to hear what she has to say on twitter). This is a sad day.
UPDATE: I just read this on Twitter: ruthreichl Thank you all SO much for this outpouring of support. It means a lot. Sorry not to be posting now, but I’m packing. We’re all stunned, sad.16 minutes ago . (NN)16 Comments »
Steve Field’s in Plano. Thursday, October 15th. Langetwins Wine Dinner Sponsored by Single Gourmet. $99/nonmembers, includes 2 glasses of wine with three-course dinner, coffee & iced tea, tax & gratuity. Reception: 6:45 p.m. Dinner: 7:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 972-732-8000. Reservations REQUIRED using this link. Full menu listed below.
Circolo Del Vino at Jimmy’s. The Italy America Chamber of Commerce, British American Business Council of DFW, the Finnish American Business Guild, and the German American Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to present “Wine Without Borders” on Wednesday, October 14th. Our favorite Italian wine guy, Alfonso Cevola of Glazer’s, will be your host and he will give you a lesson on how to expand your wine horizons and discover new grapes varietals. 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 765-414 4285. More details below.
Jimmy’s Food Store. Jimmy’s welcomes Giovannella Stianti Mascheroni of Castello di Volpaia. Click on this link to learn about the family and history of this famous Tuscan winery and how the Estate was a wedding present to Giovannella and her husband. She also launched a cooking school in 2000 to educate visitors about Tuscan cooking and hospitality and to keep the traditions of the regions cuisine alive. Volpaia also has one of the most famous wine consultants in Italy, Riccardo Cotarella. Details below.
Fall is not only in the air, the foods of fall are rolling out on local menus. Andrew Chalk was so excited when he received a newsletter from Lavendou, he copied and pasted it and sent it along to you. Why? I’ll let him tell you.
I think Choucroute is a defining dish of Alsace. Impossible to find here most of the year and I’m really pleased to see them doing this. Go with a big appetite, it’s very filling.
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Fête de la Choucroute!!
Choucroute Garni à l’Alsacienne is one of the classic dishes of France. The Alsace region of Northeastern France is renowned for its cuisine. Choucroute means Sauerkraut in French, but unlike German Sauerkraut, the cabbage is cooked in wine with potatoes, onions, carrots and spices and then topped with an array of smoked meats, bacon and different types of sausages. This is truly a hearty feast fit for a king! We will feature this classic French dish beginning on Friday, 2 October through Saturday, 31 October 2009. To accompany this feast we will feature Alsace wines from various producers and our favorite beers, Kronenbourg 1664 and Stella Artois from Belgium. You may order the Choucroute on its’ own or we will have a 3-Course Alsace Degustation Menu for only $34.95 with Tarte Flambée and imported Mirabelle plum tart. 972-248-1911.