6th Annual Savor Dallas Next Friday

When Jim White, and co-founder, Vicki Briley-White, started Savor Dallas in 2005 to showcase Dallas’ top chefs, restaurants and food, paired with some of the best local, national and international wines available, they likely had only hoped it would have grown to what it is today – one of the largest gatherings for foodies and wine […]

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Let’s Kick a Dead Horse: Il Mulino in Dallas

Some of the comments under yesterday’s comments post about Leslie Brenner’s picks for Best French Restaurants went a little east of France. Like to Italy. At one point I wrote: “It took you a year of eating red-sauce Italian food and steak au poivre to come to the conclusion that the majority of Dallas diners […]

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Restaurant News: Bits and Bytes

Wine dinner on a Wednesday at Castello Banfi. OMG, that looks like Karen Cassady from Central Market! Jimmy’s Food Store. Good News: John Mariani (no, not that one) of Banfi Vintners will be at Jimmy’s on March 3. This John Mariani is the  CEO and family proprietor of Banfi Vintners the distributor for wines produced […]

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New Whole Foods Store on Park Lane in Dallas Will Have a Wine Bar and a Concierge Service

Un petit oiseau just told me that the new Whole Foods at Park Lane & Central in Dallas, set to open on March 15, will have an intimate wine bar. (Un petit oiseau also says it will be named “Wine Bar.”) Cute, n’est pas il? They will offer flights of selected wines and wines by […]

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Next Dallas Wine Trail Announced

I just received a note from Benjamin Calais, at Calais Winery, regarding the next Wine Trail in Dallas.  This will be the 4th our 4 Dallas based wineries have put together, and is a great opportunity to raise a glass the latest releases from our neighborhood wineries.  (Dallas,TX, 2/25/2010) – We are pleased to announce the next event […]

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Best French Food in Dallas: Leslie Brenner is Off Her Rocker

OMG. I mean, oh mon dieu! DMN dining critic Leslie “Caron” Brenner has lost more than weight on her Restaurant Critics Diet. She has lost a large portion of her cerebellum. This morning La Brenner reveals Best in DFW: French Restaurants along with a little essay on French food in Dallas. Her top picks are […]

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Where To Eat in Dallas Right Now: Naga Thai Kitchen & Bar in Victory Park

On Tuesday night, Laura Kostelny and I attended the media dinner for Naga Thai Kitchen & Bar in Victory Park. According to co-owner Jeffrey Yarbrough, he had Nancy to thank for spilling the beans about the restaurant’s opening; people showed up when the staff wasn’t quite ready to serve, but no one was turned away. […]

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Larry Lavine: Out of Mandola’s Italian Market

In the current issue of D Magazine, Teresa “Twinkle Toes” Gubbins writes about Mandola’s Italian Market. The Italian grocery/deli originated in Austin and was brought north by Larry “Chili’s” Lavine. Larry had plans to roll Mandola’s out all over Dallas and potentially into other markets. Well, Mandola’s may roll, but it will grow without Larry […]

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Pancakes in Dallas: Make Your Own With Dean Fearing’s Recipe

Pancake Pusher: Aunt Jemima was the Starbuck’s of the 1890s. This morning comes a cheery note from a pancake-crazed Disher named Jeff. He writes: I must say Nancy, you’ve been touching my heart lately-pancakes and now pizza!  I’m always always ALWAYS eating pizza, and oddly enough, I was on a pancake tear of my own […]

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Foodie News Games: What is Wrong With This Press Release

I® love press releases. I® get bazillions of them everyday. I® read them all. This one caught my eye and I® thought about doing a funny bit on Oscar-watching parties. Here is the full release: February 22, 2010 MEDIA ALERT…MEDIA ALERT OSCAR’S PARTY KIT Throw Your Own Oscar® Viewing Party http://www.oscars.org/partykit Provide your readers, viewers […]

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Dan Koller Goes Guerrilla: Marc”Park” Cassel’s Meal at 48 Hours @ Sylvan Thirty

Dan Koller, the managing editor of People “Who Need People” Newspapers, took his lovely and talented wife, Jessica, to dine at the first supper at 48 Nights @ Slyvan Thirty, the guerrilla restaurant on Sylvan  operated by the Smoke/Bolsa dudes, Chris Jeffers, Chris Zielke, and Tim Byres. The restaurateurs have teamed up with the Mass […]

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Wasted Calories: California Pizza Kitchen

On March 27, 1985, attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax traded in the courtroom for the dining room. They opened CPK and decided to dress alike. Yesterday, a spirited conversation about pizza broke in our company kitchen. One of our IT guys, Jeff Nelson, was reheating a pizza in the oven and I asked him […]

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Chef Vijay Sadhu Out of Samar by Stephan Pyles in Dallas

Breaking up is hard to do. (photo by Kevin Marple) Yesterday, the James Beard Award Foundation announced Samar by Stephan Pyles in Dallas as a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant in America. Today, Andrew Chalk, who has been working on a story on Samar chef Vijay Sadhu, received an e-mail update from the jet-setting Stephan […]

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Avila v Avila in Court: Live Update

I threw our intrepid intern, Sam Todd, a fastball and, at the last minute, sent him over to cover Ricky/Ricardo Avila’s hearing at 1:30. He is outside of the courtroom and files this report from his Blackberry: The courts just adjourned.  Ricardo is talking with 2 people in the hallway now. The 24-hour rule is […]

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Teresa Gubbins is Tossed Out of Tutti Frutti in Richardson

No wonder TG has 856 friends on Facebook. I’m a little late to the PegasusNews party hosted by Teresa “Gumshoe” Gubbins. She has written an enlightening essay on the proliferation of food photography in public restaurants. It’s a great subject for debate. Apparently some restaurants have a “NO PHOTOS” policy while others are “flattered.” Gubbins […]

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