Popular sushi chef Shuji “Elvis” Sugawara was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in late March. He is out of the hospital and back at work. Shinsei’s co-owners Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun, are hosting a benefit bash to help with Elvis’ medical bills.
Here’s the deal: “Viva La Elvis” will take place at Shinsei on May 23 from 6-9:00 PM. The cost is $50 and that includes food and booze. They are also looking for silent auction item donations. If you would like to pre-purchase tickets or have something you would like to donate, call Geri at 214-352-0005.10 Comments »
Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson was in Dallas on Saturday for a cookbook signing and a meet-and-greet. Andrea is a spunky wine authority with an amazing palate. She lived in Dallas for awhile and achieved a degree in economics from SMU. In her spare time she learned about wine from hanging out at The Grape.
After a couple of years in the real world, she picked her passion for wine over Wall Street and she’s never looked back. She’s one of only 17 women in the world who are Master Sommeliers. (Of course, Dallas is home to another, Barbara Werley at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.) Andrea is also a one-woman wine corporation—she teaches cooking and wine classes, she’s written eight books, done two TV programs, and several online video wine courses. Recently she designed a line of stemware called “The One” and was in Dallas to show them off at Macy’s in the Galleria.
Andrew Chalk was happy to meet and greet Andrea and do a couple of videos. The first is a “get to know Andrea” primer. The second shows a tiny trick we played on Andrea. I asked Andrea in advance to do a wine tasting for SideDish and she agreed as long as it wasn’t an advertorial for a wine.
Andrew slipped in the media room with a bottle of the Viognier I made last year at Vintner’s Cellar in Plano with the help of owner Larry McDowell.
In Andrew’s second video, Andrea critiques my wine. Many thanks to Andrea for being such a good sport and to Andrew for working on a Saturday afternoon.
My “zippy” wine–Bluebirds of Happiness Viognier– is now available exclusively here on SideDish for $250 a bottle. KIDDING. (And Larry, you can’t use this post as a promotion!) Okay, enjoy the show.
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