It’s Teresa Gubbins Day on SideDish: Share the Love

Teresa Gubbins works hard for the money.

I was laid up in bed for a couple of days and caught up on the local food blogs. Where did they all come from? More importantly, how do so many people have so much time to run one? Most food writers at major publications (Hi, Leslie! Hi, Kimmie!), contribute to their pub’s respective food blogs, but it is considered a second (or third) job. We could all just toss up press releases and hit the bar at 5 (4)  like the boys on FrontBurner, but as food journalists, we choose to devote time to the web side of our print product.  SideDish, to me, is an untamable, free-range animal that needs to be fed constantly. Sometimes you can’t get away with tossing out a bag of feed somebody donated, you have to go out and shop for something special and unique. The public is picky about what they read (eat).

Pegasus News is a little different than Eatsblog and SideDish. PegNews is a news site, not a blog. Their Grand Dame of Dining, Teresa Gubbins, spends a lot of time digging for stories and going to dining events. PegNews is sorta her full-time job.

Anywhoo, TG, who also contributes to D Magazine, reported a story last week and I am stunned that nobody else picked it up. Old Gumshoe, I mean TG, uncovered this little tidbit: Tiffany Derry, chef at Go Fish in North Dallas, has made the cut as a contestant for the 7th season of Top Chef. There was no official press release or “snitches” involved, she just dug it up like a big fat ripe carrot. She also attended, reported, and photographed Sunday night’s Taste of the Nation. And Teresa, with due respect to Pat Sharpe,  is SideDish’s original Skinny Bitch.  (Cue: say something about Teresa below.)

If you are still with me, let’s discuss Top Chef. We loved TC when Casey and Tre were on and we certainly had opinions about Lisa Garza when she appeared on Next Food Network Star, but I’m wondering if Top Chef has lost its luster. Nothing against chef Derry, but do we have TC fatigue?

Okay, tune in next week for Leslie Brenner Day on SideDish. Jump for an exclusive Q&A with Teresa Gubbins.

SideDish exclusive interview with Teresa Gubbins.

NN: Where were you born?

TG: Lawrence, Mass.

NN: Where have you worked?

TG: Since moving to Dallas: Mansion on Turtle Creek, Café Society, Buffalo Club, Dallas Morning News, Pegasus News. Before that, I read scripts for a talent agency in Los Angeles, and my first career was as a writer during the high-tech boom in the 80s.

NN: What is your favorite restaurant in Dallas? In the world?

TG: I like pizza and so I like Fireside Pies. It changed our idea of pizza in Dallas. My neighborhood pizzeria is Russo’s Coal-Fired in Richardson.

Fave restaurant in the world was Rex Il Ristorante in Los Angeles. It’s closed. But we have a touch of Rex here at Daniele Osteria in Dallas – chef-owner Daniele Puleo worked at Rex.

NN: What question do you hate to be asked the most?

TG: What’s your favorite restaurant?

NN: Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Cat

NN: Do you mow your own lawn?

TG: Yes, with an old-school push mower.

NN: Did you ever cook in a restaurant?

TG: Yes.

NN: Tell me something that you don’t want anyone to know about you.

TG: I’m an annoying pain in the ass when it comes to recycling and waste.

24 comments on “It’s Teresa Gubbins Day on SideDish: Share the Love

  1. TG is an awesome journalist and a fun lunch date. She is quite opinionated and usually right. I wish I could see her more often.

  2. NN: What is your favorite restaurant in Dallas? In the world?

    TG: I like pizza and so I like Fireside Pies. It changed our idea of pizza in Dallas. My neighborhood pizzeria is Russo’s Coal-Fired in Richardson.

    Fave restaurant in the world was Rex Il Ristorante in Los Angeles. It’s closed. But we have a touch of Rex here at Daniele Osteria in Dallas – chef-owner Daniele Puleo worked at Rex.

    NN: What question do you hate to be asked the most?

    TG: What’s your favorite restaurant?

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    that exchange was funny. reminded me of the interview footage in scorcese’s rolling stones doc “Shine a Light”

    interviewer: you have done thousands of interviews over the years. what is your least favorite question to answer?

    keith richards (sneering): that one.

  3. I’ve lost that loving feelin’ when it comes to Top Chef. Last season was so boring with the two brothers. It was obvious from episode one what it would come down to. Plus everyone was so talented it made it boring to watch. We like our disasters and train wrecks on TV. Hopefully Chef Derry (who was a culinary teacher at Art Institute while I attended school there) will succeed!

  4. Mauro Vincenti (late owner of Il Rex) had the softest hands. Like shaking hands with a pillow.

    Sevy got to go to Italy with him for a week, back in (’94? ’95?) I was too pregnant to go with. :(

  5. sometimes I wonder how such a tiny thing can be such a big time food/restaurant reporter.

  6. NN, what a nice gesture. TG is the bees knees. Not only does she have her finger firmly on the pulse of our culinary town, she tells it to you just like it is. Great work on the TC snooping, TG.

  7. I love TG. I children with her and create a super race of culinary fem-bots.

  8. Teresa is sweeter than canned peaches, and boy-howdy can she write. In honor of Teresa Gubbins Day, I wonder if she would mow MY lawn.

  9. I am wondering why did no other Dallas reporter other than Theresa publish the Top Chef news of Chef Tiffany Derry. I saw it the day it was announced on Bravo and her article was out the following day. Doesnt seem like a whole bunch of digging to me. I think Tiffany is awesome and very talented, Go Chef Tiffany.

  10. Her indoor-outdoor bars article today is a perfect example of why she’s so admired. No one handed her a press release. No one tipped her off. She just noticed a trend that others didn’t and used her excellent memory and knowledge of the local scene to connect the dots. Well-deserved acknowledgment for one of the best in the business.

  11. Hey I really appreciate this nice deal from Nancy and friends — we all know people who work hard and don’t get credit, and that includes Nancy. (I hope she’ll do a little Q&A with herself.) It’s pretty classy of her to speak well of a colleague, and wonderful that we have a community of sharp folks in Dallas who stay on top of things – many thanks.

  12. I am puzzled by Fireside Pies. The crust is soggy, the texture of the cheese mix is very unpleasant as is the taste. What am I missing? TG is an accomplished Food Professional. What is it she likes so much? If the Pizza is the center of the experience, it is really bad.

  13. Just catching up. Stephanie, not all of us watch Bravo and I don’t know what article you are talking about, but my point was there was no press release from Bravo or local PR announcing the news.

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