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Dallas Farmers Market Farm & Flower Festival. Saturday, May 22. Discover where the Dallas Farmers Market farmers are located and the products they have to offer. Dallas Office of Environmental Quality will be available with information on how to recycle and Trinity River Corridor Project will be here to show concepts of the new corridor project. Visit the Dallas Library ‘Every Child Ready to Read’ promoting literacy for children up to 5 years old. Free cooking demonstrations at 10 & 11:30a.m. on the Pearl Plaza with chef Chad Houser of Parigi Restaurant. Deets below.

Hotel St. Germain. Poisons: A Historical Dining Series. Saturday, May 22nd – Homicide by Diamonds, Herbs and Wine. Saturday, June 19th – Poison and The Jazz Age in America Theater of Poison – Politics and Power, Saturday, July 10. Yow Zah. Check out this unique dining event below.

Granbury Wine and Food Festival.  Historic Granbury Texas, known as one of the “the Best Small Towns in Texas”, will be hosting the “Granbury Wine Walk” for the first time on June 4-5, 2010. Jump for the news!

Inwood Tavern. Grand re-opening. Join us this Thursday to celebrate the RE-OPENING of The World Famous Inwood Tavern…my dear friends Lisa and Elia Georgalis have purchased the Tavern and this Thursday we will go old school with karaoke and drink specials…so stop on by and help us celebrate! Thursday, May 20 from 5:00 until close!

Japon Steakhouse. Japon Steakhouse and Sushi bar at LakeSide Market in Plano is hosting Wine Down Wednesday on May 19th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. The fun night will feature Sake flights (5 sakes for $15), 1/2 priced appetizers and a live performance by Matt Barron! 4021 Preston Road. Plano.

Charlie Palmer. Happy hour at Charlie Palmer has officially launched, giving people another reason to stop by the premiere, downtown restaurant in The Joule. Happening every Thursday and Friday, guests can enjoy small plates from the progressive American cuisine menu, including Calamari Steak Skewers, Jalapeño Stuffed Quail Legs and Chef Scott Romano’s delightful Lobster Corn Dogs while sipping on an Orange Joule-Lius.

TJ’s Seafood Market. Copper River Salmon will arrive around noon on Tuesday. And they already have soft shell crabs. 214-691-2369.
Mama Pita Mediterranean Grill. North Texans will get a free taste of the Mediterranean on Saturday, May 22, when Mama Pita Mediterranean Grill celebrates its Grand Opening at the Shops at Legacy (5800 Legacy Drive). Deets below.

Canary Mediterranean Steak & Seafood. In addition to our regular menu. Featured Three Course Menu – Available May 18 – 29, 2010. $39 plus tax and gratuity. More below.

Dallas Farmers Market Farm & Flower Festival.

Date:                Saturday, May 22, 2010

Time:               9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:         Dallas Farmers Market

1010 S. Pearl Expressway

Dallas, TX 75201-6022

Located at the corner of Marilla and Harwood Streets just south of downtown Dallas

Admission:       Free to the public; no charge for activities

Cooking:          Free cooking demonstrations at 10 & 11:30a.m. on the Pearl Plaza with chef Chad Houser of Parigi Restaurant

Features:         Discover where the Dallas Farmers Market farmers are located and the products they have to offer. Dallas Office of Environmental Quality will be available with information on how to recycle and Trinity River Corridor Project will be here to show concepts of the new corridor project. Visit the Dallas Library ‘Every Child Ready to Read’ promoting literacy for children up to 5 years old

Kid’sActivities:         The children’s area will be blooming with activity, featuring face painting and a caricature artist. Visit the Dallas Farmers Market Children’s Booth to plant your very own Sunflower and make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder.

Strolling Entertainment:  See the Giant Walking Ivy and Flower and shake hands with a ‘live’ banana and strawberry.

Education:        Planting and growing information will be available from the Dallas Master Gardeners.

Music:              Musical entertainment will be provided by the Herbie Johnson Jazz Quartet

Hotel St. Germain

“Jealousy, power, greed and revenge have proven a powerful narrative to link the historical use of poison as an effective weapon that left a trail of mystery and cold cases in its wake.”

EVENT

Embark with us on a lighthearted journey through the centuries old ritual of poisoning at Hotel St Germain. Join us for a monthly five-course seated wine dinner exploring the intricacies of the secret world of poisoning beginning in May and continuing through July.

BACKGROUND

As a weapon of homicide, the act of poisoning was secret and required close contact with the target. Frequently cloaked in food or drink, in varied doses and with very effective results, victims’ symptoms often resembled those of common diseases and their deaths were often attributed to natural causes. Murder by poison has had many practitioners and for centuries its’ criminal service as a great equalizer went undetected.

From ancient times through the 19th century, a shared culture of magic and poison permeated all levels of society; fascinating everyone from seamstresses to duchesses and connecting the lower classes to the centers of power, even The Royal Court. Toxicologists say “The dose makes the poison” as even common foods that we routinely consume (apples, peaches, almonds, mushrooms) can turn deadly if ill prepared or mishandled.

History is rife with elaborately planned murders, employing known toxic substances, lacing herbs and spices in food or drink. Imagine the distraction and allure of a luscious pastry, a sumptuous roast or hearty wine, whether served publicly at a State Dinner, or secretly cloaked as a gift with an intoxicating love note promising intimate delights!

Against this backdrop of mystery, intrigue and gastronomy, Hotel St Germain has planned an entertaining, informative three part dining series. Historical menus paired with wine and spirits will be featured, reflecting the changing tastes of palates spanning several eras. Enjoy three gastronomic events with illustrated programs, amusing anecdotes, archival documents and court reports of famous documented poisonings. Haute cuisine meets C.S.I. Seated Dinner, Five Course Menu paired with Wine and Spirits $95 price per person.

For reservations or more information, please call our Concierge at 214-871-2516.

Granbury Wine and Food Festival

“Wine Walk” To Offer Wine Tastings, Food Vendors,

Live Music, Art Exhibitions and Educational Workshops

Granbury, Texas (May 3, 2010) The two day event will be held within a two block area around the historic downtown square. Patrons will be able to “See, Sniff, Swirl, and Savor” while walking to different locations to sample food from local restaurants and Texas food vendors, as well as taste Texas wines. Many of the most popular Texas wineries will be sampling, and offering their wines by the bottle for sale. Local herb and produce vendors will be on hand as well.

In addition there will be educational seminars given by leading wine growers and industry experts.  There will also be a “People’s Choice” wine competition hosted by Mr. Michael Zerbach, past president of the Texas Wine Growers Association. While choosing their favorite wines, attendees at the Granbury Wine Walk are encouraged to exchange their comments with other Texas wine aficionados at the event and throughout the Blogosphere on Twitter. The event will use the Twitter tag: #GranburyWine) to search and follow these comments.

To enhance the experience of participants, there will a number of live musicians performing during the event.  Art exhibits along the Walk will be open during the day, with some wineries present inside the galleries. There will also be cooking demonstrations and opportunities for shopping on the Square.

The cost is $10 per person for one day and $15 per person for two days.  Hours are 2pm-8pm (Friday) and 11am-8pm (Saturday).  A valid ID must be presented at the ticket booth to purchase a ticket to the event (must be 21 years of age or older). Upon admittance, you will receive a wristband, commemorative wine glass, schedule of events and a location map.  For more information, please visit our web site www.granburywinewalk.com. Check us out on Facebook © by searching for Granbury Wine Walk.

Proceeds from the Granbury Wine Walk will go to Signature Kids, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides Granbury’s youth and children with scholarships, and medical assistance.

CHARLIE PALMER AT THE JOULE ANNOUNCES NEW HAPPY HOUR

WHAT:             Charlie Palmer at The Joule now offers Dallas a new happy hour:

Happy hour at Charlie Palmer has officially launched, giving people another reason to stop by the premiere, downtown restaurant in The Joule. Happening every Thursday and Friday, guests can enjoy small plates from the progressive American cuisine menu, including Calamari Steak Skewers, Jalapeño Stuffed Quail Legs and Chef Scott Romano’s delightful Lobster Corn Dogs while sipping on an Orange Joule-Lius.

Patrons receive half off specialty cocktails, half off the Charlie Palmer private label ISC Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and half off the small plates menu.

WHEN:             Every Thursday and Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:           Charlie Palmer at The Joule

1530 Main Street

Dallas, Texas 75201

Mama Pita To Offer Free Taste Of The Mediterranean During Saturday Grand Opening

Weekend activities to benefit Minnie’s Food Pantry/The Giving Movement

PLANO, Texas (May 18) — North Texans will get a free taste of the Mediterranean on Saturday, May 22, when Mama Pita Mediterranean Grill celebrates its Grand Opening at the Shops at Legacy (5800 Legacy Drive).

Grand opening activities include:

•   Free Pita Wraps from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

•   Free appetizers all day.

•   Hourly drawings for Shops at Legacy gift cards, FC Dallas tickets and Frisco Rough Riders tickets

Mama Pita will also donate 10% of all sales from Saturday night and Sunday to Minnie’s Food Pantry/The Giving Movement. The Giving Movement is a local charity organization serving the needs of children and their families that live in impoverished areas and who rely on assistance for something as simple as their next meal. The organization’s goal is to educate, empower and provide resources to help the people it assists become contributing members to society.

In addition, the Plano Chamber of Commerce will officially welcome Mama Pita to the city with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Featuring authentic Mediterranean family recipes that have been refined and handed down over six decades, Mama Pita offers a range of fresh, flavorful dishes that combine Armenian, Greek European and Middle Eastern influences. Mama Pita uses simple, hand-picked ingredients that are rich in flavor, color and texture, offering a true Mediterranean dining experience.

The Plano restaurant is based on a successful chain of upscale restaurants operated in the Mediterranean region by restaurant veteran Tedy Ramy.

Together, with local entrepreneurs Ziad Dalal and Bechara Harfouche, Ramy is recreating that experience in Plano in the increasingly popular fast-casual setting.

“Because Mediterranean food is still new to many, we wanted to create a simple, affordable way to experience the true flavors and recipes of the region,” said Harfouche. “That’s why we are so excited about Mama Pita.”

At Mama Pita, diners are able to customize their own salads, pita wraps or combination platters featuring fresh meats and vegetables prepared and grilled right in front of them in a traditional Mediterranean style.

The menu also features:

•   Traditional Mediterranean wraps that contain no fat or trans fats, are flavored with a squeeze of olive oil and prepared and baked in-house.

•   Platters, wraps or baked pita chips all accompanied by a choice of original, red beet  or carrot hummus, baba ghannouj (eggplant), garlic paste or tzatziki (homemade yogurt) dips.

•   Dips made from scratch using fresh ingredients, with no preservatives or color additives.

“The great thing about Mediterranean foods is that they are full of rich flavor and texture, but do so without a lot of the negative health side effects of other diets,” said Harfouche.

Restaurant hours are Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; and Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Prices for main entrees range from $6.95 to $8.95.

Canary Mediterranean Steak & Seafood

In addition to our regular menu

Featured Three Course Menu – Available May 18 – 29, 2010

$39 plus tax and gratuity

First Course

Salmon Creme

poached salmon with spinach & gorgonzola creme in filo pastry

(Individually $10)

Second Course

Colorado Lamb T-Bone & Quail

with tabbouleh and tzatziki

(Individually $28)

Third Course

Vanilla Ice Cream & House-made Pomegranate Puree

with fresh pomegranate seeds and barazeh cookie

(Individually $8)


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