We’ve been keeping our interns busy chasing stories around town. Elizabeth Johnstone, who has her bachelor’s degree at New York University, checked out Coca-Cola’s new fountain concept at a Wingstop in Garland. Check out her report after the jump, and then ask her about the time she chased down a purse snatcher.3 Comments »
In April I reported that Trader Vics was have an online swag sale. There was a catalog on a displaying all of the glasses, plates, chairs, wall hangings, etc. A few minutes after we put up the post the website went down. Today comes word that the sale is back. Starting today you can go to Trader Vic’s Facebook page and peruse the items. If you want to buy, e-mail TraderVicDallas@gmail.com.
Benziger is one of Sonoma’s original family owned and operated wineries that still remains this way. Started by Michael Benziger and his wife Mary, with the help of his Dad Bruno, a New York wine and spirits importer, and Mom Helen, in the late 1970′s. Mike saw a piece of land in the majestic, and somewhat untouched, Sonoma County, CA and convinced his parents to help him buy it. With family determination and dedication soon Mom and Dad, and Mike’s youngest brother and sister, Chris and Kathy, moved to Sonoma to help with the launch of the winery, followed by Mike’s younger siblings, Bob, Jerry, Joe and Patsy. It truly is a family business, as today over 2 dozen Benzigers live around the 85 acre property, 15 of which work for the winery.
I met with Kathy Benziger the other night to learn more about this family owned and operated winery, and their how their original vision created in the 70′s and 80′s changed through the 90′s through the past decade. Continue reading "A visit with Kathy Benziger"4 Comments »
As noted below, Chef Kenny Mills is no longer with Dallas Chop House. He wasn’t fired. It’s a complicated story—and we all know there are always at least four sides to every story–but today, I’ll present two: DRG Concepts and chef Kenny Mills.
From DRG Headquarters
Kenny Mills is no longer Executive Chef at Dallas Chop House and is no longer with DRG Concepts.
This development is the result of a management decision regarding operations and implementation of corporate culinary direction to ensure the success of the restaurant.
DRG Concepts President and Dallas Chop House Founder/Owner Mike Hoque said, “Chef Mills’ leadership in the kitchen at Dallas Chop House is appreciated and everyone at DRG wishes him all the best. In response to any questions that may arise from guests on how this management change will impact the DCH experience, it should be noted that the menu, recipes and features of the concept were developed with the collective culinary leadership at DRG, and were not the sole result of Chef Mills’ work. DRG Concepts Corporate Chef A.J. Joglekar and Culinary Director Chef John Tesar will continue to develop and deliver recipes at Dallas Chop House that exceed all expectations, and will do the same for all DRG Concepts brands. And DRG Concepts operations leadership will ensure that the experience and service that our customers receive continues to be stellar.” New leadership in the Executive Chef position at Dallas Chop House will be announced when ready.
“I put in my notice two weeks ago,” says Mills. “They [DRG] fired my sous chef and put in one of Tesar’s guys. I came in on June 1 and there was a whole new crew in my kitchen.”
Tesar, of course, is John Tesar the recently appointed culinary director for DRG. “Tesar wouldn’t let me run my kitchen. He told me I was an over-the-hill no talent cook. Life is just too short to work with people I don’t like.”
I spoke with Tesar briefly this morning. When I asked him what was going on with Kenny he said, “Hey, I’m the culinary director. This is just as big a shock to me as it is to you. I had no idea.”
At one point Mills sat down with owner Mike Hoque. “I told him I couldn’t run my kitchen like this and he said he would take care of it but nothing changed. I’ve done everything Mike has asked me to do here. But after Tesar slammed a bread bucket at me, I knew that if I stayed it wouldn’t work.”
Mills already has a new job lined up. UPDATE: Teresa Gubbins says Mills will begin his new job at Villa-O on July 6.41 Comments »
Or so the initial rumor goes. Dang, I just wrote a 1,500-word review on The Dallas Chop House. I reached Fran Gallagher, DRG’s public relations person, and she is in her car. She send details when she gets to a desk. All she said was, “There is a difference in the change in the direction of the company.” Huh? Stay tuned.16 Comments »