Here’s something for the whole family that involves eating something good for a good cause.
WHAT: Take the kids to meet the Cupcake Queen (no, not me), sample cupcakes until their stomaches ache, get their faces painted, play games, and more to benefit Musical Angels, which gives kids in hospitals access to musical instruments.
WHEN: Sat., Aug. 14, 2-5 p.m.
WHERE: South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar St., Studio 101.
HOW MUCH: Admission is free, and so are the cupcakes. Donations will be accepted.
More info at www.MusicalAngels.net.
I feel badly that I didn’t get this up sooner. But what can I say? A carton of frosting fell on my head.1 Comment »
GourmetRetailer.com is a web site for retailers in the specialty food and housewares industries, but it’s good site for non-professionals interested in learning what’s going on behind the scenes. Today comes this announcement: “The Gourmet Retailer Honors 20 Companies with Industry Innovator Awards.” I clicked it open and low and behold there was Dallas’ own Mozzarella Company. Congrats to Paula Lambert and company.4 Comments »
Sometimes you meet someone and you are an immediate part of the family. This was the experience I had on a recent trip to Napa Valley where I visited with the founders and owners of Rocca Family Vineyards. Greeted with open arms welcoming me and my group to not only their two beautiful vineyards, but also their home for a wine tasting and dinner, owners Dr. Mary Rocca and Dr. Eric Grigsby showed true California hospitality.
In 1989 Mary and Eric moved to Napa and had the idea that one day they would purchase land to create a world class vineyard. The couple met when Mary was in dental school at Boston University’s School of Dentistry, where she was one of the first women to earn accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They moved together to Rochester, Minnesota where Eric trained in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at The Mayo Clinic. They both established successful practices there, but Eric knew that one day Mary would want to move back to her California roots. They moved their practices in 1989, and in 1996 they started to look for land to start their vineyard. In 1999 they found their first vineyard in the middle of the Yountville AVA in Napa. In 2000 Mary sold her dental practice to devote full time to growing the winery and Rocca Family Vineyards was born. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: A Visit with Rocca Family Vineyards"1 Comment »
I read the book but haven’t seen the movie. However, FrontRow’s Peter Simek has written a delightful review. (Best headline ever written on a D blog.) Click. Read. Rave on Peter.1 Comment »
Yes folks, it is that time of year again—KRLD Restaurant Week. The madness begins tonight with preview dinners and will continue through September 5. If you have plans to dine, keep good notes—every morning SideDish will provide a place for you to post your reviews. If you take a nice photo, e-mail them to me and I will do my best to get them posted as well. Remember to tip your server like it’s not Restaurant Week. On your mark, get set…16 Comments »
It’s hard to believe that the good old days of covering celebuchefs were those in the spring of 2008. That’s when Lisa Garza was a contestant on The Next Food Network Star.
For better or worse, many of us were captivated by her over-the-top effort to get her own TV show. (If you’d like to relive the glory, this post covers the day SideDish popped The Food Network for accidentally revealing of the winner on a promo. Nasty comments warning. If you want more,pour another cup of coffee and type Garza in SideDish search window.)
I like Lisa Garza. She’s a fighter on and off the camera. Lisa took a beating while she was on the Next Food Network Star and she lost more than her own TV show when NFNS ended. I caught up with her yesterday.
Jump for the interview.23 Comments »
The talented former Stephan Pyles/Dragonfly chef has fled up the Dallas North Tollway to Frisco and debuts his new One 2 One tonight, and the menu looks pretty familiar for anyone who’s dined on his fare before: ginger beef on wasabi mashed potatoes, Beau Nash smoked chicken and corn soup, five spice calamari. Nothing really surprising here though I am interested in the grilled watermelon and heirloom tomato with lemon yogurt and smoked sea salt. But lets talk about that name: One 2 One. Restaurant or online dating service? Discuss.10 Comments »
When Jeana and Colleen opened Good 2 Go Taco (702 North Buckner, 214-668-0831), they decided to keep breakfast simple. While their lunch offerings got a little fancy (pulled pork and pineapple, chicken and artichoke), in the morning they just served egg and potato, and egg and bacon. But now they’ve got the operation running smoothly and have begun serving specialty tacos for breakfast. Too, earlier this month, their Paris, Texas taco (pictured, grilled hangar steak, spinach, egg, potato, jalapeño hollandaise) was featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” They couldn’t very well show the thing on TV and then not serve it. Since they upped their morning offerings, they’ve been slammed. If you stop in, here’s some advice: do NOT attempt to consume these things while you’re driving.
Update: The girls are moving their taco stand down the street to a new spot near the corner of Peavy and Garland. They’ll decamp from their current location at the end of this month and then open (hopefully) 45 days later.
Dang, I probably picked the worst week to start our new feature, Food Feedback Friday. It’s hot, nobody’s hungry, and KRLD Restaurant year month week(s) kicks off this weekend with preview dinners and continues its run through September 5 . I’m sure many of you who have made multiple restaurant reservations probably stayed home this week. (I did not and it was a scary to witness so many empty dining rooms.) Anywhoo, if you have a recent dining experience or complaint you’d like to report, do so below. The audience is listening.27 Comments »