Austin Hope of Hope Family Wines was in Dallas a few weeks ago and I had an opportunity to grab a quick lunch with him and taste some of the fantastic wine he is producing in the Paso Robles region of California.
Pretty quickly after meeting him you can tell Austin is a pretty laid back guy. Quick to laugh and enjoys telling a good story about his adventures in wine. This is equally matched with the obvious dedication and love he has for his wife and two daughters, made evident early in the converstation. If you are going to be passionate about anything, wine and family are two good places to start.
Over a casual lunch at Truluck’s on McKinney we tasted his extensive portfolio. A little overwhelming at first, as Austin has created several distinct brands within his portfolio, including the Treana Red and White that I have written about before (and tasted just as good this time). Though different, each brand marries well together while maintaining their individuality.
While tasting his Liberty School Chardonnay I asked why Central Coast? What was it about Paso Robles that was so special? Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: A Visit with Austin Hope of Hope Family Wines"
D Magazine’s SideDish Supper Club at the Meddlesome Moth presents: Bottoms Up! Brooklyn Brewery Wine Dinner with Garrett Oliver, a unique, interactive beer dinner. Meddlesome Moth’s execuchef Chad Kelly has designed a lovely menu which Garrett Oliver, one of the country’s leading authorities on beer, will pair with his brews.
The price is a bargain: $75 a person includes tax, gratuity, valet parking, a commemorative beer glass, and goodie bags!
CHECK OUT THE MENU BY CLICKING ON THE SIDEDISH SUPPER CLUB LOGO TO THE RIGHT. Hurry, seating is limited. 214-628-7900.
It looks like our cheftestants aren’t as boring as we once thought. It might have taken 11 episodes, but their personalities are finally starting to come out. Ed showed us his feminine side by sporting one of Tiffany’s dresses and Angelo confessed to worshipping a shrine of four-star chefs as a boy. They’re as nutty as fruitcakes!3 Comments »
The next SideDish Supper Club has been finalized and is ready to go on sale. If you would like to be one of the first to get the details on the event, make sure you have entered your email under the SDSC logo on the right side of this page. An email blast will arrive in your inbox before the general public is notified. I can taste it already.1 Comment »
DallasVegan.com would like to invite you to the inaugural Texas State Veggie Fair, a
celebration of the thriving vegan scene in Dallas. The antithesis of another fair coinciding at
the same time, the Texas State Veggie Fair aims to show how a compassionate view of
animals can result in an awesome fair environment with food, arts, and entertainment.
Applications for cruelty-free vendors, artists, and other organizations will continue to be
accepted through September 30th.
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In November, Oddfellows will open in the remodeled space at 316 West 7th Street in the Bishop Arts District. The execuchef, Aliza Shier, was the pastry chef at Local. She is also a co-owner and her posse of partners include Gary Buckner, Amy Cowan, Scott Griggs, Amanda Pounds, Jason Roberts, Chad Sepulveda, Matt Spillers, and Shane Spillers. The menu? Seasonal, traditional American food with a concentration on fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant will open with breakfast and lunch service, and a dinner menu will be added this winter.2 Comments »
Chocolate apricot mole ice cream push pop. Yes, I know there’s a break in the temperatures, from the blazing 100s to the refreshing 90s. (That’s sarcasm — it’s still hot outside.) But no matter what the thermometer reads, it’s always the right weather for ice cream, and I’m digging Dude Sweet Chocolate’s gourmet push pops. It’s become a Bishop Arts Saturday ritual for me and my brood: burgers at Hunky’s followed by ice cream at Dude Sweet. Last week’s chocolate apricot mole creation was the perfect blend: sweet fruit, rich chocolate, and just a hint of spice. Frosty, creamy magic. This weekend? Who knows what owner Katherine Clapner will be serving up. But I’ll be first in line. After a burger and tater tots of course.2 Comments »
Update: Al Biernat’s, Abacus.