It’s been about a month since Avner and Celeste Samuel pulled the plug on Aurora. As promised, the duo is back with a new concept: Nosh Euro Bistro. The causal eatery officially opens tonight but I got a preview this weekend at the opening reception. Jump to see what they’ve come up with.
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The first question one needs to ask oneself when one has volunteered to serve as a judge in a barbecue contest is: what am I going to eat for breakfast? I went with watermelon, hoping that the fiber would ameliorate the deleterious effects of gorging myself on meat for three hours. More on the success of my plan in due time. But you need to know right away that if you missed the first annual Blues, Bandits & BBQ festival thrown by the community-minded folks from Go Oak Cliff, you missed a hell of an event. You also missed a chance to sweat off about 5 pounds of water weight. It was hot and humid yesterday.
Rob Shearer, who organized the event, estimates that about 2,500 people turned out. Of those, 750 bought special wristbands that entitled them to serve as peoples’ choice judges. But, despite the whole populist vibe that they foster in the OC, who cares what the hoi polloi think, right? You want to know what we trained judges thought.
The judges were divided into two panels. At my table sat the unfortunately bearded and pushing-40 Jeff Whittington (KERA), the Saint Tropez-born Melissa Boon (Edible Dallas & Fort Worth), the delightfully randy Andrea Grimes (Dallas Observer), the very knowledgeable Daniel Vaughn (Full Custom Gospel BBQ), and yours truly, with a solid base coat of watermelon lining his gut. We started at noon with sausage and progressed through three more flights of barbecue, tackling chicken and pork ribs before wrapping it up with brisket. I felt full after the first course of sausage. By my count, we ate 36 samples of meat.15 Comments »
Eight years ago, Ed Bamberger thought it would be fun to organize events where single people could mingle over dinner. Once you joined the group, there wasn’t any “first date” awkwardness or pressure to impress the man or woman sitting next to you. Everyone who attended Ed’s Single Gourmet events already had two things in common: they were single and they loved food.
Over the years, Ed has organized dinner parties, cooking classes, cocktail parties, and travel excursions. “It gave me great pleasure to organize over 500 events,” says Bamberger. “I’m happy that many friendships and relationships developed.”
With a heavy heart, Ed (email@example.com) has closed Single Gourmet.7 Comments »
It was fun, although too many wines were from California in ambiguously-labeled bottles at this weekend’s Dallas Wine Trail. The highlight for me was:1 Comment »