I think I speak for all of us here at D when I say that only good things will come from the addition of a food truck culture to Dallas’ streets. Case in point: today’s arrival of The Hot Box food truck in front of The Grape on Greenville Ave.
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If you find yourself a) hungry b) feeling expansive and c) in the Greenville area tomorrow around lunchtime, stop by The Grape where Chef Brian Luscher and his friends Lauren Jones & Stewart Jameson of The Hot Box will be slinging Uncle Jimmy’s achiote pork nachos, burgers, and made-to-order snow cones from the one-and-only Hot Box truck. Food starts flying at 11 am and the gang plans to drive off at 2, so be there or go back to eating the same old boring way…indoors, no less.
Help! My little brother is going to Kansas City this weekend to meet the girlfriend’s parents. He’s nervous and wants to make a good impression. Where should he take them to dinner?12 Comments »
Scardello, the folks responsible for our addiction to such cheesy greats as Epoisses and Bleu d’ Auvergne, are hosting Cheese and Wine of the Northwest, Thursday, November 4. Join Rich in exploring the cheeses of Washington and Oregon, paired with wine, of course.
If you prefer your cheese as fluid and your boundaries, you’ll heart will leap to learn about the return of Scardello’s Fondue Night, Friday, November 12. Pick up one of those long, forky things and dive into three-mountain cheese fondue paired with salami, bread, and fruit, salad, sparkling wine, and locally made chocolate truffles. Scardello is tiny, so call ahead to make sure you don’t end up on the sidewalk.
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I participated in an online group tasting the other evening of Chilean red wine led by Cesar Morales, the enological manager for Viñedos Emiliana S.A., a winery that is creating organic and bio-dynamic wine from vineyards in the Casablanca, Maipo and Rapel valleys of Chile. A graduate with distinction from the University of Chile that also worked in South Africa, Bordeaux and Tuscany, Cesar has been a leader for Emiliana as they have moved to become a winery dedicated to the care and protection of the environment, earning them the ISO 14001 certification, the first in Chile.
Along with this tasting of Chilean reds I have also received some Chilean blends for editorial consideration that are good, food friendly finds… relatively reasonably priced with big, bold fruit flavors. Here are a few favorites:
2005 Valdivieso Eclat - a blend of 56% Carignan, 24% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah this is a complex wine with aromas of juicy red fruits like raspberry and red plums and wild flowers. The grapes are hand picked through April in the Maule Valley of Chile (they are on opposite seasons,) and is aged for 12 months in French oak post an additional 14 days of maceration (leaving the grapes on their skins) post fermentation before pressing. The wine is bold, but the tannins are soft and the overall flavor was full bodied and impressive. I have had other wines from this winery and this is the best so far. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: Chilean Reds"
Brisket and blue cheese? That’s not a combo I’m used to, but when I asked the guy manning the newest food trailer (cart, really) in Dallas what he recommended, he suggested the off menu special – a cup of blue corn grits, chopped brisket and a blue cheese crumble topping ($6). I went for it, and the flavors worked. The cheese had a sweetness brought out by the saucy brisket, and the creamy grits below help cut some of the intense richness. This is a dish made for fall. Maybe not the sunny 80+ degree we had today, but I enjoyed it none the less.
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The Art in October series of events is wrapping up on Sunday. They’re throwing a block party from 11:00AM to 5:00PM by One Arts Plaza. Flora, between Olive and Pearl, will be closed off and lined with food trucks and vendors. Here are a few:
Green House Truck, City Grille, Chi’Lantro (Austin based), Yum Yum Truck (Ft. Worth)
Also, Screen Door’s new “Squeals on Wheels” will be serving. All the museums will be free, the costume shop at the Wyly Theater will be open, there will be performances inside and out. There’s an interesting art exhibition by The Arc of Dallas at the Chase Tower Rotunda. GO, Dallas.
Hey, Dishers. Where did you eat this week? Did you find something fabulous? Did you find something foul? We’d love to hear your thoughts on your latest restaurant experiences.Here’s what you said last week. (Go Rangers like you’ve never gone before!)9 Comments »
“I think some people were expecting a pig with an apple in its mouth,” Craft’s General Manager Max Rudberg commented as last night’s 23 guests for the Craft Whole Pig & Beer Pairing dinner began to take their seats. “I think everyone’s going to be very pleasantly surprised.”
Indeed, the five-course feast that Chef Jeff Harris and his staff began preparing on Monday was more of a gleeful homage to the animal than a trite gimmick. Upon its arrival, the pig was sectioned of — even the head and feet — so that each part could contribute its particular taste, texture and personality to the dishes.
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This weekend is all about the treats, no tricks, and there are some great cocktail combos out that should be tried. Below are some unusual selections that I have been introduced to recently, that are also pretty tasty. Also great for watching a Texas Rangers win!
The Green Beast
Developed by Pernod Absinthe’s in-house mixologist Charles Vexenent.
The Green Beast
1 Part Pernod Absinthe
2 Parts Rose’s Lime Juice
4 Parts Water
Domaine de Canton is ginger infused liqueur made with fresh, Vietnamese ginger blended with VSOP and XO Grande Champagne Cognacs, Provençal honey, Tunisian Ginseng, and fresh vanilla beans. Luxurious and silky, try blended with Champagne as well.
The Autumn Spice
2oz. Domaine de Canton
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
2 oz. apple cider
Serve over ice with a cinnamon stick
Einstein Bros. Bagels in McKinney opening in a big way next Tuesday (Nov. 2) by giving the first 100 people in line coupons for one free breakfast sandwich a week for one year. That’s 52 sandwiches, people. Fine print says that you have to be at least 18 years old, have a valid photo ID, and that the coupons can only be redeemed only at the 7645 Custer Road location, not a big deal if you live nearby — a little more of a hassle if you live in Oak Cliff. But, hey, a free sandwich is a free sandwich.
Looks to me like the store opens at 5:30 am. I’m not saying you should camp out, just that you should plan according to your level of personal commitment.1 Comment »
Vijay Sadhu’s new restaurant Sutra opens next month in The Shops at Legacy in Plano. He needed a few folks to use as guinea pigs to test some of his recipes. We were happy to oblige. Sadhu whipped out five dishes, assisted by longtime friend and Sutra consultant Arturo Romanillos (his specialty is pâtisserie and baking which he has done at Stephan Pyles and a few times at the James Beard House in New York. Currently he is Program Chair of Pâtisserie and Baking at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas. Here are some of the dishes we tried and you may be able to taste when Sutra opens.
Mung dal Falafel with Tabouli and Tahini Sauce. The falafels are made with garlic, ginger, and ground spice. It is accompanied by a tabouli salad made from mung dal sprouts, garlic, parsley, bulgur wheat, and lemon juice. The tahini sauce is essentially a sesame seed sauce with garlic.
Oh, there is lots more. (VIDEO!!) Continue reading "Vijay Sadhu Previews Recipes for New Restaurant Sutra. Bonus Video of Sadhu Cooking!"9 Comments »
This just in from Jack Perkins of Maple and Motor Burgers & Beer: he’s now serving breakfast from 6-9:00AM. He says, “Come try my flapjack roll.” What’s a flapjack roll, you ask? Jump for deets. Continue reading "Maple and Motor Burgers & Beer: Now Open for Breakfast"5 Comments »
Speaking of long tables, those merry hipsters in Oak Cliff are doing one November 1. It’s called the Bishop Arts Long Table, and they’ll put it smack dab in the middle of the street. Tickets are $100.
I can see a long-table arms race developing here. This worries me.9 Comments »
We sent intern Meredith Stein to the 2010 Grape and Gridiron Classic for a play-by-play account of last night’s face-off between Texas and New York most able-bodied wines. Here’s her report from the sidelines:
Though the Cowboys suffered a devastating blow Monday night from the New York Giants (poor Romo), Texas wines plowed their competition – New York wines – at the 2010 Grape & Gridiron Classic. During the blind-tasting event, hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture and held at the El Centro College Food & Hospitality Institute, 22 distinct state wines went glass-to-glass in celebration of the game. The final score: Texas: 8; New York: 3. Home field advantage? I think not!
Texas wine bloggers Jeff Siegel of the Wine Curmudgeon/ DrinkLocalWine.com, Russ Kane of VintageTexas, and Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine and Grape Association led the tastings.
jump here for the final outcome… Continue reading "Texas Trounces New York in Monday Night’s Grape & Gridiron Face Off"7 Comments »
‘Tis the season for long-table dinners. (Remember the Outstanding in the Field and Chefs for Farmers events from a couple weeks ago?) It would appear that not only is the the long table dinner trend not showing signs of burning out but it’s actually picking up steam and variations as evidenced by this latest event to cross our desks: The Longest Chef’s Table in Dallas, Nov. 11 at 6 pm at The Village on the Green. The event promises cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a six-course dinner, wine pairings, a silent auction, and serenade by Booker T. Washington vocal students. This dinner under the stars, concocted by 12 of North Texas’ premier chefs — including but not limited to Chef Amado Mora (Maximo Mexican Cocina), Chef Tim Byers (Smoke), Chef Tiffany Derry (Go Fish Ocean Club), Chef Tamesha Warren (Top Chef: DC and Washington, D.C.’s The Oval Room), and Chef Brad Albers (Eddie V’s) — will run you a mere $125 and will benefit a mighty good cause (you know…the kids). And while this may be “the longest” event of its kind, space remains limited, so visit The Village on the Green’s website to claim your seat.
As for the long-table trend, what’s next? Highest? Lowest? Widest? Lengthiest? We’ll let you know as soon as we get the word.
Dust off your LBD and pony up the $150 for a spot at the table at Stephan Pyles’ 11th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner & Live Auction, Nov. 7 at 6 pm — a six-course, fall-inspired, fundraising feast with wine pairings and menu contributions from Matt Raso of Nobu, Dallas; Blaine Staniford of Grace; Jeff Harris of Craft; Tim Byres of Smoke; Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate; and Stephan Pyles and Matt McAllister of Stephan Pyles. The post-dinner auction proceeds benefit The Stephan Pyles Culinary Scholarship. Space is extremely limited, so click here to secure your seat before they’re all gobbled up.
This Thursday from 5-7 pm, Sigel’s in Addison will host a free wine tasting to coincide with a visit from Napa Valley’s August ‘Joe’ Briggs proprietor of Briggs & Sons Winemaking. Briggs will lead a tasting of his new releases, including the Charbono and Petite Sirah. Note: Sigel’s is the only retailer outside of the winery’s own tasting room to carry these. Stop by to find out why. Click here to RSVP.