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.
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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 »