Need we even mention that Top Chef All-Stars premiers tomorrow night? No doubt you’re already eyeballing that squishy spot in the couch and planning out your commercial-break allocation of crudités (or Cheez-Its) for weeks. But Loft 610 knows that reality-TV premiers are dish best shared. With that in mind they invite fans of Chef Tre (who’s returning to the show this season) to gather at the restaurant to view the show en masse. Hang around after the show when The Jones Band takes over at 9:30.
Next Wednesday (Dec. 8), Loft 610 takes the viewing party up a notch by offering an accompanying $100 menu of poached Maine lobster, roasted baby beets, braised Berkshire pork belly, and more created by Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry. Dinner’s at 7 pm; call to make your reservation before space fills up. You won’t want to miss the camaraderie born of shared enthusiasm and ridicule. Good times.
Call 972-377-2500 for reservations.
Editorial update: these are two distinct events – one tonight and one next Wednesday.
Run, don’t walk, to Next Vintage at The Joule this Friday when the Charlie Palmer-affiliated wine store will be offering 40% off 40 of its wines. The least expensive is only $6. It’s a one day only sale and it runs 10am-10pm.1 Comment »
Last week I posted that The Grape has temporarily set up shop in the old Stoney’s space next to their iconic Greenville Ave. restaurant, and will be holding weekly wine tastings in the space. I was able to make it out to the tasting on Tuesday (a day before their normal Wednesday nights for the holiday) and it was fantastic. GM/Sommelier, and always delightful, Courtney Luscher teamed with Steve Masir from Republic Beverages for what I’ll call “A few of Courtney’s favorite things.” Continue reading "Get Your Wine On at The Grape Wednesday Nights"
For the 12 days leading up to Christmas (December 13 to 24), the Uptown location of Urban Taco will be showcasing a different, rib-sticking tamale recipe each and every day. Keep your shopping energy high with pollo con mole on the 13th, rajas con queso on the 15th, and barbacoa con chorizo on the 20th. (Is it our imaginations, or do the recipes seem to get heartier the closer we get to zero hour on the 24th?)
Our suggestion: grab them by the dozen ($25), freeze, then defrost for Christmas brunch or that New Year’s Day hangover. Yes, definitely for that New Year’s Day hangover.
Dallas-based Yumilicious (an off-the-record fave among the D editorial crew) is gearing up to give away free fro yo in Snider Plaza from 5 to 9 pm on Dec. 10 to celebrate the grand opening of its 8th location. Show up for your share of the low-fat treats, as well as raffle drawings, and the possibility of a chance encounter with hostess (and Dallas’ own Project Runway designer) Shirin Askari. (We’re not sure how many flavors will be available on the day of the opening, but, ultimately, the location will serve 16 flavors from avocado to red velvet and 40+ toppings.)
The raffle prizes don’t stink either: a 32GB iPad plus 3G, two tickets to Shirin Askari’s fashion show, one free yogurt per week for a year, 100 t-shirts, gift cards, and more. Work off the few calories you’ve taken in by grooving to tunes provided by DJ Tek-Neek.
The deals continue throughout the weekend: on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12 guests will receive 20% off all day and have another chance to win the 32GB iPad+3G.2 Comments »
Many of you have been curious to know about what is going on in the old Cuba Libre space on Henderson. Yesterday, I caught up with Consilient Restaurant’s head honcho Tristan Simon. Here’s what I found out.
What you once knew as Cuba Libre has been demolished, completely remodeled, and renamed Alma (soul in Spanish). The crews have just completed the construction. The design is “50s mid-century modern Mexican with low density seating.” They are now working on the “elevated regional Mexican cuisine” menu development and will begin hiring in the next two weeks. The goal is for Alma to open their doors in late January. Alma will likely be the last “major brand creation on Henderson” for Consilient because of the horrid parking situation.
Who will be the chef? “I can’t tell you yet,” said Simon. “But he’s a big deal.” By the end of the conversation Simon spilled the beans on the new chef. And yes, the guy will be a big deal AFTER HE MOVES TO Dallas.
Another quick note: Simon is still working with Julian Barsotti of Nonna on a deli concept. “We are doing the real estate and investing,” said Simon. “Jules is taking the lead in that project.” Meanwhile, Barsotti has been consulting on Consilient’s expansion of Fireside Pies. The newest location in Fort Worth has been retooled for roll out. “We started from scratch and did something more modern from the design standpoint,” said Simon. “We’ve also expanded the menu to include hand-cut pastas.”4 Comments »
You just finished putting those serving dishes away from your Thanksgiving feast. You’ve got good food on the brain (and leftovers in your tummy). Now is the time to think about your holiday menu. You want to get it right this year and we want to help you plan the perfect holiday meal. Each week, submit your recipes in the following categories for your chance to WIN $100 to Central Market. That’s a winner a week, people. So get your creative juices flowing and submit your recipes today. We’ll post our faves and announce the winners each Monday between now and December 29th.
Your first challenge: Six-Ingredient Salad. Let’s go beyond the dried cranberry-candied walnuts-blue cheese route. I’m thinking wasabi peas and sesame oil dressing. Kidding. But, you know, get creative. Jump for entry form and contest schedule.
I shot an email to MCrowd czar Ray Washburne to ask about the water pipe that burst on Saturday under their Irving warehouse. I saw the story on Channel 8 and the place looked trashed. Washburne said they are rebuilding in the same spot.
While I had his attention, I asked if Greg Good was still the CEO. “Greg Good is leaving MCrowd,” said Washburne. “Greg will stay on the board but is pursuing other opportunities outside of MCrowd.”
But here’s the real poop: Good will be replaced by Michael Cox. Besides playing a huge role in getting Central Market up and running in Dallas, Cox was an on-and-off partner with Stephan Pyles since the old Routh Street Cafe days. Last time I spoke with Cox he was living in Milwaukee and working for Marcus Hotels and Resorts.
Welcome back, Michael. Good to have you in Dallas. (Couldn’t resist.)
Update: I just spoke with Cox. He and his wife are driving from Milwaukee and plan to arrive on Saturday. He starts his new position next Monday.15 Comments »
Just received word that after two and a half years of operation, 55 Degrees Wine Bar & Bistro in Plano closed this weekend.
In October, intern Meredith Stein did a great job covering (and photographing) the first Chefs For farmers farm-to-table dinner. Looks like the next one’s just around the corner. Take it away, Meredith…
If you missed the first farm-to-table fundraising dinner in October, you’re going to want to snag tickets to the encore event on Sunday, Dec. 5. The premier long-table feast, which was set amidst a pasture at Eden’s Organic Farm, was a sold-out smash hit. This time around, the party is at Times Ten Cellars in Fort Worth.
jump to read more and reserve your spot… Continue reading "Chefs for Farmers Farm-to-Table Dinner This Sunday at Times Ten Cellars"
If upscale fast casual is the new fine dining, then Dive Coastal Cuisine in Snider Plaza has its sights set on becoming the new French Room. Franchesca Nor, the chef and owner, has the right interior design and a menu full of organic, seasonal, and local ingredients, but she has yet to elevate the food to regal status. The vibe is California-meets-the-Caribbean cool. The seafood-centric menu, with a couple of entrées close to $20, includes ceviche, salads (big and small), dips (hummus and cucumber yogurt), seafood entrées (salmon, scallops, mussels), and a kid-friendly selection. Don’t like fish? The restaurant offers a fancy pulled pork sandwich with barbecue ragu and a mustard-ginger slaw. We ordered at the counter and received a number clipped to a tiny soccer ball—which was fitting, since half the customers in the restaurant the night we dined were coaches, parents of players, or players of little league soccer. We enjoyed the Park Cities people-watching as we sipped a wheaty Pyramid Hefeweizen, but the fun stopped when the food arrived.
Recently on the 2010 Dallas Burger Tour, we slammed the kitchen at Wingfield’s on Beckley in South Dallas. While we waited for our burgers, a few of us spied Tortilleria Tuzantla across the street and we strolled over to take a look. Inside we found Eliza Martinez leading four generations of her family (herself, her mother, her grandmother, and her great grandmother) making tortillas with an authentic, “hecho en Mexico” tortilla machine inside. A few weeks later, I returned to get a little tour. I found Eliza, but the other generations were off for the day. Eliza was kind enough to take me through the tortilla-making process.
There is some machine noise in the video but Eliza’s work is mostly a visual process anyway.
Head to Bailey’s Prime Plus on Dec. 6 for the Japan-America Society’s Sake Soiree, “an evening of social and cultural exchange featuring fine sake from five breweries in the Empire of Beautiful Sake, the Akita prefecture in Japan.” Learn how sake is made, how to order, and how to drink from a certified advanced sake specialist while nibbling on Bailey’s Prime Plus sake-paired hors d’oeuvres. $45 members/$55 non-members includes sake tasting and hors d’oeuvres. RSVP by Nov 30.
Lucia, chef David Uygur’s new restaurant in Bishop Arts, may be days away from opening. The floor is down, the tables and chairs are in place, and there is food cooking in the kitchen. Developing.
I have been out of town for the holiday and am just returning to lots of emails, but came across this one and needed to get it out there for Veritas fans looking to relax on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Starting today through Sunday, December 26th Veritas will give a 20% discount on all bottles consumed on premise between 2pm and 6pm. The deal is just on Saturdays and Sundays, but well worth it if you are in need of some weekend dinner wine and would like to have a sip or two before you go. Also, Veritas has big screen TVs usually tuned to Sunday Cowboys’ games.
Jump for more holiday wine specials. Continue reading "Veritas Says Thanks to Loyal Guests For the Holidays"
So, where did you eat this week? More specifically, where did you eat Thanksgiving dinner? If you dined in a restaurant, we’d love to read about your experience. Here is what you wrote last week.9 Comments »
Newsflash: food that tastes crappy makes you feel crappy. That’s right; in honor of tomorrow’s impending gluttony, I give you this press release, hot off the email from the APS journal Psychological Science, that explains why your diet of Brussels Sprouts and wheat grass inspires the type of bad mood known to psychologists worldwide as moral disgust.
Jump to read: Bitter Food = Bitter Guest: Choose Thanksgiving Menu Wisely Continue reading "Bitter Much? Actual Psychological Tips For Manipulating Your Mother in Law’s Mood This Thanksgiving"1 Comment »
Max Rudberg, the general manager of Craft Dallas, has left the restaurant. Why? “I did not see eye to eye with the hotel’s upper management and their proposed changes,” says Rudberg. “They want to dumb down one of the city’s best restaurants.”
Rudberg says Thomas Caramucci, general manager of W Dallas Victory Hotel, would prefer Craft to be “a typical hotel restaurant” during breakfast and lunch service. By typical, Rudberg means the menu and service style would be more fast casual—even the “uniforms” of the staff would change accordingly.
I asked Rudberg what executive chef Tom Colicchio felt about the proposed changes. “Colicchio gave over control [of Craft to the hotel] on March 1, 2009,” said Rudberg. “The hotel would not allow me to correspond with Tom’s people in New York on any menus.”
According to Rudberg, after March 1, 2009, Colicchio retained his status as executive chef and retained the right to keep the chef de cuisine (currently the brilliant Jeff Harris), as his employee. In the agreement, Colicchio is “required to make quarterly visits” to the Dallas location of Craft.
“People here have never gotten the beautiful simplicity of Craft,” says Rudberg. “We never even got support from the party animals working concierge. Even though we gave them tastings, they never got it.”
This makes me sad. Craft has been one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas since it opened. I’ve had some issues with Colicchio but I love his cooking and the style of the restaurant. I called W Dallas Victory Hotel GM Thomas Caramucci yesterday afternoon to ask him about the proposed changes, but he is out of town for Thanksgiving holidays until November 29. Stay tuned for details.
From the copy and paste press release department comes this worthy notice:
Patriotic Dallasites give thanks to our troops this holiday season by serving a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at DFW Airport. It’s the second time around for Debbie Wright and Franklin Pillsbury to organize this holiday meal prepared by World Master Chef Society members including Chef Salvatore Gisellu from Urban Crust.
Jump for the details. Continue reading "Giving Thanks to Our Soldiers on Thanksgiving"
The folks at Norma’s Café are nothing if not generous (see the post we wrote on their Veterans Day event). Tomorrow they’ll continue on their philanthropic path by serving Thanksgiving Dinner to Dallas’ neediest for the 22nd year in a row. The event runs from 11 am to 1 pm, during which time Norma’s employees and owner, Ed Murph, plan to serve more than 3,500 plates of turkey with giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, tossed salad, and a hot, fluffy roll.
I think I speak for everyone here when I say, “Way to go, Murph!”