BrewDog, a scrappy little brewery in Scotland is turning out some of the more interesting (not to mention strongest) beers on the market today. Tonight, Common Table will tap a small keg of BrewDog Tokyo, an 18.2% imperial stout brewed with jasmine and cranberries, dry hopped with a combination of North American and New Zealand hops, and aged for four weeks on toasted vanilla French oak chips. This is a remarkable beer — one that very seldom turns up on tap anywhere. Swing by to give it a try.
A good wine has always been something to crow about; tomorrow night it will become something to tweet about, too. On Tues. Nov. 17, from 6 to 7 pm (CT) the Four Seasons Resort’s Bar 19 in Las Colinas will host a “tweet-up” — a Twitter-based, virtual, global tasting hosted by Four Seasons’ three top sommeliers in an event that mingles technology and oenophilia.
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As my colleague, Hayley Hamilton, reported Central 214 at The Palomar Hotel has a “Wine of the Season” tasting/pairing event this Thursday with Kimpton Corporate Sommelier Emily Wines MW. It’s a great value for a great cause – The Resource Center, Dallas get all proceeds of your minimum $20 donation. Furthermore, you could be the first to ask Emily her real name (that’s a trick question – she really is an Emily).
We overheard a rumor that other things were brewing at Central 214 as well. First, there will be a new winter menu. Executive Chef Blythe Beck changes it quarterly. Also, there will be new wines by the glass and new cocktails. SideDish was fortunate to be given a sneak preview. The restaurant put together some of the new dishes and in the course of the meal some themes emerged about the chef’s food. Continue reading "Central 214 in Dallas Unveils New Winter Menu"1 Comment »
In the spirit of keeping you posted on all of the fabulous dinners, tastings, and events going on around town, we present the following three events, each one guaranteed to tickle the taste buds in its own way.
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I am sure we all have great Thanksgiving traditions, mostly revolving around good food. For me, I always start the day watching the parade with a glass of Champange, then non-traditional cooking and enjoying a beautiful dinner with friends and family over great wine, hopefully after a Cowboy’s win.
As shopping approaches here are a few ideas for wine selections that will pair nicely with your turkey dinner. Some have been sent for editorial consideration, some were just meant for Thanksgiving feasting.
Beaujolais is considered the wine of Thanksgiving. If you want to try many selections before you buy make sure to attend this year’s Beaujolais Festival Friday night. Tickets available here. If you just want to pick up a few bottles without a prior taste test George Deboeuf always puts out a solid product, that is always dressed for a celebration. In stores just before the holiday, in celebration of the run from Beaujolais to Paris on the third Thursday of the month of November just after bottling. Beaujolais, like all Gamay, should be drunk young, and is light, fruit forward and an easy pairing with a hearty Thanksgiving meal. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: Thanksgiving"2 Comments »
Jason Kottke quotes a couple restaurateurs from New York and San Fran who are not fans of the ubiquitous reservations system. I wonder if you Dallas operators feel the same way.22 Comments »
Last night I had the privilege to attend a small scotch tasting with The Macallan Single Malt Scotch at Perry’s as they simulcast the Sotheby’s live auction of one bottle of 64 year old single malt in a Lalique crystal decanter, in celebration of Lalique founder, Renee Lalique’s, 150th birthday.
Over an exquisite tasting of 15 year Fine Oak, 18 year Sherry Oak, 30 year Fine Oak and The Macallan 1851 Inspiration, with flavorful bites of lobster, shrimp and tenderloin provided by Perry’s, The Macallan Ambassador, Jay Liddell, walked guests through why The Macallan is so special, the importance of the night and the Sotheby’s auction benefiting Charity Water. Continue reading "The Macallan Raises $600,000 for Charity Water"
In our ongoing effort to make sure you have every bit of information you could possibly need to choose the Thanksgiving dinner best suited to you, we present our latest list of dine-in and take-home menus from the restaurants you know and love. (Restaurants, feel free to post your menu in the comments section if we missed you.)
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