Wednesday night Andrew Ormsby, Randall Copeland, John Tesar, Janice Provost and more showcased seductively sweet desserts to raise funds for Best Buddies Texas in the first annual Life is Sweet Pastry Chef Showcase at Victoria Hall inside Andrew Ormsby Catering. Continue reading "Life is Certainly Sweet When Dallas Chefs Help Best Buddies"
I just received a note from a casting assistant for 24 Hour Restaurant Battle on Food Network. They will hold an open casting call in Dallas on Saturday December 4. Here’s what they want
We are looking for charismatic and outgoing two person teams with pre-existing relationships, who have always dreamed of running their own restaurant. Applicants may have lots of restaurant experience, no restaurant experience, or some combination of both. One member of the team will run the “back of the house” and one member will run the “front of the house.” As a team they must have the skills to open and run their own restaurant!
The details of our event are below. Continue reading "Casting Call: 24 Hour Restaurant Battle is Coming to Dallas"5 Comments »
Once upon a time, the Pyramid Room at the Fairmont Hotel was the swankiest place to dine in Dallas. It was classy, expensive, and a treat. A gaucho-clad sommlier hovered overhead picking bottles of wine from high shelves. However, like other hotel restaurants, the Pyramid Room become JAHR (Just Another Hotel Restaurant). The Pyramid Room became the Pyramid Restaurant and Bar. The menu is simpler, the staff is smaller, and many of the small touches (oh, the ice swans!) have been banished. To me, it was sad to see such a proud old dowager so meekly give up the fight.
But wait! The fight toward fine dining is back. Jump for the details and food photos.
If we Americans are known for anything it’s for not knowing when to quit — which is how I’ve come to be inside a hotel room on a perfectly decent sunny day in Barbados, where I’ve come to watch Dallas/Fort Worth’s own cowboy chef Tim Love impress the hell out of the global community during the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (which, incidentally, kicks off in a mere eight hours).
The island is crawling with Brits, Aussies, Canadians, and a significant contingent from good-old Texas — all here to get a first-person peek at cooking demos by Love, Craft’s Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai, tail-to-snout pioneer Fergus Henderson, and more. If the number of metal-cased knife sets on the baggage carousel at 1 am was any indication, the volume of both serious tips and fancy flourish will keep me bouncing between Sandy Lane, Whispers on the Bay, The Cliffs, and The Hilton for the next 72 hours.
But for right now, I do know when it’s time to quit (typing, that is). To prove my point, I’ll devote the next eight hours to recovering from yesterday’s 17-hour travel day with a shady chair, Sherlock Holmes, and a cabana boy late-morning cocktail.
With a schedule like this, it may be the last chance I get.
Owners Kristenand Mitch Kauffman have leased a space two doors down from Urbano Cafe. They plan to add another dining room. Mitch calls it Two Doors Down. The space has a full kitchen but Chef K’eo Velasquez may not be flitting between the two. It may be used more for special events and catering and it opens next week! Details to come.1 Comment »
Every year, Sigel’s in Addison buys a few newly released wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano. They squirrel them away for a few years to age and, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, they invite customers in for a ceremonial cutting of the cheese.
That would make this Saturday (20th) the big day.
Try to arrive by 1 pm to witness the process of cutting open up the wheels, which will be a five and three years old, and to have time to visit with the guest cheese monger on hand to sample a number of artisanal cheeses from small European producers, including the Beemster Co-op in Holland (the exclusive milk supplier to Ben & Jerry’s Europe).
Sounds like a perfectly tasty Saturday afternoon to me.
Sigel’s Addison is located at 15003 Inwood Rd. (And it is spelled Sigel’s. Sorry about that!)1 Comment »
We sent intern Valeria Turturro out to learn about the various wines the holiday season has to offer. Read her report below.
“Oh the weather outside is frightful…” Okay, it’s not quite frightful yet, but a girl can dream. And walking into the Hotel Palomar yesterday on an unusually chilly Dallas night was a surefire way to get into the holiday spirit. The warmly lit lobby was the perfect welcome to the “Wines for the Season” wine and food event inside Central 214. Guests gave donations to benefit Resource Center Dallas and the fight against HIV and in exchange got to sip and taste nine wines perfectly paired to their chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres. Central 214’s celebrity chef Blythe Beck, known as “the Naughty Chef,” created a menu to complement a list of wines put together by Kimpton’s master sommelier Emily Wines.
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 reported last week.13 Comments »
Bring your little buddy to Happy Yappy Hour at the iconic Stoneleigh from 2 to 5 pm on Saturday, Dec. 4 when the hotel will team up with The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas to provide well-behaved pooches and their owners with an afternoon of libations and fun in the name of a good cause. $10 per person gets you one drink coupon and some light nibbles, as well as the chance to win one of the door prizes. Play some games; drink some drinks ($3 mimosas and Bloody Marys); order some snacks – all in the name of helping former racers transition from track-life to home-life.1 Comment »