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!”
For a debutante, last weekend’s Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (featuring, among others, local boy Tim Love of Lonesome Dove and Love Shack) was both a figurative and literal hottie. From searing grills to humidity that felt like getting a big wet one from Mother Nature, heat was both constant companion and inspiration as foodies from all over the world tripped between the Fairmont, George Washington House, and the tony, tony Sandy Lane for demos and tastings by chefs Tim Love, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai, Marcus Samuelsson, Anthony Giglio, and Rob Feenie.
Luckily, I took the good camera with me. Jump here for the awesome photo gallery. Continue reading "Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival Wraps Up With Tim Love’s Grilled Pickles, Fergus Henderson’s Bone Marrow, and a Nearly Perfect Fish Sandwich"