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 »