You have to know when two of Dallas’ smart, successful and impecably stylish women come together to create an “all things culinary” concept that it is going to be good, especially when the names Fearing and Rathbun are behind it.
Last night Tracy Rathbun and Lynea Fearing welcomed a chic gathering of Dallasites to their new culinary space and entertainment venue, DUO, just a few doors down from their Asian Fusion hot spot, Shinsei.
Over cocktails featuring Coole Swan Dairy Cream Liqueur and abundant appetizers including California rolls, vegetable rolls, fish tacos with avocado and soft egg custard served in the shell with truffle and maple syrup, guests mingled around the well-designed room filled with everything from furniture, to plate and glassware, to knives and kitchen gadgets, and food products by none other than husbands Chef Kent Rathbun and Chef Dean Fearing. (I heard a rumor recently that you can’t get Chef Dean’s bottled tortilla soup at Central Market anymore, you have to get it at DUO now.)
Jump for joy and pictures.
The space is warm, elegant and fantastic. Unlike anything we have in Dallas. It reminded me of a cozy Eataly, Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich’s foodie extravaganza in New York, just not as big.
The venue is also ready to host cocktail parties and gatherings, as DUO includes a professional grade kitchen and their helpful staff is able to handle the food, wine, flowers and setup.
And, Chef Kent told me to expect chef taught culinary classes after the first of the year…hoping for a knife skills class personally.